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What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal Stenosis is caused by a narrowing of spaces in the spine. Generally, this occurs in one of the following three places: Spaces between the vertebrae Spaces near the center of the spine Areas where nerves branch out from the spine There are two most common types of Spinal Stenosis are Lumbar and Cervical. WHAT CAUSES SPINAL STENOSIS? There are many reason Spinal Stenosis my happen within the body. One of the major causes is due to age related changes. Patients that are affected of this disease are more prevalent between the ages of 50 and 80. There are many other factors for this such as: Arthritis: Specifically, areosteoarhritis and rheumatoid arthritis can lead to Spinal Stenosis. Trauma to the spine: Accidents and injuries may occur having an effect on the spine and areas surrounding it causing Spinal Stenosis to occur. Inflammation and Tumors: Abnormal growths such as tumors and inflammation near the spine can affect the spinal canal. This type of activity in the body can lead to bone loss and over activity within some bone cells. In some instances, the supporting structure for the spine may be compromised. “Quite often patients that suffer from spinal stenosis that have failed conservative treatment do very well in surgically and can get back to their normal lifestyle”, says Dr. Clairborne Irby Jr., a spine surgeon from OrthoVirginia and Parham Doctors’ Hospital SPINAL STENOSIS PREVENTION Though we cannot go against our body’s natural design to change as we grow in age, we can do our part to stay healthy. Here are some ways to fight against Spinal Stenosis: Regularly exercise. Maintain a healthy weight. Use good posture. […]

Cool Ways to Beat the Heat!

Summer is here and with it, skyrocketing temps that can dehydrate you, sap you of energy and make you pretty irritable. Below are some unusual strategies for chilling out in the dog days of summer: Food Eat several light meals a day, instead of a couple heavy ones, and avoid hot foods. Freeze fruit like blueberries or lemons/oranges that you can use to chill your water—while also flavoring it—or pop in your mouth for an icy treat. Take a lesson from people in Latin America and other hot weather climates and eat spicy foods. They’ll make you sweat, which, as the sweat evaporates, will cool you off. Skin Chill beauty products like face toner or lotion for a cool start to your day. If you become overheated during the day, splash cool water on your pulse points, such as your wrists or temples, to cool off quickly. Sleep Place your sheets or a small pillow in a plastic bag and stick them in the freezer for about an hour before bedtime. An even easier option is to fill a hot water bottle with ice water and use it to cool your ankles or the backs of your knees when you climb into bed. Swap out down or latex pillows for those filled with organic cotton and your flannel or even cotton sheets for much cooler silk or satin. If that’s not cool enough, there’s actually a fan that will circulate air under your bed sheets while you sleep! Home Dark, light-blocking drapes keep the sun from heating up your house. On the warmest days, avoid running the washer or dishwasher or taking a shower, which […]

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