Whiplash - Topic Overview
Doctors use X-ray images of a person's spine to measure spinal curvature. A curve or angle of the spine is measured in degrees and describes how severe the curve is. (The angle is determined by the intersection of lines projected from the top and bottom of the curve.) If the spine is straight, there is no angle; this would be a 0-degree curve. If the spine is curved, the angle can be measured. The larger the curve, the larger the angle or degree measurement. For example, a 10-degree curve is considered a mild curve, and a 50-degree curve is considered a severe curve.Many people have some curve in their spine. In fact, spinal curves that are less than 10 degrees are considered a normal variation of the spine. Curves that are greater than 10 degrees may be monitored (to see whether the curve is getting worse) or may need treatment.In addition to the severity of the curve, curves are described by their direction and location.Direction is based on which way the curve bends away from the
Low Back Pain - When to Call a Doctor
Low-Back-Pain-When to Call a Doctor
Low Back Pain - Prevention
Whiplash - Exams and Tests
Low-Back-Pain-Exams and Tests
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. Back problems: Proper lifting Fitness: Increasing core stability Low back pain: Exercises to reduce pain ...
Low Back Pain - Symptoms
Back Pain Guide - Topic Overview
Most people will have a minor back problem at one time or another. Our body movements usually do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or injury.
Low Back Pain - Surgery
Low Back Pain - Topic Overview
Spinal manipulation, also called spinal adjustment, is a treatment that uses pressure on a joint of the spine. It is used to improve pain and function. Manipulation can be done with the hands or a special device. The careful, controlled force used on the joint can range from gentle to strong, and from slow to rapid. Sometimes other joints of the body are also worked on to help treat the spine. Like most back pain treatments, spinal manipulation works for some people, but not for others. Spinal manipulation is safe when done by a trained health care provider. Afterward, some people feel tired or sore. But serious problems are very rare. If you have tight muscles or muscles that spasm, your health care provider may first use heat, ultrasound, or electrical current. This helps relax your muscles before you receive spinal manipulation.Who can do manipulationHealth care providers who are commonly trained do spinal manipulation include: Chiropractors.Osteopaths.Physical therapists.Medical
Low Back Pain - Coping With Chronic Back Pain
One Man's Story: "I started feeling sad and angry a lot. I didn’t want to do anything. My back was hurting more. I was having trouble focusing on my work. My life just started feeling smaller and smaller."- Ravi Read more about how Ravi learned he had depression and how he fought back. Low back pain can take a toll on your mental health. You may feel fear,frustration,and anger or have ...