Those suffering from persistent back pain have a possible solution to look forward to:
CBS News profiled spinal cord stimulation Dec. 4, 2015 as a potential treatment for persistent back pain, sciatica, or neuropathic pain that has failed other treatment modalities.
The segment featured the story of Miguel Hall, and how spinal cord stimulation resolved the back pain that had sent him into deep depression. Ashraf Hanna, board-certified physician and director of pain management at the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater, treated the Hall with the modality.
“I have been performing the spinal cord stimulator implant procedure for 20 years at the Florida Spine Institute, and the technology is constantly improving,” stated Hanna. “In general, our goal is to reduce the patient’s pain medication and increase function. The beauty of this procedure is pain relief from using simple electrical stimulation. The spinal cord stimulator implant is a very cutting-edge treatment that has helped many patients by basically using a small, implantable device to replace pain with a more pleasant sensation.”
The patient is first fitted with a five-day trial device to test effectiveness, Hanna said. Wires are inserted through needles and connected to an external pager-size device. The patient wears the stimulator for 5 days while doing everyday activities.
“If they experience 50-60% pain improvement, then we have a reasonable candidate for the permanent implant,” he said. “Within a few weeks, we implant the stimulator under the skin including the small device, wires, and a small battery. The patient has an external controller that can be used to dial in the best programmable profile. We are able to reduce pain levels dramatically for many patients.”
Every minute of the night and day, for decades, Jaswir Grewal was in pain.
The constant ache in his back forced him to leave his jobs as a mechanic and banana grower. The pain troubled his sleep, made him irritable with his wife, depressed about his prospects and rarely left his thoughts. At times, he said, it felt like more than he could bear.
“It was like a bad toothache and a migraine all mixed in together. But those things are temporary and this was 24/7,” he said.
“They put me on painkillers to stop the idea of depression or, dare I say, suicide, because something like that will push people to that point and I’ve been near there. It has been like that.”
Until this week. Early on Tuesday morning, doctors at the Royal North Shore Hospital fitted Mr Grewal with a spinal implant that is already being heralded as a breakthrough in treating chronic pain – even though he was the first human to be fitted with a permanent version of the device.
The Saluda implant was inserted within the spinal canal, about five millimetres from the spinal cord. From there, the implant sends an electrical current through the nerves to provide relief in the area of the body that is experiencing pain.
Unlike conventional spinal implants, which are prone to giving patients electric shocks or dropping out of range when the person changes posture, it also has the unique ability to record signals back from the nerves immediately after they have been stimulated, and adjust its level of impulse.
“Nobody has ever been able to record these kinds of signals before, or do anything about them,” said pain specialist Dr Charles Brooker, who oversaw the operation and has no commercial arrangement with the manufacturer….
Read on http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/saluda-spinal-implant-for-pain-relief-heralded-as-breakthrough-20151013-gk7s9c.html
How are you dealing with your recurring back pain? I personally go toe chiropractor every 2 weeks to make sure to avoid any build up from taking place and I do some exercises every other day when I feel I should.
below is an excerpt of a good article about the various exercises you you might want to consider adopting too:
Exercises for back pain relief: 7 moves that can help and heal
Don’t suffer from a sore back in silence – try some of these expert approved moves to relieve aches and pains.
Our first instinct when suffering from back pain is to rest up and let the pain naturally subside.
But many experts agree that performing certain exercises can actually help strengthen your muscles, support your spine and relieve that debilitating pain in your back.
Not sure which exercises are good and bad for back pain? We asked the fitness professionals at Fitness First, who have found 7 of the best exercises to help.
Before trying any of these exercises, always remember to consult a fitness professional or doctor who can advise on the best options for you.
Beat back pain with… aerobic exercise
Start with short sessions and build them up over time. Good forms of aerobic exercise for those suffering from back pain include walking, swimming and cycling.
If you’re in the gym, opt for a bike which has back support, and if you’re swimming avoid any strokes that twist your body.
Beat back pain with… Pilates
Pilates works the deeper muscles in the body helping to strengthen your back. For those who suffer from chronic back pain or who are recovering from surgery and have finished with physiotherapy, Pilates is an excellent way to keep improving your back strength focusing on just a few selected movements and working a little at a time.A little and often with Pilates can make a big difference for someone who suffers with back pain.
Beat back pain with… wall sits
Start by standing 10 to 12 inches from the wall, then lean back until your back is flat against it. Slowly slide down until your knees are slightly bent, pressing your lower back into the wall,
Hold for a count of 10, then carefully slide back up the wall. Repeat 8 to 12 times…
Are you among those complaining of back pain and if you do have you have ever wondered what it is that you do that might make things actually worse?
I do and that’s why I suggest you read the following excerpt of a very interesting article on this subject:
How much work can the back do without strain?
About 80 percent of American adults complain of back pain and it is one of the most common reasons for calling in sick to work. Some $50 billion is spent on back-pain care in the U.S. each year. Still, it is difficult to know when we’re putting too much strain on the complicated mass of bones, nerves, muscles, joints and ligaments. One expert, Kee Kim, chief of spinal neurosurgery at University of California, Davis, explains what the back is capable of and how posture and core strength play a part in its job.
Giving full motion
The back provides structure and support for body weight and protects the spinal cord and nerves running from the brain to the rest of the body, says Dr. Kim. It also allows the body to move. “Even when you are sitting, your back is working,” he says. And there is pressure on the back even during sleep, he says.
