Don't Rely on Signs of Cord Compression to Make the Diagnosis

Cervical myelopathy doesn't always present with obvious signs and symptoms. Sometimes people have this condition and don't even know it. Cervical myelopathy is a degenerative condition that occurs with aging. Adults affected most often are 50 years old and older. The term myelopathy refers to any problem that affects the spinal cord, but especially compression of the spinal cord. Cervical tells us the area affected is the cervical spine (neck region).

The Benefits of Homeopathic Care for Chronic Low Back Pain

No matter what causes low back pain, homeopathy may be able to help reduce symptoms, eliminate the need for pain relievers, and improve quality of life. These are the results of a study from Germany where the use of homeopathy is more widely accepted than in the United States.

Evidence Against the Use of Shoe Insoles to Prevent Low Back Pain

Can putting a simple pair of insoles inside your shoes prevent low back pain? What about using them to treat back pain once it starts? After conducting a systematic review of all the evidence, the conclusion was No to prevention and Not enough evidence to say for treatment.

Back Pain Again? Why Me?

Back pain once is a painful nuisance. But it usually goes away quickly. Then it's back to business as usual. Back pain that recurs is much more than a minor inconvenience. It can be chronic, disabling, and costly. In fact, it's estimated that recurrent back pain is one of the most expensive health conditions being treated in health care today.

Treatment of the Sacroiliac Joint: A Challenge

So far, we know that back, buttock, and/or leg pain truly caused by sacroiliac joint problems gets better when the joint is injected. The treatment is considered successful if using a combination of a steroid (antiinflammatory) drug and a numbing agent like novacaine (e.g., bupivacaine, lidocaine) reduces the pain by at least 50 per cent. Pain that comes back within the first six weeks after injection is a sign of treatment failure.

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