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Can Adults Develop Scoliosis?

Posted on October 26, 2010 | by in A Nurse's Perspective

Adolescent girls aren't the only people who have scoliosis. Adults can develop it, too. Adult scoliosis can actually cause significant back pain.

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How Do DMARDs Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Posted on October 11, 2010 | by in Arthritis Talk

Over-the-counter medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are not enough to use alone to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

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Running and Degenerative Disc Disease

Will I Harm My Spine if I Continue to Run?
Posted on September 24, 2010 | by in Back Pain Tips

Running is a great way to stay fit and active, but if you've been diagnosed with DDD, you should also try incorporating other activities into your exercise routine.

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What Spine Conditions Are Nerve Blocks Used For?

Posted on September 14, 2010 | by in Back Pain Treatment Basics

Epidural steroid injections are an example of nerve blocks. They contain a combination of a local anesthetic and a very powerful steroid that works to reduce the inflammation that’s causing your pain.

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Will Aerobic Exercise Help My Low Back Pain?

Posted on August 20, 2010 | by in Making the Most of Physical Therapy

"I'm an 89-year-old with spinal stenosis, and I try to ride a stationary bike for 20 minutes 2 times a week, but I get so tired. What else can I try?"

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Why Should I Go to Physical Therapy for Back Pain?

Posted on August 09, 2010 | by in Making the Most of Physical Therapy

A physical therapist explains the benefits of physical therapy for spinal stenosis.

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The Different Types of Spine Surgeons

Should a Neurosurgeon or Orthopaedic Surgeon Perform Your Spine Surgery?
Posted on July 23, 2010 | by in A Surgeon's Perspective

Read this article to learn the differences between neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons. Both can perform spine surgery, but they traditionally specialize in different areas.

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Cigarette Smoke and Spine Surgery Recovery

Should You Avoid Second Hand Smoke?
Posted on July 09, 2010 | by in Back Pain Tips

Most people understand that smoking cigarettes will interfere with a healthy spinal fusion recovery, but second hand smoke can also impair your body's ability to heal after spine surgery.

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What Should I Expect after Spine Surgery?

There Are No Usual Expectations
Posted on April 26, 2010 | by in A Surgeon's Perspective

"My husband is very healthy and fit. But after a recent accident in the garden, he has lost the ability to do many of the activities he's used to because he has numbness and weakness in his knees."

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Kyphoplasty Risks

Do They Outweigh the Benefits?
Posted on April 26, 2010 | by in Spine Surgery Notes

Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure that treats spinal compression fractures caused by osteoporosis. Read about the pros and cons of this procedure in this article.

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Exercises for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Low-impact Activities for Pain Relief
Posted on March 23, 2010 | by in Through the Eyes of a Physical Therapist

Article explains some beneficial exercises to reduce ankylosing spondylitis (AS) pain. Low-impact exercises are best, as they won't worsen your pain.

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How to Have a Healthy Spine Surgery Recovery

Can Exercise Interfere with Healing?
Posted on March 23, 2010 | by in Through the Eyes of a Physical Therapist

"I am recovering from cervical spine surgery. Healing seems to be going well, and I am wearing a brace. I am anxious to start exercising again because I know it's important that my muscles stay conditioned, but will neck exercises interfere with my healing?"

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Artificial Disc Replacement

What You Should Know about This Surgical Technique
Posted on March 23, 2010 | by in How to Deal with Disc Pain

"I want to learn more about artificial disc replacement surgery. It seems like this is a fairly new technique, but are there any updates I should know about?"

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Neck Pain and Headaches

Treating Cervicogenic Headaches
Posted on March 17, 2010 | by in Manage Your Pain Now

Neck pain can cause headaches, and your doctor may call them cervicogenic headaches. These types of headaches have different treatments than other types of headaches.

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Can Alternative Treatments Help after Spine Surgery?

Posted on December 14, 2009 | by in Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times: Your Guide to Holistic Wellness

Informative description about how traditional Chinese medicine might fit into a back pain treatment regimen.

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