Low back pain is often caused when one of the muscles supporting your lower spine is pulled. A sudden or forceful movement may put undue stress on the lower back causing damage to muscles or ligaments. This can lead to pain and spasm that can stop you in your tracks.
Anyone with sciatica knows that the situation can worsen at any time. It may be easier to manage things while at home, but what if you’re at the office and have a full day’s work ahead of you? Do you just take the rest of the day off or can you somehow manage your pain and stay productive
Though back pain is common during pregnancy, it should not go untreated, as it can affect your daily routine and cause problems during and after childbirth. Back pain lasting several weeks or months during pregnancy can lead to postpartum (after delivery) back pain which may even become chronic (lifelong) if unaddressed. Prompt and effective management of back pain can make your pregnancy more pleasant and less complicated.
Facet joint syndrome is a condition characterized by intermittent pain in the neck or lower back that may vary in intensity and is sometimes disabling. The facet joints are paired joints between the vertebral bones that provide stability to the spine and limit excessive movement. Deterioration of the facet joints may lead to pain and other symptoms referred to as facet joint syndrome.
Anyone with chronic pain knows that pain often gets worse at night. During the day, there are several distractions to take your mind off, but come nightfall, your pain dawns on you. Pain frequently prevents you from getting a good night’s rest. In fact, about two-thirds of people with chronic pain suffer from a sleep disorder. Lack of sleep can worsen pain symptoms resulting in a vicious cycle.
Young people don’t think much about bone health as their bones are usually strong enough to withstand routine activities and a certain amount of abuse. Even if a bone were to fracture, a little time-out in a leg or arm cast is all they need to get back on track. As we get older however, we need to start thinking about bone health and how much activity we can tolerate before we hear something snap.
Spondylolysis is a condition in which a vertebral bone cracks or undergoes a stress fracture from lifting heavy loads or repeated bending and twisting movements that occur during sports. It usually affects young males and involves the lumbar spine, mostly at the fifth vertebra.