Stenosis supposes back pain

Oh my aching back! Backaches are very common. Aching backs may come from muscle strains and over activity. It can be attributed to incorrect posture, muscular and skeletal diseases, and arthritis. A new epidemic behind backaches is Stenosis, also referred as the sitting disease.

Whether you lifted or pulled something incorrectly resulting in injury, or developed some neuromuscular disease by gene or by side symptom, back pain seems to affect a majority of the population. A higher degree of sedentary lifestyles may gradually bring lower back pains. Those pains are associated with aging. Lately, studies seem to point that variances of lower spine vertebrae compression (due to all those years of sitting) may have thrown spinal discs out of alignment. These can then rub into nerves and muscles. These are the most common roots of chronic back pain. Of these conditions spinal stenosis appears to be a popular suspect.

Stenosis can happen anywhere. It is defined as an abnormal narrowing of a passage in the body. In the case of chronic sitting, the lower discs of the spine narrow and gradually result (in varying degrees) as a cause for chronic pains. Though they originate in the lower back, associated nerves and muscles can extend pain down one or both legs. In Sitting Disease, it is not an abnormal narrowing. It is a consequential narrowing predisposed of lifestyle. The common use of stenosis thus means narrowing happens as a result of the degeneration of both the facet joints and the intervertebral discs. Bone spurs develop (also called osteophytes) that grow within the spinal canal. The facet joints also enlarge as they become arthritic, which contributes to a decrease in the space available for the nerve roots. It is often attributed to aging but views are emerging stenosis results from an enduring amount of time. It hurts!!

Back pain is often ignored by many or viewed as a natural symptom of aging as the bones weaken and get “tired”. It is valid to see more people over 50 complaining about back pain. For some, osteoporosis (a weakening of bones) accumulate spinal compression fractures, over many years. Some of these may be painful while others may be contributing causes of death. Stenosis may not necessarily be associated with osteoporosis. Stenosis is a narrowing of a channel that results in misalignment. Osteoporosis is a general weakening of the bones and the mechanisms associated with bone health.

People with osteoporosis may have a chronic condition that weakens and fractures bones throughout the body. Stenosis is due to a chronic condition that compresses the lower part of your spine. The spine of the lower back is known as the lumbar spine. It contains 5 vertebral bones, the sacrum, and the coccyx that protect the vertebral column at the base. More people over the past decades have been complaining about aches stemming from this area. Why?

In the past 100 years, manual labor has shifted to offices. For the most part, these sit at desks at least 7 or 8 hours per day. In the past 60 years, commuting to work and back meant driving a car or sitting on public transportation. Also, television and computers increase sitting at home over long leisure hours. Students also sit at desks in school and when doing homework, in addition to TV. Gravity pulls the spinal vertebrae down over many years. The result is compressed lower spine issues. One of those is stenosis, and sitting too long may be a prime cause.

New stidies suggest that the more people sit each day, the greater their risk for chronic health problems, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Stenosis is only one. Poor eating habits and lack of exercise may lead to obesity and poor cardiovascular conditions.

Based on current data, about 1 out of 200 people over the age of 50 is likely to have spinal stenosis. Reports tend to predict that the ratio may actually rise to 1 our of a 100. Perhaps better radiologic imaging (magnetic resonance) helps detect this source of back pain and that increases incidence over the general population. According to the National Institutes of Health, “About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes.” A percentage of about 20% may have acute or chronic back pain issues that span from months to lifetimes.

The numbers seem to be clear. Any major pharmacy devotes at least one aisle to analgesics and accessories to help reduce lower back pain. It could be arthritis, or rheumatism. The widest scope from radiology is compressed fractures and spinal stenosis.

TV ads extol surgery and injections as possible cures but all have possible side effects. Perhaps the best avenue might be physical therapy.

Physical therapy, under a physician’s advisement and monitoring, may be helpful but requires a level of proactivity and follow-through that many people don’t pursue. Sometimes these therapists develop certain activity plans that don’t necessarily take into account the underlying disease.

It is common sense to routinely stretch, walk, and moderately exercise through your lifetime but few commit. Physical therapy requires multiple visits per week with home exercise. The treatment seems long.

Recurring back pain resulting from improper body mechanics is often preventable by avoiding movements that jolt or strain the back, maintaining correct posture, and lifting objects properly. Some of these are the results of poor learning while some may result from underlying conditions.

For some, low-impact, disciplined, stretching exercises such as Yoga or Tai Chi is recommended but, like physical therapy, take an easy class twice a week. Yet, where pain is significant, physical therapy under a doctor’s prescription, helps target the fundamental areas. Yoga may be used to follow the course of your treatment.

Spinal stenosis may be extremely painful. Check out your lower back pain with a competent neurologist, orthopedist, or pain-management professional. Stenosis and associated pain are products of prolonged inactivity.

According to the National Institute of Health:

Following any period of prolonged inactivity, a regimen of low-impact exercises is advised. Speed walking, swimming, or stationary bike riding 30 minutes daily can increase muscle strength and flexibility. Yoga also can help stretch and strengthen muscles and improve posture. Consult a physician for a list of low-impact, age-appropriate exercises that are specifically targeted to strengthening lower back and abdominal muscles.

