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Back Pain and Back Support

Back pain affects eight out of ten people at some point in their lives, and low-back pain is the leading cause of job-related disability, as well as a leading contributor to missed work.  These statistics indicate why back pain and back support are critical to the health and well-being of many people.

COMMON CAUSES OF BACK PAIN 

 In most cases, back pain is a symptom of a medical condition, and there are many reasons why a person may suffer from back pain.  One of the most common reasons for back pain are mechanical conditions, or the way a spine moves.  Often this type of pain is caused by disc degeneration, which means that the discs between vertebrae are breaking down, normally a sign of aging.  The facet joints in the spine can also wear down, causing back pain.  Spinal injuries, such as sprains or fractures, can also cause back pain, and they can occur from twisting or lifting improperly.  Many times, back pain and back support are closely related, as the pain stems from lack of support, or poor posture, causing excess strain on the back.

BACK PAIN TREATMENTS AND BACK SUPPORT

 There are many treatments available for back pain, including rest, over-the counter or prescription pain medication, and physical therapy.  In addition, back pain may be treated with special back support devices.  In some instances, however, surgical treatment may be necessary to successfully treat chronic back pain, depending on what is causing the pain.

 BACK SURGERY

 Often, patients choose back surgery after all other treatments have not provided relief.   However, back surgery often relieves back pain, which increases activity levels, reduces the need for medications, increases productivity and promotes physical fitness.  There are several types of back surgery, including:

  • Spinal fusion – The surgeon joins vertebrae, restricting motion between bones, as well as limiting the stretching of nerves.
  • Laminectomy – Surgeon removes parts of the bone, bone spurs or ligaments in the back which relieves pressure on spinal nerves.
  • Foraminotomy – Bones at the side of the vertebrae are cut away to widen area where nerve roots exit the spine.
  • Disectomy – When someone suffers from a bulging or slipped disc, spinal nerves may become compressed, requiring the surgeon to remove all or part of the disc.  Often, disc replacement is performed at the same time.

Eminent Spine offers many products designed for use in back surgery, including the King Cobra Cervical Plate and the Copperhead Cervical Cage.  For more information on products available from Eminent Spine, visit us online.

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A Standing Desk May Be The Best Anti-Aging Secret

Sarah Knapton, The Daily Telegraph

The best anti-ageing technique could be standing up,scientists believe, after discovering that spending more time on two feet protects DNA.

A study found that too much sitting down shortens telomeres, the protective caps which sit at the end of chromosomes.

Short telomeres have been linked to premature ageing, disease and early death. So spending less time on the sofa could help people live longer by preventing their DNA from ageing

The research found that people who were frequently on their feet had longer telomeres, which were keeping the genetic code safe from wear and tear.

Intriguingly taking part in more exercise did not seem to have an impact on telomere length.

Prof Mai-Lis Hellenius, from Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, said : “In many countries formal exercise may be increasing, but at the same time people spend more time sitting.

"There is growing concern that not only low physical activity but probably also sitting and sedentary behaviour is an important and new health hazard of our time.

"We hypothesise that a reduction in sitting hours is of greater importance than an increase in exercise time for elderly risk individuals.”

Telomeres stop chromosomes from fraying, clumping together and “scrambling” genetic code.

Scientists liken their function to the plastic tips on the ends of shoelaces, and say that lifespan is linked to their length.

Researchers looked at 49 overweight sedentary adults in their late sixties and measured the length of the telomeres in their blood cells.

Half of them had been part of an exercise programme that lasted six months, while the other half had not.

Physical activity levels were assessed using a diary and pedometer to measure the amount of footsteps taken each day.

The amount of time spent sitting down was worked out through a questionnaire.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, revealed that although people who did more exercise tended to be healthier, the most important factor was how much time they spent sitting down.

Scientists found that the less time a person spent sitting, the longer their telomeres, and the greater their chance of living longer.

The study was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

This article originally appeared at The Daily Telegraph. Copyright 2014.

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