Getting Through the Day With Low Back Pain
WebMD offers practical tips for living with low back pain.
11 Ways to Avoid Back Pain
WebMD offers 11 simple strategies for preventing lower back pain.
Back Pain Tests
Exams and tests to determine what might be causing your lower back pain.
Cervical Disc Surgery: Disc Replacement or Fusion?
WebMD tells you about surgical options for cervical disc disease, including disc replacement and fusion surgeries.
Neck Strain and Whiplash
Neck strain, or whiplash, occurs when sudden force stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in your neck. Learn more from WebMD about symptoms and treatment of the condition.
TENS and Electrothermal Therapy for Pain Management
A look at TENS and electrothermal therapy for pain management.
Pain Management and Spinal Stenosis
WebMD provides an overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatment of spinal stenosis.
Evaluating Low Back Pain - 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.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Medications
Treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis is done to relieve pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs and improve your ability to function and your quality of life. Medication may be used to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by spinal stenosis. Taking m
Use Heat or Ice to Relieve Low Back Pain - 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 ...