January 13, 2012

Top 10 Causes of Back Pain

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Back pain is an experience most people will have at some point in their lives. Lower back pain is the most common cause of job-related incapacity and nonattendance from work.  Lower back pain is any type of pain or distress throughout the back portion of your lower trunk area, extending down to your pelvis. The lower back is also referred to as the lumbar area or lumbar spine this type of back pain may last for a short time or it may be long-lasting, which means lasting more than three months. You may feel a gloomy, irritating pain or a sharp, bursting sting. Some pain can be so intense it may cause you to lie in bed unable to move. Severe lower back pain often resolves with simple self-care methods within a few weeks, but it can become chronic and lead to more serious problems over time.

Below are listed a few common reasons for lower back pain

1)      Lower Back Sprain is the most common reasons for back pain. When the ligaments holding bones together are torn from their attachments you just experience a lower back sprain. This usually happens with quick, unexpected movements. This could transpire at work or in a car accident, or playing a weekend sport without properly warming up.

2)      Spinal Subluxations are caused by stress, accidents, and if these injuries are left untreated this will cause you problems; spinal subluxations are misalignments or loss of normal movement in one of the bones in your back.

3)      Trigger Points can cause blistering pain in areas in your muscles when they are pressed on. You know when you have found one because they are very sensitive to touch.

4)       Arthritis is another of the most common reasons for back pain. The type of arthritis most often seen in the spine is Osteoarthritis, sometimes called Degenerative Joint Disease.

5)      Poor Quality Mattress is blamable for more back pain than you can believe. Sleeping on a firm mattress can do wonders in relieving backaches…

6)      Too much sitting puts excessive strain on the muscles of your back often causing Back Pain. This is a common problem in the United States today with so much time being spent sitting at computers, typing on keyboards, playing video games, driving, etc.

7)      Spinal Stenosis is an age-related disease caused when the openings in the spine where the nerves come out of, become smaller. This often causes pain running down the leg (sciatica), which makes walking difficult.

8)      Osteoporosis It is a deteriorating ailment which deteriorates the bone. It is most common in females over fifty, is another of the common reasons for back pain which affects both men and woman as they become older.

9)      Herniated Discs are common reasons for back pain. Most people who have a herniated disc have suffered with back pain for some time. Wear and tear on the spine can weaken the disc, allowing the jelly-like center of the disc to squirt out.

10)   Pregnancy is one of the reasons for back pain that the majority of pregnant women experience. You could gain 25-50 pounds during pregnancy. Most of the weight gain is in the stomach which causes your weight center to shift forward putting strain on your back.

The primary causes of low back pain can be difficult and are not always obvious. This article is aimed at helping patients understand how physicians evaluate the area of pain distribution in helping to diagnose the source of a patient’s low back pain and determine initial treatment options.

Dr. David Kulla

New York City chiropractor and the owner of Synergy Wellness, a wellness clinic specializing in chiropractic, nutrition and massage.

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July 30, 2011

What is rehabilitation and how it can help your animal

Filed under: Animal news — Tags: , , , , , , — Cynara @ 1:29 pm

physiotherapyRehabilitation is the restoration to the normality, or to the closest possible of her, in way and of function altered by some lesion type. That rehabilitation is made through techniques used as the acupuncture, physiotherapy and chiropractic (art of adjusting with the hands the sub-luxation of the articulations of the body).   

The rehabilitation includes the patients’ evaluation with functional limitations, incapacity and/or locomotion difficulties, pain, posture alterations, etc. After that evaluation accomplished by the specialist of the area, the treatment protocol is drawn.   

The animal rehabilitation is used since the decade of 80 in the United States and in Europe and it is usually used as main treatment before the conventional medicines and of the surgery. The animal is only directed for surgery if he doesn’t answer to the rehabilitation, and when submitted to the surgical procedure his recovery is faster, because the rehabilitation improved his physical condition.

The Acupuncture is a technique of stimulation of defined areas in the skin, for needles and/or for transfer of heat for therapeutic ends. It fills out a gap between the medicine and the surgery.  

