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Yoga and Your Spine

How can yoga help with chronic back pain and body weight?
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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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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