5 Foods that Benefit Bone Health

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All-day long our bodies are hard at work. Our organs, muscles, and bones all work together to keep us alive and take us to where we need to go. Because it’s the season of showing thanks and giving, give your body some love by eating nutritious and healthy foods to help your bones and joints. Here’s a list of ideas to get you started. 

 

(Dark) Leafy Greens

 

Sure, if you aren’t used to ever eating leafy greens at all, then iceberg lettuce is a great way to start. But if you want to do your body a favor, try eating dark greens like spinach, kale, bok choy, or collard greens. These veggies are packed with calcium and even vitamin K. Calcium helps strengthen your bones and keeps your joints happy, while vitamin K can reduce your risk for developing osteoporosis. Try throwing some greens in with your morning omelet or smoothie for a nutritious breakfast. 

 

Fruit

 

While veggies and dairy products are known for their calcium-rich benefits, some fruits may also surprise you. For example, figs have approximately 90 milligrams of calcium. Similarly, when manufactured with added calcium, orange juice also offers a surplus in calcium. Even grapefruit and prunes are beneficial for your bones. With potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C, these fruits do more for your body than you might realize. So, have a glass of orange juice or a slice of grapefruit with breakfast and snack on some figs or prunes with your lunch. 

 

Dairy(ish) Products

 

From a young age, many of us have been taught to drink our milk because it makes our bones strong. That’s true, but cow’s milk isn’t the only type of dairy to provide precious nutrients to our bodies. Almond, soy, and coconut milk is also chock-full of calcium and vitamin D. Pouring a bowl of calcium-fortified cereal with your choice of milk makes for a hearty meal of calcium and a great gift for your body. 

 

Fish

 

Fish carry surprising amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Sardines and pilchards are good examples of the fish that carry enough calcium to really benefit your body, while other oily fish like salmon and mackerel are sources for vitamin D. If you aren’t a fan of fish or seafood, consider taking fish oil pills or other supplements like vitamin D or magnesium. 

 

Desserts

 

You wouldn’t guess that Nutella crepes have 93 milligrams of calcium, but lucky for us, they do! Even if you are on a calcium-based diet, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice sweets. Some desserts can be baked in a way that they are full of calcium. Cheese fondue, cheesecake, or almond butterscotch bars may not be great for your waistline, but in moderation, they can be a great calcium dessert. 

Calcium and vitamin D are essential parts of our diet. These nutrients give us energy and provide our bodies with the elements they need to function properly, and they are especially important for our bones. Give your bodies a little extra “thanks” for all they do this fall by eating foods that will benefit your joints and bones.

12 Healthy Chicken Dinner Ideas Based On Cultural Cuisines

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In college, you learn a lot⁠—whether it’s about your major or yourself. Something I learned in college was that I loved cooking. Most college kids are stereotyped to not know a thing about cooking and to only eat ramen. But many students want to become better cooks and experience new foods. However, cooking can be expensive, especially when using meat. Chicken is a good meat option found across the world because you can buy it frozen in bulk for a good price, plus it’s a good source of protein and you can do a lot with it. Here are 12 chicken dinner ideas for you to experiment with based on different cultural cuisines. 

American

American food has a certain level of comfort to it, which makes it perfect to cook and eat when you are homesick. Being homesick in college is depressing, but with the right recipe, you’ll be feeling better in no time. 

Homemade Chicken Strips

If you want the comforts of your favorite diner without going out, try making some chicken strips at home. This recipe is even a healthier alternative since the chicken is baked, not fried. 

Chicken Salad Sandwiches 

Whether you put it on sandwich bread or a croissant, chicken salad is always a delight. Plus, this recipe is easy to make with canned chicken if you don’t have fresh or frozen available. 

Mexican

If you want to turn dinner into a fiesta, then start by cooking some Mexican recipes. Mexican food can be spicy or mild, but it’s almost guaranteed to be tasty. 

Chicken Burritos

The beauty of most Mexican food, like burritos, is that you can dress it up however you like. If a recipe calls for sour cream but you don’t have it or want it, simply leave it out. It’ll still taste great. 

Chicken Enchiladas

If you aren’t starving after class and you have time to cook something in the oven, try making enchiladas. Some people struggle with rolling the stuffed tortilla, but it still tastes great even when it’s imperfect. 

