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Your Sleep Position and Your Back

Do you ever wake up with a stiff or aching back? More importantly, do you find it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position as a result of your already-existing back pain? Pain is one of the most common reasons for insomnia, and insomnia represents a huge health problem. Getting enough sleep each night is…

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Penn and Teller’s Magic Show Shuttered By Intense Back Pain

Anybody who has experienced intense lower back pain will tell you that just trying to get through the normal activities of daily living can be excruciating. So imagine what it must feel like to endure back pain while performing a strenuous, even athletic magic act. That is exactly what 70-year-old Raymond Teller of Penn and…

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Opioid Use Shown to Diminish Following Spine Surgery

The statistics are jarring: back pain is something that will affect 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives, representing the vast majority of people in the United States. Though some pain is fleeting, for many it becomes chronic and relentless, driving them to the use of powerful painkillers, including opioids. As…

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How Physical Therapy Can Ease Back And Neck Pain

When people seek medical help for neck or back pain, they have several different possibilities in the back of their minds. Some are hoping for a diagnosis that sets all worries aside, telling them that their discomfort will abate in a matter of days with the addition of ice, rest, and perhaps some medication. Some…

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What Exercises Are Best for Back Pain?

Walking. Swimming. Zumba. Lifting. Your back is killing you. What’s the first thing you think of to do to help yourself feel better? Is it: Go lay down on the couch Go to the gym and exercise If your answer was “A”, you’re likely doing yourself more harm than good. If your answer was “B”,…

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Why Bed Rest Is The Wrong Answer for Back Pain

It’s easy to understand why so many people retreat to their beds or easy chairs when they’re experiencing back pain. Bedrest is not only a traditional way to recover, but it also is one of our ultimate forms of comfort – after all, when you were a child and not feeling well, didn’t your mom…

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Spinal Cord Stimulation Provides Greatest Relief for Neuropathic Pain

Patients who live with relentless neuropathic pain have traditionally had few options for relief. Neuropathic pain is caused by damage or disease to the nervous system, and results in pain coming in response to stimuli that wouldn’t bother another person. For some people this pain is a constant while for others it happens in episodes…

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The Benefits of Exercising Your Back

If you have been suffering from chronic pain in your back, it is essential that you make an appointment with a spine specialist who can diagnose your problem and put you on the road to recovery. But if your back pain is only an intermittent thing that resolves itself quickly, there’s a good chance that…

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The 5 Habits That Are Causing Your Neck Pain

Neck pain can be excruciating. In many cases it is caused by very real physical damage in your cervical spine, including herniated discs or degeneration or narrowing of the spinal column caused by osteoarthritis. But in some cases, neck pain is a matter of putting too much strain on the muscles that support your head,…

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Recovery Tips Following Microdiscectomy

When a patient is suffering from a herniated disc that does not respond to conservative treatment, we frequently turn to microdiscectomy. A herniated disc puts pressure on the nerves, and this can cause sciatica pain, weakness in the legs, numbness and relentless pain, and the microdiscectomy procedure removes herniated tissue, providing almost instant relief. The…

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