Spring and warm weather means cookouts on the beach or in the backyard. Hamburgers and hot dogs are standard fare, along with sides like potato salad, coleslaw, and other mayonnaise-laden dishes that don't help our diet.
Recently we discussed how important posture is for your spine. This is true no matter what you're doing, whether you're sitting in front of a computer, standing in line, or running in a marathon. How you hold yourself affects your body. Did you know you increase the amount of pressure on your spine when you run? This means you put yourself at an increased risk of injury when running, so maintaining proper running posture is important.
The term 'aerobic exercise' might make you think of a room full of sweaty people led by a shouting instructor, all stepping, kicking, and punching the air to a thumping soundtrack.
Snow shoveling is one of the most common causes of lower back pain and injuries. This occurs frequently during the winter months, but can persist throughout the year if left untreated. However, there are certain ways in which one can shovel snow safely, preventing injuries to the back. In this article, we will briefly review these methods.
If a patient has vertebral compression fractures or scoliosis, a physician may recommend balloon kyphoplasty. This procedure is minimally invasive, and takes 30 minutes to an hour for each vertebra. Balloon kyphoplasty can help to relieve back pain and to properly align the spine.
In between the vertebrae of the spine are cushions called discs. Theses discs contain an inner core, called the nucleus pulposus, and an outer wall, called the annulus fibrosis. If the annulus degenerates or tears, the nucleus can seep into the annulus and cause the disc to bulge and protrude.
It is important to understand how your body responds to exercise. Because yoga is typically thought of as being less strenuous than walking, running, or lifting weights, many patients are unaware of the effects yoga can have on their knees.
Digging, weeding, planting, carrying, spading, watering – there’s a lot of potential for back pain in the average flower or vegetable garden. As the Spring and Summer seasons bring in prime gardening weather, how can we protect our spines?
To treat a condition, it helps to identify the cause. If you're experiencing back pain and think it may be due to poor posture, the information in this post may be used to help you identify pain producing posture deviations.