Italian

If you want to experience the facade of Olive Garden without paying the price of dinner, make Italian food at home. It will be almost as good as a restaurant, just without the breadsticks. 

Chicken Alfredo

With a jar of alfredo sauce to simplify this recipe, dinner can be served quick and delicious⁠—giving you plenty of time to get your homework done.

Chicken Parmesan

If you want to work on your breading and frying skills while also enjoying the melting of mozzarella cheese, challenge yourself with a night of chicken parmesan. 

Asian

The Far Eastern and Indian cuisine are packed with flavors, however, that flavor can only be achieved with the right spices. This makes these recipes more expensive because of the extra ingredients you may need to purchase. However, they are long-lasting ingredients and fun to cook with. Don’t let the extra cost keep you from experimenting with new dishes. 

Terriyaki Chicken

Whether you eat it on its own or with some rice and broccoli, teriyaki chicken is a simple, yet yummy dish. 

Sweet and Sour Chicken

This might be a recipe you are inspired to share with your roommates, who can be both sweet and sour. 

Indian

Butter Chicken

If you leave something out of this recipe, I won’t judge you. Leaving out a teaspoon of a spice won’t ruin butter chicken⁠—it’s just too good. 

Chicken Curry

Curry can be similar to a soup depending on how thick you make it, but it always pairs well with white rice. Yum!

Thai

Chicken Pad Thai

This recipe can seem a little more complicated which makes it a perfect recipe to cook with a friend or a date. But be sure to omit the peanuts if you are allergic!

Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles)

If you enjoy the taste of basil, you will love this recipe. It is more intricate, so make sure your cooking skills are practiced before attempting this one. 

Whether you share with your friends or eat it all by yourself, these dishes will give you plenty of chicken dinner ideas to try throughout the semester. 

4 Ways to Help Your Dentist Appointment Go Smoothly When You’re Scared of the Dentist

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If you dread going to the dentist, you are not alone. Millions of Americans have a fear of dentists. Dentophobia, a fear of dentists, can leave adults avoiding their dental appointments at all costs. Not seeing the dentist regularly can heavily and negatively impact oral health. Oral health problems are painful and could become dangerous if they aren’t properly treated. Instead of letting your fear keep you from going to the dentist, try to overcome it, or at least lessen it, with these four suggestions.

1) Your Dentist

Perhaps you dislike going to the dentist because your personal dentist doesn’t make you feel comfortable. Seeing a caring dentist can help ease your anxiety. Most dentists will be patient and gentle as they work on you to try and help you relax. Try seeing a new dentist if you feel like your dentist stresses you. Be open with your dentist about previous experiences and how dental procedures can give you anxiety or stress. See if your dentist has any suggestions on how they can help you feel more comfortable during your appointment.

2) At Home Health

One reason people don’t like going to the dentist is because of dental procedures. Some of the dental procedures can be uncomfortable or painful. The best way to avoid those less desirable procedures, like fillings or dreaded root canals, is to 1) take care of your teeth every day at home 2) go to the dentist for regular cleanings. Carefully brushing and flossing your teeth every day helps prevent tooth decay. It removes harmful plaque and keeps your teeth and gums healthier. At a regular dental cleaning your dentist/hygienist does a deeper cleaning and plaque removal off your teeth. Even though having the hygienist scrape the plaque off along your gum line is not exactly anyone’s favorite feeling, it beats getting a cavity filled any day.

3) Distract Yourself

Instead of fixating on scary sounds, sights, or smells during your dentist appointment, distract yourself. Listen to music or an audiobook to concentrate your mind on something else. Plus, if you are listening to something you enjoy, it could help your appointment seem to go by quicker. Try putting in earphones, turning up your music or audiobook, closing your eyes, and focusing solely on what you are listening to.  

4) Communicate

You can also try a completely opposite approach than distracting yourself. Ask your dentist to tell you what he is about to do before he does anything. This way you can mentally prepare yourself for whatever your dentist is doing. Part of why people fear the dentist is because they feel a lack of control. Conversing about what is currently or about to happen during a procedure can help you feel like you are gaining some of that control back.

Although the dentist’s office may not ever become something you look forward too, you have the ability to make it something that is less scary to you. Don’t avoid the dentist because of fear, but do take precautions and try things to help you feel relaxed during your visit. Your oral health is important, and overcoming your fear of the dentist is an important step in keeping your mouth healthy.

