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Doctor insights on: Stretching And A Curved Board For The Back

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Can you thicken the cartilage discs in your spine by stretching it?

Can you thicken the cartilage discs in your spine by stretching it?

No: Degenerative disc disease (ddd) is a progressive change of the spine that includes loss of disc water content and disc height. We all get ddd as we age, and as yet, there is no treatment to prevent it (despite what people will try to sell you). The best option to maintain spine health is to not smoke, maintain a healthy overall lifestyle which includes a regular exercise program. ...Read more

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Can stretching my spine at age 16 help lengthen my spine and make me taller?

Can stretching my spine at age 16 help lengthen my spine and make me taller?

No: Sorry, but spine length has little to do with your final height. The most important factor is genetics, so your parents' heights are very important. Males generally stop growing around age 23-25, so you may have some time left. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can simple stretching and strengthening of the upper back help relieve disk pain?

May help or hurt: Stretching and strengthening may help, and best performed as specifically directed by your doctor or therapist who understands your specific situation. ...Read more

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What stretching excercises should I do on a daily basis to keep my back limber n pain free.... I get lower back pains most times. After bending.

What stretching excercises should I do on a daily basis to keep my back limber n pain free.... I get lower back pains most times. After bending.

Totally agree: As a dentist I too suffer from back pain. Try the exercises and stretches at this website: http://www. Ihacares. Com/index. Cfm/healthadvisors/sportsmedicineadvisor/crs-sma-art. Low. Back. Pain. Exercises/
do them every day - even if your back does not hurt. If the pain continues or you have tingling in arms or legs then see a doctor. ...Read more

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While stretching I heard a pop in my lower back. I have no pain. It has happened the last 2 times that I stretched. Should I be concerned? I have 2 discs that are bad in my middle back.

No real concern: In general if you have no pain or loss of function or sensation you should be fine. Be careful however as sometimes symptoms of injury to the back and related areas can take weeks to months or even longer to show up. ...Read more

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Sharp LUQ pain upon deep breath or stretching. Pressing makes it better. S/P lower spine sx 1 month ago. Not constant?

Sharp LUQ pain upon deep breath or stretching. Pressing makes it better. S/P lower spine sx 1 month ago. Not constant?

This could: Be due to GAS collected in the SPLENIC flexure (The TURN the colon takes in the left upper quadrant see diagram)...this often occurs in RUNNERS since any bowel gas "seeks" the highest level in the colon when you are upright) In runners it's often called a "stitch"
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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How can stretching help for back pain?

How can stretching help for back pain?

See below: In my experience, stretching has been one of the most consistently effective treatments for lower back pain although not everyone agrees with that statement. Our spines are meant to move and meant to be flexible. When we lose that flexibility, pain often follows. ...Read more

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Is there a good cream for stretching foreskin back?

Is there a good cream for stretching foreskin back?

Yes: Prescription strength steroid cream such as 0.1% Betamethasone cream or kenalog (triamcinolone) cream. Pull poreskin back as far as it will go comfotably & apply cream to narrow constrited area twice daily for as long as necessary. Dr's prescription is required in USA, over the counter steroid creams will not work. ...Read more

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Is it bad to crack your back when you are stretching?

Is it bad to crack your back when you are stretching?

It could help?: "cracking" your back is not so bad at all if you are a young and healthy individual. The concern tends to be that there are some risks associated, such as fracture, sprain, strain, etc. These risks are very low when an adjustment ("cracking") is performed by a skilled professional (eg: doctor of chiropractic), but when performed by yourself, or by another unskilled person, the risks increase. ...Read more

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How long must stretching exercises for back pain take?

How long must stretching exercises for back pain take?

10-15 minutes: Stretching for back it take about 15 minutes you extended for 30 minutes if you feel comfortable. ...Read more

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How often must someone do stretching exercises for back pain?

How often must someone do stretching exercises for back pain?

As often as you can.: I don't know what is causing your back pain, but it wouldn't change my response very much. Back pain is most commonly caused by posture, and muscle imbalance leading to spasm. Exercise should help promote awareness of your body and your posture, strengthen what you need to strengthen, and stretch what you need to stretch. Yoga is ideal for this. Body awareness will help prevent re-injury, too. ...Read more

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Can you break your neck stretching to far back or to the side?

Can you break your neck stretching to far back or to the side?

Are you trying?: Not without help. You'd have to really try yourself and the strength of the neck muscles alone is not sufficient.

We generally recommend against attempts nonetheless as physicians. ...Read more

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Woul stretching before doing anything in the morning help prevent back aches later on in the day?

Woul stretching before doing anything in the morning help prevent back aches later on in the day?

