The lumbar spine, or low back, is a remarkably well-engineered structure of interconnecting bones, joints, nerves, ligaments, and muscles all working together to provide support, strength, and flexibility. However, this complex structure also leaves the low back susceptible to injury and pain.
The cushion pillow comes with a removable and reusable warm/cool gel pack to provide additional relief for any soreness or discomfort you’re feeling in your lower back. Warm up the back by placing it in the microwave for a few seconds and keep it cool by placing it in the freezer. Slide the gel back right into the pouch on the front side of the pillow. The removable firm insert allows you to adjust the firmness for more support or for increased softness based on the amount of relief you desire. It’s made from high-quality foam that maintains its shape and won’t flatten out over time. The hypoallergenic cover is removable and machine washable.
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^ Jump up to: a b Henschke N, Ostelo RW, van Tulder MW, et al. (2010). Behavioural treatment for chronic low-back pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (7): CD002014. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD002014.pub3. PMID 20614428.
If you fall into the 80 percent of the population that regularly suffers from back pain, take heart: One-third of aches due to a strain or a sprain improve in a week without medical intervention (the remainder may take up to eight weeks). But unless you do some spine tuning — strengthening your back through exercise and fostering healthier habits with our advice here — your odds of a recurrence within six months are about one in three, Dr. Moyad says. Keep your back in tip-top shape by avoiding these seven spinal sins.
Last episode, we tagged along with Lori, a 46-year-old bakery owner who went to see her doctor for three days of low back pain. We learned what types of questions doctors want to know when evaluating low back pain, we reviewed the anatomy of the lower back spine, and the more worrisome signs/symptoms that require immediate attention. We will now review the causes of low back pain, explain how sciatica can play a role, discuss imaging considerations, and finally the treatment grand finale.
People who prefer to sleep on their sides may want to consider a thicker pillow. For best support, it should fill space between the neck and mattress completely. A gusseted pillow is an excellent choice for this, and there are many options available to purchase here.
Sit back and relax! This ultra-comfortable backrest pillow provides firm support where you want it most. This pillow with arms is… great for reading in bed, watching TV, knitting or lounging! Filled with dense foam that doesn’t lose its shape. Bed rest… read more
OPTP (Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products) is known for its loyalty to the round shape of the McKenzie orthopaedic roll, producing it for nearly 30 years. The cushion features a foam construction available in the option of standard density or firm density depending on your preference. The roll is designed to sit along the curve of the lower spine keeping your upright.
Instead, the rising importance of back pain as a cause of disability reveals two important global trends: One, that we’ve gotten better at fighting the types of things that used to really plague people, like measles (down 94 percent globally since 1990). Second, and relatedly, populations around the world are aging. And old peoples’ backs hurt. (Indeed, the rise of back pain looks a lot less dramatic when the numbers are adjusted for age.)
This extremely popular 2017 article on Vox.com the “new science” of low back pain was praised by many because it superficially seems to be very modern and science-y, and it correctly dismisses a number of myths, but I think it’s an exasperating failure. It creates a strong impression of being scientifically rigorous without actually being so. It brims with promising science news about alternative treatments that do not actually stand up to more cynical and experienced analysis. Adding to the façade of scientific credibility, many of the right caveats and disclaimers about the “new science” are technically there — warnings about small effect sizes, mixed evidence, and potential flaws — but these cautions are also belated and consistently understated. The tone is overwhelmingly sunny and naïve, as though we are on the verge of a revolution in back pain treatment thanks to … a bunch of stuff that has been around forever and has clearly not been saving the world from chronic low back pain.
Low back pain can be caused by tumors, either benign or malignant, that originate in the bone of the spine or and spinal cord (primary tumors) and those which originate elsewhere and spread to these areas (metastatic tumors). Symptoms range from localized pain to radiating severe pain and loss of nerve and muscle function (even incontinence of urine and stool) depending on whether or not the tumors affect the nervous tissue. Tumors of these areas are detected using imaging tests, such as plain X-rays, nuclear bone scanning, and CAT and MRI scanning.
Discectomy (the partial removal of a disc that is causing leg pain) can provide pain relief sooner than nonsurgical treatments. Discectomy has better outcomes at one year but not at four to ten years. The less invasive microdiscectomy has not been shown to result in a different outcome than regular discectomy. For most other conditions, there is not enough evidence to provide recommendations for surgical options. The long-term effect surgery has on degenerative disc disease is not clear. Less invasive surgical options have improved recovery times, but evidence regarding effectiveness is insufficient.
Herniated or slipped discs: If your doctor mentions this, the soft tissue in the discs between your joints has come out. It’s usually caused by wear and tear. Herniated discs can cause pain in your lower back or hip because the nerves there are pressed.
There is one common denominator among most patients who suffer from severe cases of chronic pain: sedentary lifestyle. A majority of back, neck, and other muscle pains are related to imbalanced distribution of force throughout your body, which is created by working or staying in unnatural positions for extended periods.
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Back pain varies widely. Some symptoms (often called red flag symptoms) may suggest that the back pain has a more serious cause. These include fever, recent trauma, weight loss, a history of cancer and neurological symptoms, such as numbness, weakness or incontinence (involuntary loss of urine).
^ Jump up to: a b c Stockwell, Serena (2017-05-01). New Clinical Guideline for Low Back Pain Says Try Nondrug Therapies First. AJN, American Journal of Nursing. 117 (5). doi:10.1097/01.naj.0000516263.01592.38. ISSN 0002-936X.