5 Important Steps To Take After An Accident

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If you’ve never been in a car accident, consider yourself lucky. Even the best of drivers are at risk of being in an accident, so even if it’s only a fender bender, getting in an accident can be a stressful experience.

Doing the wrong thing after an accident can get you in trouble, so it’s best to arm yourself with all the information you need just in case you find yourself in an accident.

Keep Calm and Don’t Admit Fault

The moments after an accident can go fast, be confusing, and stressful. Even though it’s difficult, do your best to stay calm. If the other driver was being careless and was at fault it might be tempting to yell at them, but this can only add more stress to an already stressful situation.

It’s also important that even if you were at fault in the accident, you should never admit to fault until you’ve talked with a car accident attorney. Admitting fault may feel like the right thing to do but in some states it can be held against you. 

Try Moving to Safety

If your car is really in rough shape after your crash, you may not be able to move your car. It’s also important to note that some states require that you leave your vehicle “as is” until you contact law enforcement. It’s best to find out individual state laws, so you can follow them as best as you can. An attorney, your insurance agent, or even someone at your local DMV should be able to help you.

If you can move over to the side of the road (and you’re not breaking any laws), it can keep traffic flowing and reduce the risk of subsequent accidents.

Call 911

If you’re not sure whether the accident is severe enough for a police officer to come and write a report or assess damage, it’s best to call 911. The dispatcher can help you and tell you what you need to do.

If someone is injured or there is visible damage to the vehicles or property, you definitely need to call 911.

Assess Your Injuries

Many people who are involved in an accident are in shock after the crash occurs. Sometimes injuries don’t appear until hours or even days after the crash. While you have the right to refuse medical attention, it’s always a good idea to get checked out to make sure you don’t have any internal injuries or traumatic brain injury.

Collect Information

Your recollection of the accident will not be as accurate as it is right after it happens. If you are able, take pictures of the damage, the scene, and record your account of what happened. It’s also a good idea to get the contact information of any witnesses and exchange information with the other driver.

If you end up filing a claim after an accident or you get called into court, all of this information may be required. Time has a tendency to change the details of an event (it’s only natural), so the sooner you record your own account, the better.

5 Reasons to See a Urologist

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Urologist. It’s a word that you don’t hear too often. A urologist is a type of doctor that specializes in treating the urinary system. You should visit a urologist when you face a problem with your urinary system because they provide specialized treatment tailored to the symptoms you have. However, one question faced by many is “how do I know whether to see a urologist or an in-house doctor?” There are six symptoms that show you may be in danger of a serious illness and need to see a urologist immediately.

Blood

Blood in your urine is a sure sign you need to see a urologist. If blood is present in your urine, it’s called hematuria. Hematuria is caused by certain medications, or infections among other causes. Blood in the urine is a very common symptom of kidney or bladder cancer so it’s important to rule that out or detect it early on.

Bladder Control

If you are not able to control your bladder it is time to see a urologist. Leaking urine can be from a variety of issues and can include injured bladder muscles, nerve damage, and other possibilities. Incontinence can be a sign of diabetes and tumors, so it is important for your urologist to determine the cause of the problem and address it. Sometimes urinary incontinence can be easily treated by removing certain foods or beverages from your diet or eliminating certain medications as well.

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic Pain is not normal and it is important to seek out a urologist if you experience any. Prostatitis is a common condition that is associated with pelvic pain due to swelling of the prostate gland. In-house doctors may provide antibiotics as a solution whenever pain is encountered but it is important to see a urologist so they can get to the root of the problem and determine what exactly is going on.

Stomach Pain

Pain in your stomach or even your side can be an indicator of kidney stones and should not be ignored. If you have kidney stones you will notice extreme pain from resting or standing and can cause vomiting fever, and nausea from infection. This pain should be a sign that you need to visit your doctor.

Decreased Sexual Desire

70% of couples experience problems with sex during their relationships. Any type of problem stemming from erectile dysfunction can be related to hypertension, vascular disease, or renal failure and it’s important to have that conversation with a trained, professional urologist.

