Health and Wellness Blog
Studies have shown that a damaged disc is often the source of low back pain. Unfortunately, the disc is regularly overlooked in the non-surgical management of low back pain. The disc causes pain either because of internal disc disruption (tears in the disc wall, referred to as annular tears), or disc degeneration as we age.
Walking on a waterbed is just no fun. It’s unstable and you wobble – a lot. That’s how Rachel McCarroll felt when she walked. A 2010 fall injured her right leg and led her California doctors to put a pin in her right femur. The Phoenix resident didn’t feel comfortable from the start. “I assumed they must have touched the muscle,” she said. “Nothing showed up in the MR, X-rays, or anything. After they let me go at the hospital, it still hurt.”
A bend here, a lift there, and next thing you know, two years of pain. That’s what happened to Debra Trindle and her back. The Phoenix resident isn’t sure how she injured her back, but a November treatment with Dr. Michael Wolff, MD, at Southwest Spine & Sports surpassed her expectations.
They might look harmless, but even low-rise speed bumps can do serious damage. Travelling at the 35 mph speed limit near the Ontario (CA) airport one night in 2009, Stephen Case’s vehicle hit a poorly marked speed bump. “The pain was instantaneous,” Case said, “and excruciating.
“I put too much stress on my shoulders when I was redecorating a house,” Melano said. “I was removing pictures from the house and had my arms up all day, hammering and hanging.” The next day, Melano, 78, decided to work on the library in the house. “I was on the last run, picking up one more box of books and it felt like a rubber band broke in my left shoulder. “
The original back injury remains a mystery, but add a torn hamstring and any active mom would have to slow down any active mom – especially when the back injury resulted in two degenerative discs. For Astrid Corretjer, that meant the end of tennis, rollerblading, paddle boarding, and especially mountain biking.
Walking up and down stairs might not seem exciting. For Carol Kichler, though, climbing and descending stairs without excruciating pain is a daily highlight. Kichler, 73, couldn’t walk up or down even two steps without agonizing pain before September, when she received stem cell treatments in her knees.
An idyllic vacation tour of Italy in May. Lake Como, Santa Margherita, Tuscany, Florence, and the Amalfi Coast. Who wouldn’t want to go? Maureen Anton for one, at least not with Bursitis and Arthritis. “The pain on the top of foot was so severe that it would keep me up almost every night,” Maureen says.
William Shockley has had a lot going on during the past decade: births of two children, transition out of the U.S. Navy, and a lot of back pain. An operations technician at an Arizona Public Service Electric Company power plant, Shockley, 33, first injured three Lumbar discs, the lowest discs, in his back sometime during his Navy service aboard a submarine a decade ago.