A Low Back MRI Won’t Get You Surgery Any Quicker

By Dr Ken Nakamura+

Disc herniation Vs. Spinal Stenosis. Why Do I have Sciatica? Dr. Ken Nakamura Do you have severe lower back pain that you think requires surgery?   Did your medical doctor tell you that you need an MRI before surgery?   Did the same doctor tell you that your low back MRI will take months of waiting for an appointment, followed by a long another waiting period of months to years to get lower back surgery?     MRI’s are regarded as one the best types of imaging that is easy to do and non-invasive. By non-invasive I mean that you don’t have to have a needle stuck in your lower back possibly damaging your[...]
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Snow Shovelling The Right Way To Prevent Low Back Pain

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Shovelling Snow |Downtown Toronto Sports Chiropractor Dr. Ken Nakamura Snow shovelling can be the scourge of low back pain suffers.  Typically most of you will have no pain or the just a twinge while shovelling. You think that you made it through and go to bed that night without a problem.   Next day you wake up and just as you go to stand up you feel this excruciating pain. What happened? Was it the snow shovelling?   You might have strained a muscle, maybe sprained a back ligament but it’s actually worse than you thought. You put your disc with the repeated bending and twisting of your spine.  [...]
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6 Low Back Pain FACTS That May Change Your Life

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Acute back pain| Downtown Toronto Sports Chiropractor | Low back pain affects most people, in fact, low back pain affects over 80% of people at one point or another. With some facts about lower back pain you can decrease your own suffering. 1. Herniated Discs Herniated discs are painful and can be debilitating. You may think you need surgery or therapy but for the vast majority of you can get by without surgery or chiropractic care. Low back pain tends to go away without any therapy including chiropractic care and physiotherapy. It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to recover from lower back pain without any treatment. You[...]
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Where The Heck Is My Pinched Nerve Coming From? Dermatomes, Sciatica And Lower Back Pain

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Where My Nerve Pinched ? Dermatomes, Sciatica And Lower Back Pain: Dr. Ken Nakamura Downtown Toronto Chiropractor How do doctors determine where my pinched nerve is?   Which tests best determine the offending nerve?   What can I do to help with this trapped nerve?   I get dozens of emails everyday from people with detailed MRI reports with no information about their history or examination. A typical report might look like this:   “L4 – L5 shows broad based posterior protrusion causing indentation of thecal sac, filar roots, severe narrowing of neural foramina and mild compression of exiting, traversing nevre roots (L > R) L5 – S1 disc shows diffuse annular bulge causing mild narrowing of[...]
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The Big 5: Easy Exercises For Stabilizing Your Low Back

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Will the Big 5 low back exercises help your lower back?   What are the Big 5 low back exercises for stabilizing your spine?   Spinal stablilization exercises are used by health practitioners like this Toronto downtown chiropractor. Your goal with these exercises is to try and stabilize the “core” with exercises. Like trying to balance a shampoo bottle on your back in a “crawling” position, the muscles of your hip, back and abdomen need to be strong enough and have enough endurance to hold that shampoo bottle in place without tipping it over. In other words your lower back needs to[...]
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Getting X-rays Or MRI Early: Will Imaging Make A Difference For You?

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MRI Lumbar Spine -Better To Have MRI Early: Downtown Toronto Chiropractor Dr. Ken Nakamura Should you get an X-ray or MRI right away?   Do you need a CAT scan?   What type of imaging is best for your lower back pain?   Chiropractic guidelines like their medical guidelines recommend that a preliminary X-ray be taken if you are over 70 years old, and for even minor trauma if you are over 50 years old.    As a general guideline, X-rays are necessary in the following cases.   If you have sustained a significant traumatic injury at any age. If you have experienced any type of trauma (even a minor one) if over age 50. For[...]
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Disc Herniations Vs. Spinal Stenosis. What’s Causing My Sciatica?

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Disc herniation Vs. Spinal Stenosis. Why Do I have Sciatica? Dr. Ken Nakamura Do you have sciatica?   Is your pain from a disc herniation or is it caused by spinal stenosis (trapped nerves in the spinal cord)?   Knowing the cause of your sciatica will determine the treatment for you, so it’s important to find out the true diagnosis.   Disc herniations and spinal stensosis are often misdiagnosed by chiropactors and medical doctors alike. It’s important to know the true cause as the treatments for each a quite different.   For example when you are diagnosed with a disc herniation you often need extension exercises, while with spinal stenosis you often need[...]
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Can Acupuncture Help My Lower Back Pain? Treatments For Back Pain

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Can Acupuncture Help My Lower Back Pain: Toronto Downtown Chiropractor, Dr. Ken Nakamura Are you considering getting acupuncture for your lower back?   Have you tried physiotherapy, chiropractic and rehabilitation for your lower back and it still hurts?   How do you know acupuncture is for you?   In this issue of Bodi Empowerment I go over the criteria you use to determine if you are a candidate for acupuncture.   First when I talk about acupuncture there are many forms of acupuncture. There is acupuncture for the ear called auricular acupuncture, Korean hand acupuncture, laser acupuncture which utilizes laser instead of a needle, acupressure techniques like Shiatsu and reflexology.   All of[...]
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Will My Lower Back Surgery Fail? Criteria for Low Back Surgery

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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: FBSS Are you contemplating lower back surgery?   What criteria clearly indicates you need back surgery?   When should you do conservative care instead of surgery?   Failed Back Surgery Syndrome ( FBSS ) is recurring or persistent pain in the low back or low back pain with pain down the leg after spinal surgery. It’s incredible that 10-50% of people have Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). [1]   The failure rate for microdiscectomy surgery is 19-25% while lumbar fusion has a failure rate of 30-46%.[2]   The results two years after laminectomy surgery for back pain and for people treated[...]
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Does Tylenol (Paracetamol) Help Acute Low Back Pain?

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Paracetamol For Acute Low back Pain: Helpful? - Downtown Toronto Chiropractor Do you take Tylenol or Parcetamol for your acute back pain?   Do you know if Tylenol or Paracetamol actually helps your acute back pain?   Did you know that there is no research evidence that shows that Tylenol actually helps your long-term recovery from acute back pain?   Lack of evidence was the prime reason why researchers decided to find out if  a “universally recommended, first line analgesic for low back pain, appearing in most clinical practice guidelines worldwide” [1,2] was sound.   No research even compared Paracetomol (Tylenol) with placebo or taking Tylenol on a “as neeeded” basis.[...]
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