Ever had a pain in the butt? No, I am not talking some crazy family member who cannot keep the mouth shut. I am talking about a real pain in the buttock region, possibly confused with low back pain.
A common cause of pain in the area of the tailbone, especially the tailbones in women, is the sacroiliac joint (SIJ). Before we proceed further, let us form a mental picture of the pelvis . The pelvis is a boney ring formed by four bones: two fused sections comprised of the pubis, ischium and ilium, one sacrum, and one coccyx. These four sections of bone are joined by strong ligaments at the pubic symphysis (in front) and the sacroiliac joints (in the back). All three of these joining points for the pelvic ring are potential sources of pain, especially in women and most especially in pregnant women. Thus, women in particular need to understand the risks for having SIJ dysfunction, the ways to diagnosis the problem, and the solutions for this pain in the butt.
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One of the most important things you can do for your lower back is keep your core strong and integrated with your spine. I'll explain. Have you ever seen a large sailboat? Picture the mast on the boat. What is attached to it? Riggings. Lots and lots of riggings. If those riggings are not there, the mast on the boat falls over. The mast can't support its own weight without all those lines attached to it. Your spine is similar. The human spine, on its own, without anything attached to it, can support about 35 pounds of weight. No matter how thin you are or are not, you weigh more than 35 pounds. So your spine relies on all the muscles, tendons, and ligaments attaching to it in order to support it. Without these attachments, your spine would break!
When the muscles attaching to the spine are tight, weak, or improperly balanced, the spine experiences torques in suboptimal ways and increased pressures are placed on the int...
I've discussed Actemra often in this blog, and once again it
has been in the news: the British medical journal The Lancet earlier this month published two studies that showed its effectiveness in the treatment of
rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis .
Actemra, for those of you who may not yet know, is a drug
that is currently being considered by the FDA for use in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The results from the so-called OPTION trial were from a
major Phase III international study. This study found that Actemra improved not
only symptoms but also quality of life when compared to methotrexate.
The OPTION study was designed so that study subjects
received either Actemra plus methotrexate OR placebo plus methotrexate. The
study was conducted in 17 countries outside the United States. More than half the
patients treated with Actemra -- 58.5% --
of achieved a 20% reduction in rheumatoid arthritis symptoms compared to just 26.5%
who were taking the placebo p...
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