The ankle reflex predicts outcome after lumbar disc surgery?

An ankle reflex is a test of mainly the first sacral nerve root, or S1 as an abbreviation. When S1 is working normally, a small strike of the achilles tendon , also called calcaneal tendon, with a tendon hammer causes the muscle attached to the tendon, gastrocnemius, to contract, which in turn causes the foot to flex […]

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How to choose the perfect office chair

Most of us sit for over 9.3 hours and sleep for under 7.7 hours. We don’t even realize how often we sit, because everyone around us is doing the same. Sitting causes more damage to your system than you can imagine. It exerts excessive stress on your spine leading to several back-related ailments. Apart from […]

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Yoga Instructors have perfect Spines on MRI

Yoga provides a healthy spinal structure- MRI proof in European Spine Journal A group of researchers recruited a two groups of people who had no spinal problems reported at all and divided them into two matched groups. One group were yoga instructors and the other group were people of the same age, gender and other […]

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Cauda Equina Syndrome and Me

Claire Thornber from ihavecaudaequina.com  writes about her experience when she developed cauda equina syndrome (CES), a rare but devastating complication of lumbar disc herniation. My story really begins where you find me today, typing up my cauda equina syndrome (CES) journey to put on this site, hoping that it will become a small part in what the CESA […]

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Underactive bladder syndrome

First of all, we should get some of the medical jargon explained. “Cauda equina” relates to the nerves in the spine which travel independently to the spinal cord. The spinal cord is one solid structure, with billions of individual nerve fibres making up the structure. The spinal cord has different zones which carry information relating […]

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