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Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet

Manufacturer: Strides Shasun Limited
Medicine composition: Esomeprazole
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of conditions caused by excessive production of acid in the stomach. The conditions may include erosive esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Helicobactor pylori infections and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (tumours in the pancreas or in the upper part of the small intestine). Apart from that, Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet can also help in preventing stomach ulcer that is caused due to the consumption of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).The medication is available as a delayed-release capsule or in the form of a liquid suspension.

Belonging to the drug group of proton pump inhibitors, Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet blocks the proton pump in your stomach’s cells. When this proton pump gets blocked, there will be less production of acid in your stomach.

The dosage of Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet is decided by your doctor based on your age, the severity of the condition, your medical history and the reaction of your body after taking the first dose. Taking this medication can lead to certain mild side effects like headache, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, flatulence and dry mouth. In case of babies, the side effects may include burping up of food and an increase in the breathing rate. However, you must consult your doctor immediately if you suffer from serious side effects like:

  • Severe diarrhea with stomach pain, watery stool and fever
  • Inflammation of your stomach lining
  • Low magnesium levels, the symptoms of which include dizziness, seizures, tremors, muscle weakness, cramps or abnormal heart rates
  • An allergic reaction to the medication
  • Inflammation of the kidneys

It should be kept in mind that Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet is processed by the liver. If you have a chronic liver disease, the body will be unable to process it well, causing build-up of the drug. Also, this medicine can pass on to a child through his/her mother by breastfeeding. Hence, both pregnant and breastfeeding mothers must consult the doctor before taking the medication.

Erosive Esophagitis
Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of severe ulcers caused by chronic acidity.
Gastroesophagal Reflux Disease
Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of a reflux disease where acid from the stomach and bile irritates the food pipe.
Helicobacter pylori Infection
Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet is used in combination with other medicines to treat Helicobacter Pylori infection.
Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet is used to treat a condition where excessive amount of acid is produced in the stomach due to tumors in the small intestine.
Other forms of Ulcers
Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet is also used to treat ulcers in the stomach (Gastric) and small intestines (Duodenal). It is also used to prevent ulcers caused due to stress and pain medications.
This medicine is not recommended for patients who are allergic to Esomeprazole or any other drug of the same group i.e Benzimidazoles.
In addition to its intended effect, Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Headache Moderate Less Common
Nausea Minor Less Common
Flatulence Minor Common
Stomach pain Moderate Less Common
Skin rash Major Rare
Swelling and redness at the injection site Moderate Common
Difficulty in breathing Major Rare
Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands and feet Major Rare
Irregular heartbeat Major Less Common
Severe diarrhea Major Less Common
Unusual tiredness and weakness Moderate Less Common
Fever Moderate Rare
Decreased appetite Minor Common
How long is the duration of effect?
The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 16-18 hours.
What is the onset of action?
The effect of this medicine can be observed within an hour of administration.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
This medicine can be used by pregnant women only when necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks involved. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Is it habit forming?
No habit forming tendencies were reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
This medicine is not recommended for use by breastfeeding women as it may cause some harm to the infant. However, if it is absolutely necessary to use this medicine, then breastfeeding should be discontinued. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet, and hence can be used as its substitute.
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Astrazeneca Pharma India Ltd
Missed Dose instructions
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose then the missed dose should be skipped.
Overdose instructions
Contact your doctor immediately if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms may include confusion, drowsiness, blurred vision, dry mouth, and headache.
India
United States
Japan
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
Liver Disease Moderate
Report any incidence of liver disease to the doctor. Suitable adjustment in dosage might be needed based on the extent of the liver impairment
Osteoporosis Moderate
Suitable adjustment in dosage and duration should be made for patients who are at risk for Osteoporosis related fracture. Established treatment guidelines should be strictly followed in such cases.
Hypomagnesemia Moderate
Report any incidence of magnesium level imbalance in the body to the doctor. The imbalance could occur due to a disease or due to other medication used by the patient. Regular monitoring is recommended for patients taking Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet in such cases.
Interaction with Alcohol
Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Lab Test
Neuroendocrine tumor diagnosis Moderate
Report the use of Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet to the doctor before undergoing for the neuroendocrine/carcinoid tumor test. This medicine may give a false positive result for this diagnostic test.
Interaction with Food
Food
Information not available.
Interaction with Medicine
Clopidogrel Major
Report the use of either of the medicine to the doctor. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative for reducing the stomach acidity while you are being treated with Clopidogrel.
Ketoconazole Moderate
Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet should be used with Ketoconazole or other antifungals of the same group with caution. Inform the doctor about the usage of either of these medications so that safer alternatives can be prescribed.
Methotrexate Major
Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet should not be used with Methotrexate. Use of either of the drugs should be reported to the doctor so that safer substitute could be prescribed.
Warfarin Moderate
Usage of Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet with Warfarin should be strictly monitored by the doctor. Suitable adjustment in dosage and monitoring of Prothrombin time is necessary to ensure safety. Any symptoms like unusual bleeding, swelling, vomiting, or presence of blood in urine should be reported immediately.
Nelfinavir Major
Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet is not recommended for use when the patient is already taking anti-viral medications like Nelfinavir or other drugs used in the management of HIV Infection.
Digoxin Moderate
Tom Ft 20 MG Tablet should be used with caution if the patient is on Digoxin. Prior usage of any of these drugs should be informed to the doctor. Any symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, disturbances in vision, and abnormalities in heartbeat should be reported immediately.
Disclaimer: The information produced here is best of our knowledge and experience and we have tried our best to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we would like to request that it should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.

Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

My son is 16 years old he has cough regularly so please guide me for home remedy to cure. Thank you.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
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I'm suffering from cold and its been a week now and it hasn't gone away. It turned into dry cough where I'm coughing and having chest pains.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
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I am suffering from dry cough from last 2 week I have hard pain from this. Can you suggest me to escape from this disease.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
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I am suffering from cough and I have dismenorria since 4 month. I dont have thyroid problem and I have pcod. Please advise

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
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I am 25 year old Male. I have cough and cold problem with low blood pressure as doctor told me. He did treatment today. And he created bill having all the charges .and the amount he told me was 1580 rs .medical bill is separate 309 rs. In the afternoon also charged 250 as he's check up fee. I think its not possible to charge this amount.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
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Avoiding Penis Problems: Spotting the Signs of Testicular Cancer

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Sexologist, Delhi
Avoiding Penis Problems: Spotting the Signs of Testicular Cancer

In the world of penis problems, one looms large in the fears of men: testicular cancer. Horror stories abound about men who wound up with testicular cancer, including some high-profile individuals: Lance Armstrong is the first to come to mind for most, as well as figure skater Scott Hamilton and comedian Tom Green. The good news is that proper penis care that includes monthly checks of the testicles can go a long way toward spotting changes early, and thus getting a man in for treatment if anything is detected.

How to look for testicular cancer

Knowing and recognizing the signs of testicular cancer are the most important parts of a testicular exam. A man should take the time to become very familiar with this particular set of balls, so that he will have no problem noticing changes in the future. The first few times he does this exam, it's all about getting that familiarity. Once he knows everything there is to know about the way his testicles feel, he can go about looking for the signs of testicular cancer at every new exam.

A self-exam should be done at least once a month. Here's what a man should look for:

1. Changes in size. There should be no variation in size of the testicles from one month to the next. If it seems that one side (or both) is growing, swelling or otherwise changing shape, that could be a red flag that something is wrong in there.

2. Changes in hanging. How the boys hang could also be a factor to watch. Looking in the mirror every now and then to make sure they look the same is a good idea. It's normal for one testicle to hang lower than the other. However, if one hangs much lower or they otherwise look different, pay attention.

3. Changes in lumps or bumps. Some men will have lumps or bumps in the sacks, and that's normal. In fact, one such area might be the tiny tube that carries sperm - it sometimes feels like a pea or marble between the fingers. Remember, the key here is to look for changes. If there is a particular lump that has been there for years but never changed, it's probably nothing. But if that lump does start to change, then it could be something.

4. Changes in softness. The testicles should be soft and spongy when a man pulls on them. They shouldn't feel hard, waterlogged, or otherwise filled with fluid. If it seems they just don't feel right, see a doctor to get a professional opinion.

5. Changes in pain. A testicular exam shouldn't cause pain. A man should be able to roll the skin between his fingers, feel along the underside of the scrotum, poke and prod while looking for lumps or bumps, and even squeeze the area without any discomfort. If he suddenly feels pain or discomfort while doing these things, that's a sign that he needs to get checked out.

