Monday, March 7, 2011

Back Pain

Although I fractured my T2 vertebrate and tore a Rhomboid muscle, I always considered my back pain secondary to my knee pain. What I have noticed is the combination of supplements I have been taking for almost 5 years has to be the reason for my tremendous relief of my knee pain, but must have also improved my back. My wife remarked several months ago that I haven’t complained about my back for several years.

I found this decent base line article from RealAge on Back Pain

Underlying Causes of Back Pain

Injury to a muscle or a ligament in the back is the most common reason people experience back pain. When you strain a muscle or ligament, you may feel pain immediately, or days later.

But an underlying health condition, such as arthritis, could be to blame, too. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease. Ruptured or herniated disks in the spine -- which become increasingly likely with age -- can pinch nerves and cause pain, too.

Other medical problems that may lead to back pain include:

* Osteoporosis
* Fibromyalgia
* Scoliosis
* Spinal stenosis
* Degenerative disk disease
* Endometriosis
* Infections (such as osteomyelitis or meningitis)

Bad Habits That Hurt Backs

Certain everyday habits could make your back more vulnerable to pain and injury. Here are five habits you should nix in favor of a healthier, stronger back.

Smoking: This habit can increase the risk of back pain, research suggests. Smoking also increases the risk of osteoporosis. Try this proven program for quitting smoking.

Slouching: This puts strain on the structures of your back. Try these five steps to perfect posture right now.

Couch/Computer surfing: A largely sedentary existence will contribute to weak core muscles -- and set you up for back pains and strains. Try these tips to keep your back happy at the computer.

Awkward sleep: A crooked, bunched up, crammed sleep position can leave your back stiff. Relax your back with this sleeping position.

Stress: High stress levels increase muscle tension, which can magnify back pain. Try these seven stress-taming foods.

How to Help Your Back Feel Better

One of the most important things you can do to help yourself recover from back pain is to stay mobile. A day or two of bed rest is fine if you're really hurting, but after that, muscles begin to atrophy, which will make your back muscles weaker and make future injuries and pain more likely. So try to stay mobile, even if you just take short walks while you recover. Here are some treatments that may help you get around more comfortably:

Hot and cold therapy: Cold packs can help reduce swelling and inflammation if used the first day or two after injury. After that, the warmth of heating pads or hot water bottles can help relieve muscle tension and spasms.

Pain medications: Over-the-counter acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin can help provide short-term relief of back pain. But don't exceed the dosing instructions. And see your doctor if your situation does not improve.

Rub-on relief: Pain-relieving ointments, gels, creams, and salves are applied directly to the skin and may help reduce stiffness and muscle soreness.

The good news is that about 90% of people with acute low back pain get better within 4 to 6 weeks. comment: Yep. Pretty standard response - focusing on treating pain relief rather than the cause. I find it amazing that RealAge did not mention Nutritional Supplements or Optimizers like Glucosamine or Omega 3 Fatty Acids as a possible relief not only for the symptoms of back pain but to address the root causes of degenerative disease.

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  1. My mother had suffer from back pain few years ago. But now she is ok. But after that I suffer from little back pain.

  2. Jack has left a new comment on your post "Back Pain": Chances are the calcium supplement you are taking now is a rock source of calcium. The label will say "calcium carbonate", which is nothing more than limestone. AlgaeCal Plus contains an organic, plant-sourced calcium form derived from a unique South American marine algae called Algas Calcareas™.

    MyAchingKnees response: Jack,...the Calcium supplement I take is a pharmaceutical grade product, called Active Calcium which contains 400 IU of Vitamin D3, 60 micrograms of Vitamin K, 800 mg of Calcium Citrate and Carbonate, 400 mg of Magnesium and 1.32 micrograms of Boron. Our products are listed in the Physicians Desk Reference, check page 3476 of the 2010 edition.

    Calcium carbonate contains more calcium (by weight) than calcium citrate. The absorption and utilization of calcium carbonate and calcium citrate are bioequivalent when taken with food and adequate vitamin D. At present, the amount of elemental calcium in the Active Calcium is 200 mg per tablet (4 tablets are a daily doses). It is not possible to provide this advanced amount of calcium from calcium citrate alone because calcium citrate contains less elemental calcium (by weight).

    Like I have written before, I would not take any supplement that does not have a USP certification. Beware of claims of "special" South American plant-algae stuff. I stick with Science.

  3. people with long working hours in the office sace greater problems.

  4. Glucosamine. I like your on-line name. I take a pharmaceutical grade Glucosamine every day.

    Anyway, office workers sometimes DO have a higher density of back problems,...sometimes due to body body posture....sometimes do to the sedentary lifestyle. A 5 minute stretch every hour, a walk a lunchtime (maybe doing stairs) and some physical activity afterwork can work wonders.

  5. Hey .. I have same problem. My mother suffering from back pain a few months ago. But now, she is determined. But after that I suffer from back pain small. I would definably take the benefit of it.

  6. There are various factors that contribute to back pain. Whatever we do, our back will always be vulnerable to pain. Keeping in mind the things to prevent back pain is the only key. And if ever you got back pain, don’t hesitate to seek professional help immediately.

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