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5 Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

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What Causes Back Pain & How to Get Relief From It?

Understanding the causes of back & neck pain is the key to applying the correct treatment to get relief from it.

Because back pains are often difficult to treat effectively, a better understanding of the causes of your back discomfort will assist in curing it.

The following are the 5 Common Causes of Back Pain

    1. PostureA bad posture can increase stress to the muscles, nerves, or ligaments in the lower back.

      For example sitting in front of your computer all day in a chair that is not ergonomically suited for your back will almost certainly result in poor posture & therefore increase back stress and cause lower back problems.


    1. Weak Abdominal MusclesHaving weak abs places more stress on the lower back during certain movements thereby causing pain.


    1. Lumbar Muscle StrainLumbar muscle strains are the most common cause of low back pain & most cases of back discomfort from muscle strains are resolved completely within a few weeks.


    1. Being OverweightBeing overweight and not getting enough physical activity will usually stress the lower back causing pain.


  1. Slipped Discs & Other Spinal ConditionsSlipped discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, aging, degenerative discs, compression fractures, spinal tumors and infections are other common causes of lower back pain.

    If you have any of these symptoms you should seek out professional diagnosis before embarking on any exercise regime.

It’s interesting to note that back pain is a common condition that affects up to 90% of Americans at some point in their lives.

However, whilst most episodes of back pain only last a few days and have completely resolved within a few weeks, you should get medical advice or go to your doctor if you have new back problem for further evaluation.

For effective treatment of back pain read these 5 ways you can use to get quick relief from your Lower Back Pain here »


Herniated Disc, Disc Protrusion, Disc Bulge

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What is a herniated disc?



Many patients with back pain, leg pain, or weakness of the lower extremity muscles are diagnosed with a herniated disc. When a disc herniation occurs, the cushion that sits between the spinal vertebra is pushed outside its normal position. A herniated disc would not be a problem if it weren’t for the spinal nerves that are very close to the edge of these spinal discs.


What is the spinal disc?
The spinal disc is a soft cushion that sits between each vertabrae of the spine. This spinal disc becomes more rigid with age. In a young individual, the disc is soft and elastic, but like so many other structures in the body, the disc gradually looses its elasticity and is more vulnerable to injury. In fact, even in individuals as young as 30, MRIs show evidence of disc deterioration in about 30% of people.


What happens with a ‘herniated disc’?
There are several causes for disc herniations. The most common is related to degenerative changes associated with chronic subluxations (misalignment of the vertebrae). When vertebrae are left out of place not only can it cause pain, but the misalignment causes degenerative changes.  As the spinal disc becomes less elastic, it can rupture. When the disc ruptures, a portion of the spinal disc pushes outside its normal boundary–this is called a herniated disc. When a herniated disc bulges out from between the vertebrae, the spinal nerves and spinal cord can become pinched.


What causes symptoms of a herniated disc?
When the herniated disc ruptures and pushes out, the nerves may become pinched. A herniated disc may occur suddenly in an event such as a fall or an accident or may occur gradually due to subluxations that have been left uncorrected resulting in repetitive trauma of the spine. Often people who experience a herniated disc already have misalignment of their vertebrae or spinal stenosis, a problem that causes narrowing of the space around the spinal cord and spinal nerves. When a herniated disc occurs, the space for the nerves is further diminished, and irritation of the nerve results. This makes any misalignment of the vertebrae, much more critical.


What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?
When the spinal cord or spinal nerves become compressed, they don’t work properly. This means that abnormal signals may get passed from the compressed nerves, or signals may not get passed at all. Common symptoms of a herniated disc include:


·         Electric Shock PainPressure on the nerve can cause abnormal sensations, commonly experienced as electric shock pains. When the compression occurs in the cervical (neck) region, the shocks go down your arms, when the compression is in the lumbar (low back) region, the shocks go down your legs.


·         Tingling & Numbness
Patients often have abnormal sensations such as tingling, numbness, or pins and needles. These symptoms may be experienced in the same region as painful electric shock sensations.