Testicular Mass

A testicular mass is a symptom of cancer. Usually, testicular cancer affects men that are between 20 and 34. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among American men.  Other than the testicular mass that manifests there are usually no other symptoms. It is important that you see a doctor immediately if you find testicular masses.  According to past studies, testicular cancer has a 90 percent survival rate when detected earlier on.

Blood, incontinence, pain, decreased sexual desire, and testicular masses are all surefire signs that you should see a local urologist.  You should act quickly as symptoms associated with urology will be more easily treated. It’s best to seek a trained urologist instead of an in-house doctor.

Five Signs You Need to See a Dentist About Your Mouth

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You feel the perspiration running down your forehead. It’s time for the moment you’ve dreaded since you were a kid… it’s time to see the dentist. Hopefully, you see your dentist at least once a year, but there are some cases where it’s especially important to see your dentist.

Mouth pain

Pain is not normal and if you experience any pain in your mouth it’s always a good idea to get it checked out. There are many possible causes of pain in your mouth such as abscess, cavities, broken teeth, grinding, or damaged fillings. Dentin, the inner layer of your tooth, can become exposed from cavities, cracked teeth, receding gums, or worn fillings. When Dentin is exposed, it makes your teeth feel more sensitive when they are exposed to cold temperatures or certain foods, which is also a cause of mouth pain.

Sores in your mouth

Mouth sores can be relatively normal, but if you have a sore that stays for longer than a couple of weeks, it’s important to see a dentist. Mouth sores can be a sign of cancer and they are easier to treat earlier on. Mouth cancer is easily identifiable for a dentist and they can diagnose the issue in a couple of extra minutes during teeth cleaning. Besides cancer, sores can also be signs of other serious problems such as thrush, gum disease, or tooth decay.

Bleeding from the Mouth

Though dentists are stereotyped to say, “You’re bleeding because you don’t floss,” flossing isn’t always the cause. Bleeding after brushing or flossing is important to bring up to a dentist as you may not understand the true cause of the pain. Your dentist will be able to tell if you are simply brushing or flossing too hard or if it is something else. For example, blood can be a sign of gum disease. Let your dentist know of any bleeding in your mouth. They may be able to save you from an expensive surgery.

Shifting teeth

Shifting teeth is very important to look out for especially as an adult. Adult teeth should last the rest of your life. If they are moving around it could be a sign of an infection or even bone loss. Moving teeth can be a mesial drift or normal shifting to the front of your mouth as you age.

Bad Breath

Bad breath is a common problem after eating certain foods and can happen to anyone. If you constantly have bad breath it’s important that you see a dentist. Your dentist can find a way to fix the issue at hand. Persistent bad breath can be a sign of failure in your kidneys, liver, or even diabetes.

There are many reasons to visit the dentist early, but remember to see your dentist at least once a year. If your heart is still racing with dread at the thought of visiting the dentist, some dental agencies such as Family Dental Health Center have options such as sedation dentistry to calm you during your appointment. Remember you only get two sets of teeth, so make sure the second one lasts.

5 Common Ways to get Athletes Foot

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Athlete’s foot is a common infection caused by a fungus called Trichophyton. About 70 percent of people, maybe even you, have been infected by it. Athlete’s foot may be common, but here are five things you can avoid in order to deter the spread of this fungus.

Barefoot in Public Areas

The first suggestion to deter athletes’ foot is to avoid walking barefoot in public areas. Walking on a floor that has been infected with the athlete’s foot fungus can infect you with athletes’ foot.  Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungus that affects your skin and any contact with the fungus, including from the floor, can result in an infection.

An area where people commonly contract athlete’s foot that might surprise you is in nail salons. Nail salons have pedicure baths that are perfect for growing athlete foot fungus and difficult for cleaning. Unfortunately, the same pedicure baths are used for multiple clients, resulting in an outbreak of the fungus. In order to avoid problems with infected surfaces in public areas, make sure that you use sandals or flip flops and try to avoid touching surfaces that will be used by multiple people. 

Sweaty Feet

Sweaty feet are another thing to avoid having if you don’t want athlete’s foot. If your foot has been exposed to the fungus, keeping your feet wet for a long period of time can encourage the bacteria to infect your feet. It’s important to note that some people can be exposed to the fungus and not contract it because the conditions are not right. 

