Spondylolisthesis (spaun-di-lo-lie-thee-sis) is a mouthful and is a common cause of low back pain (although it can exist anywhere in the spine, the lumbar spine is the most common area affected). The spinal column is a series of building blocks called vertebral bodies stacked on top of one another. Sometimes these blocks do not line up perfectly. This slight separation in the spinal column is called a spondylolisthesis .
"Doc says I have a spondy-something-or-other. Don't ask me what it is; all I know is that it hurts". Steve tries to explain his low back condition to his friend. But, he finds that he cannot explain what he does not understand. Steve has had back pain for a number of years. Every year the pain gets worse and has now become constant. His doctor sent him for x-rays recently. The x-rays showed a spondylolisthesis with disc degeneration at L5/S1. Steve could not understand his doctor's explanation of the condition. So, now he has pain and has confusion.
Driving a car to the local mechanic to get it fixed is not the same thing as taking the human body into surgery; although, this "fix-it" attitude drives patients and surgeons alike towards surgical solutions. Lately, a growing number of people are undergoing low back surgery . A recent study examined the relationship between patient expectations and the actual outcomes from lumbar spine surgery. Because pre-surgical expectations do not always equate to the actual results, how can a person judge whether or not a surgery was successful? How can one predict surgical success?
Understanding the primary reasons for seeking surgical solutions is the first step towards discussing the likelihood of success. The top three causes for patients wanting lumbar surgery are: 1#, other therapies have failed to help; 2#, the pain is unbearable; 3#, walking has become difficult. Based on these reasons to see a surgeon, patients come to the operating room harboring certain expectations. Patients wa...
Approaching menopause provides all kinds of new experiences – like figuring out that you may be experiencing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). I got my wake-up call (literally) when I would started coughing and choking in the middle of the night. Marcia Menter in a recent More article entitled “How I Checked Out of the Heartburn Hotel” described the feeling as a “bad postnasal drip.”
So what causes this reaction? Menter noted that the lower escophageal sphincter loses its ability to keep the stomach contents in place right. This often happens right as women reach perimenopause or menopause. When the sphincter relaxes at the wrong time, digestive acid backs up into the esophagus.
So how can you prevent GERD from messing with your beauty sleep? One way is to look at your diet. I recently wrote a sharepost for HealthCentral’s diet and fitness site about what foods you should consider removing from your diet in order to avoid acid reflux . For inst...
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