TENS for Backpain

There are a variety of treatment practices that have had some success but are not as commonly used to deal with backpain. One of these is transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, also known as TENS. TENS uses an electrical current of relatively low voltage to relieve pain. This is a battery-powered device, which is not much bigger than a Walkman, and is usually used by a trained physiotherapist. They gently place the electrodes on the spot where their patient is having the pain and allow the current to be absorbed into the painful area. This device does not work for everyone but it will often affect the degree of pain the patient is experiencing.

Why does it Work?

Some health care providers believe that what happens is the electrical current messes up the pain signals and so the body doesn’t think it should hurt there anymore. They feel the nerves send confused messages to the brain because of the signal getting messed up and so the brain no longer sends pain messages back down to the area in the back that hurts.

Nerve Block for Back Pain

There are many treatments available for back pain that can be tried, but what can be done when the pain is so intense that you don’t feel able to do your physiotherapy exercises because of it. While the option to take stronger mediation is always there more people are reluctant to take strong pain relievers for fear of becoming addicted to them.

How many times have we seen articles about this person or that who after a back injury wound up on heavy pain relievers and became addicted to them for years? No one wants that scenario for his or her lives, yet the issue still remains; what can be done about the intense back pain?

One alternative is a nerve block. A nerve block is not something done lightly at the request of the patient who has some back pain and wants tot get on with their lives. This treatment was originally designed as a surgical technique but now is used for pain; often back pain that is persistent, very painful and can be traced accurately to a nerve.

Epidural Steroids

Low Back Pain

Of all the types of back pain that people experience, low back pain is one of the most commonly occurring. There are two different types of low back pain: acute and chronic. Acute low back pain is usually a problem that can work itself out over a period of a few weeks.

Chronic low back pain, however, can be responsible for aches and pains that last throughout your lifetime. In this article, we’ll address the problems that are posed by acute back pain as well as chronic low back pain and we’ll discuss some methods of getting rid of the pain.

Low back pain is one of the most commonly occurring medical conditions that merit a trip to the physician’s office. Most people are affected by low back pain at some point in their life, and the condition is responsible for more sick leave than any other condition.

Causes

Failed Back Syndrome

The condition of failed back syndrome is not one single factor that causes back pain but potentially a bunch of symptoms that occur after surgery, or sometimes following other types of treatments, all of which have long lasting effects. This may not be what you want to hear after recovering from a surgical procedure, hopefully one that otherwise has been a success, but nonetheless this is not good news.

The most common pain related to failed back syndrome includes hip or thigh pain and back or sciatic pain. Sometimes it’s a stabbing pain while other times it is a dull aching pain. Either way it can be blamed on something that was done, accidentally, during surgery.

Neuropathic Pain

Uterine Fibroids

Also known as Fibromyoma, Leiomyoma, Myoma or just plain Fibroids, Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that develop within or attach to the wall of the uterus, a female reproductive organ. Uterine fibroids are the most common, non-cancerous tumors in women of childbearing age. The fibroids are made of muscle cells and other tissues that grow within and around the wall of the uterus.

Risk factors for uterine fibroids:

    * African American woman are at three- to five-times greater risk than white women for fibroids.
    * Women who are overweight or obese for their height are at greater risk.
    * Women who have given birth are a lower risk.

Symptoms of uterine fibroids

Many women with uterine fibroids have no symptoms. Symptoms of uterine fibroids can include:

    * Heavy or painful periods, or bleeding between periods
    * Feeling “full” in the lower abdomen
    * Urinating often
    * Pain during sex
    * Lower back pain
    * Reproductive problems, such as infertility, multiple miscarriages, or early labor

Most women with fibroids do no have problems with fertility and can get pregnant. Some women with fibroids may not be able to get pregnant naturally. But advances in treatments for infertility may help some of these women get pregnant.

Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic exercise is a physical exercise that is closely associated with anaerobic exercises and, because they use oxygen to let the muscle generate energy, aerobic exercises include all types of exercising but are concentrated mainly on those that are performed at levels of intensity that may be described as being moderate and for extended lengths of time.

Oxygen Consumption Equivalency

Aerobic exercise will help to maintain a higher heart rate and the oxygen is used to burn the fats and glucose to produce adenosine triphosphate, which is the carrier of basic energy for each and every cell.

Diagnosis of Acid Reflux

GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease is what many people commonly refer to as acid reflux disease. This is an illness in which the liquefied contents of the stomach back up into a person esophagus. The regurgitated stomach contents contain acids and pepsin which can cause a very severe damage to the esophagus, although severe damage only happens in a small amount of cases.

Once you get acid reflux disease you will likely have it for a long time because it is a chronic condition. Once the esophagus becomes damaged it is also a chronic condition. Treatments can be performed to improve the state of the esophagus however once treatment is stopped the symptoms and problems can return within a matter of weeks. When diagnosing acid reflux disease there are five specific ways your doctor will help determine if you have GERD.

Heartburn

Alternative Treatments for Bed Wetting

There are a variety of alternative treatments that can be put to work to help end bed wetting or at least to keep it from happening on a regular basis. Many of these types of treatments or therapies are often used in conjunction with more conventional therapies such as using a moisture alarm, medication or behavior modification techniques.

Keep an Open Mind

Not everyone is a believer in methods of alternative healing and more research into the practices of alternative therapies needs to be done to determine in they are indeed beneficial. It is wise to always make your child’s doctor aware that you plan to try a method of alternative therapy however relying on only these alternative methods is not recommended and does not generally show very high success rates. The most common alternative therapies for bed wetting include massage, acupuncture (or a combination of the two) and hypnosis. Let’s take a closer look at these therapies.

Massage and Acupuncture

According to those who practice the art of massage therapy, when pressure is applied to specific points of the body it can help bring about relaxation, a loosening of the muscles as well as help to alleviate the problem of bed wetting.