We cannot turn our back on lower back pain

This cannot or should not be done from a medical point of view, as back pain is one of the problems with a wider impact among European citizens. Thus, it does not come as a surprise that the number of people affected in the EU is estimated at 67 million people. Back pain costs the UK about £7bn a year in sickness leave and treatment costs.

Why do I have lower back pain? There are a wide variety of pathologies that can cause back pain at certain moments of our lives: • Sciatica (caused by pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve) • Stretching or tear in the muscles or ligaments in the back • Scoliosis or kyphosis (curvature of the spine) • Fractures of the spine caused by osteoporosis • Muscle spasms • Herniated disc • Cancer or spinal fracture • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal that compresses the spinal cord) Pain could also stem from other medical problems: - Abnormal enlargement or aneurysm in the aorta that causes leaks - Arthritis - Infections of the Read more

Telemedicine: a real option

It’s a well known fact that technology and medicine go hand in hand. In recent times there have been encouraging and interesting developments with regard to devices and technologies associated with telemedicine.

Health professionals have come a long way with reference to these developments over the years, and this has led to an opening up of a host of new opportunities for the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients. In addition to this, it has also improved the quality of life of people with mobility problems –they are able to have a much more comfortable and direct contact with their doctor.

  Preventing sudden death Remote monitoring of some patients with heart problems who carry an automatic defibrillator and who are at risk of sudden death is one of the applications for which eHealth is finding a more favourable development. In these cases, the medical programme is carried out via a telemedicine terminal, which connects to the Internet in order to transmit over the network all the information supplied by the defibrillator, including all the biological variables of the patient that determine the state of their heart in real time and the potential risk of sudden death. This data is sent directly to the Read more

Do you have coeliac condition, but don’t know it yet?

At Best Doctors, we want you to have more and more information to enable you to make decisions concerning your health, always with a focus on safety. That is why, this time we have created a simple and didactic chart, which will help you better understand the coeliac disease and its symptoms.

 

Do not forget that if you want an alternative diagnosis of any condition related to your digestive tract, Best Doctors will put you in touch with the best specialists in the world so that they can provide an expert second medical opinion.

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