It is known that the acupuncture affects all of the physiologic systems (normal function of the body), acting from way to take the organism to find his energy balance, doing with that the energy blockades (pain points) they are undone and the energy flows correctly for the body. It is gotten to restore the normal activities of the organs, visceras, members, since, there be not irreversible structural alterations (for instance, paralysis of members for rupture of the marrow espinal).   

It treats problems as paralyses, pain, locomotion difficulties, posture alteration, disk disease or bone alterations, skin problems, behavior problems, etc.    

The Physiotherapy is the treatment of a disease through exercises and apparels. It evaluates, prevents and  treats the movement disturbances. It acts in the most different areas with procedures, techniques, methodologies and specific approaches with the objective of treating, to minimize and to prevent the most varied dysfunctions.     

Many resources exist, as, for instance: the therapeutic ultrassom, laser, stimulation neuromuscular, pulse magnetic field, etc.   

Many problems can be treated as: articulate problems, muscle problems, bone problems, pain, locomotion difficulty, paralyses, muscle atrophies, arthrosis, etc.     

Chiropractic is the art of adjusting with the hands the sub-luxations of the articulations of the body. An exam of palpation of the articulations is accomplished and the articulations that come untidy they are adjusted.  She stimulates the force of the recuperation of the body to cure without the use of medicines or surgery.   

A sub-luxation doesn’t allow the nervous information to flow correctly, therefore when adjusting the body of the animal we are helping the nervous system so that he can recover his functionality, improving the movement of the articulations of the spine and of the extremities of the animal. This improvement of the movement results in muscles, tendons and ligaments more resistant, strong and developed.  

A disadjusted vertebra can cause pain, posture alteration and in the walk, paralyses, aggressiveness, low performance in animals athletes, lameness, etc.   

As it is a specialized treatment, only the specialist of the area can specify the number of sections, treatment type and duration of the treatment.    

The animal seemingly can be recovered, but if it is not totally rehabilitated can happen a relapse or to appear other problems.     

Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati

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July 16, 2011

Cancer treatment in cats

Filed under: Cats care — Tags: , , , , , , — Cynara @ 9:47 am

cancer in catsCancer is a common disease in cats, just as in other domestic species and in human beings. 
The experience obtained starting from the human medicine has result in the development of treatments in animals and many used medicines were developed for the human beings’ treatment, however some used in dogs and humans are not appropriate for cats. 
Most of the tumors appears starting from the transformation neoplásica of a single stem cell. Initially the tumors grow quickly, but the growth speed decreases as the size increases. 
The growth fraction constitutes the most important factor than it determines the answer of a tumor to the chemotherapy, because most of the medicines is active just against cells in growth and in division. The ideal period to treat a tumor with chemotherapy is in the beginning of her development course, when the load of tumor is low, the time of duplication is short and the growth fraction is high. The cells in rest inside of a tumor they are also essential, because they form a reservoir protected starting from which a tumor can retire. Therefore, those cells determine the definitive result of the treatment. 
Initially, the tumors are composed of a group of cells reasonably homogeneous, but with successive cellular divisions, genetic mutations that check phenotype properties different in the cells daughters. Therefore, the cellular population of a tumor becomes heterogeneous regarding the characteristics biochemical, morphologic and of answer to the drug. 
Some tumors are resistant to the chemotherapy; for instance, many carcinoma and the malignant melanoma. Big tumors and of slow growth they are also, because of the fraction of low growth. The tumor cells, in the same way can acquire resistance through mutation. 
The theoretical objective of any cancer treatment is to reduce the population of tumor cells to zero. It can be used radical chemotherapy if the intention will cure the tumor. However, in veterinary medicine, it has a balance to be reached between effectiveness and toxicity of the treatment. 
The chemotherapy should be reserved for malignant tumors that knowingly answer to the medicines. It is indicated against disseminated diseases or systemic, as lymphoma, myelona, leukemia. The chemotherapy rarely has value as only treatment of solid tumors, as carcinoma, sarcoma, melanoma, in that case the surgery or radiotherapy would be the first treatment choice. 
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati   

