Category Archives: General

Effects of Good and Bad Posture

bad and good posture

Posture is the position of your body when you’re standing or sitting. It describes how your spine is aligned with your head, shoulders, and hips. Bad or out-of-alignment posture is common. It can affect your appearance, self-confidence, and general well-being. The good news is that you can improve your posture with exercises and posture aids. Bad posture can lead to many kinds of physical problems, from back pain to pain in your temporomandibular joint, to lack of balance and foot pronation. Good posture, like poor posture, is […]

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Sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica refers to back pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve. This is a large nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. When something injures or puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, it can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, and leg.  Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain, and often […]

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Cervical Spondylosis (Arthritis of the Neck)

neck arthritis

Neck pain can be caused by many things—but is most often related to getting older. Like the rest of the body, the discs and joints in the neck (cervical spine) slowly degenerate as we age. Cervical spondylosis, commonly called arthritis of the neck, is the medical term for these age-related, wear-and-tear changes that occur. Cervical spondylosis is extremely common. Over 85 percent of people over the age of 60 are affected. The condition most often causes pain and stiffness in the neck—although many people with cervical spondylosis […]

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Geriatric Injury

Geriatric Injury

Geriatric injury and geriatric trauma both refer to any traumatic injury that happens to an elderly (geriatric) person. Older adults are more prone to suffering trauma from minor mechanisms of injury and are less likely to recover. There are many risk factors involving geriatric injuries, such as degenerative changes in the central nervous system. As a whole, all organ systems experience a progressive decline in function because of aging. The decline in muscle mass can also compromise the elderly adult’s ability to maintain a straight posture. The […]

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Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a medical condition of spinal deformity. Letters C and S are mostly used to describe the curvature of the spine. The condition can be mild or disabling. Severe spinal curves can affect respiratory and heart conditions. But most often cases of scoliosis are mild with no known cause. Doctors diagnose the condition with X-rays and MRI scans. Any spine that has a curve over 10 degrees is diagnosed with scoliosis.  Symptoms If you have scoliosis, you have visible symptoms like:  Obvious curve back Uneven shoulders, […]

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

What is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)? Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a type of hereditary neuromuscular disorder. SMA causes muscle weakening and wasting (atrophy) especially in the middle part (proximal) and the lower part of the body. The disease is caused by the absence of a specific type of nerve cell in the spinal cord called motor neurons. Motor neurons are responsible for sending signals to the brain for muscle contractions. Without motor neurons, muscles cannot receive signals from the brain to make certain movements. That is […]

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Simple Solutions for Back Pain

no more back pain

There are a lot of causes why both men and women experience chronic back pain. In fact, almost all Americans experience back pains at one time or another.  Most back pains are associated with lifting items incorrectly, though some causes can be surprising. At times, even the simplest wrong move can hurt your back.  The pain that you’ll experience can travel beyond the point of injury. And there are back pains that can last days or even years. So you must take immediate action to address the […]

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Purpose of SoreBackBlog

SoreBackBlog is here to help you understand the pain and discomfort you experience with your back. I’m Graham M and let’s find this journey helpful to manage your problem. What I would like to see is for you to share your experiences and generate sensible discussion about what has worked for you and what hasn’t. A problem shared is a problem halved. By sharing your experiences with others, it helps you better understand what you are suffering. I have suffered severe back pain, and continue with some […]

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