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Glute Weakness and Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain (LBP) has recently been reported as the greatest cause of disability worldwide. Additionally, 5-15% of all American adults will develop chronic lower back pain (CLBP) in their lifetime. Recent studies have shown that individuals suffering from CLBP are increasingly likely to have limited lumbar (lower spine) mobility, as well as decreased effectiveness […]

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Coping with Chronic Pain

For those suffering from chronic pain, it can be an affliction that touches every part of their daily lives. Chronic pain is characterized by long-lasting, dull pain, often with a burning sensation. Sufferers may have difficulty sleeping, carrying out household tasks, or any activities of daily living. Most importantly, chronic pain can wear on the […]

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Sleeping with Back Pain

For individuals suffering from chronic back pain, its consequences can pervade every aspect of their lives. Sleeping is no exception, as many deal with issues such as discomfort and poor sleep quality. In fact, 59% of these individuals report regular sleep disturbance. Lack of sleep alone comes with its own set of consequences. The average […]

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Back Pain and Your Diet

Seeing as back pain is a physical affliction, it is not surprising that individuals often think of physical treatment as the first response. However, for the multitude of people who want to take recovery into their own hands, their efforts often miss the most fundamental basis of health and body performance – nutrition. Both your […]

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Back Pain in the Workplace

When it comes to workers comp and lost workdays, back pain is the number one culprit. Over one quarter of surveyed US adults reported suffering from back pain within the last month. Perhaps the technology which allows our lives to be increasingly sedentary is to blame. 7 out of 10 full time employees in the […]

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Five Tips for Lumbar Herniated Disc Pain Relief

Aging along with continual wear and tear on our body’s natural shock absorbers (spinal discs between vertebrae) can weaken the lower back. When spinal discs become damaged, intense back pain can occur that may radiate to nerves down the leg and foot. Herniated disc symptoms may appear for no apparent reason or can be caused […]

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4 Ways to Improve Back Pain Now

With the number of people who suffer from severe back pain making up 50-85% of the population, most individuals will probably experience it at some point in their lives. An episode could last anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months, and once you have a bout of severe back pain, you are more […]

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What You Need To Know About Herniated Discs

When it comes to herniated disks, there are a few things you should know: A herniated disc is found in the structure of the spine. Discs sit between the vertebrae in the spine, acting as a cushion between the individual bones. When an individual is diagnosed with a herniated disc, it means something is wrong […]

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When Back Pain is a Spine Compression Fracture

Have a nagging feeling in your back? Is it just stress or something worse? The National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that approximately 700,000 people in the U.S. each year experience spine compression fractures due to osteoporosis. Here’s how to know when your back pain is a spine compression fracture. Recognizing the disease is the first step to […]

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The Connection between Back Pain and Smoking

Forty-two million Americans smoke cigarettes. On November 19, the American Cancer Society will hold the Great American Smokeout’s to encourage smokers to kick the habit for good. Need another reason to quit? Studies show that smoking contributes to chronic back pain. According to new research, smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to suffer from an […]

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