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Debunking Myths on Lower Back Pain

There's a lot of misinformation about lower back pain in the community. Spectrum Healthcare debunks 5 common myths and what you should really know instead.

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Disc-related Low Back Pain

Having worked in both regional communities and metropolitan areas, I have learned that disc-related low back pain have a fearsome reputation amongst patient and practitioner alike. With many holding the strong assumption that a “slipped” disc is a life sentence of disability and low back pain.

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an autoimmune inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the spine. In this condition the joints of the neck, back and pelvis become inflamed, which results in pain and stiffness. Ankylosing spondylitis can also affect other parts of the body including eyes, skin, bowel and lungs.

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Importance of Checking the Pelvic Floor

The pelvic floor is a complex interplay of specialised connective tissue and muscles which support the bladder, uterus and bowel within the pelvic cavity.

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What do MRI findings mean for low back pain?

A systematic review conducted in 2015 looked at how common MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) findings, such as disc degeneration or bulging disc, were in people without low back pain.

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