6. Changes in the penis. Testicular cancer can also show up in penis changes. One of these is discharge of a clear or yellow substance from the penis when the testicles are manipulated. This could indicate something going on in there, or it could also indicate some sort of infection in the penis itself. This type of discharge always warrants a doctor's visit.

A man should take care to do a self-exam at least once per month. He can help along his penis health and get a casual exam in while using a top-notch penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) on a daily basis. Look for a crème that contains Shea butter and vitamin E for softness, as well as alpha lipoic acid, an antioxidant that fights against free radicals. This great combination can help improve penis health and offer peace of mind for those worried about penis problems.

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Avoiding Penis Problems - Spotting the Signs of Testicular Cancer

In the world of penis problems, one looms large in the fears of men: testicular cancer. Horror stories abound about men who wound up with testicular cancer, including some high-profile individuals: Lance Armstrong is the first to come to mind for most, as well as figure skater Scott Hamilton and comedian Tom Green. The good news is that proper penis care that includes monthly checks of the testicles can go a long way toward spotting changes early, and thus getting a man in for treatment if anything is detected.

How to look for testicular cancer

Knowing and recognizing the signs of testicular cancer are the most important parts of a testicular exam. A man should take the time to become very familiar with this particular set of balls, so that he will have no problem noticing changes in the future. The first few times he does this exam, it's all about getting that familiarity. Once he knows everything there is to know about the way his testicles feel, he can go about looking for the signs of testicular cancer at every new exam.

A self-exam should be done at least once a month. Here's what a man should look for:

1. Changes in size. There should be no variation in size of the testicles from one month to the next. If it seems that one side (or both) is growing, swelling or otherwise changing shape, that could be a red flag that something is wrong in there.

2. Changes in hanging. How the boys hang could also be a factor to watch. Looking in the mirror every now and then to make sure they look the same is a good idea. It's normal for one testicle to hang lower than the other. However, if one hangs much lower or they otherwise look different, pay attention.

3. Changes in lumps or bumps. Some men will have lumps or bumps in the sacks, and that's normal. In fact, one such area might be the tiny tube that carries sperm - it sometimes feels like a pea or marble between the fingers. Remember, the key here is to look for changes. If there is a particular lump that has been there for years but never changed, it's probably nothing. But if that lump does start to change, then it could be something.

4. Changes in softness. The testicles should be soft and spongy when a man pulls on them. They shouldn't feel hard, waterlogged, or otherwise filled with fluid. If it seems they just don't feel right, see a doctor to get a professional opinion.

5. Changes in pain. A testicular exam shouldn't cause pain. A man should be able to roll the skin between his fingers, feel along the underside of the scrotum, poke and prod while looking for lumps or bumps, and even squeeze the area without any discomfort. If he suddenly feels pain or discomfort while doing these things, that's a sign that he needs to get checked out.

6. Changes in the penis. Testicular cancer can also show up in penis changes. One of these is discharge of a clear or yellow substance from the penis when the testicles are manipulated. This could indicate something going on in there, or it could also indicate some sort of infection in the penis itself. This type of discharge always warrants a doctor's visit.

A man should take care to do a self-exam at least once per month. He can help along his penis health and get a casual exam in while using a top-notch penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) on a daily basis. Look for a crème that contains Shea butter and vitamin E for softness, as well as alpha lipoic acid, an antioxidant that fights against free radicals. This great combination can help improve penis health and offer peace of mind for those worried about penis problems.

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Breast Cancer - Tips To Prevent It!

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Breast Cancer - Tips To Prevent It!

One of the things that Shannen Doherty and Rita Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks, have in common, apart from their fame is that both were affected by breast cancer. No matter how normal a person may seem, breast cancer can strike anyone. In fact, it usually strikes one in eight women. So, it makes good sense to know what it can appear as!

Breast cancer makes up a rather big amount of the general cancer cases as 15% of the cancer cases which are reported on a yearly basis are usually breast cancer cases. That being said, there are quite a few things which can be done in order to reduce a person’s risk to breast cancer.

Prevention is Prudent-

  1. Get Fit: The first thing which should be done is that a reasonable level of fitness should be maintained. Many studies have found that if a person is significantly heavier than her recommended weight, she is at a far great risk to develop all sorts of cancer and breast cancer, in particular, than a person who is able to keep her weight in check. The difference in cancer risk rates is about 40%. This is because a greater amount of fat leads to more estrogen being produced, which increases the risk of breast cancer.

