Print out and complete this form. Take it with you to your doctor visit.
If you are one of the estimated 100,000 Canadians who will be diagnosed this year with a contained herniated disc – also known as a ‘thrown-out back’ or ‘pinched nerve’ of the upper leg – the answer may be as familiar as your radio.
Back Pain: Herniated disk
You’ve probably heard people say they have a "slipped" or "ruptured" disk in the back. What they’re actually describing is a herniated disk, a common source of lower back pain.
Caregivers are at great risk of lower back injury when moving thier patient. Use these techniques to prevent injury.
Use this diary to keep track of the effectiveness of your pain treatment, and how your pain changes throughout the day. Print out this form and bring it with you to your doctor's office.
Some basic tips you will find useful in preventing back injury at work and at home
Unfortunately, medicine has few treatment programs that are highly effective for low back pain. One treatment that is becoming more common for low back pain is acupuncture. This treatment, however, is considered by many to be controversial and unproven. A large study was conducted to compare the effectiveness of acupuncture compared to conventional therapy which included 1,162 patients who had experienced low back pain for an average of eight years.
Regular exercise is your most potent weapon against back problems. It can increase your aerobic capacity, improve your overall fitness, and help you shed the excess pounds that stress your back and put you at risk of diabetes and heart disease.
If you suddenly start feeling pain in your lower back or hip that radiates down from your buttock to the back of one thigh and into your leg, your problem may be a protruding disk in your lower spinal column pressing on the roots to your sciatic nerve.
Healing will occur most quickly if you can continue your usual activities in a gentle manner while avoiding what may have caused the pain in the first place. Avoid long periods of bed rest, which can worsen your pain and make you weaker.
Back pain is a symptom that can arise from many causes. It can range from a dull, annoying ache to absolute agony. Many cases of back pain are caused by stresses on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine.
Low back pain is one of the most frequent problems treated by doctors. Four out of five adults will experience significant low back pain sometime during their life. After the common cold, problems caused by the lower back are the most frequent cause of lost work-days in adults under the age of 45.