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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Back Recovery In Young Adults: How Do You Regain The Functions In Your Back?

by Francisco Arnold

If your back injury hasn't fully recovered or healed, you may spend much of your time in pain instead of living. Unhealed back injuries can keep you from returning to work, continuing your studies, or even participating in your favorite hobbies. If you're tired of the searing aches and pains in your lower or upper back, take action now. Learn more about unhealed back injuries and how you can regain the functions in your back below.

Why Didn't Your Injury Heal as Expected?

Your back is the workhorse of your body. The muscles and bones in your upper and lower back support so many tissues in your body, including your head, neck, and trunk. Your back also houses the delicate bones of your spinal column (or backbone). Even the slightest twinge or injury can cause significant pain throughout your back over time. If the bones and muscles in your back degenerate, the severity of your pain can increase substantially in your later years.

Bone and joint tissue can degenerate from a number of things, including arthritis. Arthritis doesn't just affect aging adults. The condition may also develop in young adults who suffer from previous injuries. The condition slowly breaks down or inflames the cartilage and joints supporting your vertebrae, tailbone, and pelvis.

Back injuries can also take a while to heal or recover if you use poor body mechanics at work or when you play sports or exercise. Poor body mechanics, such as not bending your knees to stoop down, can create additional bouts of pain in your back.

You may also develop thick scars (or fibrous lesions) in your back that reduce flexibility in your spine and muscles. The scars may grow around the nerves near your spinal column and neck, which may aggravate your injury even further.

If you want to recover from your injury the proper way, reach out to a medical practitioner for help.

How Do You Encourage Healing in Your Back?

If you didn't seek chiropractic or professional care for your injured back in the past, it's time to do so today. A doctor may place you on a functional restoration program that addresses a multitude of things, including preventative care. Preventative care teaches you how to reduce your risk factors for back injuries in the first place. For example, you may learn how to:

  • lift, bend, and stoop properly at work 
  • stand, walk, and run properly when you play sports, lift weights, or perform aerobics
  • eat properly to maintain good health and to improve your body's healing factors and abilities

In addition to preventative care services, you may receive mental and personal health treatment. A number of adults can become unmotivated, withdrawn, or depressed from their pain. Depression may lead to poor eating and exercising habits, which may affect your immune system's ability to combat inflammation.

If needed, you may take specific medications during your treatment. The medications may include antidepressants and pain inhibitors. However, not all doctors use medication as a treatment option during functional restoration care. If you do want to add medication to your restoration program, consult with a specialist right away. 

If your injury doesn't heal after receiving restorative treatment, you may need minimally invasive surgery to improve your condition. Minimally invasive surgery can help remove scars, lesions, and other painful problems in the back. A doctor may consider other types of surgery to relieve your back pain or to improve healing in your back, including spinal surgery. 

If you're overwhelmed with back pain or need to regain the functions in your back, contact a medical specialist for more details today.