  2. Quit Smoking: While most people associate smoking as something which increases the risk of cancer to the lungs and are not aware that it increases the risk of breast cancer, too. So, the best solution is to kick the habit!

  3. Get Off the Pill: Once a woman crosses past her mid-thirties, she should try to avoid relying on birth control pills to reduce the risk of pregnancy. This is because these pills have an effect which increases the risk of breast cancer, which heightens as a woman gets older. As long as the woman cuts out the use of the pill, the risk quickly gets cut, as well.

  4. Get Regular Check Ups: While screening for breast cancer by making use of mammograms does not cut the risk of it, the screening helps detect breast cancer early if it does exist. As a result, a woman has a much better chance of fighting breast cancer. So, a woman who is past the age of forty should try to have a mammogram on an annual basis with the frequency of the same increasing as she gets older. However, it is to be kept in mind that going for a mammogram too often is also not a good idea as the tests themselves pose risks of DNA changes.

Women all around the world are susceptible to breast cancer. While there isn’t a 100% chance of avoiding it, taking care of yourself and leading a fit and active lifestyle can significantly cut down your risk of contracting this condition. Remember, your health is in your hands, so the earlier you start, the better! In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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4 Ways To Prevent Breast Cancer!

One of the things that Shannen Doherty and Rita Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks, have in common, apart from their fame is that both were affected by breast cancer. No matter how normal a person may seem, breast cancer can strike anyone. In fact, it usually strikes one in eight women. So, it makes good sense to know what it can appear as!

Breast cancer makes up a rather big amount of the general cancer cases as 15% of the cancer cases which are reported on a yearly basis are usually breast cancer cases. That being said, there are quite a few things which can be done in order to reduce a person’s risk to breast cancer.

Effective ways to prevent breast cancer-

As with any other types of cancer, breast cancer is a condition characterized by uncontrolled and rapid cell proliferation and division in the breast, resulting in the formation of a malignant tumor. While breast cancer is known to be one of the most common types of cancer affecting women, men are also susceptible to the condition.

An early diagnosis of the condition gives a mercurial boost to the treatment for breast cancer, often ensuring a full recovery. Unfortunately, in most cases, breast cancer gets diagnosed at a later stage. Some of the symptoms commonly associated with breast cancer include:

  • A change in the breast shape, size, or even the contour.
  • The appearance of a lump in the breast, often pea sized.
  • There may be a fluid discharge (can be clear or blood-stained) from the nipples. In addition to this, the skin around the nipples or the breast may undergo some change. It may appear red, inflamed, scaly or even puckered and dimpled.

In addition to the medications and treatment, a person with breast cancer can benefit by practicing the following tips diligently:

  1. Self-awareness: Nobody can know your body better than yourself. The associated complications of breast cancer can be averted if only people stop overlooking the early signs and symptoms. There are many government sponsored campaigns and programs to create awareness about breast cancer. Once a while, self-examine your breasts. Feel your breasts for any lumps or thickenings. If you notice any abnormalities, waste no time and consult a doctor at the earliest.
  2. BRCA1 and BRCA2 human genes: The BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are important with regards to the breast cancer. These genes are responsible for the production of tumor suppressor proteins, which play a pivotal role in the repair of DNA damage (often resulting from mutations or diseases). A mutation (often genetically triggered or hereditary trait) in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes can wreak havoc, elevating the instances of breast cancer and many other types of cancer (ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, and pancreatic cancer, to name a few). Thus, people who have a family history of breast cancer triggered by a mutation in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes should get themselves tested as a precautionary measure.
  3. Obesity is a big No: Maintaining a healthy body weight is the need of the hour. Various research has found a link between obesity and increased risk of breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-II, women who put on extra weight (60 pounds or more) after the age of 18, are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer post-menopause as compared to their healthy counterparts. Thus, it is important to keep the body weight within healthy limits. Take care of your diet. Indulge in physical activities and exercise.
  4. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption: People, particularly women who consume alcohol in excess (2-6 drinks daily) are at an increased risk of breast cancer. Limit your daily dose of alcohol (1 drink or less per day).

Prevention is Prudent-

  1. Get Fit: The first thing which should be done is that a reasonable level of fitness should be maintained. Many studies have found that if a person is significantly heavier than her recommended weight, she is at a far great risk to develop all sorts of cancer and breast cancer, in particular, than a person who is able to keep her weight in check. The difference in cancer risk rates is about 40%. This is because a greater amount of fat leads to more estrogen being produced, which increases the risk of breast cancer.

