Taking care of an ageing spine


Spinal degeneration can lead to pain in the back or neck, so get it properly diagnosed and managed to avoid unnecessary complications. Out of the 206 bones in the body, 33 are found in the spine, and it stretches all the way from the skull… Read More»

Back pain increases with age


Back pain doesn’t improve with time. The older we get, the worse it gets without proper treatment. With time, the spine wears down. The different components, the joints, the discs and bones, they all get weaker. Nerve pain is highly unpleasant. With age, discs in… Read More»

Yoga poses a risk to those with osteoporosis


Yoga postures that flex the spine beyond its limits may raise the risk of compression fractures in people with thinning bones, according to research from Mayo Clinic. The results appear in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere have described injuries from yoga.… Read More»

That feeling in your bones


Rainy weather has long been blamed for achy joints. Unjustly so, according to new research from Harvard Medical School. The analysis, published Dec. 13 in BMJ, found no relationship between rainfall and joint or back pain. The notion that certain symptoms and weather go hand… Read More»

Sleep affects pain management


After one night of inadequate sleep, brain activity ramps up in pain-sensing regions while activity is scaled back in areas responsible for modulating how we perceive painful stimuli. This finding, published in JNeurosci, provides the first brain-based explanation for the well-established relationship between sleep and… Read More»

Hello George! Your days of back pain are over


Osteopath Dr Gerhard van der Merwe has recently opened his Spine Health & Back Pain Centre in George at 2 Forest Road, Heatherlands. Here he treats back pain, musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries with an integrated approach of physiotherapy, osteopathy, musculoskeletal medicine, exercise physiology and… Read More»