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Why your back really isn’t ‘bad’

Is your back really “bad”? Does it smoke? Sneak out of the house at night? Is it really that baaad? This humor shows that we talk a lot of smack about our bodies. For instance, “too short”, “too tall”, “too wide”, “too narrow”.

But be careful what you say, because most physicians are now acknowledging that the brain and body are connected. Studies show stress can make you susceptible to illness, or good social relationships can improve your cardiovascular health.

Slapping a negative label on your back means you are dismissing it without really understanding it. “Bad” also implies it deserves punishment. Being conscious of the language we use to describe our bodies can lead to something more profound… maybe having it hurt less.

Judith Orloff, M.D. and author of The Ecstasy of Surrender says, “Putting negative labels on your body is just an overactive mind that has lost track of how to see things with heart. Saying wonderful things to your body is more than a linguistic issue. It is a deeply spiritual issue and the point is to learn to love your physical form and revere it.” That means rebellious ankles, naughty knees and all.


Serena Williams injury advice for Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has not been short on advice from massive groups of people regarding his injury and back surgery. Serena Williams joins that list of people, but the difference is she’s a professional athlete with lots of experience playing through and recovery from an injury.

So what did she have to say?

“For me I say you should just try to enjoy your time off, and when you’re feeling better, get back into it, but it’s a process that you don’t want to rush,” Williams quoted to USA Today’s For The Win.

She adds, “When you’ve been doing this for 20 years it gets really repetitive, so you can just use it as a time to reboot so things don’t feel as militant.”

Tiger Woods recently said, “I am [being more patient], and I have to be with it. That wasn’t always the case. I’ve played through a lot of injuries. I’ve played through some situations I probably shouldn’t have, won some tournaments I probably shouldn’t have won.”

Brett Anderson with the Dodgers out 3 to 5 months for back surgery

Expected to be the number 3 started for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Brett Anderson will be out three to five months due to back surgery.

After accepting the a $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers, Anderson, 28, has struggled with injuries throughout his career due to a bulging disk in his back that will require surgery.

Anderson had won 10 games and pitched a career high of 180 1/3 innings in 2015.

Your kid’s back pain may be more than growing pains

Many times a child may complain of back pain, but instead of attributing it to growing pain, it may be something else.

Unfortunately, frequently a kid is told to suck it up and brush it off as something else. Adults can also fall victim to the same thing, and brush off their back pain as just getting older.

As adults, as we get older, we get lazy. Look at how a child picks up a ball. They get close to the ball, squat to the floor, pull the ball towards them and pick it up off the floor. As adults, many times we bend at the waist. When we take this shortcut, we are straining our muscles and herniating our discs.

So what is causing back pain in children and adults? Many things in our society can cause us to sit or stand using bad posture. For example, being on the phone and computer all the time.

For every second you are in a bad posture, you are causing damage to your ligaments, joints, and muscles. While this is subtle, it quickly adds up over time and can become a big pain in the neck and back.

Moral of the story, don’t ignore pain. Don’t dismiss it as “growing pains” or the “aging process”. Make sure you get it checked out.

A 25-minute surgery already changing lives

A new groundbreaking study with just a 25-minute surgery is already changing lives. This surgery could provide lower back pain relief for hundreds of thousands of people.

The minimally invasive procedure is a SI joint fusion surgery that inserts three titanium bars into the joint.

Dr. Clay Frank, the trial’s lead investigator, is an orthopedic spine surgeon at Wheaton Franciscan’s Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital. Dr. Frank discovered that pain relief after surgery was 80 percent for patients with the surgery. The non-surgical group only saw 20 percent in pain relief.

Dr. Frank said, “I’ve been doing this for 20 years. I have never seen a tool this powerful.”

The surgery involves pushing the muscle fibers apart to access the bone, and then inserting three wires to guide the triangular bar into place. A four pound mallet is used to hammer the titanium bars into the joint.

