Month: November 2015

What Causes Pain in Lower Left Side of the Back?


Many people in this country suffer from pain in lower left side of back.

Because the pain is only on one side of the back, many doctors have trouble finding the actual cause. Many people go through years of endless visits to the doctor and the hospital, expensive rounds of testing, dangerous drugs, and treatments that do nothing to cure the problem.

However, if you know the true causes of pain in lower left side of back, you can avoid going through these trials by choosing a treatment that addresses the true root of your spinal problems.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Other Intestinal Problems

Pain in left lower side of back may be caused by problems with your gastrointestinal system, including sensitivities to certain foods or other bowel problems.

If your pain only occurs after eating certain foods and is accompanied by other symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting, this inflammation may be the cause of your problems. However, there are other causes of bowel problems. Many people have intestinal problems accompanied by pain in left lower side of back because of a muscle imbalance. If this is the case, these problems can be resolved by muscle balance therapy.

Kidney Stones

It is easy to tell if the pain in lower left side of back is caused by this common problem. Usually, the pain will be accompanied by other symptoms such as problems urinating and blood in the urine. Luckily, most doctors test for this problem routinely through urinalysis, and it also shows up during MRI’s and other imaging techniques.

Lower Back Problems

This is the most common cause of pain in lower left side of back. These back problems may range from misalignment, a herniated disc, or any other several different disorders. Regardless of the exact diagnosis, the cause is usually the same: a muscle imbalance. Just as a muscle imbalance can cause gastrointestinal problems, it can also cause spinal problems. When you treat this muscle imbalance, you will be eliminating the cause of pain in lower left side of back and therefore getting rid of the pain itself.

Muscle Imbalances

Many people misunderstand the role of muscles in the human body. They do not just aid in movement; they also provide a vital support for organs and bones. If your muscles are out of balance, even slightly, this will cause any number of physiological problems, all of which can then cause lower left back pain. Doctors tend to treat this pain with drugs, surgeries, and therapies that work with the back itself. Only by curing the muscle imbalance you can rid yourself of pain in lower left side of back for good.

Curing Muscle Imbalance

Luckily, a muscle imbalance can be treated with a simple, inexpensive, and flexible treatment, freeing you forever of all of these painful symptoms, including pain in lower left side of back. This treatment, called muscle balance therapy, is offered by a program known as “Lose the Back Pain”, which will help you determine the muscle imbalance causing your pain and treat it in a customizable program that you can do in the privacy of your own home. If you have pain in lower left side of back, you owe it to yourself and your family to reclaim your healthy, active, pain-free life by trying this innovative, effective, and affordable program.

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Spina Bifida – What is Spina Bifida?


Spina bifida is a serious birth defect that occurs when the tissue surrounding the developing spinal cord of a fetus does not close properly during the first month of pregnancy. It is part of a group of birth defects called neural tube defects, a disorder involving incomplete development of the brain, spinal cord, and/or their protective coverings.

In babies with spina bifida, a portion of the neural tube fails to develop or close properly, causing defects in the spinal cord and in the bones of the backbone. Infants born with spina bifida sometimes have an open lesion on their spine where significant damage to the nerves and spinal cord has occurred. Although the spinal opening can be surgically repaired shortly after birth, the nerve damage is permanent, resulting in varying degrees of paralysis of the lower limbs. Even when there is no lesion present there may be improperly formed or missing vertebrae and accompanying nerve damage. In addition to physical and mobility difficulties, most individuals have some form of learning disability. Spina bifida may also cause bowel and bladder complications, and many children with spina bifida have hydrocephalus (excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain).

The three most common types of spina bifida are:

  • Myelomeningocele. The severest form, in which the spinal cord and its protective covering (the meninges) protrude from an opening in the spine.
  • Meningocele. The spinal cord develops normally but the meninges protrude from a spinal opening.
  • Occulta. The mildest form, in which one or more vertebrae are malformed and covered by a layer of skin.

Spina bifida is one of the more common birth defects in the United States. The incidence of spina bifida can be decrease by up to 70 percent when a daily folic acid supplement is taken prior to conception.

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What is Muscular Atrophy, and What Causes Denervation and Disuse Atrophy?


What does atrophy mean, and what causes atrophy of a muscle?

The definition of Atrophy, according to Human Anatomy and Physiology (Marieb, 8th Edition) is “reduction in size or wasting away of an organ or cell resulting from disease or lack of use”. Atrophy is also referred to as “muscle wasting”.

Atrophy of a muscle can occur in 2 ways – from disuse or denervation.

Disuse atrophy will occur when a person is unable to use a muscle for any number of reasons. It is very common when a limb has been cast from a break or fracture, or a person has been on bed rest for a extended length of time. Once a person is mobile again, or a cast has been removed, the client should undergo a rehabilitation process designed to challenge and strengthen the involved structures. Assuming that the atrophy was only caused by lack of use, the patient will eventually regain strength and normal size of the muscle.

