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Back Pain

Back PainSymptoms, Aches & Pains
February 20, 2018

How best to treat your back pain

After headache, back pain is the most common cause of pain. Do you know the signs, how to prevent it and what to do when pain strikes? An estimated 75% of South Africans experience back pain in their lifetime. Some of the factors that place you at risk include ageing, an inactive lifestyle, poor posture, genetic factors, pregnancy and smoking. Common symptoms  Pain in the back. Restriction of back movements. Numbness of one or both legs. Back pain radiating to the foot or knee. Dizziness or disturbance of vision related to neck posture. Difficulty standing up after sitting for a…
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Back Pain
September 5, 2017

Is your backache due to scoliosis? How to find out.

A constant pain in the back can place a real dampener on your day. This pain can stem from sports injuries or simply bad posture. But if yours persists, you may have scoliosis. A curve that hurts Scoliosis is the condition where your spine curves and rotates sideways in an unnatural way (almost like an S- or C-shape). This can affect your posture and movement, and cause pain and discomfort. There’s no known cause for scoliosis. In some cases, it may have been caused by an impact injury, an infection or disease. In other cases, the curve is only temporary…
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Back Pain
February 23, 2017

Sore back? It could be degenerative disk disease

Ouch! You’ve barely lifted anything all day, but bending sends a jolt of pain up your back. Continuous painful aches in your back or legs could be signs of degenerative disc disease. When your discs lose their water content from the ravages of illness or age, they also lose their height, bringing your vertebrae closer together. As a result, the nerve endings of your spine become narrower. When this happens, your discs aren’t well able to absorb shock from normal activities like walking, running and jumping. A poor posture and incorrect body movements could also weaken your discs and cause…
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Back PainBrain and Nervous System
January 31, 2017

Get a leg up on back pain

You hesitate to bend and lift things, and even reaching for something is painful. Back pain can make you feel years older than you actually are and if it isn’t managed, it could cause serious damage. There are different remedies that can be used to treat back pain and keeping your legs fit is one of them. If you're unsure, why not chat to one of our doctors? We'll help you figure out what's up. Sore back? You might be guilty of one of these… Being unfit increases your risk for back pain, especially if you work out in erratic bursts. Lack…
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Back Pain
August 7, 2016

Your back could cost you your job

Back pain can be more than just painful, it can cost you time and money. Make a few changes to ensure it doesn’t cost you your job too! (more…)
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Back Pain
October 19, 2015

What could be causing your back pain?

Maybe you were showing off your latest dance moves last night, or slept in a weird position and woke up with a stiff back. Or it could be a sudden spasm that leaves you hunched over, or a constant pain that’s been hassling you for months. Whatever it is, you want to find out what’s causing it. The good news is, most cases of back pain aren’t caused by serious disease or injury, but rather by a minor strain or sprain, or an irritated or pinched nerve. This could be triggered by an everyday activity, or it can develop slowly…
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Back Pain
October 21, 2014

Don’t let back pain affect your sex-life

Suffering from lower back pain? If you do, then it’s understandable that you’ll try your best to avoid being intimate with your partner for fear of igniting pain instead of passion. However, chronic backache doesn’t need to be the end of your sex life. With a few changes to your positions and pace, intimacy is possible and mutually satisfying. (more…)
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Back PainBone, Muscle & Joint
September 3, 2014

Could your desk job be affecting your posture?

Do you slouch when walking, or lean forward when working on a computer? Then it’s time for you to straighten up! We’re not kidding either - bad posture can affect your health and can cause a great deal of pain. Desk jobs are notorious for giving us posture problems because we tend to lean forward and stay in that lazy position for hours. Let’s take a deeper look into some of the most common forms of bad posture: (more…)
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