The holidays are swiftly approaching and for most people the holidays bring friends, family, and a lot of traveling. Back pain is incredibly common across the globe – it is the single leading cause of disability worldwide and prevents millions of people from completing everyday activities. Traveling with back pain can be made simpler by following a few of these tips from our friends at Spine-Health.
Our primary goal here at Nebraska Spine Hospital is to provide each and every patient with the best care possible. We take great care in monitoring our patients before, during, and after their stay with us. One way in which we go above and beyond for our patients is informing them of what to expect at each step of the process,
Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis are both very common spinal disorders – to the tune of more than 3 million cases each year. While these disorders can affect people of all ages, children and adolescents are most susceptible due to their developing spines.
Spondylolysis occurs when there’s a crack or stress fracture in a vertebra.
We’ve often found that recovery from spine surgery is the last thing on our patients’ minds, especially any preparations that will have to be made at home. Because of that, we try to bring it to their attention during pre-operative visits by asking questions. We’ll ask about the setup of their home. Is it a one-story or two-story home?
Throughout the course of any given year, 15% of US adults experience neck pain that lasts about a day. It’s no surprise that neck pain is so common. The cervical spine provides support to the human head which weighs 11 pounds on average. That’s the equivalent of a medium-sized bowling ball!
While neck pain is common,
Bone grafts in spine surgery are most commonly used to help fuse vertebrae together during a spinal fusion surgery. A bone graft is a tiny piece of bone that acts as the cement to fuse the vertebrae together. Bone grafting can be done with three different types of grafts:
- Autograft – pieces of a patient’s own bone
- Allograft –
Spine fusion surgery is when a surgeon fuses two or more vertebrae together using a bone graft. The bone tissue will continue to grow and permanently lock the vertebrae together. A spine fusion limits movement of the spine, which may help to relieve back pain. And while the spine may not be as flexible as it was prior to the surgery,
Tai Chi is a form of exercise that is often referred to as meditation in movement. It embodies three main components: movement, breathing, and meditation. In practice, it consists of slow, deliberate movements of the body that involves more movement than yoga, but is less jarring than traditional aerobic activities like running.
Back pain varies greatly on a case-by-case basis. Even if two of our patients have the same spinal condition, their experiences differ in terms of pain intensity, manageability, and timing of flare-ups.
That being said, back pain can usually be classified as either acute or chronic back pain. Being able to describe your pain is extremely important when seeking medical attention for your back pain,
Several recent studies have found meditation for back pain relief an effective treatment. One of the most noticeable differences between meditating for back pain relief and other treatment options is that with meditation, you aren’t having something done to you like a surgery. Instead, you’re doing something for yourself.
- Participants’ perception of pain significantly decreased after just three 20-minute sessions.