What To Do for Sciatica in my Leg

Photo: John Ragal There are multiple causes of sciatica or back pain that radiates down the leg(s). The most serious cause of sciatica is when a nerve root in the spine is being pinched by a bulging disc or by arthritis-type changes in the spine itself. Not only can this cause shooting pain into the leg(s) but also weakness in the …

Low Back Pain: Treat With One Exercise

Photo: Chakra-Jnana Yoga/Facebook Backbends. Stand up, put your hands on your hips or low back, and bend backwards (obviously not beyond a comfortable stretch), likely around 30 degrees. Hold 1 second, then return to upright. Repeat 5-10 times. This is the single best exercise for the majority of patients with low back pain, and the …

Back Health Survey: Am I At Risk For Low Back Pain?

1. How frequently do you perform moderate-high intensity exercise? a. 5-7x/week b. 2-4x/week c. 1x/1-2 weeks d. rarely 2. How many hours/day do you sit on most days of the week? a. <4 hours/day b. 4-6 hours/day c. 7-10 hours/day d. >10 hours/day 3. How often do you perform back strengthening exercise or core strengthening? …

How to avoid BACK PAIN with reaching/bending

My patients with back pain typically fall into two categories: trauma vs non-trauma. Traumatic injuries can come from a major accident or an easy task done incorrectly (bending down to pick up shoes from the floor and then patient is unable to stand back up). Non-traumatic back pain frequently comes from repetitive poor postures and …

The danger of your first episode of Low Back Pain

Did you know that one of the biggest risk factors for low back pain is prior low back pain? It sounds obvious, but this has huge implications for you. It means that preventing a first episode of low back pain decreases your chance of having future episodes. Therefore, you are less likely to have chronic …

A busy mom’s PAINFUL Christmas

This is a true story. There was a busy mom who had four children. She hurt her back one day when she was at work. Her work was pretty strenuous; she cleaned houses. This was no minor back injury–she could barely stand up and walk. So working was out of the question. But how could …

Daily tasks that cause LOW BACK PAIN

These are some specific types of injuries that cause low back pain. 1. Falls. Falling can cause numerous injuries, from broken bones to torn muscles/tendons to internal bleeding and worse. So do whatever it takes to prevent falling. 2. Lifts. Lifting wrong is a major cause of low back pain. The heavier the object you are …