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AUG 2015

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88 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.15 If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. According to the National Institutes for Health, about 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. In a large survey, more than a quarter of adults reported experiencing low back pain during the past three months. Men and women are equally afected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves the person incapacitated. Pain can begin abruptly or it can develop over time due to age-related changes of the spine. Sedentary lifestyles also can set the stage for low back pain. Most low back pain is acute, or short term, and lasts a few days to a few weeks. It tends to resolve on its own with self- care and there is no residual loss of function. Subacute low back pain is defned as pain that lasts between four and 12 weeks. Chronic back pain is defned as pain that persists for 12 weeks or longer, even after an initial injury or underlying cause of acute low back pain has been treated. Unfortunately, about 20 percent of people afected by acute low back pain develop chronic low back pain with persistent Dr. Ajith Nair Improves Quality of Life For Patients With Chronic Lower Back Pain symptoms at one year. In some cases, treatment successfully relieves chronic low back pain. Dr. Ajith Nair, M.D., has spent the past 20 years of his medical practice in the feld of pain management, helping thousands of patients deal with a variety of ailments that cause pain, including chronic low back pain. Dr. Nair knows passive treatment of chronic pain tends to encourage dependency on narcotics, which can cause serious medical consequences, including liver damage and even death from accidental overdose. One safe and efective option Dr. Nair uses for chronic pain suferers, including chronic low back pain, is spinal cord stimulation. SCS has been used for more than 40 years to help people take control of their chronic pain. SCS delivers electrical impulses to specifc locations, masking pain signals with a smooth, tingling sensation called paresthesia. This sensation reduces the feeling of pain. If you sufer from these symptoms or have been diagnosed with chronic low back pain, call Kentuckiana Pain Specialists at (502) 995-4004. Or visit www.painstopshere.org. It's been said that Ken Combs Running Store is an extension of Larry Holt's personality: He likes to reach out to everyone, from world-class competitors to people who simply enjoy walking. And the store is the same way and has been for nearly 25 years. The store assists in 10-15 community events each year. Giving back and "know-how" are what sets this local specialty store apart. Ken Combs Running Store boasts manager Chris Harris plus nine other employees who have over 100 years of running experience combined. The salespeople average 10-plus years putting shoes on people's feet, and some of have been doing it for 20 years. They draw from their own athletic experience to help customers fgure out what they need. No other specialty running store has this kind of "know-how." In addition to carrying all major brands of running shoes, the store sells athletic apparel, electronics and nutrition products. For more information, call Ken Combs Running Store at (502) 895-3410 or visit kencombsrunningstore.com. Ken Combs Running Store: Finding Solutions for Individual Customers' Needs Special Advertising Section

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