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March 27, 2011

Psychological pregnancy, a common problem

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nestlingThe psychological pregnancy in dogs is more common than thinks she, happens in more than 50% of female dogs no castrated. Besides the psychological alterations, she causes physical alterations also. 
It happens due to hormonal alterations capable to influence the behavior and the development of mammary tissues. That happens when there is a fall of the hormone progesterone, present in the rut. When the female dog is to give birththe progesterone level falls, what stimulates the production of the prolactin, that acts in the mammary tissue activating the production of milk and causing the maternal behavior. 
It is common the female dogs present the psychological pregnancy after the castration, if accomplished up to 3 months after the beginning of the rut. With the retreat of the ovaries, responsible for the progesterone production, there are interruption of the production of that hormone and liberation of the prolactin. 
The signs of the psychological pregnancy are: the animal scrapes the corners of the house; he protects an area or object; he is anxious or crying and appetite lack. 
To interrupt that behavior it can be used medicines that inhibit the prolactin production. They make to interrupt the production of milk and the maternal behavior quickly. Otherwise, the pregnancy finish in 2 weeks. 
To remove the objects that the animal adopted as nestling during that period can increase the anxiety and to stimulate compulsive behaviors or until turning him aggressive. 
The increase of the mammas is normal and the produced milk ends being absorbed by the organism, but it sometimes happens inflammation of the mammary glands, appearing pits, pain and red skin. Therefore, consulting a veterinarian. 
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati 

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February 6, 2011

Diarrhea: when it worries

Filed under: Animal news — Tags: , , , , , , — Cynara @ 1:00 pm

dog_dairrheaIt is very common that dogs and cats have diarrhea (intestinal movements abnormally loosened or frequent). 
Most of the cases is caused when the animal eats some thing that didn’t owe, but it can also be a sign of something more serious as distemper include  fever. 
One of the most dangerous things in the diarrhea is the loss of water of the organism, what takes the dehydration. 
What to do in case of diarrhea: 
1 – it interrupts the feeding - stop giving eaten by a period from 12 to 24 hours so that his intestine rests and there be time for him to recover of the inflammation. If there is not anything in the intestines, there won’t be anything to evacuate. 
2 – it maintains the moisturized animal – it is certified that the animal always has free access to the water, for him not to dehydrate. 
3 – it consults the veterinarian before giving some medicine – not always it is recommended to cut the diarrhea with medicines, the veterinary orientation is important to supply the animal an appropriate treatment. 
When to go to the veterinarian: 
1 – black feces with pitch consistence 
2 – extremely badly scented feces 
3 – feces with great amount of red blood 
4 – following diarrhea for vomit 
5 – sharp pain during the evacuation 
6 – fever 
7 – appetite loss 
8 – lethargy 
Most of the simplest diarrheas, in that the animal still feel well and usually behaves, it is of pasty consistence or it just contains little of blood. It can, usually, to be cured home, with a first aid. In case the diarrhea persists for more than three days without improvement, it takes the animal to the veterinarian. 
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati 

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January 11, 2011

Hypoglycemia in animals

Filed under: Animal news — Tags: , , , , — Cynara @ 10:22 am

dogThe low tax of sugar in the blood (hypoglycemia)  can be happened if the animal has a badly operation of the pancreas. 
The pancreas produces insulin, that takes the sugar (glucose) until the cells of the body to give energy. When there is insulin excess, the animal has hypoglycemia. 
Diseases in the liver, or even great amount of intestinal parasites that interfere in the digestion can cause hypoglycemia. 
As the heart beat and the breathing are slower, the animals with low tax of sugar in the blood, become weak, sleepy, disoriented, staggering and with the stopped eye. They can have convulsions, to lose the conscience and to enter in coma. 
To know the animal has hypoglycemia is necessary to evaluate the symptoms and to accomplish laboratory exams. 
To maintain the glucose level in the blood in normal levels, the animal should be fed every 2 hours and it should be avoided to offer sweet to him. 
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati 

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September 14, 2010

The laser in the treatment of tendon problems

Filed under: Animal news — Tags: , , , , , — Cynara @ 10:39 am

therapeutic laser

The treatment of tendon problems with Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emisison of Radiotion) has been reaching great results in short space of time. 
The therapeutic laser emits, at the most, 1 mW of energy, therefore, their effects are biomodulate and no thermal. 
The laser increases: 
* the sanguine circulation, 
* activity of the lymphatic system, 
* synthesis of DNA and RNA, 
* amount of fibroblast, 

