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Back Pain – “Could it be my kidney?”

It’s only natural  in the search for a self diagnosis that we point the finger at any organ in the painful area.  So if it’s at the front of the chest you think heart, and just the worry might be enough to give you palpitations! I’ll just say right up front that I’ve only seen relatively few people with back pain which didn’t come from a joint, nerve or muscles.  And that’s a good thing as it has meant that treatment and recovery was a relatively simple matter. But cases of kidney related back pain are out there.     What you’d be looking for with kidney issues Basically, if

Posted in Adults, Back and Hip

4 easy exercises for a stiff upper back

Gyms, running or walking are great for working out our lower bodies, legs or specific muscles,  but our upper backs often get forgotten or are under challenged.  It’s an important area, not least because of its connection to  healthy neck and rib movements. So why not try these exercises in between all that sitting or whilst you watch t.v?   The snake wriggle Sit with feet flat on the floor, preferably on something with a bit of spring like a mattress or sofa, cross your arms & hold onto your shoulders. Now try to produce a continuous & rhythmic side to side motion through your upper back – so it

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Think you might have a disc problem?

Hi everyone – however many that may be… Suddenly I seem to be seeing a lot of people with disc injuries, ranging from relatively mild to one particularly bad case that will probably end up needing surgery.  Luckily most don’t and they get better, though progress can be slow because of its properties and position jammed in between your spine.  You can’t exactly take it out and give it a rest! If you can identify with any of these symptoms, you might also have a disc problem, but before you get depressed, remember that many are mild and most get better! Tingling, pain or numbness running down the arm, the

Posted in Adults, Arm, Shoulder and Neck, Back and Hip, Sciatica

Low back pain – how to reduce the risk!

Hello all! If you missed it, the first part of this article was about the warning signs of back problems which you can find under the recent articles section of my blog. This one follows on by looking at how you can reduce and modify the risks to your back. I hope you find it useful.   Lifting Divide loads up to reduce the weight. Try to keep the natural curve of your back as you bend and lift.  Don’t use your back as a crane! And use your knees more for the lift, keeping the weight as close to your body as possible. Try using a halfway point rest

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Severe low back pain – Tune in to the warning signs

Trouble looming? Patients with severe low back pain often tell me that in the days before disaster struck, they felt something was “not quite right”. Or that they noticed that their back had been uncomfortable & stiffening up.  Other times, they’ll report a small injury in the weeks before which didn’t quite clear up. These are fairly common signs of something worse to come. And often the back will finally “go” for the stupidest of reasons – like putting something in a cupboard or picking something quite light up off the floor. You end up in an awful lot of pain and wondering just how bad things have come to

Posted in Adults, Back and Hip, Older People, Pregnancy

A story of a mild disc injury

Here’s a case of one in the lower back.  One which caused quite a lot of back pain, but no symptoms in the legs that usually accompany more severe disc injuries.  The leg symptoms I mean are things like sciatica, pins and needles, numbness or weakness in the leg from a nerve being pinched by a bulging disc or the inflammation from it. The Patient A fit manual worker in his early thirties who hobbled in one day, bending sideways to the left to avoid pain, and having a lot of trouble walking and staying upright. I don’t know if you’ve ever ‘been there’ – I have and it’s crippling. 

Posted in Adults, Back and Hip, Conditions, Sciatica