1) Always stretch before exercise or other strenuous physical activity.

2) Don’t slouch when standing or sitting. The lower back can support a person’s weight most easily when the curvature is reduced. When standing, keep your weight balanced on your feet.

3) At home or work, make sure work surfaces are at a comfortable height.

4) Sit in a chair with good lumbar support and proper position and height for the task. Keep shoulders back. Switch sitting positions often and periodically walk around the office or gently stretch muscles to relieve tension. A pillow or rolled-up towel placed behind the small of the back can provide some lumbar support. During prolonged periods of sitting, elevate feet on a low stool or a stack of books.

5) Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. High heels, over prolonged hours of use, may hurt feet and back

6) Sleeping on one’s side with the knees drawn up in a fetal position can help open up the joints in the spine and relieve pressure by reducing the curvature of the spine. Always sleep on a firm surface.

7) Don’t try to lift objects that are too heavy. Lift from the knees, pull the stomach muscles in, and keep the head down and in line with a straight back. When lifting, keep objects close to the body. Do not twist when lifting.

8) Maintain proper nutrition and diet to reduce and prevent excessive weight gain, especially weight around the waistline that taxes lower back muscles. A diet with sufficient daily intake of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D helps to promote new bone growth.

For those people in the normal range, without other underlying diseases, avoiding spinal stenosis and lower back pain only requires some very often published common sense. Then again, many people just aren’t very sensible.

If Sigmund Freud or B.F. Skinner were alive today, he might describe lower back pain sufferers as latent masochists that deny pain by virtue of self-harm. Lower back pain is not due to a process of learned helplessness but the acceptance seems unavoidable. Take the pills and take the shots to relieve pain. Stenosis sufferers might find the most reasonable treatment mode is disciplined movement. The narrowing channel results from what we did (or didn’t do) in the past and the pain treatment is the impetus to help us learn to move within the context of the new spinal formation.

Vascular narrowing can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Respiratory narrowing leads to breathing dysfunction. Digestive narrowing leads to digestive problems. Spinal narrowing leads to lower back pain. All are treatable.

Is it easy? No. Sitting disease is addictive. Increased pain doesn’t always have to correlate with age. If you can move, demand and follow through with some form of guided activity from a physical medicine professional. You needn’t passively accept the pain that narrows your living options. There are approaches that, in may cases, deliver help.

Physical medicine specialists often work as teams. The network approach provides special braces and supports that aid movement when movement is difficult. There are progressive external devices called orthotics that help aid movement when motion is impossible or extremely painful.

Sitting disease, stenosis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and diseases like muscular dystrophy may result in high local and general pains. I think, where the is no cure, finding ways to move to alleviate some if not all pain may be one key to avoid the risks of drugs and surgery.

While stenosis supposes back pains, sitting in pain doesn’t really amount to much satisfaction. Sitting disease results from many years of doing something. Now you are forced to try something else.

Standing is healthier to fight sedentary lifestyle?

Is your workplace killing you? It’s a possibility. At 8-hours per day, work covers one-third of your life. It contributes to a sedentary lifestyle that is further enhanced at home. Thoughts are rising about how a sedentary lifestyle may be hazardous to your health. Dong something about it is easier said than done. Yet, each day you wait may result in some toxicity that is avoidable. Is standing healthier to fight a sedentary lifestyle? Are you ready to explore this further? The answers may surprise you.

It doesn’t take a lot of sense to figure out that there are several health implications due to more sedentary lifestyles. New studies are demonstrating how lower activity levels impact physiological activity in your body.

Physiology aims to understand the mechanisms of living – how living things work. Human physiology studies how our cells, muscles and organs work together, and how they interact. Changes and greater access to different modes of transportation and mechanics over the past 500 years may have affected human physiological systems. Some say they constitute the basis of new motion diseases and pains over the past few decades.

20th and 21st century technology improvements have radically changed lifestyle choices. More people rely on vehicular transportation than walking. People sit while listening to radio, watch TV, and “work” at their computer. Thankfully, mobile technology is helping take radio, TV, and computing features here and there but more people continue to sit. On the positive side, hand muscles may develop as more people text than speak on those mobile devices.

One recent study of young people, age 2 to 18 and their sedentary ways. Observations that the tested people spend 2–4 hours per day in screen-based behaviors and 5–10 hours per day sedentary. Some say that parents use TV as a form of babysitting. According to an article published by the American Association of Pediatrics, use of tablets is increasing among 6-month to 4-year age groups, sacrificing some other motion-related activities.

A relationship between sedentary behaviour and deleterious health consequences was noted as early as the 17th century by occupational physician Bernadino Ramazzini. Ramazzini catalogued how activity can change the make-up of nerves and muscles and the onsets of certain diseases. He is regarded as the father of occupational medicine by many.

Occupational medicine has become a multidisciplinary approach in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of workplace injuries and illnesses. Researchers in this field offered significant research in keyboard designs and the prevention of repetitive motion diseases affecting hands and forearms. Occupational medicine has explored and developed ergonomic approaches to prevent such diseases in offices and other work places. Some of those ergonomic approaches and recommendations are often not adopted by work areas or easily adapted by individuals.