Denervation atrophy occurs when the nerve supply to a muscle is interrupted and the muscle no longer receives signals or stimulus from the nervous system. This type of atrophy can occur from injury to the central nervous system, as in a spinal cord injury, or in the peripheral nervous system, such as a broken bone which damages surrounding nerve. Damage doesn’t necessarily mean a complete severing of the nerve, in which case nerve tissue is not known to regenerate. Damage will occur in varying degrees of severity, and may be a result of compression (impingement), crushing or partial tearing. If this is the case, with proper care and rehabilitation the injury will heal and muscle strength can be regained.

Why is this important to a Massage Therapist?

Massage therapists are specialists in treating the dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system, and understanding the anatomy of the involved structures is key to providing a successful treatment. Odds are that you will see quite a few conditions throughout your career that will either cause, or have the potential to cause, muscle atrophy. Conditions such as chronic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may cause denervation atrophy due to impingement or compression of the ulnar nerve root and median nerve respectively, and can be successfully resolved once the underlying cause of the compression has been addressed.

Atrophied tissue is very fragile, and deep techniques are contraindicated until the condition of the tissue improves. Initially, the primary goal of treatment for atrophied tissue is to increase circulation and to stimulate the nerves – this can be accomplished by gentle dry brushing, followed up by light stimulating techniques such as stroking, effleurage or c-scooping. Great care must be taken if there has been crushing or tearing of the nerve, as any local techniques which apply pressure or traction can disrupt the healing of the injury.

It is highly recommended that you consult with the client’s physician, physiotherapist or chiropractor to verify the cause of atrophy, and that you work under his or her supervision and guidance if the atrophy is caused by denervation.

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Sports Injury Law


Sports are a pastime and are meant to be fun. Minor injuries can occur and are even inevitable in certain sports but serious injury caused by another person is a different story and may be grounds for a lawsuit.

If you have been injured by the actions of another player or a coach or a referee, you should first seek immediate medical attention. Then, depending on your situation, filing a lawsuit may be the appropriate next step for you. It is extremely important that the attorney you choose to handle your case is one who has handled sports injury cases before and is, therefore, familiar with this tricky area of the law.

Was it a contact or non-contact sport?

The general view of the courts is that sports are physical and sometimes dangerous and you are responsible for taking that risk. However, that doesn’t mean another player or coach or referee cannot be held liable if you are seriously injured.

The standard in personal injury cases is negligence – if someone’s negligence causes injury, they are liable. This is still the rule in non-contact sports. An example of a non-contact sport is tennis. If you were injured during a tennis match, then you would sue under a negligence theory – i.e. the player or coach was negligent in some way that caused your injury.

However, with contact sports, there is the contact sports exception (also known as the contact sports doctrine), which states that a person is only liable if their actions were intentional or willful and wanton. Contact sports include soccer, baseball and basketball. If physical contact is an expected part of the sport, then it qualifies as a contact sport. If you were injured while playing a contact sport and you believe that the injury was caused by another player’s intentional actions, you would sue under the contact sports exception.

Proving it was intentional or willful or wanton

Proving that the defendant acted intentionally or recklessly will depend on the facts and other factors such as whether the action is what is acceptable or routine in that particular sport. For example, brushing into a player as they slide into home base is typical but tripping the player is not. The facts of your case and the range of normal activity in the particular sport you were playing will be used to prove intent.

Was it a full contact sport?

Full contact sports are another exception all their own. For these sports, the standard is intentional or completely beyond normal activity for that particular sport. Full contact sports include football, hockey and boxing, where physical contact is actually an element of the game. So, if you were seriously injured during a football game, you would have to prove that the defendant’s actions were intentional or that the defendant’s actions went completely beyond what is acceptable in that particular sport.

Was it caused by a non-participant?

It is believed that holding non-participants like a coach or a referee accountable for negligence would negatively affect the sport as a whole. Still, the standard is that these non-participants owe a duty to not harm others. Coaches are expected to provide instruction on safety and referees are expected to stop a game when they see a violation. If you believe a coach failed to provide safe instructions or if you believe a referee allowed a violation to continue that led to your injury, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Again, it will depend on the facts of the case and the expectations of the particular sport.

Was your child hurt playing a sport?

If your child was injured while playing a sport at school or at another facility, the school, team, coach or facility may liable depending on the circumstances. If the playing field or area was not properly maintained, it could be a negligence issue. If, as noted above, the players were not properly supervised or the referees were not calling violations or another player intentionally harmed your child, you could have a case based on the above noted law. Either way, you should speak to an attorney as soon after your child receives medical attention.

Finding the right sports injury attorney

As with all areas of law, there are time limits to filing your case. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible to review your options.