Touching Infected Clothing

When trying to keep athlete’s foot at bay, be sure not to touch any infected clothing. Athlete’s foot is brought on by a fungus and can occur from direct and indirect contact. If an infected person uses a towel and another person uses the same towel, it will spread to the uninfected person. Athlete’s foot can be especially hard to avoid when sharing articles of clothing as some people do not exhibit signs.

Injury on Foot

Injuries on your foot can encourage athlete’s foot to grow by allowing the fungus to enter the broken skin. Your skin is a natural barrier that protects your body. If it is broken it is a lot easier for fungus, bacteria, or yeasts to enter your skin and cause conditions such as athletes’ foot. 

Humid, Wet and Dark

The athlete’s foot fungus will only infect your foot in certain conditions.  It needs a moist and warm area to thrive in. We suggest avoiding humid, wet, and dark areas to lessen the spread of athlete’s foot. Communal showers are one prime example of where athlete’s foot thrives as it is constantly wet, humid, and dark. People serving in the army will refer to athlete’s foot as jungle rot due to the tropical climate conditions.

Avoid exposing your feet in public areas. You should also avoid having sweaty feet for long periods of time. Be cautious of indirectly touching surfaces that are infected. We haven’t talked about treatment for athlete’s foot but if you’re looking for treatment direction, we would suggest checking out Eastern Idaho’s Foot Clinic site as they have a detailed guide on how you can treat athlete’s foot along with other common ailments.

What You Should Know About Hospice Care

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If you have a loved one who needs more attention than you can give, it may be time for hospice. Hospice is all about the care and comfort patients receive as they face a life-limiting disease or illness. Physicians, directors, nurses, social workers, aides, spiritual coordinators, and volunteers all work together to ensure that the best care is provided for patients. 

Patients

Though hospice is typically thought to only help the elderly, it provides care for anyone facing a life-altering condition with a life expectancy of fewer than six months. Hospice care is provided for any qualifying patients with cancer, heart, lung, kidney or liver disease, Alzheimer’s, or Dementia. However, to qualify for hospice, two physicians must certify the patient’s life expectancy.

Expected Care

With large hospice care teams, patients can expect to be treated like royalty. Hospice arranges for 24-hour nursing care, seven days a week, where the patient is equipped with a hospital bed, a bedside commode, and medications, all from the comfort of their home. 

The attending physician, either yours or one provided by the system, helps direct the plan of care with the medical director. A registered nurse helps manage the pain of the patient while looking for symptoms. The hospice aide directly cares for the patient and reports any needs to the nurse. A social worker and spiritual coordinator assist with emotions, finances, and funeral arrangements. The care also includes grief and counseling services to family members and the patient.

A team of people helps patients feel loved, cared for, and comfortablewhich is what people can expect from hospice care. 

Finances

Hospice helps patients by providing constant care and attention, but it comes at a cost. Fortunately, Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances cover hospice care and the expenses associated with it. However, it is important to check with your insurance provider and confirm the patient’s eligibility before continuingyou don’t want to rack up extra costs on your dime. 

Choosing a Hospice Service

While hospice is an incredible tool for providing top care for patients, unfortunately, some hospice services have mistreated their responsibility. So, it is important to identify a quality service before signing up. Some factors to consider when shopping for a hospice service are accreditation, state or federal surveys, certifications, and size. Also, be sure to check out the reviews and getting a referral from someone you trust. Luckily, hospice care is eased with the knowledge that the patient will be at home and will already have a foundational level of comfort. 

Care and Comfort

Coping with the care of a loved one can be difficult, especially when they are struggling with pain and illness. Providing care at the level you know they deserve can be seemingly impossible; which is why hospice care is designed to help patients feel comfortable with a plan tailored to them. 

 

Shining a Spotlight on Laser Dentistry

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When I was a kid I hated going to the dentist, so in at least one aspect I was a normal kid. Even as adults many of us dread and put off the trip to the dentist. It’s just not a fun experience. 

If you had told me as a kid that I could have the dentist use a laser instead of a drill, that might have made it worse. That is simply because I couldn’t have possibly understood the beneficial use of lasers in dentistry. 

Fast forward to my teenage years when an operation required a laser to be used. I did not feel a thing, and I am a big advocate of laser dentistry.

What is it?

Laser dentistry uses lasers in lieu of classic dental equipment, such as drills and scalpels. The lasers are highly focused beams used to perform most dental procedures. They can be used on softer tissue, like your gums and cheeks, and hard tissue, which would be your teeth.

