Pain is a feeling that tells you something is not right in your body. Tooth decay, for instance, can be followed by a throbbing or pinching sensation, which in turn prompts you to take medication or see a dentist. The pain triggered by tooth decay may intensify when the affected tooth has been exposed to hot or cold substances, or simply to temperature changes. True enough, pain brought about by other conditions can also be affected by the weather.
Such was also the long-held belief for chronic back pains. However, the results of a recent study conducted by the George Institute for Global Health in Australia refute this belief. As reported in ScienceDaily.com:
Results showed no association between back pain and temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction or precipitation. However, higher wind speed and wind gusts did slightly increase the chances of lower back pain, but the amount of increase was not clinically important.
“Our findings refute previously held beliefs that certain common weather conditions increase risk of lower back pain,” concludes Dr. Steffens. “Further investigation of the influence of weather parameters on symptoms associated with specific diseases such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis are needed.”
If you’re looking for disc pain relief in Paramus, NJ, therefore, it is perhaps best to ignore the temperature altogether. The cause of many cases of back pain lies deep in the spine and not in the muscles close to the surface. Your spine consists of the vertebrae, discs, nerves, and other soft tissues. The discs are found between the vertebrae, and has a pulpous nucleus protected by a tougher ring.
Because of aging or an injury, your spinal discs can degenerate, which can cause the nucleus to bulge and push against the ring, resulting in back pains. The protruding nucleus could also rupture, or herniate, and pinch on the spinal nerve, a condition known as herniated disc. While herniated disc can alleviate back pain, it can also cause a different kind of pain known as sciatica, which often affects the legs.
The pain from a herniated disc can be relieved by taking anti-inflammatory drugs and physical therapy. Furthermore, treatment for a herniated disc in Northern NJ facilities and elsewhere may include non-surgical spinal decompression, which involves changing the direction and force of the spine by stretching it gently. This relieves pressure in the nerves and allows nutrients into the disks to facilitate their healing.
This kind of treatment is available at reputable treatment centers like MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center, which offer less invasive options to ease the condition of back pain sufferers.
(Source: Low back pain? Don’t blame the weather, ScienceDaily.com)