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Chronic Pain – Educational Slides

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Chronic Pain Detection – CT Scan

A CT Scan, like an MRI, provides a clear picture of both bone and soft tissue structures. However, a CT scan gives the option of taking images in a series of planes. In other words, images from a CT scan can show you individual “slices” of your body.
Types of CT Scans:

A series of rotating X-rays. X-rays are taken continually in a spiral motion around the part of your body being examined. Like a traditional X-ray, low levels of radiation are used and are generally not harmful. However, if you have cancer or if you are pregnant, you may be at a higher risk for exposure.
Contrast dye scans. If your doctor wants to highlight a certain area in your body, he may choose to use a contrast dye before your scan. This can be administered through a vein, through an enema or using an oral liquid. If you have a contrast CT, you might be asked to fast for several hours beforehand.

What to Expect During Your CT Scan:

For your CT scan, you will most likely be asked to change into a hospital gown. Like an MRI, you will lie on a table that goes into the machine. The CT scan machine is generally less claustrophobic than a traditional MRI. Unlike a standard X-ray, you will not be asked to move once you are in position, though you may be asked to hold your breath from time to time. Most CT scans take only a few minutes to complete, especially if only one area of your body is being scanned.

Back Pain Relief

For those who often suffer from lower back pain, the first thing they think about is making the pain somehow disappear.

Some relief from the early stages of lower back pain can be accomplished by performing simple stretches or through gentle massage. Inflammation can often be reduced by alternating ice and heat packs. Muscle spasms will sometimes lessen with this treatment also.

There are specific exercises that target the lower back and can frequently relieve lower back pain. Anti-inflammatory techniques are also somewhat effective. Ibuprofen is proven to reduce inflammation and can easily be purchased over the counter at your pharmacy. If that isn’t strong enough, your doctor may prescribe a stronger anti-inflammatory medicine.

However, it is wise to consider that taking medications of any kind, including those that may help (short-term) with lower back pain, may carry unwanted side effects. These medicines can also be addictive.

On the market today are some excellent natural products that have shown themselves to be effective for some people in the area of lower back pain relief. Even though a natural product from your local health store should be your first choice when trying to get relief from pain, it is no different than the over-the-counter medicine, in that it won’t cure the reason for the back pain. You may stop the symptoms, but they will reoccur given time.

Lower back strengthening exercises, along with non-impact cardio exercises, are keys to being rid of lower back pain once and for all. These will enable your body to become stronger and have the muscles it needs to properly support your body.

The gentle motions of aerobic exercises such as swimming or riding a stationary bicycle will encourage blood flow through the muscles, increase your flexibility, and enable your body to release endorphins into the blood stream. These are the body’s innate way of eliminating pain. Aim for 20 to 30 minutes of these exercises each day and you’ll notice a significant difference in not only your lower back, but you’ll feel better overall.

Just by the simple act of strengthening and toning the lower back muscles, you’ll reap great health benefits overall. Those who suffer from lower back pain have noticed a big difference after they have incorporated target exercises for the affected area. Prevention of future lower back pain can be accomplished as well.

Introduce Some Lower Back Pain Exercises

Once you’ve been performing exercises that strengthen your lower back, abdomen and upper legs, you’ll notice that you aren’t as tired as you may have been previously, especially while doing everyday tasks. By toning the lower back muscles, the spine enjoys better support and greater flexibility overall.

Check with your local gym or fitness center. They’ll likely have a special exercise program just for those suffering from lower back pain. Your general physician would be glad to provide information on targeted exercises that will help you relieve lower back pain.

You may also be interested to kkow that there is an excellent program available online called Lose the Back Pain.
The program is a DVD and manual designed by back pain sufferers, and has been effective for many 100′s of people, If you would like to know more about this program.

In summary it is possible to obtain relief from lower back pain quickly and easily. Begin by taking a high quality, natural anti-inflammatory. Follow up by beginning a simple non-impact aerobic exercise program. Plan to perform stretches and exercises on a daily basis that target the lower back area. You’ll be stronger and relieved of lower back pain.

These simple steps can help to ensure that your lower back pain will disappear and at the same time, reduce the chances of any future flare ups.