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    1. Cervical Spinal Stenosis - Topic Overview

      Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal that occurs when excessive growth of bone and/or tissue reduces the size of the openings in the spinal bones.

    2. Whiplash - Medications

      When back pain occurs in association with scoliosis, the pain may be caused by problems in a muscle, disc, facet, or nerve root, or by a tumor. It is not usually caused by the curve itself. Some people may use nonprescription medicines such as aspirin and

    3. Whiplash - Topic Overview

      Bed rest of more than a couple of days can actually make your low back pain worse and lead to other problems such as stiff joints and muscle weakness. If you do use bed rest for a short time,remember the following guidelines. Sitting up in bed puts additional pressure on the intervertebral discs. Lying on your side puts a little more pressure on the discs than lying on your back. Trying to ...

    4. Proper Sitting for a Healthy Back - Topic Overview

      There is some evidence that heat will help decrease low back pain. There is little proof that cold will help. 1 But some people do find that heat or cold help them. Follow these suggestions if you would like to try heat or cold for low back pain. Heat to relieve low back pain Apply heat for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Moist heat (hot packs,baths,showers) works better than dry heat. Try an ...

    5. Whiplash - Topic Overview

      What is sciatica? Sciatica is pain, tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by the nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord into the lower back. Branches of the sciatic nerve extend through the buttocks and down the back of each leg to the ankle and foot. What causes sciatica? The most common cause of sciatica ..

    6. Lumbar Herniated Disc - Topic Overview

      What is spondylolisthesis?Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one bone in your back (vertebra) slides forward over the bone below it. It most often occurs in the lower spine (lumbosacral area). In some cases, this may lead to your spinal cord or nerve roots being squeezed. This can cause back pain and numbness or weakness in your legs. It can also lead to losing control over your bladder or

    7. Opiate Pain Relievers for Low Back Pain

      Drug details for Opiate pain relievers for low back pain.

    8. Anticonvulsants for Chronic Low Back Pain

      Drug details for Anticonvulsants for chronic low back pain.

    9. Whiplash - Exams and Tests

      Scoliosis testing usually begins with a history and physical exam. This includes the forward - bending test, a simple test in which the child bends forward at the waist, arms hanging loosely and palms touching, and the examiner looks for unevenness in th

    10. Whiplash - Health Tools

      Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I have surgery for a herniated disc?

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