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Back Pain Health Center

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  1. Whiplash - Topic Overview

    Your doctor can learn a lot about what is causing low back pain or other symptoms by watching you as you move, and by doing simple tests. Here are some of the things your doctor may do to evaluate your low back pain:Observe how you move. Spasms of the muscles next to the spine can create pain with any of these tests.Walking. You walk while your doctor watches you for things like how you move and carry your body, and whether you limp or favor one leg as you walk. Your doctor may also watch to see how you sit down, lie down, and get up.Flexion. You bend forward and try to touch your toes. If bending forward causes pain, it may mean you have a disc problem.Extension. You hyperextend your back by bending backward. Pain that increases when bending backward (extending the spine) suggests degenerative changes, spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis.Rotation and side bending. You rotate your back by keeping your hips still and turning your upper body from side to side to do a rotation test.

  2. Whiplash - Symptoms

    Many people older than age 50 have some narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) but do not experience symptoms.

  3. Low Back Pain - 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.

  4. Whiplash - Symptoms

    Symptoms of a herniated disc vary greatly depending on the position of the herniated disc and the size of the herniation.

  5. Low Back Pain - Prevention

    Lumbar spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by age - related changes of the spine, which can squeeze the spinal cord or its nerve roots. Some of these changes cannot be prevented; however, you may be able to control the severity of spinal stenosis by m

  6. Decompressive Laminectomy for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

    Decompressive laminectomy is the most common type of surgery done to treat spinal stenosis.

  7. 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 ...

  8. Lumbar Herniated Disc - What Increases Your Risk

    Find out what makes you more likely to get a herniated disc.

  9. Whiplash - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Fitness: Walking for Wellness

  10. Whiplash - Cause

    A herniated disc usually is caused by wear and tear of the disc (also called disc degeneration). As we age, our vertebral discs lose some of the fluid that helps them maintain flexibility. A herniated disc also may result from injuries to the spine, which

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