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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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Broken Surgical Screw in the Spine

What Do You Do?
Posted on November 03, 2008 | by in Back Pain Tips

The rods and screws in your low back are kind of like the "hardware" in a road. As your spinal fusion heals, the rods and screws are there to stabilize your spine.

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What to Ask Before Spine Surgery

There's No Such Thing as a Stupid Surgery Question
Posted on October 28, 2008 | by in Back Pain Tips

"No question is a stupid question when you're facing surgery. You have a right to know everything that's going to happen before, during, and after the surgery"

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Herniated Disc and Sciatica: How to Find Pain Relief

Posted on October 15, 2008 | by in Dr. van Doorne's Viewpoint

A physical therapist and McKenzie Method practitioner explains how he'd evaluate and treat a patient with a herniated disc and sciatica.

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Pseudoathrosis (Failed Fusion)

How Do You Know if Your Bones Didn't Heal after Surgery?
Posted on September 23, 2008 | by in Back Pain Tips

After spine surgery, how do you know if your bones have fused well? Read a spine expert's opinion on successful surgery.

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Kyphosis: Is It Possible to Get Rid of the Curve?

Posted on September 07, 2008 | by in Back Pain Tips

A patient with kyphosis wonders what treatments will reduce the curve in her upper back: is surgery the best answer?

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Pain Management Treatments for Arachnoiditis

Posted on August 18, 2008 | by in Expert View on Chronic Back Pain

Patients with arachnoiditis do have some pain management treatment options available.

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Pain Management Technique: Patient Controls Spinal Cord Stimulation

Posted on August 06, 2008 | by in Beating Back Pain

Can a spinal cord stimulator over-stimulate and cause you more pain? Read the answer from a pain management specialist.

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Pregnancy: How to Find Low Back Pain Relief

Posted on July 18, 2008 | by in Back Pain Tips

Isn't it wonderful being pregnant? Well, except for the back pain.

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Spinal Cord Stimulation after Surgery

Posted on July 02, 2008 | by in Beating Back Pain

A pain management specialist explains who will benefit from spinal cord stimulation.

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