Laser dentistry is a cleaner, more efficient way to perform these operations. Its effectiveness is second to none, and the benefits listed a little later will show just how enticing it is. 

What can be done with laser dentistry?

Many standard procedures can be performed with the use of lasers. The lasers are precise and when used correctly, bring incredibly efficient results. Here are a few examples of the many applications of laser dentistry. 

Frenectomy

Alligatordentist.com defines this as “a procedure releasing muscle attachment to the tongue or lip. This procedure helps babies who cannot breastfeed and children who are tongue-tied, and in many cases can help to reduce speech impediments.”

Bacteria Removal

Lasers can be used to kill bacteria leading to a cleaner mouth and reduced risk of infection. 

Removal of Sores or Tumors

Lasers can be used to cut out and remove canker sores or tumors in the mouth. 

Gums

Lasers can be used to treat gum disease, ease inflammation, and even trim down gums if they encroach too high on your teeth.

What are the benefits?

The biggest benefit to most people is minimal pain. Some people aren’t even given anesthesia because the lasers aren’t painful. We all love the sound of that.

Laser dentistry is incredibly efficient, with the laser doing the work. It is so precise, and in the hands of an experienced dentist, it is a wonderful tool.

The laser helps blood clots to form so there is less bleeding, and there is less damage done to the tissue being worked on and the surrounding tissue. You also heal a lot faster. 

It is cost-effective for your dentist, and when they save money they can pass that savings on to you. 

Conclusion

Laser dentistry is an amazing use of technology to advance the medical field. What used to be a hard and scary trip to the dentist, may still be a hard and scary trip to the dentist…but it will be less painful and less traumatic. This will lead to better views on dentists for children (yay!) and more efficient procedures are a benefit to us all. Ask your dentist about laser dentistry if you have an operation coming up, you will love the results.

When You Should Visit a Spine Specialist

There is never any reason that you should simply endure back pain. In fact, pain is one of the only indicators that there could be something seriously wrong with your back. Scheduling an appointment with a trusted spine specialist is easy, safe, and will help you get on track to be pain-free once again.

When to See a Spine Specialist

It can be pretty normal to experience mild back pain from time-to-time. Perhaps you slept in a weird position  or tweaked your back while dancing. This kind of pain usually resolves itself within a few days, and there’s usually no need to see a doctor for it. However, here are some signs that you may need to schedule a visit:

  • If back pain is moderate to severe.
  • If back pain has lasted several days and hasn’t resolved.
  • If there are any other symptoms with the pain, such as muscle weakness, tingling, or numbness of the arms or legs.

An Overview of a Consultation

Whenever you go to the doctor’s office for an initial visit, you will be asked for a family medical history, and a list of medications you are currently taking. The doctor will then attempt to diagnose the pain, and help find the right treatment plan for you.

To diagnose the back problem, the doctor will perform a physical examination, usually at and around the source of the pain. After a physical examination, they will likely need some images of your back, in the form of an x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or a CT scan.

After the doctor has been able to diagnose the issue, they will recommend a treatment plan that is as little invasive, yet most effective, as possible. Non-invasive treatment plans usually include medication or physical therapy. If the non-invasive treatment plans do not fix the back problem, your doctor may discuss surgical options with you.

List of Possible Spine/Back Issues

  • Spinal arthritis. A condition that leaves weakness and pain in the arms and legs. Osteoarthritis of the spine is when the cartilage of the joints and spinal discs begin to breakdown. This will often put pressure on the nerves.
  • Sciatica refers to pain in the sciatic nerve, which is located in the lower back and moves down each leg. When the sciatic nerve is injured or under pressure, it can cause intense lower back and leg pain.
  • Herniated discs. A herniated disc is a disc of the spinal cord, in which a fragment of the disc’s nucleus has pushed out of the disc through a rupture or tear. The fragmented piece often puts pressure on a nerve, which can cause pain.
  • Fractured vertebrae. A fractured vertebra is often caused by a car accident, fall, gunshot, or sports injury. These fractures are very serious, as they can injure spinal nerves, which can sometimes do irreparable damage to the body.

Again, there are a lot of cases of back pain that will resolve on their own. However, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms that would require treatment from a spine specialist. When a back or spine gets injured, it can become very serious, very fast.