Published: Jun 17, 2011
Category: Prevention
There are many things you can do that can help to decrease your chances of injuring your back. The most common reason for back pain is a back sprain, which is what happens if you tear or damage the ligaments in your back or a back strain, when you tear or damage a back muscle.

Back pain prevention is all about being proactive in your daily life.

Back Pain Prevention Check List

Things that can damage your back and cause you pain and what you can do to reduce this risk:

Improper lifting,...

Published: Jun 17, 2011
Degenerative disc disease can be a very confusing term that is applied to lower back pain and is one of the most misunderstood.

Degenerative disc disease is not even a disease nor does it progress into a life threatening condition. It is just a term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you age.

As you get older the joints in your spine, like any other joints in the body, can degenerate (break down).  The cartilage in your spine becomes thinner and more fragile; this exposes...

Published: Jun 17, 2011
Category: Spondylosis
Spondylosis or osteoarthritis is a term used to describe the changes that occur in the joints and discs in your spine as a result of arthritis in the spine. This is a degenerative disease and once it has started with treatment you can only slow down the process but you can never cure yourself of Spondylosis.

This condition can first appear in your 40’s and will worsen over time. Luckily for most people these changes that are observed in the spine will be asymptomatic (will not cause any symptoms).


Published: Jun 17, 2011
Category: Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolisthesis occurs when a defect in the part of the spine causes the vertebra (bone) to slip to one side of the body. This will cause a gradual malformation of the lower spine and a narrowing of the vertebral canal. Symptoms of spondylolisthesis include back and leg pain.

There are 5 different types or spondylolisthesis grades with type/grade one being the least advanced and type/grade 5 being the most advanced. Spondylolisthesis is graded by measuring how much of the vertebral body has...

Published: Jun 17, 2011
Category: Bone Spur
Spinal bone spurs are boney growths that occur on the edges of the joints in your back. These slow to develop boney formations are a result of friction or stress on the joints over a long period of time. These growths often go many years without being detected and not all spine bone spurs will cause symptoms. You would only notice symptoms if they start to affect the nearby structures in your spine such as your spinal cord or nerves.

What type of symptoms you present with will depend on where...