Suffering from Sciatica? North American Spine has Your Back

For all you marathon-ers out there, I know you know what I’m talking about.

Almost everyone has experienced low back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, it is the number one cause of disability world wide. The causes can vary, but often the condition persists as the sufferer gets older. If you have had a low back injury or have long experienced chronic sciatic pain, North American Spine has everything you need under one roof.

North American Spine is an advocate for spreading the word via Twitter that sciatica itself is not a disease, but instead a term that’s used to describe the radiating pain that pulses through the buttocks and down through the legs. Some of the symptoms include pain in those areas that grows worse with sitting, burning or tingling down the leg, weakness or numbness or even difficulty moving the leg or foot, a constant pain on only one side of the buttock, and shooting pains that make standing for long periods difficult. Sciatica typically affects one side of the low body and can extend all the way down to the foot or toes. The severity of pain can be mild or extremely debilitating. It may be infrequent or constant. But it always has the potential to worsen as time goes on. Some of the damage caused by persistent sciatica can include foot and leg weakness, as previously mentioned, problems walking, but may include issues with bowel or bladder control, as well.

According to their Wikipedia page, North American Spine uses the AccuraScope procedure to relieve pressure caused by bulging disks. It is also used in effectively repairing tears on herniated discs. Through this invasive outpatient procedure, the patient often experience immediate relief from pain and can resume normal activities as quickly as the following day.

Though AccuraScope, the specialist inserts a thin endoscope, equipped with a high-definition camera and laser, into the spinal canal through a small opening at the base of the spine. With this advanced method, the specialist can diagnose and address more than one area of the spine with only one procedure. I saw a recent video on YouTube about how the procedure works, and it usually lasts between 30 and 40 minutes and requires only a single stitch and a small bandage.

North American Spine has numerous doctors, which specialize in the AccuraScope technique. If you are living with sciatic pain, don’t hesitate to get on Yelp and get it checked out. It’s time. I found out about them from Facebook and referred a fellow runner, long story short, she’s good as new. If AccuraScope is the right choice of for you, you may be back to your old self in less than a week.

Exercise Whether Thin Or Overweight

When it comes to weight loss it has been said that diet plays a 90 percent role and exercise plays a 10 percent role. When it comes to overall health, however, exercise plays a much larger role. Put simply, weight loss really does boil down to calories in versus calories out. It is much easier to simply eat 250 calories less per day than it is to burn off 250 calories. Exercise should not only be done for weight loss, though.

A study published by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise reported that even in individuals that were a healthy weight who consumed 1-2 sugary beverages per day, if they were physically inactive they were found to have significant increase in very-low-density lipoproteins and a 116-percent increase in markers of bodily inflammation. Nonalcoholic liver disease was also noted to be more prevalent in sedentary individuals. It was concurrently reported that individuals that consumed the same amount of sugary beverages, but exercised for a set amount of time per day, were found to have normal blood concentration numbers.

In society today, being thin seems to be of the utmost importance. Current research has been supporting, though, that just because you are thin, you still may not be healthy. I’ve been working on an initiative with inspiration from Susan McGalla to make sure girls are aware of this fact. The proper balance of diet and exercise is the best combination for your overall health. Thin, or not, get out there and get moving!

Running While Pregnant

Many women want to stay in shape and healthy when pregnant. Running is a great way to stay heart healthy and toned. But is it okay to run while you are pregnant? Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez says this is an activity you were doing before you found out you were pregnant, it is completely safe to continue during those long nine months. Of course, one must check with their doctor first to ensure your body can handle the extreme exercise. According to this website .  There are definitely benefits to staying active, not only physically but also mentally. It also gives you that added boost when you are feeling tired. It’s also easy to fit into your day. It’s important that you were an avid runner prior or you are more at risk for injury due to loosening joints during pregnancy. Any healthy routine is great, but be sure to discuss any activity with your doctor first.