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If you are suffering from chronic pain from fibromyalgia or another medical condition, you know the frustration that comes with the attempts to control pain. While medication and therapies are a key factor in pain management, exercise can also work to relieve pain and improve quality of life. Inactivity can lead to more pain – the more you move, the less you will feel your pain.
If you are suffering from chronic pain, begin introducing regular walking workouts into your daily routine. Walking is the most basic form of aerobic exercise. There are several benefits of aerobic exercise, including: building stamina, boosting energy and reducing stiffness and pain. Specific health benefits of walking for exercise include:
- Strengthening muscles – By strengthening the muscles in the feet, legs, hips and torso, you will increase stability of the spine. Spinal stability may reduce symptoms of chronic back pain.
- Improves flexibility and range of motion – With improved range of motion, you will be less susceptible to injury due to stiffness or awkward movements.
- Strengthening joints – A low-impact workout such as walking improves strength and flexibility of the joints, as well as muscles and tendons surrounding the joints.
Research has shown that low-impact aerobic exercise is most effective for improving chronic pain symptoms. It provides a means of relaxation for both the body and mind. Exercise in short intervals has been shown to be most successful in relieving chronic pain. For example, rather than going for one 30-minute walk each day, take three short, 10-minute walks instead.
In a study of 52 sedentary patients with chronic lower back pain, Dr. Michal Katz-Leurer and colleague Ilana Shnayderman found that a simple daily walking routine can improve chronic lower back pain symptoms. Katz-Leurer, from Tel Aviv University’s Stanley Steyer School of Health Professions at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, and Shnayderman, a graduate student at the Department of Physical Therapy and a practicing physiotherapist at Maccabi Health Care, published their findings in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation.
If you suffer from chronic pain, make a point to exercise daily. By exercising, you will help prevent muscle atrophy and decrease joint pain. Start with a simple 30-minutes of exercise each day, gradually increasing if you are able.
Consult with your physician before beginning any exercise routine.
Sometimes called a slipped or ruptured disk, a herniated disk most often occurs in your lower back. It is one of the most common causes of low back pain, as well as leg pain (sciatica).
Between 60% and 80% of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. A high percentage of people will have low back and leg pain caused by a herniated disk.
Although a herniated disk can sometimes be very painful, most people feel much better with just a few weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment.
Your spine is made up of 24 bones, called vertebrae, that are stacked on top of one another. These bones connect to create a canal that protects the spinal cord.
Five vertebrae make up the lower back. This area is called your lumbar spine.
Other parts of your spine include:
Spinal cord and nerves. These “electrical cables” travel through the spinal canal carrying messages between your brain and muscles.
Intervertebral disks. In between your vertebrae are flexible intervertebral disks. They act as shock absorbers when your walk or run.
Intervertebral disks are flat and round, and about a half inch thick. They are made up of two components:
- Annulus fibrosus. This is the tough, flexible outer ring of the disk.
- Nucleus pulposus. This is the soft, jelly-like center of the disk
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- Pinched nerves
- Degenerative spine disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Spondylolisthesis (slipped spine)
- Scoliosis (deformity)
- Low back pain / neck pain
- Spine trauma
- Spine infection
- Osteoporotic fractures
- Spine and spinal cord tumors
- Peripheral nerve injury
- Chiari malformation
- Cavernous malformation
- Vascular malformation
A Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is an operation often indicated for patients suffering from back and/or leg pain caused by the natural degeneration of the disc space or some type of traumatic event.
The Minimally Invasive TLIF technique is a less invasive option incorporating the use of specially designed instruments that allow surgeons to achieve the same clinical goals of traditional, “open” TLIF but with much smaller incisions, causing less damage to the surrounding soft tissue.
The technique incorporates use of the II Tubular Retractor System and CD II Spinal System. The METRx® II System provides minimally invasive access to the spine through tubular portals, while the CD II Spinal System uses an innovative arc device to percutaneously (without a large skin incision) deliver screws and rods for spinal fusion.
* Through a minimal incision in the patient’s back, the surgeon uses specially designed dilators in the II Tubular Retractor System to spread the muscle and tissues of the back. A tubular retractor, or “portal”, is then inserted over the dilators to maintain a clear pathway to the spine.
* Accessing the spine through the II Tubular Retractor, the surgeon removes a portion of the bone and the disc material, and places an implant in the disc space between the vertebral bodies. This spacer may serve to restore the natural height of the disc space, “unpinch” the nerves, and act as a scaffold for bone growth or “fusion” between the vertebral bodies.
* Finally, the surgeon may use the Spinal System to place screws and rods in a minimally invasive fashion. These screws and rods are intended to stabilize the vertebral bodies while the bone fuses or heals.
Your browser may not support display of this image. Traditional, “open” TLIFs may often involve significant blood loss and a lengthy hospital stay. However, the Minimally Invasive TLIF technique may offer many patient benefits, including:
(These surgeons have extensive experience in both neurosurgery and orthopedics)
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Mayo Clinic Trained Spine Physician
Steven J. Cyr, M.D., is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who received extensive training to specialize in the delicate science of Spine Surgery. Anyone who knows Dr. Cyr well will tell you that he is a man driven for quality and excellence. His high standards can be seen throughout his educational process and career.
He received top honors at Southwest Texas State University by graduating Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In addition to rigorous academics, he was also a member of the Bobcat football team during his three years at SWTSU.
Dr. Cyr gained early acceptance into medical school and earned his MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He then began his service to the United States Air Force with a transitional internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He served the air force community as a flight surgeon for two years before beginning residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Wilford Hall.
Following residency, Dr. Cyr was honored to be chosen from among the country’s top residents as the only fellow for the highly competitive and prestigious spine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This training program has ranked number one for orthopaedic and neurosurgical training programs in America for the last 20 years. Mayo combines these two fields, giving their surgeons an understanding of nerve and spine function unparalleled in most other programs.
Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Cyr and his family moved back to San Antonio, where he served the military population as the Chief of Air Force Spine Surgery and Spine Surgery Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Air Force. For six years, Dr. Cyr taught future air force orthopaedic surgeons in residency at Wilford Hall and has twice served our war wounded in Iraq at the Air Force Theater Hospital in Balad.
He has brought innovative techniques to the military and was the first to perform the total disc replacement procedure as well as endoscopic spinal surgery. He specializes in complicated spine issues and has gained notoriety for successful repairs of failed surgeries on patients from numerous other states and around the world. Dr. Cyr’s expertise and skills are now available to civilian patients at the Orthopaedic and Spine Institute, where his passion for excellence and quality keep him at the leading edge of spine surgery.
Mayo Clinic Trained Spine Physician
Mayo Fellowship Trained Board-Certified Spine Surgeon
Minimally Invasive Spine Specialist
Education Undergraduate: Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ
Medical: Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Training Orthopaedic Surgery
Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA Spine
Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Hospital Affiliations Baylor Irving Medical Center Irving Coppell Surgical Center Irving
2021 N. MacArthur Blvd 400 West IH 635 Bldg. @, Suite 115
Plaza 1, Suite 200
Irving, TX 75061
Irving, TX 75063
2301 Marsh Lane,
Plano, TX 75093
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