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Back Pain Can Interfere With You Getting the Sleep That You Need

As adults, we all face plenty of things that can keep us awake at night. Stress and illness are two obvious contributors, and having poor sleep hygiene – doing things like reading our phones late at night or keeping irregular hours – can make things even worse. With so many challenges to getting the rest…
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Think Twice Before Going the Couch Potato Route After Microdiscectomy

Not that anybody ever looks forward to surgery, but there are some patients that make plans to catch up on Netflix movies as they recover and recuperate. Though there is certainly nothing wrong with getting plenty of rest and sleep to help you heal, it is important that you don’t limit your activities too much,…
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National Poll Reveals American Attitudes About Neck and Back Pain Treatment

The Gallup Organization was founded in 1935, and since that time it has provided a valuable window into the thoughts and experiences of the American public. The company conducts public opinion polls that have a reputation for statistical accuracy, and as a result, when they publish a report on attitudes and actions regarding neck and…
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What to Expect After Your Back Surgery

No matter how much your back pain has impacted your quality of life and no matter how badly you want to have it fixed, there’s a good chance that you’re hesitant about having back surgery. The whole idea of surgery can be intimidating, and that’s especially true when you’re talking about surgery on your spine.…
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Know Your Options In the Face of Back Pain

Have you ever gone to make an appointment with your physician, then thought better of it because you felt that there was nothing that could be done? Though it may be cold comfort to hear that you’re not alone in suffering from back or neck pain, it may help to hear that of all the…
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Helpful Hints for Managing Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, and that comes as no surprise to anybody who has ever experienced sciatica. The burning, shooting, tingling pain of sciatica is impossible to describe, and equally impossible to forget once it has happened to you. Some people only experience sciatica briefly, while they’re pregnant, but…
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Finnish Study Identifies Lifestyle Factors Impacting Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common problems faced by adults in the United States. It has been estimated that 8 out of every 10 people will experience it to some degree at least once in their life, and many people suffer from chronic lower back pain. For some of us, the cause…
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Lower Back Pain? There Are Plenty of Non-Surgical Options

It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of the adult population in America will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives, yet remarkably, many of those enduring the worst pain are suffering in silence instead of seeking medical treatment. The reason? They are fearful of being told that they need spine…
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Study Warns Against Recommending Bariatric Surgery Before Spine Surgery

In many cases, spine surgeons working with obese patients considering lumbar fusion surgery will suggest that they first undergo bariatric weight loss surgery. This recommendation is based on a general understanding that obesity leads to serious health issues, and that a patient with a lower Body Mass Index is healthier and better able to tolerate…
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Study Reveals Power of Understanding How Pain Works

The experience of lower back pain can be truly excruciating, and something that is hard to understand for anybody who hasn’t gone through it themselves. The goal of healthcare professionals in providing care for patients suffering from this type of agony is to solve the problem that’s causing the pain while also providing relief. A…
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