SpineUniverse Blogs

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 27, 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 14, 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 22, 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 06, 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 17, 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 05, 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 17, 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 01, 2008 | by in Beating Back Pain

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

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Scoliosis Treatments: How Do Doctors Know if Your Spine's Curve Will Get Worse?

Posted on June 15, 2008 | by in A Nurse's Perspective

There is emerging research that suggests a genetic component in scoliosis. To determine skeletal maturity and how much growth a child has left to do, doctors look at a couple of things:

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Pain Management Technique: Radiofrequency Rhizotomy

Posted on June 08, 2008 | by in Expert View on Chronic Back Pain

A pain management specialist explains how it works to reduce your nerve pain. Find out if you're a good candidate and what to expect when you have the procedure.

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How Degenerative Disc Disease Progresses

Posted on May 22, 2008 | by in Back Pain Tips

"If you have degenerative disc disease in one of your discs, does that mean it will spread to your other discs?"

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Osteoporosis Screening: Who, How, When, and Why

Posted on May 04, 2008 | by in Back Pain Tips

Women over 65 should definitely be screened for osteoporosis, a condition that weakens your bones and can lead to dangerous fractures, especially in your spine.

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Pump it Up: How Spinal Pumps Work

Posted on March 23, 2008 | by in Manage Your Pain Now

"Do you think a spinal pump will relieve my back pain? Also, how do the doses work? For example, if I have a bad pain day, can I increase the dose?"

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Help—It Hurts to Walk!

Posted on March 06, 2008 | by in Back Pain Tips

"I have spinal stenosis. Sometimes the pain is worse when I walk uphill or climb stairs. Why does the pain increase when I walk uphill, and what can I do to help relieve my back and leg pain?"

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