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Bridging the Gap Between Pain Management and Spine Surgery

The idea of going under the knife is frightening no matter what the condition being treated, but when it’s a question of whether to have spine surgery, things get even scarier. Though spine surgery techniques have come a long way over the years and these operations are performed every day, there is also a lot…

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September is Pain Awareness Month

Sixteen years ago, a group of more than 80 patient advocate organizations coordinated in a group effort to designate the month of September as Pain Awareness Month. If you’re not familiar with the type of activities or goals are associated with these events, you might be surprised by the difference that they can make. By…

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Why Do I Need Psychological Screening for Spinal Cord Stimulation?

Spinal Cord Stimulation is increasingly being offered to patients suffering from chronic pain. The procedure uses systems that are either implanted or external to simulate large nerve fibers. These fibers effectively block the primary nerve pathways of the smaller nerve fibers that conduct pain sensations. The procedure is provided for patients suffering from a range…

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Laser Spine Surgery vs. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

When you think of spine surgery, you probably envision a big incision leaving a nasty scar, as well as a long and painful recovery. Fortunately, modern technology has provided less invasive procedures and solutions that mean much shorter recuperations and barely-there scars. These minimally-invasive procedures represent a sea change in the treatments that can be…

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Is Cracking Your Neck and Other Joints Actually Bad for You?

When you were a kid, were you constantly cracking your knuckles, only to hear your mom correct you and say you were going to end up with swollen joints? How about today, when you’re an adult? Do you crack your joints, stretching your neck from side to side to hear and feel a satisfying pop?…

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Why Pain Medication Isn’t Always the Answer for Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints a person can have – in fact, it’s estimated that between 75 and 80 percent of all Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Though your natural first response to back pain may be to reach for whatever pain medication…

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Don’t Let Back Pain Slow You Down This Summer

It doesn’t matter where you live, how old you are, or what you do for a living, summer is always the time that holds the most promise for fun activities and an easing of tension and stress. Unfortunately, back pain can put a damper on your enthusiasm and hopes. If you’re one of the many…

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Why Joint Pain and Back and Shoulder Pain are Common in First Responders?

First responders. It’s both a job description and a term that demands respect from all quarters, as it describes the men and women who are among the first to arrive and assist at the scene of an emergency. First responders include our police officers and firefighters, emergency medical technicians and volunteers who are trained to…

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Are You the Perfect Candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulation?

If you’ve been suffering from chronic back pain, or have undergone spine surgery that did not provide relief, you may be a candidate for a therapy called spinal cord stimulation. The process makes use of implantable spine stimulators that provide pulsed electrical signals to the spinal cord. The technology has been shown to provide significant…

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Summer 2017 Activities That May Worsen Back Pain

It’s summer time – that time of year when we naturally want to spend as much time outside as possible. If you’ve been suffering from chronic back pain, then you know that there are some activities that you’re fine to do – and others that you should just stay away from. Before you head out…

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