Possibly: It is difficult to say without knowing what is causing your back pain. Stretching is an important aspect to many back rehab programs, and may help. For back pain that significantly limits your activity you should see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi there, I get random sudden onset of sharp pain in my shoulder. After stretching it usualy clicks a few times then goes back to normal but won't now? It started after I washed my hards after going to the toilet just now

Hi there, I get random sudden onset of sharp pain in my shoulder. After stretching it usualy clicks a few times then goes back to normal but won't now? It started after I washed my hards after going to the toilet just now

Pain shoulder: Sudden too much exercise can cause accumulation of a chemical in muscles which can cause pain. Try doing warm up exercises, if pain still occurs then might need to slow down with exercises. ...Read more

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How to prevent a sore back after stretching?

How to prevent a sore back after stretching?

Stretching correctly: Stretching should help you feel better. If your back is sore after stretching you may not be doing stretches that are good for your back or you may not be stretching correctly. Get bob anderson's book, stretching, for good instructions. ...Read more

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How does stretching my hamstrings help with back pain?

How does stretching my hamstrings help with back pain?

Decrease stresses: By making the hamstrings more flexible, your pelvis positioning can change reducing stresses across the lower back. ...Read more

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Is it possible to increase height by stretching spine after puberty? If yes how much can I gain?

Not really: Stretching your spine will not increase your height after puberty. Occasionally we see some additional height when significant spinal deformities are surgically corrected. After skeletal maturity, you reach your final height. There are some leg lengthening surgeries, but again they are reserved for pathological conditions. ...Read more

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I'm 21. My growth plates r closed iguess. But my spine can still grow right? If I do stretching exercises?

No: At 21 little height to gain stretching has no permanent effect on height that gravity won't take away in seconds height can becgained with correct posture you are who you are most height comes from growth around the knees. ...Read more

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Should stretching and strengthening exercises be done when there's still pain caused by a ligament problem at the lower back?

Should stretching and strengthening exercises be done when there's still pain caused by a ligament problem at the lower back?

It depends: It depends on a few factors. You need to know whether the trend of your pain is getting better or worse, whether stretching alleviates or worsens the pain, and whether strengthening alleviates or worsens the pain.
The exercise program chosen and monitored should be individualized to your specific needs during each phase of your injury. See a spine doc if it still persists for a few weeks. ...Read more

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This has happened recently but I have a sharp pain in my lower to mid back. I have tried stretching but it doesn't seem to work. Help?

This has happened recently but I have a sharp pain in my lower to mid back. I have tried stretching but it doesn't seem to work. Help?

Get more information: Pain in the mid-lower back is very common. Over 90% of people experience some spinal complaint at some point during their lives and it usually improves without needing any specialized interventions in 70% of patients. Common causes include pulled muscle, annular tear of the disk, or facet joint pain. You should be evaluated by a healthcare practitioner to get more info. ...Read more

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My upper back gets stiffed oftenly&gets relaxed when I do stretch right/left, while doing stretching I hear crunching sounds. Pl suggest?

Possible arthritis: Even it is early at your age deveolp oesteoarthrities but still possible or could have other type of arthritis and if persist see your M.D. ...Read more

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Can the height grow after the age of 25 with excercise, stretching, yoga and diet? And also will losing weight make spine slightly taller?

Can the height grow after the age of 25 with excercise, stretching, yoga and diet? And also will losing weight make spine slightly taller?

Sorry, no: Only think that can lengthen your spine and keep you as tall as you can be, consider yoga. Yoga has been shown to lengthen the spine. And it has also been said, you are as old as your spine is flexible. ...Read more

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When I twist and turn or bend to the right or left I have a dull pain in my lower right back. It feels more like the muscle is stretching..

When I twist and turn or bend to the right or left I have a dull pain in my lower right back. It feels more like the muscle is stretching..

Muscle strain/pull: Sounds like you have attained or pulled a muscle in your low back. This is very common and should improve with a relative decrease in your activity, Nsaids and stretching. Also stay away from sharp movements and lifting if you can ...Read more

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I'm 24 yrs old. Hurt my back when moving heavy boxes last month. 3 days ago it suddenly started to hurt a lot. Why and does stretching help?

I'm 24 yrs old. Hurt my back when moving heavy boxes last month. 3 days ago it suddenly started to hurt a lot. Why and does stretching help?

Low back strain: You may have restrained your back, without realizing it, 3 days ago. Perhaps the previous injury wasn't fully healed. Using your back, instead of your strong thigh muscles, to lift even a less than heavy object can re-strain your back. To learn about treatment for back pain see: http://bit. Ly/1v1juFX and http://bit. Ly/1lF3Xcs If the pain persists despite OTC meds see Dr for an exam. ...Read more

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What is the cause of chronic back of leg pain if it is more painful to be sedentary and stretching does not help? I exercise on a regular basis.

What is the cause of chronic back of leg pain if it is more painful to be sedentary and stretching does not help? I exercise on a regular basis.

Could be a number of: Causes that can give you these, which can be best diagnosed with a complete examination, full Hx, and investigations.
I suggest you carry on being active with the exercises but also see a Spine Doc for an evaluation.
Good Luck. ...Read more