Monthly Archives: May 2014

5 Everyday Habits Causing Back Pain

habits causing back painBack pain is a common ailment that many Americans suffer from; it’s so common that it’s ranked #2 in terms of its rate of occurrence? Most of our daily routines involve habits that inevitably lead to back pain. Read on to see the 6 everyday habits causing back pain. You’ll probably notice that every one of these you may be falling victim too, if not then keep up the good work!

1. Smartphones Related to Back Pain

In our day and age, smartphones have become a necessity. Smartphones offer convenience and many great tools (apps) at the touch of our fingertips, quite literally. In other words, they’re awesome! The not-so-awesome part of smartphones is the fact that most of us bend over as we’re trying to read or decipher what’s on the screen. What we don’t realize is that this consistent bending over is gradually affecting our backs. Try extending your arm out instead to view your smartphone. This means that pressure that was once on your back is now on your arm.

2. Back Pain from Computer Use

Like smartphones, our computers add to the damage cause to our backs. The reason being: because most of us are not maintaining proper posture that aims at limiting unnecessary stress on our backs. Aim for maintaining a posture of 90 degrees. In other words, stay perfectly perpendicular to your chair. No slouching! Also, we encourage you to take breaks every here and there. This helps in preventing unwanted back pain.

3. Sitting In Cars Can Cause Back Pain

Another habit that causes back pain is our car. Do you have a long commute to work? If so, your posture will be key here. A rule of thumb is to stay 90 degrees as much as possible during anything you decide to sit on; this includes the driver position in your car.

4. Cigarettes and Back Pain

Cigarettes cause many other problems besides back pain, but a correlation does exist between smoking cigarettes and lower back pain. The active chemical, nicotine, prevents blood flow from reaching your vertebrae and disks, which allows them to break down faster, in turn causing pain. You’ve heard it enough times but we feel obliged to say it again: stop smoking.

5. Sleeping On Your Stomach May Cause Back Pain

This one may surprise you, but did you know sleeping on your stomach puts pressure on your spine? It’s true. For some, this is the only method that allows them to sleep, but we suggest trying a new position. If you absolutely cannot make the switch then you can place a pillow under your hip for support.

Chronic back pain treatment is available at Rexford Surgical Institute of Beverly Hills. If these everyday habits causing back pain have already caught up to you and you’re seeking back pain relief then contact a pain management doctor in Beverly Hills.

Sinus Problems: Summer Allergies of 2014 are Coming Soon

With the summer season fast approaching, it’s not uncommon that many Americans will suffer from various cases of allergies, ranging from mild to severe. Let’s talk seasonal allergies, as most of you may not be familiar with how they even cause problems.

First off, what is the source of seasonal allergies, in our case: summer allergies. The main source of seasonal allergies is pollen. Typically, grass pollen is the worst culprit at the beginning of summertime.

Secondly, what is pollen exactly? Good question. Pollen is a microscopic grain that is responsible for the reproduction of plants. To keep things simple, you can think of pollen as a male plant’s sperm. Pollen is typically carried by wind, but insects can carry these grains as well. When pollen lands in our sinuses, that’s where problems may arise for those who are susceptible.

summer allergies

So what’s the best way to prepare for the summer allergy season?

One thing you can do is to limit your exposure outside, as you’re most susceptible when the pollen is flying across your face, blowing into your nose. But let’s be honest, who wants to do that? Being in the great outdoors is fun and for some of us, it’s just the way we live. The good news is that you can actually build up a natural tolerance to plant pollen. The bad news however, is that a plant’s pollen changes frequently. Don’t let a fear of summer allergies keep you from enjoying quality time outside!

Over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines and decongestants may help bring you relief by aiding your sinuses in the natural draining process. A concern should be developing a dependence on these drugs.

Nasal irrigation is a safer approach that has proven effective for some. The traditional method, a neti pot, involves a simple solution of saline water that flows through your sinuses, cleaning them out along the way. More advanced nasal irrigation systems include pulsating irrigators that blast the same saline solution up into your sinuses, supposedly delivering better results and lasting relief from allergy symptoms.

If worst comes to worst, you may want to consider a sinus specialist that may be able to perform procedures aimed at fixing your sinuses, allowing them to function properly. Our Beverly Hills sinus specialist is uniquely skilled in all problems or issues related to your ear, nose, and throat, including summer allergies.

 

Kate Upton Seeks Breast Reduction Surgery?

A few articles have been going around suggesting that Sports Illustrated model, Kate Upton, has been thinking about undergoing breast reduction surgery. Other reports have debunked this claim, alleging that Kate Upton is perfectly happy with her breasts. Maybe she is, maybe she isn’t.

In any event, reports have also mentioned that she has complained of an aching back. This is a classic symptom of enlarged breasts that could be reduced to lower the amount of strain on your body. The weight of large breasts is enough to cause chronic pain in sufferers.

We aren’t suggesting Kate Upton undergo a breast reduction procedure, but rather commenting on a symptom that many of our patients all have in common: back pain, specifically upper back pain. Over-sized breasts often result in more than just back pain; shoulder pain, neck pain, shortness of breath, among other nagging ailments that no one should be forced to live with over a problem out of their control.

Typically a breast reduction procedure is performed when other treatment options have been taken, but unfortunately did not prove helpful. The breast reduction procedure seeks to offer a long-term permanent solution.

Your Beverly Hills breast reduction surgeon located at Rexford Surgical Institute offers an affordable solution designed to reshape your life.

beverly hills breast reduction before after photos

 

Beverly Hills Excess Skin Removal Using Tummy Tuck Procedure

At its very basic form, skin is an organ composed of cells just like any other organ in our body. The difference is that skin is highly elastic; meaning it can be stretched depending on various factors such as pregnancy and rapid weight loss. This elasticity sometimes results in a diminishing appearance that some people may be embarrassed about. The tummy tuck procedure in Beverly Hills is a great excess skin removal tool.

Pregnancy

Having a child is one of the most beautiful things on Earth, but unfortunately many new mothers become self-conscious about the excess skin that resulted from 9 months of abdominal skin stretching while carrying the child.

There are plenty of options to consider when trying to restore the shape you had before pregnancy started. Working out is a top method of restoring your body back to a nice, firm shape. The issue is that many new mothers barely have the time to deal with exercising while tending to a crying, needy baby. Just ask any mother.

The tummy tuck procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a great way to remove excess or loose skin after pregnancy when other methods such as exercise have failed to give you the results you’ve been seeking.

excess skin removal

Weight Loss

We all love losing weight; it’s a feeling that is probably stored somewhere in your top 10 feelings. However, a problem many people have is losing weight too fast. Pregnant mothers commonly face this problem after spending countless hours performing cardio on a treadmill or simple runs around the block in an attempt to return to normal as quickly as possible.

Exercise is always a great way to maintain shape, but if you are suffering from rapid weight loss resulting in belly flaps then you may want to consider the tummy tuck procedure and how it has helped both men and women with excess skin removal. Combine a tummy tuck with exercise to really maintain a visually appealing look that will keep your self-esteem high.

Read about the procedure through the words of a Beverly Hills tummy tuck specialist himself, Dr. Golshani.