Simple habit like sleeping with a pillow under your knees can help your back pain!
Some of the best museums in Boston are waving their fees during the summer.
WebMD offers quite a few tips on traveling with chronic pain. Did you know you can get a helper at the airport? Call TSA Cares at 855-787-2227 to learn how to get assigned a helper at the airport. If you can’t stand or walk for a long time, consider requesting a wheelchair as airports are filled with snaking lines and long walks. You can reserve a wheelchair when you buy your ticket or just ask for one at the airport. The service is free, but the attendants appreciate tips.
Unlike muscles in the arms and legs, core muscles do not get much use during typical daily activities. To build strength in core abdominal and back muscles requires exercises that focus specifically in these muscle groups. Two of the most commonly used back strengthening programs are the McKenzie Method and dynamic stabilization, both of which are typically learned by working with a physical therapist.
McKenzie Method exercises are designed to alleviate back pain caused by conditions affecting a spinal disc, such as degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc. These exercises are usually less effective for pain caused by osteoarthritis in the facet joints and/or spinal stenosis.
The goal of dynamic stabilization exercises is to find and maintain the neutral spine—a natural posture that accommodates the spine’s curvature and minimizes stress. Maintaining the neutral spine in a healthy posture is achieved through muscle conditioning and a learned awareness of joint positions (called proprioception).
During his career, Dr. Yeung has gathered data from more than 10,000 spine cases performed since 1991 to examine the value and outcomes of pain relief from endoscopic spinal procedures. He performs the surgeries under local anesthesia without sedation and finds the procedure safe and cost-effective.
1. Ditch the pills and supplements. My experience: I do not agree that ibuprofen is just a placebo. It really helps, however for me it has side effects with indigestion. So I take only on rare occasions.
2. Add some heat. My experience: I agree, I it helps especially after I had to work my back harder than it likes! What helps me most? Hot baths. Full immersion is better than a heating pad.
3. Fix your posture while you’re awake and asleep. My experience: yes, but it requires a lot of concentration to remember and enforce.
4. Stay moving. My experience: sometimes it is hard to do when I am pain. The pain gets worse and I feel I am going in a wrong direction. I don’t push through pain.
5. Get moving. My experience: Yes, I have a timer to remind me to get up every hour when I work. It really makes a difference.
I completely agree with the study that says that you can take the pressure off your spine by placing a pillow under your knees. The article adds adds: “If you prefer to sleep on your side, put a pillow between your legs.”
This article from Consumer Reports provides no-nonsense summary of options for back pain. I like the factual approach of this
Stem cell surgery relieved golfer Jack Nicklaus of a lifetime of back pain. But experts say it’s too early to tell whether this treatment is for everybody.
Nicklaus experienced severe back pain. Cortisone shots provided some level of immediate relief, but the long-term pain persisted.
Now the 78-year-old is touting an experimental stem cell surgery that he says is more effective than anything else he’s tried.
The surgery, under the guidance of German scientist and physician Eckhard Alt, was performed two years ago in Munich.
The process involves liposuction to harvest fat from the abdomen. Blood vessels that contain stem cells come from this fat.
The therapy will reportedly undergo clinical trials at some point with an aim for eventual approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
But clinics that are unscrupulous could offer things like [Nicklaus’ treatment] to people without any evidence that there’s clinical benefit,” he cautioned. “The fact that one person says they got cured is not enough. It’s not enough for the practice of medicine. We cannot believe in anecdotes. In the world of medicine, you need to have a clinical trial to prove that something works.”
John Krasowsk of Colorado Springs went into Porter Hospital for back surgery. They opened him up, then his surgeon discovered a yellowish brown stain on the surgical instruments. Then the surgeon made the decision to abort the surgery.
Mr. Krasowsk was on the operating table at least four hours until he woke up afterward. It some time before the hospital disclosed the information about a substance on two sets of instruments.