Conditions

When Is Back or Neck Pain an Emergency?

Not all back or neck pain is serious but how can you tell? Learn about 6 potentially serious spinal conditions and the symptoms that require urgent medical care.

Muscle Spasms are a Leading Cause of Back Pain But NOT the Primary Cause

The cause of back pain and spasm can be attributed to overuse, an accident or a sports injury. If you’ve had one or more episodes of muscle spasm in the low back, chances are it will happen again.

Whiplash and Chiropractic Care: Children Suffer, Too

Children are often more susceptible to whiplash injuries suffered in car accidents.

Chiropractic Care: Symptoms of Whiplash

Whiplash injuries, whether from a car accident, sports, or an accident at work, require a thorough chiropractic examination.

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is hard to define because it affects people so differently and can come in so many forms.

Is Your Job Hurting Your Back?

A recent study sheds light on the ways that low back pain may be caused by something you do every single day—going to work.

Common Spondylolithesis Questions

Five common questions about spondylolisthesis answered, including how it may develop, symptoms, and treatment options.

Back Pain and Pushing a Wheelchair

The Ohio State University’s Spine Research Institute’s study shows that pushing patients in a wheelchair may cause low back injury. Are you at risk?

Baastrup’s Sign (Kissing Spine) and Back Pain

Baastrup’s sign or syndrome, or Kissing Spine is more common in the lower back, although it can affect the cervical spine (neck) too. It affects the spinous processes and is associated with degenerative changes in the spinal column.

Vertebroplasty: Treatment for Compression Fractures

Vertebroplasty treats vertebral compression fractures using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Description of how the procedure is performed and what a patient can expect.

Vertebroplasty: How This Compression Fracture Treatment Works

Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive surgical treatment for vertebral compression fractures as discussed in two patient cases of osteoporosis and metastatic breast cancer.

When to Call a Doctor for a Pinched Nerve

Serious symptoms of a pinched nerve in the neck or back that require a doctor's attention.

News Update: FDA Approves Robotic Exoskeleton to Help People with Spinal Cord Injury Walk

Recently, the FDA allowed ReWalk to be marketed. It is the first motorized device intended to act as an exoskeleton for people with lower body paralysis due to a spinal cord injury.

Medications to Relieve Back Pain

Medications that may help relieve back and neck pain include acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, oral steroids, and anti-depressants. Doctor authored information to help you make informed choices about treatment of your spine problem.

Thanksgiving and Back Pain

Thanksgiving is just a warm-up for a month of celebrating. Take care of your back this Thursday and establish good habits for the rest of the holidays. Tips for avoiding back pain in the kitchen, at the table, and on the couch.

About the Back and Back Problems: Pain Relief

Even having a lot of back pain does not by itself mean you need surgery. Surgery has been found to be helpful in only 1 in 100 cases of low back problems.

Exercise to Relieve Spondylosis Pain

If possible, daily activity should be part of a spinal arthritis treatment plan because of the many benefits of exercise.

Spondylosis: How Doctors Treat Spinal Osteoarthritis

A surgeon explains how doctors diagnose this degenerative process, including what happens in physical and neurological exams.

Halo Brace Use with Cervical Fractures

The halo brace is used in treating cervical fractures because of it's ability to almost completely immobilize the cervical spine.

Spinal Tumors: Treatments

A spinal tumor is a very serious medical condition. If diagnosed early, patients have a better chance of a full recovery.

Symptoms of Spinal Tumors

Most patients with spinal tumors first come to the doctor because of back pain, specifically constant pain that doesn't get better by changing positions or resting.

Common Spinal Fracture Questions

Come here for quick answers to the most common questions about spinal fractures. Includes information about surgical and non-surgical treatment options for fractures caused by trauma.

Flatback Syndrome: Spine Surgery to Correct Spinal Alignment

Flatback syndrome surgery is performed to correct spinal alignment to normal or near normal to relieve stress on the postural muscles of the back, hips, and knees.

Cymbalta May Reduce Chronic Low Back Pain

A 2010 study found that a daily dose of Cymbalta significantly reduced chronic low back pain, compared to a placebo. Read this article for an overview of the study and to learn more about how Cymbalta helps chronic pain patients.

A Vacation from Back Pain

Summer is the season to burn some vacation time and hit the road. The longer days and warmer weather may make it easier to get away, but summer travel includes cramped flights and seemingly-endless road trips. And that can take a toll on your back.

What is Kyphosis?

Everybody should have kyphosis in their thoracic spine, but when the spine starts to curve outward too much, there's a problem. Brief overview of two types of kyphosis and why this spinal condition is more than just slouching.

