Treating Neck Pain from Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash is a more common injury than you think, and it doesn’t always arise because of a motor vehicle accident. Any sudden movement of the head, either back and forth or sideways can result in a whiplash injury. Let’s talk about treating neck pain from whiplash injuries and find out a little more about the…

Do You Have Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Primarily a condition resulting from the aging process, lumbar (lower back) spinal stenosis causes a narrowing of the spinal canal.  Ligaments become thicker and sometimes, bone spurs form, pushing on nerves which branch out from the spinal cord.  As these processes occur, the discs can be pressed into the spinal canal. Weakness, numbness and pain…

What Is a Compression Fracture?

If you’re experiencing back pain, the source of the problem may be a compression fracture. Compression fractures usually occur because of osteoarthritis.  When a vertebra loses between 10 and 15% in height, it’s diagnosed as a compression fracture. Usually manifesting in the thoracic (middle) section of the spine, compression fractures may also occur in the…

Choosing the Right Shoes for Back Pain

Your body is an interconnected, self-contained machine.  So, the footwear you select should acknowledge that what you wear on your feet can have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of your spine. And when you’ve living with back pain, you need to be doubly conscious of your footwear choices. This post is about…

Best Ways to Prevent a Slipped Disc

Slipped discs happen.  But they needn’t happen to you. This post covers the best ways to prevent a slipped disc. Proper Lifting Lifting heavy objects is a dangerous activity – especially when you’re cavalier about it.  Here’s what you need to do to protect your lumbar discs: Use your legs.  Bending from the waist to…

Tips for Swimming with Back Pain

It’s summer and who doesn’t want to get in the water and splash around?  But when you’ve got back pain, you can be more than a little tentative about testing the capacity of your back to move around. Where there’s a will there’s a way, though, so we’ve put together these tips for swimming with…

Golfing with Spinal Stenosis

You’re probably reading this because you’re wondering if it’s OK to golf with spinal stenosis.  A lot of patients wonder that. We need to be straight up:  many people with your condition can golf.  But there are some precautions and considerations you should keep in mind. Tough On the Lower Back There’s no getting around…

When is Spine Surgery the Next Right Step?

Chronic back pain is a leading public health concern, having a major impact on US productivity.  All over the world, 80% of people living today will experience back pain at some point in their lives.  Many chronic back pain sufferers try every treatment possible, from physical therapy to chiropractic and many other therapies.  But not…