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How to protect your back when you lift… another lesson in arthritis treatment

While arthritis is a frequent cause of low back pain and can be treated medically, most low back pain comes from simple daily activities such as lifting. In this case, prevention is the best treatment.low-back-pain-2

Lifting things the wrong way can cause severe low back problems including sprain, strain, and disc herniation.

Here are nine tips to help you prevent a problem:

  1. Plan ahead. Avoid sudden movements by clearing the path and ensuring you have a plan in mind.
  2. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
  3. Bend from your hips and knees, keeping your back straight.
  4. Use your core. Focus on trying to make your belly button meet your spine.
  5. Bring what you’re lifting as close to your body as possible both before and during lifting.
  6. Lift using your legs.  Push up from the heels.
  7. Ask for assistance if the object is heavy.
  8. Avoid twisting at the waist.  Keep the nose aligned with the toes. Move the feet.
  9. If pain does follow lifting and continues for more than 24 hours, see a physician.

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Steroid injections for tennis elbow make it worse

Genevra Pittman writing in Reuters reported that in an Australian study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers evaluated 165 adults with tennis elbow.

tennis-elbowThe participants were divided into four treatment groups: cortisone shots without physical therapy, cortisone shots with physical therapy, placebo shots without physical therapy, and placebo shots with physical therapy. After one year, 83% of the participants who received a cortisone shot reported that they had completely recovered, compared to 96% of those who received a placebo shot.

Steroid shots weaken tendons over the long haul.  A much more physiologic approach is to use ultrasound guided needle tenotomy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

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