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Bad Habits that Contribute to Back Pain

When back pain strikes, all you want to do is find a magical, immediate way of making it go away – and hope that it never comes back again. Unfortunately, wishing doesn’t make it so – and not doing anything to fix the problem makes it all the more likely that your pain will stick…

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The Importance of Weight Control Before Spine Surgery

When you’re dealing with back pain severe enough to require surgery, the last thing you want to hear is that you need to lose weight. But the truth is that in order to make sure that you are in the best possible condition to optimize the outcome of your operation, you want to be in…

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Can I Exercise After Spine Surgery?

Patients who are contemplating back surgery ask a lot of questions. Though many of them are about the surgery itself (and what they should do to prepare themselves), there are even more questions about what the operation will mean for their future. How soon can I go back to work? Will my pain go away?…

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How Arthritis Can Affect the Spine and How It Is Treated

Back pain can take many forms and can have many causes, but one of the most frustrating is arthritis. When people think of arthritis they tend to think of pain in the fingers or knees, but it is just as likely to impact the joints, muscles and bones in the back, and especially the lower…

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Living with a Spinal Cord Stimulator

When patients are living with chronic pain and other therapies have not provided relief, a spinal cord stimulator may be an option.  This medical device has been available for patients suffering from chronic pain, failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome and other conditions since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it in…

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Stem Cell Therapy 101

Have you heard of stem cell therapy?  It is one of the newest techniques being used in medicine today, and it has been extremely successful for people who need repair of tissue that is either diseased, damaged, or that has degenerated to the point of causing pain. Stem cells are a special type of cell…

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When is it Time to Consider Physical Therapy?

If you’ve been struggling with pain and things are getting worse (or staying the same) rather than getting better, your doctor may recommend that you begin physical therapy treatments. This approach can be extremely effective for people who are suffering from both back and neck conditions, as it provides exercises and movements designed to strengthen…

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Preparing for Your Spinal Injection: What to Expect

What Is A Spinal Injection and What Does It Accomplish?   Spinal injections are procedures meant to provide pain relief to the lumbar, thoracic, cervical or caudal spine. The deliver a dose of an anti-inflammatory medication called a steroid that reduces swelling or irritation of nerves that can be caused by a bulging disc or…

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Conservative vs Surgical Care for Lower Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most insidious and debilitating conditions that we humans can experience. Unlike other body parts that you can avoid moving when they’re injured or hurting, when your back hurts there’s little you can do to avoid causing yourself pain: your back is what supports your body and is an integral…

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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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