Degenerative Disease of the Spine and Other Joints

What is Degenerative Disc Disease? You dont have to be old to have an aching back. Degenerative disc disease (DDD) can occur in people as young as 20, but it more typically affects older people. If you have chronic back or neck pain, you may have degenerative disc disease. This degenerative spinal condition is not really a disease its the normal wear and tear process of aging on your spine. As we age, our discs lose their elasticity, and shock absorbing qualities. When this happens, the discs change from a supple, flexible state that allows fluid movement, to a stiff and rigid state that restricts your movement. People with degenerative disc disease generally have ongoing back pain that can affect any part of the spine. The pain usually starts in the area where there is gradual deterioration of a disc.

Common symptoms include: More pain when sitting for a longtime, bending, lifting, or twisting. Less pain when walking or running. Less pain if you change positions frequently. Less pain when you lie down. Disabling pain. Leg weakness, pain, numbness, or tingling.

Use of Balance Tests to Identify Chronic Ankle Instability

Many people are prone to ankle sprains, and that places them at risk for falls and injury. Identifying and treating chronic ankle instability (CAI) early on can spare patients the foot and ankle pain that comes with a sprain. Once CAI is identified, treatment for ankle pain can center around strengthening and correcting the muscles, […]

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August 6, 2017

A New Perspective on Lateral Hip Pain

Persistent lateral hip pain is a common complaint of women over age 50, with 23.5% reporting either unilateral or bilateral hip pain. Lateral hip pain occurs in women four times more often than in men. An inflamed trochanter bursa is often invoked as the underlying source of pain, and treatment usually centers on anti-inflammatory medication. […]

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August 31, 2017

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