·         Muscle Weakness
Because of the nerve irritation, signals from the brain may be interrupted causing muscle weakness. Nerve irritation can also be tested by examining reflexes.


·         Bowel or Bladder Problems
These symptoms are important because it may be a sign of cauda equina syndrome, a possible condition resulting from a herniated disc. This is a medical emergency, and you should see your doctor immediately if you have problems urinating, having bowel movements, or if you have numbness around your genitals.


All of these symptoms are due to the irritation of the nerve from the herniated disc. By interfering with the pathway by which signals are sent from your brain out to your extremities and back to the brain, all of these symptoms can be caused by a herniated disc pressing against the nerves.


How is the diagnosis of a herniated disc made?
At Barton Chiropractic in Concord  the diagnosis of a herniated disc is made by physical examination. By testing sensation, muscle strength, and reflexes, your Chiropractor can often establish the diagnosis of a herniated disc.


An MRI is commonly used to aid in making the diagnosis of a herniated disc. It is very important that patients understand that the MRI is only useful when used in conjunction with examination findings. Patients in their 20s may begin to have signs of disc wear, and this type of wear would be expected on MRIs of patients in their 40s and 50s. This is due to the fact that most people have chronic conditions that have been left unchecked for years. Low back pain that has “gone away by itself.” Symptoms come and go, but problems do not correct themselves.


Making the diagnosis of a herniated disc, and coming up with a treatment plan depends on the symptoms experienced by the patient, the physical examination findings, and the x-ray and MRI results. Only once this information is put together can a reasonable treatment plan be considered.


Treatment of a herniated disc depends on a number of factors including:

·         Symptoms experienced by the patient

·         Age of the patient

·         Activity level of the patient

·         Presence of worsening symptoms

Most often, treatments of a herniated disc begin conservatively, and become more aggressive if the symptoms persist. After diagnosing a herniated disc, treatment usually begins with:


·         Chiropractic adjustments                                                                                                                                                                     


·         This is the only way to correct the underlying cause of the herniation which is the misalignment of the vertebrae.


·         Rest & Activity Modification
The first treatment is to rest and avoid activities that aggravate your symptoms. It is important to avoid activities that aggravate your symptoms.


·         Ice & Heat Applications
Ice application can be extremely helpful in relieving the painful symptoms of a disc herniation. By helping to relax the muscles of the back, ice and heat applications can relieve muscle spasm and provide significant pain relief. Check with your doctor to see which is right for you.


·         Physical Therapy
Physical therapy and lumbar stabilization exercises do not directly affect the recovery of the herniated disc, but they can stabilize the lumbar spine muscles. This has an effect of decreasing the load experienced by the disc and vertebrae. Stronger, well balanced muscles help control the lumbar spine and minimize the risk or injury to the nerves and the disc, however recent research has shown that more often than not, patients will increase the severity of their condition by exercising due to the fact that the vertebrae are misaligned. The safest exercise for a herniated disc is walking and nothing else unless you are under the supervision of a doctor.  When your doctor feels you are ready, we will start you on a rehabilitative exercise program.


·         Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly prescribed, and often help relieve the pain associated with a disc herniation. By reducing inflammation, these drugs can relieve some pressure on the compressed nerves. NSAIDs should be used only under your doctor’s supervision and as a last resort.  They just cover up the pain.


·         Oral Steroid Drugs
Oral steroid drugs can be very helpful in episodes of an acute (sudden) disc herniation. Drugs used include Prednisone and Medrol. However, these drugs have severe side effects.


The side effects of prednisone include adrenal suppression, Adrenal suppression refers to the body’s inability to synthesize natural corticosteroids, resulting in a dependency on the prednisone taken by the patient. Stopping prednisone treatment abruptly can cause the life-threatening Addison’s disease, in which in the body no longer produces sufficient amounts of  adrenal steroid hormones

The short-term side effects of prednisone use include high blood glucose levels. Other short-term side effects of prednisone include insomnia, euphoria and, in some cases, even mania. Using prednisone for long periods can cause side effects such as Cushing’s syndrome, weight gain, osteoporosis, glaucoma and type II diabetes mellitus. Upon withdrawal of prednisone after long-term use, patients also suffer from depression. Almost all long-term users of prednisone experience a reduction in their sex drive, as well.

