Alexandra Turcios

Alexandra Turcios, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, considers everybody has experienced back problems.

She advises being aware because sometimes people don’t know how to use appropriately their body biomechanics.

Overweight, ageing, smoking, diabetes and heart diseases also affect the body and may cause back problems, she says. Strain is an injury to a tendon or muscle resulting from overuse or trauma and sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments.

Alexandra Turcios, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, recommends if anyone suffers from one of the two conditions, he must rest at home, then put ice packs, take anti-inflammatory drugs and be off his feet. Minimally invasive surgery for herniated disc is performed in cases of disc herniation, and it’s called Lumbar microdiscectomy.
Alexandra Turcios, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, describes how the surgery is performed.
MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) is the best tool that experts use to determine if surgery is needed, exactly where the problem is and how big the damage is. Compression fractures, wedge fractures, burst fractures, flexion-distraction fractures and fractures-dislocation fractures are five common types of fractures.

Alexandra Turcios, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with Baptist Health Neuroscience Center considers compression fractures are the most common.

Although it occurs at any age, compression fractures are most common in people above 60 and up. It depends on the situation or what the people are doing when the fracture happens. Alexandra Turcios, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, tells her patients the first time after the surgery will be very challenging, because they will feel pain, but this is going better through the days.

She considers six weeks such an ideal recovery time after the surgery. She advises her patients, during this period, no lifting more than 10 pounds, no twisting, and no bending with their backs, no overexertion of activities. Alexandra Turcios, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with Baptist Health Neuroscience Center believes it is important for back health to start taking care at a young age. This includes healthy weight and doing exercises.

When the pain starts becoming worse and home care is not enough, It’s time to visit a doctor.

Resting, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and putting iced packs in the lower back can help, but if they don’t, It’s important to see a physician. Core refers to abdominal and lower back muscles. They support the spine, explains Alexandra Turcios, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with Baptist Health Neuroscience Center.

She affirms It’s important to pay attention when somebody makes some exercises and tries to build those muscles up, because in the future there may be an injury, overuse and the recovery could be slower.

Her recommendation is to make sure to go with certified physicians, physical therapists or trainers. It’s important to do the exercises properly.

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