The ramifications, however, are spreading wider beyond the scope of merely workplaces. Harvard researchers found in a recent February study involving more than 92,000 women that the more time participants spent sitting at work, driving, or watching TV, the greater their risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, or strokes. Basically, “too much sitting can lead to death” so excessive sedentary behaviors may be as threatening as smoking. It can also be addictive. Some believe that sedentarianism is an addictive disorder.

Many workplaces, where people spend approximately one-third of their lives, seemed interested in using work stands over traditional desks. One company, HubSpot, an inbound marketing and sales software company, purchased sit/stand desks that raise and lower with the push of a button for all 650 employees this year after staffers started asking for them. This simplistic and costly suggestion and implementation did not work as thought. Standing may burn more calories than sitting as hearts work harder to circulate blood upward. Standing also puts more strain on our veins, backs, and joints, especially if we’re overweight. This is why more chairs were introduced in workplaces over 100 years ago. Remember Bob Cratchett’s high desk in the Christmas Carol?

Prolonged standing causes health problems too. Plenty of studies show that it may significantly increase the risk of carotid atherosclerosis (a disease of the arteries in your neck) due to the extra load on your circulatory system to move blood to your brain. This may translate to the possibility of a stroke.

A study on economic costs of pain discussed that over 100 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain from muscles and joints. The study found that the annual costs of pain were higher than the 2010 expenditures of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Finding sources of pain and treatments might be beyond most Americans through lack of adequate insurance and knowledge. Highly technological diagnostic tests may be used to pinpoint possible sources. Where there is no specific cause, doctors may provide a diagnosis of fibromyalgia or rheumatism. Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common and chronic muscular disorder characterized by widespread pain, diffuse tenderness, and a number of other symptoms. Rheumatism is often associated with arthritis but a more debilitating form. Both might be associated with sedentary lifestyles but may also result from accidents and other things. The problem is that both fibromyalgia and rheumatism are blanket terms that may consist of hundreds (if not thousands) of possible causes.

Apart from steroid and non-steroid analgesics, acupuncture, or Reiki, physical therapy is most often prescribed as a possible bridge to pain relief. Physical therapy is often called medical exercise and is used for a wide scope of pain and mobility disorders. The efficacy of physical therapy has been questioned and proven as beneficial to some, long-term patient compliance tends to drop dramatically after a few sessions.

Chiropractors often discuss that gravity is a constant stressor to possible back pain and certain postural conditions that are pain associated.

More research is being focused on the effects of sedentary behaviors. If chronic pains and sedentariness prove more positive, exercise therapy may prove positive. Of course, 30 minutes of exercise daily may not reverse the possible negatives of chronically sedentary conditions, it is better than zero. Overall, physical activity lifestyle changes have been examined and recommended as probable mediators that may reduce the effects of many hours and years of being mostly sedentary.

Age, gravity, furniture, and other variables may, through your lifetime, result in agony. You could sit through it or start moving – even walking habitually at a brisk pace for a longer time span each day. It’s easier to say and listen than doing.

It is likely that most healthcare providers will recommend activity and physical therapy. Do your homework. It is strongly advisable to undergo a thorough medical examination prior to beginning a physical activity regimen. Sedentary behaviors may be life threatening but activity may be shocking to your body’s age-old balancing systems called homeostasis or survival through stability. Finding a balance between sedentary and active has been established to help support longer living and less pain.

Pain management specialists are licensed medical doctors that deal with people who have difficulties or pain associated with moving. Clinical research is continually being conducted to help determine which pain management therapies are the most effective in treating back pain and neck pain. There are various diagnostic paths to find the sources that might be ailing you. Pain management specialists are most commonly found in the following disciplines:

•Physiatry (also called Physical medicine and rehabilitation) – MD
•Anesthesiology – MD
•Interventional radiology – MD
•Physical therapy (usually Ph.D.)

The most important consideration in looking for a pain management specialist is to find someone who has the training and experience to help you with your particular pain problem. You must also find one who is willing to interact with you in positive, productive ways. Generally, other pain specialists and therapists may be involved in the course of your treatment. Guess what? Most will be anti-sedentary. That is why you need to create a cooperative relationship with the pain-management specialist who is monitoring your course of treatment. If sedentary lifestyle behaviors are at the root of your problem, they can help (if you feel positive).

One form of activity you can do at your desk is Progressive Exercise and one of the promoters is a company that produces products many professional physical therapists use. Progressive resistance exercise (PRE) is a method of increasing the ability of muscles to generate force. TheraBand is a selection of large rubber bands (generally 3 to 5 feet long each), with varying resistance gradients classed by color. There are groups of exercises that you can do at your desk or on your couch. These devices are available by many online and fitness stores. If you are in a physical therapy treatment, it may be advisable to speak with your therapist about this about whether this might apply to your condition.

Altering your current everyday tasks to increase your physical activity, may be painful if irresponsible. Sitting and moving require attention and perseverance. The acts of movement integration to your living lifestyle require patience and positive attitudes. Are you ready?