Helping Those with Chronic Pain

2018-05-22T13:38:49+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Back Pain, Pain Management|

Watching loved ones suffer from chronic pain hurts. Often, we desire to help and feel frustrated when our assistance is either rejected or makes the situation worse. If you do not live with chronic pain, it’s important to try to understand those who do. Here’s advice on how you can help. Pain Shouldn’t Be Patronized [...]

Upper Back Pain Relief

2018-05-22T13:28:26+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Back Pain, Pain Management|

Upper back pain is often confused with shoulder pain. There are even debates in the fitness world about if you should work out your rear deltoids on back day or shoulder day. Upper back pain is felt right behind the shoulders and/or under the neck. Pain can vary from prickling to burning sensations. It’s common [...]

Another Reason to Quit Smoking: Prevent Lower Back Pain

2018-01-26T11:26:35+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Back Pain, Health & Wellness|

The last 10 years have seen an inexplicable increase in functional disability caused by lower back pain. Despite improved treatments, pain and physical function in these patients is worsening in around 100 million U.S. patients. A simple symptom frequently devolves into a complicated condition affecting the entire central nervous system. Several studies have drawn a [...]

Diets for Chronic Back Pain

2018-01-18T16:34:31+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Back Pain, Health & Wellness, Pain Management|

Chronic back conditions are known to be more burdensome than any other syndrome, but many patients feel they have little control over their symptoms. People who suffer back pain need a balanced diet that supports bone strength, healthy cells, and good collagen formation. You have a new year ahead of you, so make it a pain-free one [...]

Great Gifts For Pain Management

2017-11-30T12:38:54+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Back Pain, Head and Neck, Health & Wellness, Pain Management|

If a loved one suffers from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a soothing care package could offer much needed support. Chocolate cures just about every ill, of course, but a more evidence-based gift would be appreciated just as much. Gifts for Migraine Sufferers Migraines are a neuropathic and vascular condition that can last days. Their cause [...]

How Heavy Bags Cause Back Pain

2018-01-12T15:30:44+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Back Pain, Health & Wellness|

The average sixth grader carries 18.4 pounds in his backpack, and the average handbag carries 6.27 pounds’ worth of lipstick and keys. Nobody seems to have done any research about the weight of the average briefcase, but man bags have done more than merely embarrass the fashion police—they’ve caused an increase in back and shoulder [...]

Steroid Injections for Back Pain

2017-08-31T13:39:15+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Back Pain, Epidurals, Pain Injections|

Back pain is notoriously challenging to treat, but steroid injections could give you weeks of relief without drugs. The risks are rare, but significant, so your physician will try more conservative approaches before recommending them. They’re an invasive option given the sight of the epidural, but if you’re waiting for surgery or are struggling to [...]

Does Pilates Improve Posture?

2018-01-12T21:52:20+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Back Pain, Head and Neck, Health & Wellness, Pain Management|

You’d be hard pressed to find a fitness guru more obsessed with posture than your average Pilates instructor (perhaps a classical ballet instructor? We digress). Both forms of exercise focus on moving efficiently, and that requires core strength. If you’re relying on your superficial muscles to support you, you probably suffer from at least a little [...]

How Evolution Causes Back Pain

2017-04-24T12:07:55+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Back Pain|

Mankind might be at the top of the food chain, but it’s not because we have perfectly adapted bodies. Evolution has done a fair job of providing opposable thumbs and an efficient brain, but perhaps the back could use some improvements. A Body Made of Paperclips Jeremy DeSilva said, “Evolution works with duct tape and paperclips,” [...]