Prednisone use can affect the eyes as well. The most common side effects in the context are glaucoma and cataract formation.


Prednisone use of any period can give rise to many other side effects such as unnatural fatigue or weakness, abdominal pain, blurring of vision, peptic ulcers, infections, pain in the hips or shoulders, osteoporosis, an occurrence of acne and sleeplessness. Some of the less serious side effects of prednisone include weight gain, stretch marks on the skin, swelling in the face, nervousness, increase in appetite and hyperactivity.


·         Epidural Steroid Injections
Injections of cortisone can be administered directly in the area of nerve compression. Like oral anti-inflammatory drugs, the idea is to relieve the compression on the nerves. When the injection is used, the drug is delivered to the area of the disc herniation, rather than being taken orally and traveling throughout your body.


Is back surgery necessary in the treatment of a disc herniation?
Not usually. Chiropractic care has been shown to have amazing results with disc herniations.


Herniated Disc C5 C6–Causes and Treatment

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What is a herniated disc?

A disc is made up of two components. One is the centre and the other is the outer ring. When a disc comes under pressure, its central part tears out of its protective outer ring. A disc in this state is called herniated disc, ruptured disc, protruded disc, bulged disc, prolapsed disc and slipped disc. It presses against the nerve root located close to it and causes unbearable pain.backpain-woman-couch.jpg

What is herniated disc C5-C6?

The vertebral column has 23 discs. The part of the spinal column that deals with the neck area, called cervical spine, consists of seven discs. Each one of them is named with the letter C followed by its placement in the descending order. Thus we have disc C5-C6.

Causes of the herniated disc C5 C6

Herniated C5-C6 disc is usually caused by several factors. They are injury from accident or fall, sports related activities, deterioration due to ageing, sleeping with more than one pillow under the neck, twisting or bending the neck beyond endurance, etc. All these activities exert a lot of strain on the cervical spine.

Treatment of herniated C5-C6

Treatment of the herniated C5-C6 depends upon the nature of injury it has suffered. If the injury is simple, it can be treated at home by do-it-yourself methods. Some of these are:

1. Massage

You can gently massage the affected area with balm. It is likely to relax the surrounding muscles and tissues. You can also ask your friend to do it.

2. Ice packs

Put the   ice on the painful area and allow it to stay for 10-15 minutes until you feel a numbness, which is another word for having no sensation of pain. Repeat this process every one or two hours.

3. Hot treatment

You may use hot water bottle on the skin. The heat dilates the nerves and tissues and allows more blood with oxygen to rush in. Hot treatment can thus speed up the healing process.

If these methods fail to bring relief, consult your specialist.

Are you suffering from back pain due to herniated disc C5 C6? It does not matter that you have suffered from it for 10, 15 or even 30 years. You would be completely cured in just 21 days even if you are a lost case. Click Here Right Now  to learn more about how you can get fast and permanent relief from any kind of back pain.


Source by Raj Rishi


Psoriatic Arthritis Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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About 10 percent to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic [pronounced sore-ee-AA-tic] arthritis, which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints.

Early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of psoriatic arthritis can relieve pain and inflammation and possibly help prevent progressive joint involvement and damage. Without treatment, psoriatic arthritis can potentially be disabling and crippling.

Psoriatic arthritis is a less common form of arthritis. It affects both men and women in equal numbers, and usually between the ages of 20 and 50. Up to 30% of people with psoriasis will also get psoriatic arthritis. Although psoriasis may start at any age (commonly in the late teens), the arthritis component usually makes its appearance later – in the 20s, 30s and 40s. Commonly, psoriasis shows first, but in a small percentage of people (approximately 15%), arthritis may show first.

Psoriatic Arthritis Causes

A particular combination of genes makes some people more likely to get psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Current research suggests that something (perhaps an infection) acts as a trigger in people who are susceptible to this type of arthritis because of their genetic make-up. No specific infection has been found and it may be that a variety of infections (including bacteria that live in patches of psoriasis) can trigger the disease.

Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms

Symptoms associated with psoriatic arthritis vary in how they occur (i.e. symmetrical or asymmetrical) and what joints are affected. Any joint in the body can be affected. When psoriasis causes pitting and thickened or discolored fingernails, the joints nearest the fingertips are likely to become arthritic.

In most patients, the psoriasis precedes the arthritis by months to years. The arthritis frequently involve the knees, ankles, and joints in the feet. Usually, only a few joints are inflamed at a time. The inflamed joints become painful, swollen, hot, and red. Sometimes, joint inflammation in the fingers or toes can cause swelling of the entire digit, giving them the appearance of a “sausage.” Joint stiffness is common and is typically worse early in the morning.

Other Symptoms include:

·    Silver or grey scaly spots on the scalp, elbows, knees and/or lower end of the spine.
·    Pitting of fingernails/toenails

Psoriatic Arthritis  Diagnosis

Skin and nail changes characteristic of psoriasis with accompanying arthritic symptoms are the hallmarks of psoriatic arthritis. A blood test for rheumatoid factor, antibodies that suggest the presence of rheumatoid arthritis, is negative in nearly all patients with psoriatic arthritis. X rays may show characteristic damage to the larger joints on either side of the body as well as fusion of the joints at the ends of the fingers and toes.

Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment

Treatment plans are designed to reduce inflammation in the joints, reduce pain and prevent further damage.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to control the pain and swelling of the arthritis. Your doctor may inject steroids directly into affected joints. Other drugs, such as methotrexate and an antimalarial drug known as hydroxychloroquine, may also be used. Other more aggressive treatments include corticosteroid injections into the joints or injections of gold salts for patients with more destructive joint damage. Surgery may be necessary in cases of very severe


Source by Rick Hutch


Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs, Symptoms, and Coping

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a slowly progressive disease that there is no cure for. The disease attacks your joints causing pain and swelling. Even though there is no cure at this time there are several medications that are offering increased effectiveness at fighting the progression of the disease process. Although none of them can reverse the effects, they do reduce the symptoms and force the disease to slow down.

The normal signs and symptoms of RA are:

Stiffness :: Especially in the morning. People with RA may take several hours to feel as if their joints are loose enough to function properly.

Swelling :: Fluid fills your joints causing the stiffness to be worse.

Pain :: The swelling in the joints makes them tender and sensitive to touch and movement.

Redness and Warmth :: The joints become red and warm to the touch when they are swollen.

These are the symptoms that are in your joints. RA can affect your whole body by causing fatigue, a general malaise (feeling ill), loss of appetite, and muscle aches. It is hard to live with many of these symptoms. Occasionally, in the early stages, RA is misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia or vice versa. The swelling and pain will begin to interfere with your daily life in your Capitola home, and the work that you do. There are some common coping mechanisms people use to deal with all of this.

Usually the first thing that people do is slow down at work. You may type fewer words per minute, take more breaks from the work that causes the pain. Not real breaks, but short time-outs where you rub your hands or the affected joint. If it is your knees, you will begin to walk more slowly and stiffly, taking great amounts of time to climb and descend stairs.

Next, you will find yourself avoiding activities that cause you pain: knitting, sewing, and golf. The fun things in life that brought you joy for years are now too painful to deal with. Finally, you decide to see your doctor. You know it has to be arthritis, but what kind and what treatments are there?

The first thing your doctor will tell you is that he is going to recommend medication and physical therapy. You will want to get active again and stay as active as possible. Swimming near your Capitola home is a great way to do that as the ocean is close by. Swimming is a low impact exercise that will strengthen the muscles and tendons that are key to the movement of your joints. It will also help to strengthen the abdominal muscles and that helps your back pain, too. Many Capitola homes have pools, which are a great place to exercise in a low impact manner.

There are lots of signs and symptoms for RA. Only a doctor close to your Capitola home can correctly diagnose what is wrong with you. Once you have been diagnosed with RA there are several treatment options. They include medication, surgery, and physical therapy. The medication and therapy may prevent the surgery option. Living with RA does not have to be a set of coping mechanisms; you can remain active long after retirement.