  2. Quit Smoking: While most people associate smoking as something which increases the risk of cancer to the lungs and are not aware that it increases the risk of breast cancer, too. So, the best solution is to kick the habit!

  3. Get Off the Pill: Once a woman crosses past her mid-thirties, she should try to avoid relying on birth control pills to reduce the risk of pregnancy. This is because these pills have an effect which increases the risk of breast cancer, which heightens as a woman gets older. As long as the woman cuts out the use of the pill, the risk quickly gets cut, as well.

  4. Get Regular Check Ups: While screening for breast cancer by making use of mammograms does not cut the risk of it, the screening helps detect breast cancer early if it does exist. As a result, a woman has a much better chance of fighting breast cancer. So, a woman who is past the age of forty should try to have a mammogram on an annual basis with the frequency of the same increasing as she gets older. However, it is to be kept in mind that going for a mammogram too often is also not a good idea as the tests themselves pose risks of DNA changes.

Women all around the world are susceptible to breast cancer. While there isn’t a 100% chance of avoiding it, taking care of yourself and leading a fit and active lifestyle can significantly cut down your risk of contracting this condition. Remember, your health is in your hands, so the earlier you start, the better!

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Natural Posture and Mechanical Low Back Pain

MPT, BPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
Natural Posture and Mechanical Low Back Pain

NATURAL POSTURE 

The side view of the human body in the standing position  shows that there is an inward curve in the small of the back just above the pelvis. This hollow in the low back is called the lumbar lordosis. The lumbar lordosis is a natural feature of the lumbar spine in all humans, having been formed during the evolutionary process. Our understanding of the function of the lumbar lordosis is an important feature.

When standing upright, the lordosis is naturally present, though varies from person to person. The lordosis is lost whenever the Iow back is rounded, and this usually occurs during sitting and bending forward. If the lordosis is lost often and for long enough periods, then low back problems may develop. The ligamentous stays become fatigued or over stretched, and may result in a painful episode.

MECHANICAL PAIN

This section on mechanical pain is very important, as it explains exactly why you hurt when you do. if you take the time to well understand this you will be more than halfway toward solving your problems.  Research has found that the better the patient understands the problem, the better will be the results of treatment.

Pain of mechanical origin occurs when the joint between two bones has been placed in a position that overstretches the surrounding  Lordosis ligaments and other soft tissues.This is true for mechanical pain in any joint of the body, including the spine. To help you understand how easily some mechanical pains can be produced, you may like to try a simple experiment.First, bend one finger backward,  until you feel a strain. If you cause the finger to remain in this strained position, you will initially feel minor discomfort only,but, as time passes, pain will eventually develop. In some cases,pain caused by prolonged stretching may take as much as an hour to appear.

Try the experiment once more,but now keep bending the finger past the point of strain until you feel pain. The sensation of pain is immediate. You have overstretched, and your pain warning system is telling you that to continue movement in that particular direction will cause damage.

Should you ignore the warning and continue to overstretch,damage will occur. Of course, the pain warning tells you to stop overstretching,and when you do so,the pain ceases immediately. No damage will have occurred to your finger and the pain will have gone.No lasting problems will arise from this short-lived strain providing you take note of the pain warning system.

If you fail to heed the warning and keep the finger in the overstretched position, the ligaments and surrounding soft tissues that hold the joint together will be tom. This tearing will result in an ache which continues even when you stop overstretching. The pain will continue even when the finger is at rest. The pain will increase with movement and reduce at rest but it will not cease until some healing has occurred. Healing may take several days but will be prolonged if, every day, you continue to apply the same strains to the finger.

