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Exercise Rehabilitation of the Lower Back

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Filed Under (Exercise Rehabilitation, Fitness, Fitness Education, Low Back Pain, Lumbar Fusion Exercises, Spinal Fusion Exercises) by Rick Kaselj on 25-08-2010

Exercise Rehabilitation of the Lower Back

DESCRIPTION:

In a clinic or rehabilitation centre, the most common “trouble” area is the back.  In this practical and hands on course, the most common back injuries will be discussed (degenerative disc disease; mechanical low back pain, lumbar disc herniation, post disc surgery, spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis).  This course is a must if you would like to increase your understanding, success and confidence in working with clients with low back injuries.

OBJECTIVES:

 

– The key structures involved in low back injuries
– Assessing the lower back to determine exercise readiness and progress
– The six most common back injuries – degenerative disc disease, mechanical low back pain, lumbar disc herniation, post disc surgery, spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis
– Rehabilitation exercise and contraindications for the six most common back injuries.

 

What is a Spinal Fusion?

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Filed Under (Fitness, Low Back Pain, Lumbar Fusion Exercises, Spinal Fusion Exercises) by Rick Kaselj on 28-04-2010

What is a Spinal Fusion?

 

Lumbar spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that corrects problems involving the lumbar vertebra in order to elimination pain.

 

Background on Spinal Fusion Surgery

 

Treatment by spinal fusion is based on a concept that pain is generated from a segment of the lumbar spine (Szpalski & Gunzburg, 2007).  Using bone grafts, metal rods and screws, this procedure facilitates stabilization of the lumbar spine by fusing two or more vertebrae together, thereby, eliminating motion between the vertebral segments. The ultimate goal of lumbar spinal fusion is to achieve a solid union between two or more vertebra (North American Spine Society, 2006). Forming a strong union allows for relief of low back pain, tingling sensations, numbness and weakness, restoration of nerve functions and prevention of abnormal spinal motions. Lumbar spinal fusion is an extensive and invasive surgical procedure. It usually takes around six or more months for the fusion to become stable (University of Pittsburg Medical Center, 2008; Bradford & Zdeblick, 2004). Read the rest of this entry »