Source by Gregg- Camp


Lower Back Pain and Kidney Pain

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It is important to remember that kidney pain and back pain can have similar symptoms that have entirely different causes. You can have back pain symptoms that are caused by a kidney infection, while another person could have the exact same symptoms caused by a back problem.

When lower back pain is caused by a kidney problem.

Your kidneys are located to the left and right side of your spine directly above your hips. Pain from a kidney infection will usually occur near this same general area, although it can radiate outwards thus complicating diagnosis. Many people describe the symptoms as a general tenderness or ache and not “pain.” A strong, stabbing pain may be related to back problems and not the kidneys. The pain or tenderness can be due to a kidney infection or it could be related to some type of injury to the kidneys themselves. For instance, an injury caused by a fall could compress one kidney impacting and damaging it.

In addition to kidney pain caused by accident or injury there are also symptoms that are associated with a kidney infection. Pain caused by kidney infection is much more common than that caused by physical trauma. In addition, with kidney infection there will often be other symptoms such as a fever, pain while urinating or blood in the urine.

How to tell if you have a kidney infection and what to do about it.

If you have a kidney infection, you will likely have some of the following symptoms: fever, chills, backache and pain. Nausea and tenderness near the infected kidney can also occur. Your doctor will diagnose the condition through tests of kidney functioning or by a bacterial test. Why two types of tests? Because there are two common types of kidney disorders, each with a different cause. Treatment and pain relief will likely include rest and antibiotics for any bacterial infections. Usually the treatment will last for several weeks, but certain people may have structural issues and require longer-term treatment.

The bottom line is that you want to get the right information about what might be creating your pain symptoms – do not self-diagnose. A kidney infection left untreated for many years can have catastrophic implications for your health. If there is a history of kidney infection in your family, or you have recently been in a fall or car wreck or had some other trauma that could have damaged your kidneys, you should consider seeing a doctor. The treatment for low back pain caused by poor posture or over exertion is different than the treatment for low back pain caused by a kidney infection. You want to treat the right condition.


Source by Ryan C. Nagy, M.A.


Back Pain: Basic Causes and Treatments

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Here’s a basic explanation of back pain. What causes it and what are the treatments and what to do if traditional methods don’t work. Back pain can have many causes, such as a pulled back muscle, disc problems, arthritis, or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Your pain will fall into one of two categories: acute (which indicates a recent occurrence) or chronic (the pain has been with you for an extended period of time). 

What Causes Back Pain? 

The two most common reasons for back pain are trauma and muscle imbalances. In my case a work related accident cause a herniated disc which pressed against my sciatic nerve. Muscle imbalance is the second cause. Muscle imbalances can have a negative effect on your posture, leading to what are called “postural dysfunctions.” These dysfunctions include abnormal alignment of the pelvis and abnormal curvature of the spine. This misalignment causes increased wear and tear on the joints, muscles, and ligaments-even the discs.

The most important thing to understand about any lower back pain is that, barring trauma, it doesn’t happen overnight. You may be come symptomatic very quickly, but it takes a long time for the condition to get to the point where your back finally gives way and becomes painful. Of course in the case of an accident (trauma) the pain is immediate and can worsen over time. 

What Are The Symptoms? 

The most common symptoms can range from local pain in the lower back to pain radiating down the legs or arms depending on where the herniation is located. In severe cases this herniated may cause loss of bowel or bladder control if anyone experiences these symptoms they need to get to the emergency room fast! 

What Are The Most Common Treatments? 

1. Cortisone injections and prescriptions for muscle relaxants or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most common treatments employed by physicians.

2. Chiropractors and physical therapists usually offer spinal mobilization, hot packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and therapeutic exercises.

3. Surgery should always be your last option and should only be considered if the severity of your condition warrants it. 

What If These Treatments Fail?

