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Cervical Spondylosis and Exercise

Will I have to Give Up My Gym Membership?
Posted on November 05, 2009 | by in Dr. Miglis' Memos

The patient is young and hasn’t experienced any symptoms but wonders whether exercising may worsen the condition.

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I Have a Spinal Fracture—Is Rest Enough?

When to Seek Further Treatment
Posted on August 04, 2009 | by in A Surgeon's Perspective

Spinal fractures warrant a visit to a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine specialist. Even with a brace, these fractures can progress and cause further damage.

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I Had Surgery: Is It Too Soon for Sex?

Having Back Pain Doesn't Mark the End of Your Sex Life
Posted on July 14, 2009 | by in Back Pain Tips

This article describes special considerations concerning sex after spine surgery.

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Fibromyalgia and Anti-depressants

A Multi-disciplinary Approach to Chronic Pain
Posted on July 13, 2009 | by in Pain Coping Skills

Fibromyalgia has many symptoms, so it's best to take a multi-disciplinary approach to your pain. One of the ways to do this is by considering anti-depressants to curb the physical, mental, and emotional toll fibromyalgia may take on you.

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Is Surgery the Best Scoliosis Treatment Option?

Early Detection is Key to Keeping Your Child Out of the Operating Room
Posted on June 15, 2009 | by in Guide to Spine Surgery

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the most common form of scoliosis, and it can be treated in many ways.

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Forteo Injections for Osteoporosis

Will They Prevent Fractures?
Posted on May 11, 2009 | by in How to Take Good Care of Your Bones

Forteo, the branded name of teriparatide, is a daily injection of a synthetic version of your body's own parathyroid hormone.

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Will a Spinal Pump Relieve My Back and Leg Pain?

Posted on April 29, 2009 | by in Beating Back Pain

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has many benefits. However, there are some important considerations you need to take into account.

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At-Home Treatments for Neck Pain

Most Healing Happens Outside the Doctor's Office
Posted on April 29, 2009 | by in Chiropractic Chronicles

If you have a cervical bulging or herniated disc, there are treatments you can do at home to reduce your neck pain.

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Spondylolisthesis Surgery for Children

Will Surgery Improve Your Child's Posture and Walk?
Posted on April 20, 2009 | by in Guide to Spine Surgery

"My fourteen-year-old daughter was just diagnosed with grade 4 spondylolisthesis and needs surgery to fuse her spine. After surgery, will her walk and posture improve?"

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The Pros and Cons of Spinal Fusion Surgery

Posted on April 03, 2009 | by in A Surgeon's Perspective

If you are having surgery to treat your back and/or neck pain, you will most likely have decompression surgery. But in some cases, a fusion is also necessary.

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Testing for Herniated Discs: Straight Leg Raise

Posted on March 18, 2009 | by in Back Pain Tips

A physical exam, which may include a straight leg raise test, is usually quite simple and is an important part of figuring out what is causing your back and leg pain.

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One Way to Get Rid of Sciatica: Centralization

Specific Exercises Can Reduce Sciatic Pain
Posted on February 13, 2009 | by in Graeme Keys' Corner

Through specific exercises, you can get your sciatic pain to centralize. A McKenzie practitioner explains this sciatica treatment option.

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What is a Foraminotomy?

Posted on January 13, 2009 | by in A Surgeon's Perspective

Sometimes, when you talk to your doctor, you end up more confused because of the big words. A neurosurgeon breaks down a foraminotomy, a surgical procedure for back or neck pain.

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Scheuermann's Kyphosis: When Surgery is Needed

Posted on January 13, 2009 | by in Back Pain Tips

Scheuermann's kyphosis can be treated with surgery, but surgery isn't appropriate for every case. When is surgery necessary? Who is a good candidate?

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The Psychology of Pain

Posted on November 26, 2008 | by in Pain Coping Skills

If you're referred to a psychologist, it doesn't mean your pain is imaginary. A psychologist explains what will happen in an appointment.

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