 MECHANICAL LOW BACK PAIN

  • If an engineer were to examine which area in the back is subjected mostly to mechanical stress, he would conclude that most strain must be placed on that part of the spine which is located just above its junction with the pelvis. This conclusion is correct, for statistics show that back problems arise more often in the low back than in any other part of the spine.
  • Low back pain is not caused by draughts, chills, or the weather. It. was once believed that these weather-related phenomena were responsible for back and neck pains. Today our understanding is better, and it is generally agreed by specialists that most backache is caused by mechanical strains, similar to those described in the previous section.It is often thought that low back pain is caused by strained muscles.
  • Muscles, which are the source of power and cause movement,can indeed be overstretched or injured. This requires a considerable amount of force and does not often happen. 
  • Moreover,muscles usually heal very rapidly and seldom cause pain lasting for more than a week or two. On the other hand, whenever the impact of the injuring force is severe enough to affect the muscles, the underlying soft tissues and ligaments will be damaged as well. 
  • In fact, usually these tissues are damaged long before the muscles.
  • Most low back pain is caused by prolonged overstretching of ligaments and other surrounding soft tissues. Just as pain arises in the overstretched finger as I have described above, pain can also arise in the lower back when ligaments in this region are overstretched. Pain produced by overstretching in this manner is common and arises particularly when we develop poor postural habits.
  •  Whenever we remain in a relaxed position, be it standing, sitting, or lying, prolonged overstretching can easily occur.
  • When pain arises because we have allowed our posture to slouch,it is really our own fault and we have no one to blame but ourselves.This type of strain is easily avoided, and once we have been properly educated, the prevention of pain produced in this manner becomes our responsibility.
  • However, mechanical pain may also be caused by over stretchingof such severity that some tissues are actually damaged. Over stretching causing damage may occur when an outside force places an excessive strain on the low back. For example, this type of strain can occur due to a fall while playing tennis, or from a contact sport such as football where severe forces develop when players are tackled. 
  • Lifting excessive weights is also likely to cause overstretching and damage to the supporting ligaments of the spinal joints. These types of injury cannot easily be avoided as they occur unexpectedly and without warning signs.
  • When soft tissues surrounding a joint are overstretched, it is usually the ligaments that first give rise to pain. When the spinal joints are considered, there are additional factors, for the surrounding ligaments are also the retaining walls for the soft discs that act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae.
  •  Overstretching of these will, under certain circumstances, affect the discs. This may significantly influence or alter the intensity of the pain that you have, the distribution of the pain you feel, and the behavior of the pain, which may be made better or worse by certain movements or positions.
  • Complications of another sort arise when the ligament surrounding the disc is injured to such an extent that the disc loses  its ability to absorb shock and its outer wall becomes weakened. 
  • This allows the soft inside of the disc to bulge outward and, in  extreme cases, to burst through the outer ligament, which may cause severe pain. When the disc bulges far enough backward, it may press painfully on the sciatic nerve. This can cause some of the pains or other symptoms (numbness, sensation of pins and needles,,  weakness) that may be felt well away from the source of the trouble, for example in the lower leg or foot. 
  • Should the soft inside of the disc bulge excessively, the disc may  become severely distorted. This will cause the vertebrae to tilt forward or to one side and prevent the vertebrae from lining up  properly during movement. In this case some movements will be blocked partially or completely and any movement may cause severe pain. 
  • This is the reason why some people with severe back pain are forced to stand with the trunk off-centre or bent forward. Those of you who experience a sudden onset of pain and following this are unable to straighten up or move the back properly are likely to have some bulging of the soft disc material. This need not be cause for alarm. Once soft tissues are damaged, pain will be felt until healing is complete and function is fully restored. It is important that during the healing process you avoid movements that pull the healing surfaces apart. 
  • For instance, if you have overstretched ligaments of the lower back by bending forward, it is likely that any repetition of this movement will continue to open and separate the healing tissues, and this will further delay the repair of the damage. If, on the other hand, you avoid bending forward and instead keep a
  • hollow in the lower back, the damaged surfaces will remain together and healing will not be interrupted.It is difficult perhaps to visualize this process occurring in the lower back. Using the finger once more as an example may help understanding. Let us imagine that you have accidentally cut a the back of your knuckle with a sharp instrument. If you are to bend the injured finger joint every day, you would open up the wound and delay recovery. However by keeping the finger straight for about a week, you would allow the healing surfaces to remain together and complete healing would result. 
  • You could then commence bending the finger without risking any further damage.The same strategy works for the problems arising in the lower back. 
  • When tissues heal they form scar tissue. Scar tissue is less elastic than normal tissue and tends to shorten over time. If shortening occurs, movement may stretch the scars and produce pain. Unless appropriate exercises are performed to restore normal flexibility,the healed tissue may produce a continuous source of back pain and/or stiffness. Such problems can persist for years. 
  • Even though the original damage is repaired, the scar itself restricts movement and causes pain when stretched .

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