Jen Christianson said the surgery saved her life. Once a marathoner, and zumba enthusiast, she could barely sit in the car. “Tears were constant. The pain was so severe,” she said.

After the procedure, Christianson said, “My life today, it’s changed totally.”


Robert Quinn of the St. Louis Rams recovers from back surgery

St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn has made a career of putting quarterbacks on their backs. Unfortunately Quinn has been starring at the ceiling himself as he recovers from back surgery.

Quinn says, “I’m able to walk so I’m all right. I guess I’ll just look at the stars and relax, myself.” He adds, “[There’s] no [current] plan besides rest, just kick my feet up.”

The 2015 season was the first of his five-year NFL career that was put on hold. Quinn played in just eight games, and three came after he started having injury issues that would end his season.

At first he did not really know what was causing the problem. “I didn’t realize what it was until we really figured it out,” Quinn said. “I just thought I was getting old or slow or something. After time, I realized that my get-off didn’t seem as fast as it used to be, and of course we had other problems. It’s a frustrating situation that I technically never had [a football injury]. So it’s frustrating, but what can I do besides prepare for another run at it next year?”

As with most back surgeries, recovery will take time. As for now, no lifting weights or running is allowed. Just a lot of relaxation. For now, Quinn says to just talk to his trainers. “I just listen to them,” he says. “Whatever they tell me to do, I just follow their lead. Whenever they tell me I can go, I guess they’ll cut me loose.”

Tiger Woods to keep his swing after second back surgery

Tiger Woods says he will not change his golf swing after his second back surgery. He’s already got high hopes of chasing down the Jordan Spieths and Jason Days of the world.

“I feel good, I’m just stiff,” said Woods. “Difference after this surgery is that my swing won’t change. It’s going to take months and months of a lot of hard work.”

He adds, “Also after my last surgery, I was changing my swing and to be able to do that successfully you have to practice a lot, and I could not practice because I was doing rehab.”

We hope for Woods, his recovery will be easier this time. Tiger will almost certainly take more time than last on recovering and not rushing his return.

For the meantime, his old swing is staying put.

Tiger Woods Struggling after back surgery

Unable to swing a golf club, Tiger Woods is still struggling after his September 16th microdisectomy surgery. That isn’t holding him back from previous commitments, however.

In a Twitter post, Woods wrote, “I won’t be able to compete, but I’ll still travel to Mexico City Oct. 20-21 to support Bridgestone America’s Golf Cup presented by Value.”

The exhibition promotes golf in Latin America and while Tiger won’t play in the 72-hold best ball tournament, he will host the breakfast before the tournament begins.

Woods hopes to return to professional golf in early 2016.

Tiger Woods undergoes second back surgery

It’s deja vu for Tiger Woods as he underwent his second back surgery last Wednesday. This is the second microdiscectomy surgery Woods has had; the first procedure taking place in March of 2014.

Tiger Woods says, “This is certainly disappointing, but I’m a fighter. I’ve been told I can make a full recovery, and I have no doubt that I will.” He adds, “I appreciate the fans’ concern and support. This is unfortunate, but these things happen. I’ve been injured before and played again. It won’t be any different this time.”

Back in August, Woods originally complained of hip pain, not back pain, at the Wyndham Championship. An exam following the tournament revealed the source of pain was in his back, not his hip.

Woods surgery removed a small disc fragment that was pinching his nerve from his back. We wish Tiger the best of luck and a speedy recovery.

VIDEO: Romo talks about life after back surgery

Tony Romo has been through a lot. The Dallas Cowboys signed Romo as an undrafted free agent following the 2003 NFL draft, and Romo has since then risen to the top.

How has Romo’s playing style changed following his back surgery? What are his goals for this season?

Check out this video with Tony Romo, Adam Lefkoe, and NFL Analyst Chris Simms at the Bleacher Report HERE: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2560568-tony-romo-talks-career-after-surgery-being-an-undrafted-free-agent