Medical History and Physical Exam for a Lumbar Herniated Disc
During the first visit to your health professional for a possible herniated disc, you will be asked about your medical history, including: The pattern, intensity, and duration of your leg or back pain (you may be asked to complete a pain drawing to identify the areas and types of pain you have).Previous accidents, injuries, or illnesses involving your back.Family history of low back pain and ...
Degenerative Disc Disease - Topic Overview
What is degenerative disc disease?Degenerative disc disease is not really a disease but a term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you age. Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the interlocking bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist. Degenerative disc disease can take
Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET) for Low Back Pain
Intradiscal electrothermic therapy (IDET) is a relatively new, minimally invasive treatment for spinal disc - related chronic low back pain.
Discography for Low Back Pain - Topic Overview
Discography is a medical procedure that involves injecting a dye into the jellylike center of a spinal disc to help diagnose back problems. During discography,a doctor looks at the amount of pressure needed to inject the dye into the disc,whether it causes pain that is the same as your regular pain,how much dye is used,and how the dye appears on X-ray once it is inside the disc. Most people ...
Low Back Pain: Easing Back Into Your Daily Activities - 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 ...
Proper Sitting for a Healthy Back - Topic Overview
Slouching puts stress on your lower back and contributes to low back problems. When you sit,keep your shoulders back,keeping a slight curve in your lower back. Place a small pillow,a rolled-up towel,or a lumbar roll in the curve of your back if you need extra support. Sit in a chair that is low enough to let you place both feet flat on the floor with both knees slightly lower than your ...
Back Pain: Finding Help
Back pain help at your fingertips.
Chiropractic Care and Back Pain
Learn about chiropractic and its use in treating low-back pain here.
Low Back Pain Risk Factors
What are the risk factors for back pain?
Time to See a Doctor?
When to see a doctor for your back pain.