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Poor Posture Can Cause Poor Health

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Posture is the expression of how our body is aligned and balanced. It is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves and our environment. Read more


Epidural Steroids for Back Pain may cause Serious Risks

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injection-114442758FDA Cautions against Epidural Corticosteroid Injections for Back Pain


Back and neck pain are common conditions seen at Vancouver Spine Care Centre. Some patients are occasionally offered epidural injections with a mixture of medications by a medical specialist.

But a new warning by the US Food and Drug Administration cautions that there may be serious risks associated with this practice. It is also widely accepted that this form of treatment often produces no lasting benefit and may be quite painful.

The FDA reported in April 2014 it has not established the effectiveness and safety of epidural administration of corticosteroids for the management of back and neck pain. As a result of this position, the FDA has not approved this treatment.

Adverse effects have been reported and are often temporary, lasting several minutes to days. However, many patients reporting adverse effects did not recover and suffered brain edema, seizures, weakness, numbness, tingling, dizziness, blindness, stroke, paralysis, and in some cases, death. Read more


Has Chronic Back Pain Got You Down?

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Chronic Back PainChronic back pain, like any other ongoing pain problem, not only limits activities, it can also take a very big emotional toll on the sufferer. Fortunately, there are some effective steps that you can take to reduce the pain and to cope with it emotionally. Read more


Check out the new Empowered Health segment

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Empowered Health produced a segment on Spinal Stenosis. Check it out on Youtube!OK


What is Spinal Stenosis?

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Spinal Stenosis is the gradual narrowing of the spinal canal due to progressive degenerative changes of the discs and joints of the spine. The nerve bundle of the spinal cord and the spinal nerves themselves can become pinched leading to severe pain and weakness in the limbs. Over time, the nerves to the bladder and bowel may also be adversely affected and surgery may be necessary to slow down the process. 5 out of every 1000 persons over the age of 50 will suffer from some degree of spinal stenosis and it is the leading reason for spine surgery in persons over 65. Modern imaging is making the diagnosis of spinal stenosis easier, and in recent years has shown that the changes leading up to this condition actually begin at a very young age in some people. Read more


Chiropractic Techniques for Spinal Stenosis

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Spine is one of the most important part of the human body. Any injury or disorder will not allow you to do even a routine normal work like walking, holding an object or washing clothes. You become completely helpless and pain cripples you throughout your body. But there is no need to panic. Go through the blog, it will acquaint you with the most effective remedial measures.

Though spine is the most important part of the human body, its health is very often overlooked. The common condition that affects the health of a spine are accidents and whiplash, computer back syndrome, foot pain and orthotics, injured on the job, low back pain, pregnancy, sports injuries and fibromyalgia.
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Spinal Stenosis Need Specific Strengthening Programs

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Spine protects the spinal cord and allows us to stand and bend. And narrowing in the center of the spine cause spinal stenosis and this puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves and can cause severe pain. This is actually a very common disorder that unfortunately considered a natural part of growing older.

The symptoms are dependent on the location of narrowing of spinal cord pathway. And if there is no any spinal cord or nerve compression, the stenosis does not cause any pain. Depending on the level of pain one is facing, the type of chiropractic technique and strengthening program is used by the expert chiropractors. Experienced chiropractors like Dr Dean Greenwood check out every symptoms of the stenosis carefully including tingling or weakness, numbness, pain in shoulders or neck, muscle weakness and so on.
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Early Diagnosis for Treatment of Spinal Stenosis

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For easier treatment, early diagnosis of spinal stenosis is a must. The problem is due to the narrowing of spinal cord. Narrower the spinal cord the more serious problem it will be. This is why one requires consulting an expert chiropractor as soon as the symptoms of spinal stenosis are observed.

As far as symptoms are concerned, it varies as per the location of the stenosis. When it takes place in the neck, symptoms will include pain in the shoulders and the neck along with tingling in the arms or hand. But when the symptoms occur in the lower back part, it cause back pain with the weakness or cramping in the legs. And the situation gets worse when one walks or remains stand for a long period. Even, in some cases, the narrowing of spinal cord can cause a loss of bladder control.
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Chiropractic treatment for chronic pain related to spinal stenosis

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The chronic pain that is caused due to spinal stenosis will worsen if left untreated. The pain caused due to spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal can be felt in any part of the body. However, it is generally felt in the lower back region, neck region and in the legs.

The condition of spinal stenosis is hard to diagnose in the early stages, but continues to worsen with time. Once the pain become severe, it continues to get worse. All the more, people try different types of treatment before consulting a chiropractor in Vancouver.
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Chronic Spinal Pain Treated Using Chiropractic Treatment

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“I love going grocery shopping with my wife. My back pain goes away! I lean over the cart as I push it along, following her as she loads it up.”

You may chuckle at this scenario, but it is a great example of self-treatment for a person with stenosis. Flexion relieves pain, and extension of the spine or walking downhill or stretching irritates your back if you have stenosis.

In the normal disc, the spinal canal is wide. It offers plenty of space for the spinal cord and its exiting nerve. However, in a stenotic canal, the spinal canal opening is small and does not offer enough space for the spinal cord and spinal nerves. This causes pain. Stenosis can result from a congenital issue (you were born with a small canal) or a developmental issue (you are aging and the disc is shrinking and leaving less space for the cord and nerves). Read more


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