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Interesting facts about backache

Discussion in 'Health Issues' started by priyauc, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. priyauc

    priyauc Bronze IL'ite

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    Most people just take their backs for granted – until they start playing up, that is. Nothing is quite as incapacitating as a severe backache. Or as painful. So how much do you know about your back? Read the following facts and find out.

    Going under the knife. In only 2% of cases where people have back pain, is surgery necessary. Physiotherapists, chiropractors and doctors can often sort out backaches. Surgery is sometimes necessary when back pain is relentless or the patient is experiencing nerve compression or incontinence.
    The lowdown on back pain. Most people have lower back pain. This is because the lower back bears the weight of the upper body. It also twists and bends more than the upper back.
    Bending over backwards. The spine consists of 33 bony segments, the vertebrae. The discs lie between these. They are tough and spongy and work as shock absorbers, and give the spine flexibility – the spine can in fact bend far enough to form two-thirds of a circle.
    Slipping up? If your back pain started after a trivial movement, such as picking up a book from the floor, you could have a slipped disc or a joint problem in your spine.
    Branching out. Nerves from the spinal cord branch out and leave the spine through spaces between the vertebrae at the levels of the discs.
    Not tonight, dear. I have a backache. Backache is second only to headaches as the most common location of pain.
    Sitting ducks. Many people who often have back pain, either lead inactive sedentary lives, or have inherited a genetic susceptibility to back pain.
    They don't call them stones for nothing. Severe intermittent back pain that goes down to your groin, could indicate that you have kidney stones.
    Not such good vibrations. Vibration often causes back problems, which is why truck drivers often have backache.
    You've got lots of company. In any two-week period of time, between 25 – 33% of all adults get some form of back pain.
    Tilt that angle. Cyclists often experience back pain, which can often be rectified by adjusting the angle of the bicycle seat.
    Down on all fours. Back pain became a part of life when humans started walking upright, rather than on all fours. The vertebrae were never really designed to deal with walking upright.
    Right down the middle. Pain in the middle of your back, which becomes worse after eating, could indicate a stomach ulcer.
    The centre of it all. The spine, for all intents and purposes, is like a central scaffolding for the rest of the body. The skull, the ribs, the pelvis and the limbs are attached to it.
    So why does this happen? In about 85% of acute back pain cases, the exact cause cannot be identified.
    Neighbouring organs problematic? Back pain can also be the result of abscesses, blood clots or tumours in other organs near the spine.
    Try this for strength. The spine is so strong that it can withstand the pressure of hundreds of kilograms.
    All on its own. Eighty to 90% of back pain resolves itself within a month to six weeks.
    Help or hindrance? Prolonged use of back braces and supports can actually weaken the muscles in your back, thereby contributing to the problem.
    Red alert. When certain conditions, are present together with back pain, such as loss of bowel or bladder control, numbness, pins and needles, rapid weight loss, a history of cancer, or drug use, pain unrelated to movement, the patient should receive immediate medical attention.
     
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  2. puni88

    puni88 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Priya,
    Thanks for sharing this info...

    ~Punitha
     
  3. Shanvy

    Shanvy IL Hall of Fame

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    hi priyu

    Thanks for sharing this information with all. Use of proper matress, exercises, posture correction can go a long way in helping reducing the pain.

    One word of caution, if you have severe back ache...do yoga,excerices after proper check up.
     
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    citralekha New IL'ite

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    thanks for sharing..
     
  5. Antu601

    Antu601 Senior IL'ite

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    really nice.
    thanks:)
     
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    Delo Senior IL'ite

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    My disc implant in T6 T5 took 5 hrs instead of the 45 minutes promised by the doc.Today is the 13th day post-op 'n am not happy with my progress.

    Anyone having gone through this please get in touch.I'd be indebted.
    Love,Delo
     
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    amsumi2207 New IL'ite

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    Dear Delo,

    You can try for accupressure treament which will give good results. You can visit
    Devendra Vora,
    Tel: 91-22-6495164
    9820154410
    Kamalabai Nimkar Library,
    Road # 1, Khar West,
    Near Madhu Park,
    Mumbai 400052.

    I read his books and i took treament from his student who is practicing in bangalore, for my slipped disc, now i feel much improvement.

    God Bless you.

    Regards

    Noorul Ameen.
     

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