Not all degenerated intervertebral discs are painful; a new study identified a subset of disc cells that triggers a pathway to pain.
Sciatica is the name of the pain from when something—usually a herniated disc, but other causes are possible, too—compresses, irritates, or inflames the sciatic nerve or one of the nerve roots that eventually link up with the sciatic nerve. Translation: pain up and down your leg—you might feel it anywhere from your buttocks to your ankle.
There are various possible causes of pain on the right side of the neck, including joint degradation, injury, and stress. Treatment depends on the cause but can include pain relievers, physical therapy, and surgery in severe cases.
The study, called the Manual Therapy and Strengthening the Hip (MASH) Trial, is believed by the research team to be the first clinical trial to assess the efficacy of a tailored physical therapy intervention matched to an at-risk subgroup of older adults with chronic low back pain and coexisting hip pain and muscle weakness.
People can make lifestyle modifications to help prevent spinal stenosis. These may include maintaining a moderate weight, quitting smoking, and practicing appropriate posture.
A variety of factors including injury, inflammation, and activity can cause back pain in seniors. Seated stretching is one strategy that may help seniors prevent or manage their back pain.
Neck pain is common, but working on your posture and strengthening your spine can help.
Screening for osteoporosis can show if a person has low bone mass and can potentially develop osteoporosis. Doctors typically perform a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan to detect if bones are weaker than usual.
Lower back pain is very common. It usually develops due to overuse or a minor injury, but sometimes there may be no obvious cause. Lower back pain can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition.
Back or spinal decompression refers to a group of treatments used to relieve pressure on spinal discs. A healthcare professional may recommend surgical and nonsurgical therapies for decompression.