Steps to save your back from the damage done by long hours at a desk

I hurt my back by spending long hours at my desk for many years.  This is now recognized a fairly common reason for back problems.  “It is one of the major reasons why back pain is so prevalent, and increasing year on year. Sitting at a desk for long periods encourages us to adopt a forward postural position, where our backs round and become what is known as ‘kyphotic’ (a forward rounding of the back). Increased kyphosis in the spine is often a sign of poor posture and is directly related to rounded shoulders.”

  1. Ditch al-desko lunches. Even a 10-minute walk round the block will make a difference.
  2. Move it. Ideally get up and move every 30 minutes. Even a a two-minute walk will make a difference.
  3. Get a stand-up desk When standing, blood doesn’t pool in the legs like it can when sitting for long periods, which is good news for health all round. Stand-up desks can also encourage you to move more frequently.
  4.  Stretch it out There are plenty of simple stretches you can do at or near your desk to ward off aches, get that blood pumping.Specific exercises are in this article

How to engage more people on your blog?

How to make people not just read your blog but engage by liking and commenting? Simple, says, Derek Murphy, ask them about themselves or ask for their opinion!

A new treatment for spinal stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis is one of the most common diagnoses spine surgeons see. While most minor cases can be handled non-surgically, major cases require surgical intervention. Historically, that intervention folloed one of two pathways: spinal decompression for less severe cases and spinal decompression with fusion for the more severe. Until recently, there was no option for the patient with both leg and back pain caused by lumbar spinal stenosis, which includes a large part of the patient population.

“Surgeons were left with the possibility of undertreatment with decompression and overtreatment with fusion, ” Dr. Golish said.

This dilemma was resolved when the FDA approved the coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization® device in 2012. coflex® is the first and only non-fusion stabilization device for lumbar spinal stenosis inserted post direct surgical decompression, Mr. Hayes said. The device received FDA approval in 2012 to fit at one or two contiguous levels in the L1-L5 interlaminar space.

Paradigm Spine conducted a study of 215 patients undergoing decompression and interlaminar stabilization using coflex® and of 107 undergoing decompression and fusion with pedicle screws. Researchers captured five years of postoperative data. The researchers determined: “Results of this 5-year follow-up study demonstrate that decompression and interlaminar stabilization with coflex® is a viable alternative to traditional decompression and fusion in the treatment of patients with moderate to severe stenosis at one or two lumbar levels.”

Source and additional information are here.

The cancer attacks calcium in the spine and causes fractures

“The cancer I have attacks calcium in the spine and causes fractures,” Mary Ann explains. “I had a bulging disk, fractures in my thoracic spine and two large calcified disks compressing my spinal cord, resulting in loss of leg function.”

Dr. Charles Stillerman, MD, FAANS, a board-certified neurosurgeon at Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS) used the O-arm® Multi-dimensional Surgical Imaging System, a technological advancement that uses computer navigation for real-time visualization of spinal structures. During surgery, the O-arm enables neurosurgeons to see the 3-D structure of the spine with exactness, reducing risk and complications.

“Operating through just a few small incisions and guided by remote control, I was able to shave down the disks that were hitting Mary Ann’s spinal cord,” Stillerman said. “I removed calcifications and inserted two bars to stabilize her back and provide support.”

Source: article

How to handle an ugly review?

It happens to each author.  An ugly review. A kick in the stomach.  I got two reviewers (both non-verified purchases) that complained about something the book does not cover at all.  They did not say this topic was missing and should be covered, they said it was covered incorrectly.  So it is clear they did not read the book and left the “review” for the purpose of leaving a negative comment.  Perhaps another author writing about a similar product?  Or just for fun?  I found this useful article that gives the author several practical options on how to handle these reviews.

On the positive note these two reviews increased the total number of reviews on my book which is a good thing!  Since they are written in nasty tone I think most reasonable people reading them will suspect something odd about them compared to the overall content and tone of the other reviews.

Using stem cells to treat back pain

People suffering from lower back pain are expected to benefit from a drug developed by a biotechnology company in University of Utah Research Park and newly approved for a clinical study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

FDA approval means DiscGenics should be able to start enrolling 60 patients before year’s end in a clinical trial of IDCT, an injectable therapy using adult stem cells taken from spinal discs. The company believes the treatment will alleviate the pain of mild to moderate degenerative disc disease without surgery — or the use of potentially addictive opioids, said CEO and board chairman Flagg Flanagan.

Additional information can found here