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Can Your Genes Cause Back Pain?

Posted on May 06, 2011 | by in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Back pain is extremely common, but can it run in families or is it more often caused by environmental factors? Find out whether there’s a link between back pain and your genes.

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Can Radiofrequency Rhizotomy Reduce Neck and Back Pain?

Posted on April 28, 2011 | by in Guide to Spine Surgery

"I've had chronic back and neck pain for some time. I've been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, a bulging disc, and bone spurs in my neck. My doctor now wants to try a nerve block for my lower back. Is this temporary? Do the nerves grow back?"

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Can the Onset of Degenerative Spine Conditions Be Acute?

Posted on April 28, 2011 | by in Guide to Spine Surgery

For many people who have lumbar spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis, the cause is degeneration. Symptoms of degeneration and pressure on the nerves in the low back can occur very slowly—sometimes over years and decades.

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Surgery for Herniated Discs and Sciatica

Should I Have Surgery or Should I Wait?
Posted on April 28, 2011 | by in Guide to Spine Surgery

Herniated discs can cause sciatica, which can lead you to try a variety of pain relief techniques. But what happens when non-surgical treatment options don’t work? Find out if you need surgery as well as how long is too long to wait to have surgery.

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Long-Term Effects of Whiplash

Can Whiplash Lead to Osteoarthritis and Spinal Stenosis?
Posted on March 08, 2011 | by in Spotlight on Back Pain

Usually, whiplash goes away after a few weeks, but in some people, it may contribute to the development of other spine conditions later in life.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Stress

Is there a connection between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and stress?
Posted on March 04, 2011 | by in Arthritis Talk

"I'm 58, and I have a very demanding, high-stress job. I've also had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for a few years. It seems like the more stressed I am, the worse my RA gets. Is there really a connection between stress levels and RA? If so, how can I reduce my stress?"

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Can Weather Affect Sciatica?

Why sciatica can flare up in colder months, plus 5 prevention tips.
Posted on March 01, 2011 | by in Back Pain Tips

Can weather affect sciatica? One patients reports her sciatic pain is almost unbearable in cold months and tolerable in summer. Is there a connection with the temperature and the severity of pain?

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Yoga and Your Spine

Why Yoga Can Help with Back Pain and Obesity
Posted on February 22, 2011 | by in Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times: Your Guide to Holistic Wellness

"I'm a 27-year-old female, and I have chronic low back pain because I'm overweight. I want to try yoga for my chronic pain because I've heard yoga can really help control pain. I don't really exercise a lot, and I've struggled with my weight for years. Can I do yoga, and will it help me?"

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Pain after Spine Surgery

Is It Normal to Have Back Pain a Year after Surgery?
Posted on January 12, 2011 | by in Dr. Knight's Notes

"I had posterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery for a herniated disc at L4-L5 about a year and a half ago, but I'm still in horrible pain. I'm only 45, so I'm very worried that I'll have to live with this pain for the rest of my life. Is this common? Will I need another surgery?"

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Spinal Stenosis Surgery

Are Spinal Implants Right for Me?
Posted on January 12, 2011 | by in A Surgeon's Perspective

There are many surgery options for spinal stenosis, but one of the most common options is spinal implants (eg, X-STOP). Learn how these implant can help relieve pressure on your spinal nerves and reduce your back pain.

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Should I Have a Second Spine Surgery?

Posted on January 11, 2011 | by in Dr. Knight's Notes

"I had a successful lumbar fusion (L5-S1) about 12 years ago. I now have instability at the adjacent joint (L4). Does a second fusion cause additional risks or complications since I have spinal hardware in place?"

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Degenerative Disc Disease Treatments

Is Surgery Your Best Option?
Posted on December 29, 2010 | by in How to Deal with Disc Pain

"I have degenerative disc disease at C5-C7. I'm going to have a cervical epidural steroid injection to see if that helps relieve my pain, but my doctor told me that it would be beneficial to have the surgery to fuse the damaged discs and vertebrae."

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Spondylosis Prevention

Posted on December 10, 2010 | by in A Surgeon's Perspective

Learn a few simple things you can do to help improve the health of your spine and possibly prevent spondylosis.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Alternative Treatments

Posted on November 29, 2010 | by in Arthritis Talk

Article outlines some of the most common alternative treatments for rheumatoid arthritis:

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Non-surgical Treatment Options for a Herniated Disc

Posted on November 02, 2010 | by in Through the Eyes of a Physical Therapist

"I'm 65 years old, and I have a herniated disc at the C3-C4 area. What are my treatment options besides surgery?"

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