Symptoms of Whiplash

When you get whiplash, you'll know what caused it. But you may not feel the symptoms of it until sometime later.

How to Support a Loved One With Chronic Spine-related Pain

I’m writing to tell you how you can be a good friend and supportive ally to me throughout my journey with chronic back and neck pain. Years ago, without choice or cause, I was thrust into another world. It’s a complicated place, where physical abilities and mental challenges abound....

Surgery for Chronic Pain

Surgery is a last resort option for chronic pain, but in some cases, it may be necessary. Learn when doctors recommend surgery for chronic pain patients.

Symptoms of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is much more than pain. It can lead to other physical, social, and emotional problems that can feel overwhelming.

Spinal Tumors: Diagnosis and Non-Surgical Treatment

The patient's medical status is evaluated with particular attention given to back pain and neurologic deficit. Although back pain is often the primary symptom, some patients present with paraparesis (slight paralysis), spinal deformity, and malaise.

Exams and Tests to Diagnose Upper Cervical Disorders

The signs and symptoms of upper cervical spine disorders can appear quickly, or they may suddenly worsen.

Weight Loss with Low Back Pain: Finding the Right Program

Weight loss can have a positive and significant impact on reducing back pain. Fining the weight loss program that is right for you is crucial. Learn how here.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is extremely common in today's society. Seventy-five percent of all people will experience back pain at some time in their lives.The good news is ...

Exams and Tests to Diagnose Upper Back Pain

This articles explains how your doctor examines you to make a proper diagnosis.

Kyphosis Prevention

You can prevent some types of kyphosis, especially kyphosis caused by poor posture. Help from a physical therapist to learn what good posture feels and looks like may be all you need to prevent kyphosis.

Drugs and Medications for Kyphosis

To help you deal with pain from kyphosis, the doctor may recommend drugs or medications. You may need to take painkillers or medications that reduce inflammation. Depending on how bad the pain is, you may start off with over-the-counter medications.

Bracing: A Treatment Option for Kyphosis

A doctor may recommend a brace for treating kyphosis. Several factors come into play, including how much growth the patient has left to do and how severe the kyphotic curve is. Bracing may help stop the spinal curve from getting worse.

Ergonomics and Kyphosis

Ergonomics looks at how we work and the environment in which we work. It plays a big part in helping you get through the day without back pain, and if you have kyphosis, you should be thinking about ergonomics.

High Heels and Flip-Flops Cause Back Pain

Beauty takes its toll: after wearing high heels all day, your back may be screaming for help. Flip-flops can also hurt your spine. A women's spine specialist explains how your fashion choices can be painful.

Chronic Back Pain in United States Compared to United Kingdom

Backache is major issue in the United Kingdom and the United States of America and it’s thought that back pain is one of the most common causes of work absence.

Sex and Back Pain

Back pain can disrupt a sexual relationship. However, back pain doesn’t have to mean no more sex. It does mean that you’ll have to make some adjustments. Dr. Corners discusses this common concern of back pain sufferers and offers solutions.

Tips for Better Sex … even with Back Pain

The results of SpineUniverse's national survey on Sexual Satisfaction and Back Pain indicate that back pain is ruining the sex lives of many people.

Many Pediatricians Shy Away From Treating Chronic Pain

Children can experience debilitating chronic pain just like everyone else. But a study revealed that most pediatricians do not believe it's their main responsibility to treat chronic pain. Read what researchers say must be done to reverse this trend.

Back Pain and Spine Surgery

Sometimes spine surgery is necessary to remedy back pain and sciatica. These five points will help you to prepare.

Who Treats Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis?

Most patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis have a team of doctors working with them. The main doctor will most likely be a pediatric rheumatologist.

Low Back Pain Treatment Guideline Highlights Exercise and Stress Reduction

The American College of Physicians recently published its non-surgical treatment guideline for various types of low back pain—from short-term bouts of pain to debilitating chronic pain.

Spinal Inflammatory Arthritis

This article provides information about two types of spinal inflammatory arthritis.

Full Results for SpineUniverse Back Pain Treatment Options Survey

SpineUniverse presents their survey results from early 2008 where website visitors rated non-surgical back pain treatments on a scale from very dissatisfied to very satisfied.

One Test Isn't Enough to Accurately Diagnose Herniated Discs

Having only a single test performed during a physical exam isn't enough to accurately diagnose a herniated disc, according to 2010 findings. Learn more about why multiple tests best determine the cause of back pain and how it impacts treatment.
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