 You should know that many times despite your doctors best efforts these treatments fail.They treatments fail because they simply address the symptoms and fail to address the cause of the condition. Your low back pain is a physical problem, and it requires a physical solution. There are no pills or injections that can restore postural balance in your body because they are unable to take the pressure off the nerve or make the joints work better. 

Which Treaments Work Best? 

When you have lower back pain and you do not have a proper diagnosis the first suggestion is to seek proper medical attention. Even then there are cases when a proper diagnosis is not given, in that case a conservative approach should be considered.

The use of ice (first 48 hrs) and or heat (after 48hrs) can help control inflammation, pain and stiffness, other natural approaches including enzyme therapy can be of benefit to help control the symptom of the condition.

In most cases of lower back pain, Trigger Points will play a small roll, Trigger Points do three things, them make a muscle (tight, weak and painful) so daily trigger point therapy is recommended immediately combined with muscle balances therapy, in order to restore a more neutral and balanced posture.

Inversion Therapy can also be very effective in releasing some of the stress and compressive forces on the spine not to mention the many numerous health benefits. 

It is definitely worth your while to learn everything you can about your aching back. This article only touches on the basic types, causes and treatements available. You need to be your own advocate and explore all viable alternatives, especially when considering surgery. 

I hope this article has given you the basic information. I am not a doctor only someone who has endured the pain of a buldging disc and sciatic nerve damage. I under went surgery in May 2009 and even after three months of physical therapy and another four months of exercising on my own I still have a ways to go before I’m 100%.I only wished I had known about all the alternatives available to me beside surgery.

But how do you prevent and or cure back pain? One of the top rated programs is called “The Lose The Back Pain System”. This program has helped thousands lose their back pain for good and get their lives back. The Lose The Back Pain System customs designs a program of specific movements and exercises tailored to your exact needs.


Source by Peter Turner


Herniated Disc in Back – Symptoms and Stages

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A herniated disc in back appears when the annulus fibrosus or outer fibrous ring of a lumbar intervertebral disc is ripped by several problems prompting the nucleus pulposus or the soft central portion of the disc to bulge out. Even in the absence of nerve root compression, the discharge of inflammatory chemical mediators called tumor-necrosis factor alpha (TNF) can cause intense pain. If left neglected, the disc could herniate and the nucleus pulposus leak out, which could lead to a pinched nerve and also trigger back pain.

Lumbar disc herniations normally occur in the lower back, specifically between the 4th lumbar vertebrae all the way down to the sacrum (L4 to L5 and to S1).

A “Slipped Disc”? Often wrongly called slipped disc, a herniated disc cannot slip since it is affixed and squeezed between two vertebrae.The intervertebral disc, however, could be compressed, stretched and twisted out of its placement in small degrees or stages.

The stages are outlined below:

  • Bulging Disc. Viewed as a contained disc disorder, the disc presents itself as an inflammed mass because of the expansion of its annulus fibrosus.
  • Protruding Disc. Still a contained disc, it protrudes into the spinal canal and squeeze on the nerve producing pain. The disc hasn’t broken open at this stage.
  • Herniated or ruptured disc. By now viewed as a non-contained disc disorder, the nucleus pulposus has spilled out into the spinal canal because of the rip in the disc.

Reports have presented that bulging discs are more typical than herniated discs. However, herniated discs can cause serious discomfort. For some people, pain may not be included even with a bulging or herniated disc in back.


Source by Claudia Hadley


Slip Disc Treatment

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backpain-woman-couch.jpgWhat is a slip disc?

A disc is said to be slipped when it bulges or tears out of its protective ring of connective tissue. It is also called bulging disc, ruptured disc or herniated disc.

Slip Disc Treatment

Slip disc can most often be treated by addressing the causes that led to this condition.

1. Self treatment

Simple home treatment like hot and cold applications accompanied by rest can often relieve the pain caused by minor cases of slip disc. The patient may also take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and pain killers like Tylenol and Advil.

Simple exercises that strengthen and stretch the back may provide a lot of relief. Physiotherapy and massage may also help, if required.  95% of the people are cured by these simple steps.

