Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the sacroiliac (SI) joints and the axial skeleton often having a strong genetic predisposition. Ankylosing spondylitis is a disease characterized by pain and progressive stiffness. It is part of a group of rheumatic diseases medically known as spondyloarthropathies which actually involves the vertebral joints and shares the human antigen HLA-B27.
Spondylolysis is a condition created when a localized fracture of the bony arch, referred to as the pars interarticularis. This injury is most commonly located in the lumbar spine. This stress fracture is usually do to excessive force or repeated strain. Learn how to fix that “damn back” problem.
Spondylolisthesis is a condition that causes an alteration of the normal alignment of the spine. The lumbar spine accepts a majority of the weight bearing stress. Because of this important role, it the most susceptible level of the spine for this type of an injury. Learn how to stand up straight against Spondylolisthesis.
“I’m having numbness down my leg and no one seems to know why!” she barked out frustratingly over the phone. I hear similar complains from high level athletes and desk jockeys almost on a weekly basis. 80% of the population suffers from low back pain within their lifetime and numbness or pain down the leg […]
If you experience pain when twisting at the waist or bending over, you may be suffering from Sacroiliac joint pain. The two sacroiliac joints are often not recognized or appreciated by most people because of their “bigger brother” located next door: the lumbar spine. Meanwhile, the true importance of the SI joints cannot be understated. […]
Understanding a Lumbar Spine Bulging Disc It seems that most non-medical people understand more about their computers and smart phones than they know about their good old friendly back. With that being said, it demonstrates the irony of this information gap when statistics show that 80% of us will suffer from low back pain sometime […]
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