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Spine Health: Spring into a Healthy Spine

Some tips to stay healthy this spring with spine health. Learn more about Spine Health in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

The weather is finally looking nice and we’re all anxious to get outside and enjoy the sun. Now that we have the opportunity to go outside for a walk or a run, don’t forget to work back into a routine. You may be tempted to go out and attempt an intense workout but remember that your body needs the time to adjust properly. A short walk and stretch period may be best to get your body back into nice-weather mode. Heat therapy can help soothe muscle strain and prevent cramping as well.

Getting plenty of sleep this spring will be sure to keep you and your spine in tip-top shape. Getting proper rest is crucial to our body’s daily maintenance and recovery. If you are having trouble sleeping, try setting a routine. By only using the bedroom for sleep, you can help shake off bad habits of restless sleep.

Good posture is key to a healthy spine. Remember to sit up at your desk at work and don’t slouch on your couch. Proper posture not only looks good, but keeps your spine in good alignment. A misaligned spine can lead to a plethora of problems including pain and discomfort. If you feel you may be slouching, use a mirror to correct your posture.

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A Healthy Spine, Healthy Lifestyle

Read below to learn more about keeping your spine in top shape as well as other articles here in Dr. Leone’s Knowledge Center

As we age our bodies slowly succumb to the aging process – without routine exercise, a proper diet, and proper posture – our spine will age much more rapidly. This can leave us open to degeneration and injuries related to our spine at earlier ages. Maintaining a good metabolism will help your body along with intake of vitamins and minerals. By maintaining a healthy weight, your spine will stay healthy too.

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Diagnosis & Treatment of SCA

Ataxia can be onset by certain factors including but not limited to alcoholism, stroke, tumors, metabolic disorders, multiple sclerosis, vitamin deficiencies, and neuropathy. There are many types of SCA even though the symptoms are similar. Genetic testing can determine the gene that can assist in the identification in the type of SCA the patient has. In addition, the test can help determine additional carriers in the patient’s family.

Currently, there is not a known cure for SCA. However, the underlying condition is often treatable. For example, an ataxia that is brought on by a metabolic disorder can be treated through medications and a monitored diet plan. There are also a wide variety of medications that can treat body movement issues like gait. With careful monitoring by a neurologist, the patient’s symptoms can be lessened.