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List of Rare Birth Defects


Birth defects are caused by a wide range of factors. It can be a hereditary abnormality, meaning, the defect has been inherited from the parents or ancestors. At the same time, the defect can also be a result of chromosomal disorder. Traits are detected by the time of fertilization. When an error occurs, a chromosomal abnormality occurs and results to birth defects. Common birth abnormalities such as Tay-Sachs and Down Syndrome can be given treatment more conveniently. However, rare birth defects, sometimes need more attention given the fact that treatment for such kind of abnormalities still remain limited. These defects vary both in intensity and in characterization. In the web for instance, photos of birth defects, can show us a variation of how birth defects manifest in the body. In these article, we will share with you a list of some rare birth defects.

Aglossia – If a baby has Aglossia, he is born without a tongue. Such kind of anomaly is common among those who have congenital and developmental problems particularly those in the cranio-facial area and the limbs.

Albinism – This abnormality is the congenital absence of melanin. Characterized by either a total lack or partial lack of melanin pigment in the hair, skin and the eyes. More often than not, those affected with this condition suffer visual difficulties like sensitivity to glare and bright lights.

Anencephaly – This congenital defect is characterized by the absence of the spinal chord and the brain. To date, there remains no cure or standard treatment for this defect. Most of the babies born with Anencephaly do not survive birth.

Aniridia – Babies born with Aniridia are born without an iris at birth. Most of the time, this occurs in both eyes. This is associated with a poor development either at the back of the eye or right in the retina which prevents the normal vision development.

Brachydactylia – This is an abnormal condition which characterizes short fingers.

Cleft foot and hand – This is a rare inherited anomaly which comes with a split or lobster foot and hand. In this case, a single cleft even extends promixally into the hand and the foot. This occurs in the conjunction with the clawing of the hands.

Club foot – This is another congenital foot deformity wherein the foot is twisted and down. There remains no treatment for this abnormality which is why patients are forced to walk either on their ankles or on the sides of the feet.

Heterochromia – This is an ocular condition wherein one iris is in different color from the other iris.

Darwinian ear – Another congenital deformity concerning a deformity on the helix of the ear.

Chromatelopsia – This is a condition of color-blindness. This is a visual defect wherein colorless objects appear tinged with color.

Polydatyly – This condition can be treated surgically among infants. This is characterized by the presence of additional fingers and toes.

While it remains difficult to tell whether or not you are prone to giving birth to an infant with birth defect. The good part is that some of these malformations can now be treated medically. However, still, some of these congenital rare birth defects offer no medical solution to date. Given this, it is very important that you take a prenatal examination prior to pregnancy to help ensure a safer delivery and healthier baby.

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Lower Back Pain – Causes and Treatment


When you have a deadline to submit your presentation to your boss and you are in the office, late after the working hours sitting on your computer trying to gather some data and suddenly you get a striking pain in the lower back, what are you going to do about it? You cannot give up on the presentation or else you would be fired but you cannot even work on your presentation due to the severe pain. It can be a nightmare, isn’t it?

Rightly said as it is, you better take precaution than cure. But before we can speak about the treatment for lower back pain, we will first consider talking about the lower back pain causes. Lumbar strain, a stretch injury to the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the lower back; is considered one of the most common causes of lower back pain. This usually can happen due to improper sitting posture or sleeping positions. Bone and joint conditions that lead to low back pain include those existing from birth, those that result from wear and tear or injury, and those that are due to inflammation of the joints (arthritis). Other causes of lower back pain include kidney problems, pregnancy, ovary problems, and tumors.

Now speaking about treatments, there are two ways the first being non-surgical and the second being surgical treatment. The best non-surgical treatment for lower back pain is exercise. Here you need to go through a physical therapy, where the therapist will carry out stretching and exercise as guided by your physician. The therapist can also educate you on sitting postures, basic anatomy and instruct you on body mechanics, stretching and exercises. Resting is another way to treat your lower back pain. This will help the injured tissues and even nerve roots to heal over time. However a lot of rest also could be troublesome because it tends to weaken the muscles and in turn affects the support to the lower back. Medicines should only be consumed on your physician’s prescription because sometimes medicines have some unique risks and might possibly have some side-effects.

After trying out all the options available, if the pain does not seem to subside; surgery could be the last and the best option to overcome the chronic pain. Here your physician would suggest you whether you need a minimal invasive surgery or a spinal fusion surgery. Minimal invasive surgery is an operation on the lumbar spine performed using a surgical microscope and microsurgical techniques wherein, a very small incision and will remove only that portion of your ruptured disc which is “pinching” one or more spinal nerve roots; Whereas spinal fusion surgery is categorized based on the approach taken to reach the disc space.

