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Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of one or more areas of the spine. This narrowing, which occurs most often in the lower back or neck, can put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves that branch out from the squeezed areas. Typically, a person with this condition complains of severe pain in the legs, calves or lower back when standing or walking. Pain may come on more quickly when walking up or down a hill, a ramp or steps. Usually, it is relieved by sitting down or leaning over.

However, not all patients with spinal narrowing develop symptoms – and we still don’t understand why. Because of this, the term “spinal stenosis” actually refers to the symptoms of pain and not to the narrowing itself.

Lidocaine

What is Lidocaine?

Lidocaine is an anesthetic that has a numbing effect and are used to block pain. Topical (intended to be used on body surfaces such as the skin) lidocaine is a common medicine in one’s home. Topical anesthetics like lidocaine are available as gels, creams, liquids, sprays, eye drops, and patches. They work by blocking nerves from sending pain signals to the brain. The result is temporary numbness of the area on which they are applied (a “local” anesthetic). Lidocaine may also be injected into a trigger point of a person suffering from Myofascial Pain Syndrome to relief muscle pain and stiffness.

Brands of Lidocaine:

Lidoderm, Recticare, Anecream, Topicaine, Glydo, Akten, Lidocaine Viscous, Xylocaine-MPF, Regenecare HA, Xylocaine, and more.

Side Effects:

Temporary redness, stinging, and a little bit of swelling may occur at the application site. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor right away.

Precautions

Before using lidocaine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other type anesthetics. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Neuroplasticity

What is Neuroplasticity?

The human brain is constantly being shaped by experiences in life. The Majority of us have very different behaviours and thoughts today than we did 30 years ago. This shift is neuroplasticity in action; changes in brain structure and organisation as we experience, learn, and adapt.

Neuroplasticity is the muscle building part of the human brain; the things we do often we become stronger at, and what we don’t use fades away. That is the physical basis of why making a thought or action over and over again increases its power.

The Definition of Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.

Brain reorganization takes place by mechanisms which undamaged axons grow new nerve endings to reconnect neurons whose links were injured or cut. Undamaged axons can also sprout nerve endings and connect with other undamaged nerve cells, forming new neural pathways to accomplish a needed function.

Neuroplasticity sometimes may also contribute to impairment. For example, people who are deaf may suffer from a constant irritating ringing in their ears, the result of the rewiring of brain cells starved for sound. For neurons to form beneficial connections, they must be correctly stimulated.

Neuroplasticity is also called brain plasticity or brain malleability.