Employee sitting at his desk with back pain.

Occupational Back Pain and How to Avoid It

Back pain causes economic as well as physical distress. As the primary reason workers take sick days, back pain has a strong negative impact on both workers and employers. Government studies have shown that there are several important ways businesses and their employees can be proactive in addressing acute and chronic back pain. Taking these…

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How to Lessen Your Risk of Back Pain

Back pain is the most common reason for lost work days, suffered by the vast majority of people during their lifetimes. What is most important to remember is that most of these episodes of pain, even when quite pronounced, are entirely benign from a general health perspective.  Less commonly, such pain results from unavoidable causes,…

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Treating Myofascial Pain Syndrome

What is myofascial pain syndrome and are trigger point injections an effective treatment method? Myofascial pain has been described as muscle pain, a very simple and straightforward explanation. However, the fascia, where that pain actually originates, is proving to be anything but simple. There are organizations and conferences focused solely on gaining a better understanding of fascia…

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Osteoporosis and Back Pain

What causes osteoporosis and how does it lead to back pain? One of the leading causes of back pain is due to the fracturing of the vertebrae that make up the spinal column. This results in the space around the spinal column collapsing or compressing, which explains it being referred to as a spinal compression…

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Treating Back Pain

What are the most common options for treating back pain? Treating back pain is estimated to be a 60-billion-dollar business, just here in the U.S. While we can’t say that everyone will experience back pain at some point in their lives, we would not be very far off if we did. Back pain is second…

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Chronic Back Pain and Depression

How likely is it that someone with chronic back pain will also suffer from depression? At one time or another, the vast majority of adults in the U.S. will experience pain in their lower backs. Affecting four out of five of all Americans, the overall consequences of lower back pain are significant, personally and economically….

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Back Pain and Bed Rest

The most important thing to do with back pain is to avoid movement and pretty much go on bed rest, right? Some things in life simply make sense, like the importance of eating healthy food and consistently getting a good night’s sleep. Even when we get hurt, it is often obvious what to do. If…

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Are MRI Scans Safe?

Should I worry about having too many MRIs? We live in a world where it has become commonplace to casually talk about things that would have been laughed off as pure science fiction or condemned as witchcraft in the not too distant past. This is especially true with medical devices and procedures in use today….

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How to Maintain Proper Posture

What can I do to improve my posture? Whether we make the effort to maintain good posture or not, we do know that it is important. It does not take much research or study to realize that poor posture habits can only lead to the increased likelihood of back pain, injury, lessened mobility and even…

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Perils of Poor Posture

What are some of the dangers of not maintaining good posture? Posture is all about how we hold our bodies. We usually don’t give it much thought: it simply becomes the default position for standing, walking, running, sitting or lying down. Most of us would do well to reboot that default because our current posture…

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