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Lower Back Pain


When it comes to lower back pain there’s a trap for young players and it is that with lower back pain you’ve got to keep in mind that the cause of the pain is probably not at the site of the pain.

Most people just want to stretch and heat up the spot where it hurts. If they can get someone else to rub it, then so much the better.

Most likely your doctor will only recommend one stretch; lie on your bed and bring your knees up to your chest. This is a useful exercise and may bring some pain relief, but it doesn’t do much for the muscles that are contributing more to your back pain than tight back muscles.

A lot of therapists will give out exercises to stretch back muscles – like doing the cat and dog exercise. These are useful exercises but still don’t get to the cause of the problem. The therapist will also want to give you the heat treatment and a rub down but doing that at the spot where it hurts doesn’t get to the cause of the problem either. You just come away with a warm feeling under your singlet.

If you’ve got lower back pain you’ve got to start doing back pain stretches that loosen off your hamstring and buttock muscles. When these muscles get tight they tilt the pelvis back, turning the natural ‘S’ shaped curve of the spine into a C’ shape. You sit at your desk in the slump dog position. You can’t sit up straight when sitting on the floor.

Coupled with that it’s frequently the case that muscles on one side are tighter than those on the other side, so the pelvis rotates as well.

The effect of this misalignment of the pelvis is to take the bones of the spinal column out of alignment too. When this happens, muscles, tendons and ligaments in your back are stretched beyond their pain threshold.

The vertebrae start to rub on each other producing bone inflammation – arthritis. The nucleus of the disc gets squeezed out. It may even herniate. If that happens, every time you sneeze and cough it feels someone is ramming a red hot poker into your back.

The X-ray will tell you what’s happened, but it won’t tell you what’s caused what’s happened. You can draw cold comfort from the recommendations of the experts. They think back pain happens out of the blue, or by lifting the shopping onto the back seat of your car.

At work they’ll say the chair did it.

What you’ve got is a personally-generated, lifestyle related musculo-skeletal dysfunction caused by weak and tight muscles. You don’t get that from the chair or the groceries.

You need both a general and a specific strength and flexibility training program.

As far as back pain stretches go you’ve got to loosen off hamstring and buttock muscles, in fact all the muscles that tilt and rotate your pelvis. Square up your pelvis and the bones above it will start to go back into alignment. The pain will go away.

There are three key lower back stretches that I recommend. If you click on the Lower Back Stretches tag at the Global Back Care website you can get the free eBook in which these exercises are outlined. Of course there are a lot more than three that I’d advise you to do, but these are must-do exercises.

Start doing them while watching TV. You could get some relief in a few days. Based on my experience there’s a good chance that if you have a systematic lower back stretching program you could be feeling one heck of a lot better within 6 – 8 weeks.

But it all stands to reason. Treat the cause of the problem and the pain will take care of itself.

In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and remember, it’s a big ask expecting to get better by having someone do something to you; sooner or later you have to do something to yourself.

John Miller

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Bewildered Racial Injustice


Bewildered racial injustice is justice in the wrong direction. Therefore, much confusion exists towards racial justice. Furthermore, given the premise of correcting right from wrong, racial injustice should have been abolished years ago; however, the brief events described below show a continuance of racial injustice. Therefore, continued racism events would not continue; in which a litigious society uses misguided capitalistic justice producing various events, which should have been abolished, if due-process laws were implemented. Unfortunately, misguided capitalistic justice produces bewildered injustice and is justice focused in the wrong direction.

For instance, recently a Chief Executive Officer finds amusement in comparing the Honorable president’s wife as a subhuman monkey. Furthermore, a scholar and African- American University Professor find himself arrested for using an alternative entrance method. In addition African- American children are denied entry toward swimming pool activities as an individuals pigment may cause disturbance toward a swimming clubs facility. Additionally, a Veteran, and former defense employee reports toward upper management senior coworker comments of “monkey proof instructional materials” to a primary Asian and African-American workforce, which eventually results in exit activities.

Nonetheless, as stated by Shah (2010), “Racism and discrimination have been used as powerful weapons encouraging fear or hatred of others in times of conflict and war, and even during economic downturns” (p. 1). In essence a current legal system has failed toward creating racial injustice for many perplexed and bewildered individuals. Unfortunately, a capitalistic justice system will create further racial injustice. In other words, the events creating amusement toward color of skin, denying entrance or use of alternative means for entering ones own premises, denial of individuals swimming simply because the individuals pigments do not fit, or ignoring employees upper managements comments, whereas a companies’ solution is creating an out-the-door policy describes legal justice inaction. As further stated by Shah (2010), “Racism is the belief that characteristics and abilities can be attributed to people simply on the basis of their race and that some racial groups are superior to others.” Therefore, further legal activities must occur by attorneys, whose focus is toward righteousness rather than British Motor Works or capitalistic justice.

Source by Peter Hans Johansen

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