Pain in the lower back, lower limbs, buttocks and/or groin is often attributed to sciatica. Sometimes, however, the cause of discomfort isn’t sciatica at all, but rather problems associated with the sacroiliac joint, or SI joint.
If you suffer from arthritis that causes joint pain or disability, you are not alone. Arthritis affects nearly one quarter of all adults in America and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. There are more than 100 different types of this common cause of joint pain and discomfort, and it affects people of all ages, genders and ethnicities.
The term “minimally invasive” is frequently used in healthcare, but many patients don’t fully understand the differences between a minimally invasive and traditional or “open” procedure. If a doctor has recommended spine surgery to treat your back pain, a minimally invasive procedure may be an option.
Back pain is one of the most common ailments among adults and a top contributor to missed work among U.S. workers. In fact, about 80 percent of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime.
It may seem inevitable, but the reality is that our lifestyle and habits can play a major role in our overall spine health. Making choices today to take care of your spinal cord health (back and neck) can help reduce the chances that you will experience back pain in the future.
The cervical spine — the part of the spinal column commonly known as the neck — is comprised of seven bones called cervical vertebrae. Between the vertebrae lie cervical discs, which, much like the discs found throughout the rest of the spine, act as a cushion between the vertebrae and absorb shock, allowing the neck to move freely.
Did you know that the most common source of back pain is an injury caused by simply performing an everyday activity, such as lifting a box off the floor, the wrong way? Most of us will experience low back pain at some point in our lives, whether it be minor or severe. The good news is that preventing back pain isn’t difficult, and young adults who take the right steps now can prevent chronic back pain in the future.
Back pain can range from merely annoying to debilitating, but even when it’s truly painful, it may not necessarily be caused by something serious or require medical treatment. In fact, in about 90 percent of cases, back pain will actually resolve on its own.
Got back pain? Your aching back may be more the result of your daily lifestyle than a serious underlying condition. Do you spend most of your day sitting at the office? Do you wake up with a stiff, sore back every morning? Are you getting enough exercise?
The average American spends about 44 hours per week at work. If you work for 40 years, that equates to more than 90,000 hours of your life spent on the job. Whether you’re working moving up the corporate ladder or just trying doing what you can to pay the bills, the nature of your profession and the demands it places on your time both have a direct impact on your health.
Back pain is extremely common and can be blamed on a number of potential causes, including accident, injury, a spinal condition or muscle strain. In fact, muscle strains in the lower back are the most common causes of low back pain. Houston back surgeon Dr. Vivek Kushwaha gives his opinion about this matter.