The back probably does more work than the arms or legs, says Dr. Kim, but there are no hard data to prove it and the amount of strain a back can take is very individualized. Good posture lowers the amount of work the back must do. “It’s not just that standing and sitting upright looks better. When you slouch forward at your desk, you are putting almost twice as much strain on the disks than if you were sitting straight up,” he says. Obesity also makes the back exert more energy. “We physicians encourage overweight patients to lose weight to help reduce stress on the spine and improve efficiency of the back,” he says.
Manual labor can create problems over time. “One study found that the prevalence of back pain was 40 percent among manual laborers as opposed to 18 percent among those who had sedentary jobs,” he says…
Do you suffer from back pain too? An incredible amount of people do and some like me, actually will visit their chiropractor twice a month as a preventive measure in order to avoid anything worse from building up.
Whether you are under regular treatment or not here below is an article that covers some very interesting exercises than can really help:
Backache is becoming a chronic problem that people in the urban areas have to constantly deal with. The unhealthy lifestyle and stressful daily commute can be blamed for the same, but there’s little we can do to escape the pain. Exercising is one way to minimise the damage and help you get rid of the shooting pain that’s making your life miserable. So here are 9 super simple, must-do exercises that will surely benefit your back.
1. Lengthen the spine: This is an easy move that focuses on your posture. To lengthen your spine you need to stand straight without arching your back and take a deep breath while pulling yourself. Keep yourself at the same height as you breath out. Continue this breathing process that will strengthen your abdominal muscles and help ease back stiffness.
2. The pelvic tilt: Here you need to lie straight on your back with knees bent. Tighten your stomach muscles and flatten your back on the floor. Hold this pose for five seconds and repeat another two to three times.
3. The alternative knee press: This exercise works on your lower back muscles easing stiffness. You need to lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Using both your hands pull up one knee and press it to your chest. Hold for 30 seconds and return to the first position. Repeat with the other leg…
When you’re in pain you automatically walk over to your medicine cabinet for your favorite painkillers but here’s a story that might have you change that habit especially since it might get you better results:
A lot of people live with pain, from chronic conditions like arthritis or joint pain, or maybe from starting a new exercise.
Instead of heading for the medicine cabinet to grab some aspirin you could try looking in your kitchen cabinet.
As cbs2’s emily smith explained, there are things in your kitchen that can help you feel better.
Teri rogacki is 34, but her rheumatoid arthritis and lupus had her in excruciating pain.
“It was awful. I felt like i was 90-years-old waking up every morning. It took me at least 45 minutes to get out of bed,” she said.
When traditional medicine didn’t work, rogacki tried tart cherry juice every day on the recommendation of dietician leslie bonci, and it worked.
“Thirty days later, my pain was gone. Completely gone,” she said.
The key is, it has to be tart, and you have to drink it every day; 8 oz. Of juice or one tablespoon of the concentrate.
Bonci said it’s just one of many food products that can reduce pain.
Saffron has been used for centuries.
“This is like gold. Very, very costly, because it’s very, very rare,” she said.
Saffron adds unique flavor to foods, but it can also be taken as a supplement.
There’s no doubt about the fact those suffering from back pain will have to is to build up our core and back muscles as you will see by reading the article below
The Ancient Trick to Beating Back Pain
Stop hunching over your phone and sit up straight! Yes, right now. Turns out, your mom’s advice was solid. Not only does good posture make you look more confident, it may also save you decades of back pain. According to a new theory, a perfect primal posture can eliminate existing back problems and prevent the spinal disk degeneration that can cause future issues.
That’s great news considering back pain is a serious issue—it causes more ill health than any other factor, including heart disease, according to a 2014 study by researchers at the University of Washington. And while the causes of back pain vary widely, many experts blame our modern lifestyle: constant sitting, bending over screens, slouching while standing, and carrying heavy purses. Solutions to the inevitable cramps, aches, and worse (shooting nerve pain, anyone?) range from mild lifestyle changes to invasive surgeries to drugs.
One researcher, though, thinks the answer to our aches can be found in a history book. Esther Gokhale, an acupuncturist-turned-international researcher, decided to start studying back pain after undergoing two frustrating failed back surgeries. She was intrigued by research that found there were a few societies where an achy back was nearly non-existent. (Other things you can learn from those healthier than most? How to Live to 100, Starting Today.)
I am one of those guys suffering from lower back pain and I don’t even play golf! I actually go to the chiropractor every 2 weeks to get a preventive treatment and this has been going on for 15+ years every since I had a major infection which was so painful I never wanted to experience that again.
Her’s an interesting story about this topic:
Lower-back pain is perhaps the most common problem for golfers. While the reasons you might feel pain down there can range from a bulging disc to a narrowing of the spinal column (stenosis), it’s most often a soft-tissue injury (tears, inflammation, etc.).
A key reason for this pain is an overuse of muscles that aren’t strong enough or functional enough to handle the loads placed on them during a typical round of golf. This is especially true if you sit for the majority of your day and aren’t overly active. “The core muscles do two things when you swing,” says Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear (@ben_shear). “They stabilize the body and they rotate the trunk.” But if the lower back lacks stability when you swing, it can eventually produce injuries to muscle fiber and/or connective tissue..
Full story link here: http://www.golfdigest.com/blogs/the-loop/2015/06/fitness-friday-a-quick-fix-for.html