Spinal Stenosis

By Bijal Shah

What is Spinal Stenosis:

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of a spinal canal. It is more common in older populations, mainly after 50 years of age. As the degeneration takes place in the vertebrae, the spinal canal narrows down. As a result, it may push the spinal cord inside the spinal canal. Spinal Stenosis usually occurs in the cervical and lumbar area. Patients may or may not show symptoms or restrictions in their daily routine. The presence, as well as severity of signs and symptoms, depends on the severity of the condition and varies from person to person.  Continue reading “Spinal Stenosis”

7 Simple Stretches to Relieve Back Pain

By Bijal Shah
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The aim of this article is to talk about some important stretches for low back pain.  I talked about Sciatic nerve pain as well as low back pain in my previous articles.   In this article, I focus on combination stretching exercises to reduce sciatica pain as well as low back pain.   The stretches below will help alleviate the pain on both left and right side.  So let’s get started!!

Stretching exercises are necessary in many ways. An athlete needs to stretch his/her muscles prior and after any workout. A recreational player needs stretching to avoid any DOMS (Delayed onset of Muscle Soreness). A person who is exercising to gain muscle strength also needs to stretch the muscles after his exercise regime. A person suffering from injury or back pain stretches the muscles just to feel better.    No matter what level a person is at for exercises, they need to stretch the muscles. Stretching is done for whole body and all muscles.

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Causes of Low Back Pain and Physical Therapy Exercises for Treatment and Prevention

By Bijal Shah
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Low back pain is a very common symptom among healthcare and non-healthcare professionals. More than 70% of time people visit their primary care physicians with the complaint of low back pain. The reason for low back pain varies from wrong posture, work habits,  lack of exercise, poor muscle control, to some structural, physiological or psychosocial changes!!  The pain can be on the entire back or be centered around left or right side.  The aim of this article is to talk about common causes of low back pain and some treatment approaches.

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Squeezed Sciatica – Prevent and Treat Sciatic Nerve Pain

By Bijal Shah

Sciatic pain affects a wide range of the population.   The pain can show itself as numbness and be tingling in a leg, starting usually from low back or buttock area, going down to thigh, knee or all the way to the ankle, usually one side of body… unable to sit, stand or walk without pain.   As a physical therapist, I meet at least two to four people a day who complains of sciatic pain – and they are not necessarily my patients, but my colleagues, my friends, relatives of my patients, my family members and a few of my readers. Sciatica affects young age, middle age, and old age people. And how can I forget wonderful pregnancy and Sciatica?  So, today, let’s talk about what is Sciatic Pain and how physical therapy can help to treat it.

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