2. Change in life-style

Overweight people may also suffer from slip disc. The excessive flesh around the waist causes strain on the lumber spine which supports the entire weight of the upper body.  When the discs in the vertebrae come under pressure, they tear out of their boundary and press against the nerve roots.

Obesity often occurs due to lethargic lifestyle and uncontrolled eating habits. Eating vegetables and fruits, taking physical exercises regularly and positive thinking can go a long way in reducing the weight and pressure upon the lower back.


If the do-it-yourself efforts fail to treat the slip disc, the patient may take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and narcotic pain killers. This may be accompanied by muscle relaxants if the person is suffering from spasmodic pains in the back.


If the oral medicines do not work, patient may have to take steroid injections into the lower back area where the slipped disc has occurred. These injections generally have to be taken once in every three months.

The medicines or injections should only be taken at the advice of the doctor.


Surgery should be considered only as the last option when every other method has failed. It should be confirmed through tests that the slip disc will cause a potential damage to the nerve roots. Even in surgery, there are several options. You can consult the spine specialist which option will work best in your condition.

Are you suffering from back pain due to slipped disc? It does not matter that you have suffered from it for 10, 15 or even 30 years. You would be completely cured in just 21 days even if you are a lost case. Click Here Right Now  to learn more about how you can get fast and permanent relief from any kind of back pain.


Source by Raj Rishi


Muscle Arthritis Symptoms and Treatment

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Myositis is the medical term for inflammation of muscle tissue and one type of muscle arthritis is dermatomyositis. (Without the rash, the condition is called polymyositis.) In this form, there is soreness and inflammation and pain in the muscles but there is also an accompanying dry rash affecting the skin. This rash is commonly seen on the face and neck, chest and back and the shoulders. Heart muscle may also be affected as well as the lung tissues. It is usually dusky and a purplish red color. This is an autoimmune condition and is treated with anti-inflammatory medications including steroids.

Another disease that can be considered muscle arthritis is called fibromyalgia. Along with muscle pain and aches, fibromyalgia can produce pain in the joints and other connective tissue like tendon and ligaments, as well as fatigue, depression, headache, anxiety, sleep problems and numbness in the extremities. To have this diagnosis, symptoms must last at least three months and at least 11 of the 18 trigger points associated with FM must be tender to the touch.

Treatment for FM has until very recently been simply medications directed at relieving pain and specifics for other symptoms, but now medications specifically for fibromyalgia have reached the market and can be prescribed. About 2% of the population has symptoms of FM.

Another muscle arthritis is the systematic illness called lupus. Usually joints are affected but some lupus patients also have muscle aches and pain associated with the condition. Lupus is treated with corticosteroids and other immune system modifiers. Symptoms of lupus can include a butterfly shaped rash across the face, fevers, fatigue, multiple joint arthritis and many other symptoms. Blood work can help to make the diagnosis. Lupus is also an autoimmune disease and the cause is not known. It is about ten times as common in men as it is in women.

Finally, there is polymyalgia rheumatica. The symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica are moderate to severe muscle pain and the location is almost always in or near the neck, shoulders and hips and can come on very suddenly. In virtually every case, a person with polymyalgia rheumatica will have an abnormally high red blood cell sedimentation rate. This disease is often associated with a serious vascular affliction called polyarteritis or sometimes giant cell arteritis in which blood vessels become inflamed. However, prompt treatment usually controls both conditions or polymyalgia rheumatica alone.

A corticosteroid like prednisone is usually given and will produce a remission which can last some time. If the condition recurs, the drug is restarted and can control symptoms. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications are also used. The disease may also go away on its own but this can take a year or more.

One last form of muscle arthritis is a side effect of drugs given to lower cholesterol called lipid reducing drugs or statins. While not common, this condition called rhabdomyolysis can have serious implications including kidney and heart damage. Persons taking statins need to report any unusual muscle aches and pains to their physicians at once.

While muscle arthritis can be painful and frightening, most forms of it do respond well to treatment. The most important thing is to report muscle pains to a physician, learn the cause, and to then use appropriate treatments for whichever condition is to blame.


Source by Millard Hiner