* levels of oxide nítric 
and it decreases: 
* speed of transport of the sensorial nerve, 
* it reduces the excitability of the receivers of the pain, 
* it stimulates the production of collagen, 
* it stimulates the phagocytosis, 
* it stimulates the liberation of ATP, 
* it stimulates the osteoblast. 
The tendons almost consist that entirely in bunches of collagen in regular arrangement and they possess great tensive force. 
As the laser stimulates the production of collagen, has anti-inflammatory action and it acts in the pain. The reached results have been satisfactory and fast. The lesions in the tendons close, therefore collagen is produced filling out the lesion. 
In big lesions, it can be used the technique of transplant of stem cells and the laser sections. It has been obtaining results in 1 month of treatment. 
Vet Therapy – Dra. Cynara Campanati

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August 14, 2010

Does your animal really need surgery?

Filed under: Animal news — Tags: , , , , , — Cynara @ 10:17 am

dog-playing-ballIf you went to the doctor and him told you that you would have to do a surgery, even before trying other treatments less invasive and aggressive, what would you make? 
1 - already mark the surgery, without trying other treatments? 
2 - see other doctors to hear one second, third or up to fourth opinion? 
3 - make other exams? 
4 - see some alternative treatment and then, only if it didn’t have result, there yes it would leave for a surgical procedure? 
If it went a survey, I am sure that the number 1 would be in last. If the people act like this in their lives and of their relatives, why with their animals are the attitudes different? 
Many professionals have been submitting animals to unnecessary surgical procedures, be for which reason goes, that doesn’t matter, but some animals have been suffering a lot with that attitude. The risk of an anesthesia, the physical and emotional suffering of a postoperative one and the worst, not always the problem is solved and in some cases until worsened. 
What to do then when the professional says that the animal needs a surgical procedure? 
Simple. Be put in the place of your animal. If it had the same possession that him and did his doctor indicate him the surgery the one what you would do?  

You can be sure that taking that attitude, you and your animal will receive the best treatment and later there won’t be regrets. 
Vet Therapy – Cynara Campanati 

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August 10, 2010

Pain treatment in animals

Filed under: Animal news — Tags: , , , , , — Cynara @ 2:02 pm

Does your animal suffer with pain in the backs, did it suffer a dislocation, does it fracture or does accident, have muscular pain…? 
A lot of times the animal presents lameness in some member, muscular pains, etc, but actually it can just be a reflex of some problem in the column. 

The magnetotherapy is an applied therapy for the alternative medicine based in the influence of the static magnetic fields on the body, being capable to treat several diseases indeed. 
The Earth, as an immense magnetic block, floating in the space captures and it emanates magnetic waves that influence the alive beings. The magnetism of the Earth is essential because it helps to conserve in an effective way the health. 
The lack of magnetic fields carts: rigidity in the shoulders, backs and nape; pain and weight in the head; insomnia; fatigue and weakness; nervousness, etc. 
The application of the magnetotherapy favors the cellular polarization; accelerates the repairing of tissues and the growth; regulates the nervous system; it is anti-inflammatory, used for pain treatment, repairing of fractures and treatments of wounds, etc.  
Vet Therapy – Cynara Campanati 

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July 23, 2010

Skin treatment with sugar

Filed under: You knew that... — Tags: , , , , , , — Cynara @ 8:00 am

The paper of the sugar is not limited to the of energy substrata. 
In the last years, the scientists began to recognize his role in the surface of the cell, discovering his functional value of communication and signalling. These molecules are now beginning to exercise his function as active components, with beneficial effects about the animal health. 
Sugar of the cellular surface are the molecules more used in the recognition among molecules, for interaction and communication. They also play an important part against pathogens microorganisms. 
The control of the microbial proliferation and of the inflammation it is obligatory in a lot of skin diseases. A promising approach in the veterinary dermatology is the use of sugars/carbohydrates similar exogenous to help to control the cutaneous infections and inflammatory diseases. 
In the same way that the microbes interact with you sugar them located correspondents in the epidermic surface, they link to the carbohydrates exogenous administered topically in the quality of “traps”. Without receivers, the microorganisms don’t get to adhere, nor to colonize the skin.

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