Doctor and patient expectations about back pain can differ sharply. Before you get frustrated with your doctor, or worry that he or she doesn't understand you, learn about the biopsychosocial model of health that doctors in the know apply to the issue of back pain.
Guest Post: Chronic Knee Pain after Knee Joint Replacement
Total knee replacement surgery has helped many alleviate pain and regain the ability to walk with ease. But the results aren't perfect - many patients have persistent pain after surgery. This guest article by a New Zealand occupational therapist and psychotherapist discusses some of the intricacies of persisting pain.
If you've been regularly practicing the exercises described in Dr. Lavine's Top Five Exercises for Your Low Back, your lower spine has probably made a lot of progress. Still, you might need something extra to achieve maximal results. What’s the most important exercise I’ve left off my short list? Stretching the piriformis muscle.
Our ancestors from the Stone Age survived because their physiology evolved to match the environment that existed back then. But the typical diet and lifestyle of today - far different from those of Paleolithic times - puts you at risk for chronic degenerative conditions.
Proper exercise is critical to alleviating low back pain and keeping it from coming back. Exercises for core support and spine limbering are well-established modalities in the war on back pain. But what about the specific effects of cardiovascular conditioning on the low back? Can low back pain sufferers help themselves by hitting the treadmill?