Conditions

Osteoarthritis: Commonly Affected Joints

Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint but most often occurs in the spine, hips, knees, or hands.

Osteoarthritis: Degenerative Spinal Joint Disease

Spinal osteoarthritis, also called spondylosis, affects your spinal joints and can cause back pain or neck pain. Learn the causes and symptoms of spondylosis.

Drugs, Medications, and Injections for Spondylosis

Depending on the severity of your spondylosis symptoms, the doctor will most likely have you try over-the-counter medications before you try prescription medications for spondylosis.

Anatomy of Spondylosis

Before you can understand why spondylosis causes back pain, you should understand the parts of your spine and how they work together.

Alternative Treatments for Spondylosis

You may try complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as you deal with the pain and other symptoms of spondylosis (spinal arthritis).

Muscle Relaxants in the Treatment of Acute Low Back Pain

You may have been given a muscle relaxant for your acute low back pain. Why are they used?

Acetaminophen in the Treatment of Acute Low Back Pain

For low back pain, acetaminophen can be effectively used as an analgesic (or pain killer). Doctor-written article on acetaminophen as a pain reliever for lower back pain.

Medication and Treatment of Acute Low Back Pain

A doctor reviews the most common medications used to treat acute lower back pain. What will work for your pain?

Anatomy of Whiplash

The cervical spine--your neck, is the most flexible and mobile regions of the back. Discover more about the anatomy of the neck and whiplash.

Osteoporosis: Calcium, Vitamin D, and Prevention

To repair bone and connective tissue damage, your body requires adequate amounts of certain vitamins and nutrients.

Anatomy of Osteoporosis

To understand osteoporosis, you should understand how bones grow and regenerate.

Osteoporosis Condition Center

Any bone can be affected by osteoporosis, but bone fractures of the spine—the vertebrae—are especially serious.

Bone-Building Exercise Tips for Osteoporosis

One of your best defenses against developing osteoporosis is to exercise regularly.

Physical Therapy for Osteoporosis

What you do in physical therapy is very dependent on you: the cause of your osteoporosis, your physical fitness level, your risk level for spinal fractures, and what your body can handle.

Osteoporosis: Vitamin C and Keeping Healthy

Vitamin C has recently been recognized as having an important role in the prevention of osteoporosis because of its ability to increase bone density.

Osteoporosis: Vitamin D and Vitamin K

Vitamins D and K help promote bone formation. Getting enough of each vitamin every day is crucial to keeping healthy bones throughout your life.

Osteoporosis: Trace Elements - Zinc/Copper

Learn about the importance of zinc and copper to bone health and how to take these trace elements.

What Is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a common cause of chronic low back pain, and often difficult to diagnose. Pain severity can interrupt your ability to perform daily activities.

Arthritis - Osteoarthritis - Rheumatoid Arthritis - Ankylosing Spondylitis - Spinal Stenosis

Most spinal disorders are known to result from soft tissue injury, structural injury, and degenerative, or congenital conditions.

Exercise for Chronic Back and Neck Pain

Ask your doctor if you should be doing certain exercises to help alleviate back and neck pain and keep your body strong.

What Works to Relieve Neck Pain?

People with neck pain caused by various cervical spine conditions need to know what helps take the hurt away.

Strength Training Exercises Can Improve Neck Pain

For women with neck (cervical) pain, weekly strength training exercises may help with pain relief. Includes easy, simple exercises to prevent neck pain.

Medications and Spinal Injections to Relieve Neck Pain

Read an overview of medications used to treat neck pain. Includes details on cervical spine injections.

Neck Pain Causes

You need to know what's causing your neck pain and potentially related symptoms. Here, SpineUniverse explains many common causes of neck pain.

Cervical Myelopathy and Spinal Cord Compression

Myelopathy occurs when the spinal cord is compressed. It can lead to neurologic symptoms, such as pain, numbness, or difficulty walking.

High-Tech Can Be a Pain in the Neck

This 21st Century problem is being called "tech neck. "You've seen people like this: shoulders hunched forward, neck straining at an uncomfortable angle.

Whiplash: A Common Neck Injury

The symptoms of whiplash may include neck pain, headache, dizziness, nausea, and in rare cases difficulty swallowing.

Symptoms of Neck Pain

To get the best treatment for your neck pain, it's important to understand the symptoms—and what they mean.

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Damage Control and Treatment

Treatment begins with the emergency medical personnel who make an initial evaluation and immobilize the patient for transport.

Holiday Weight Gain: How the Holidays Can Cause Back Pain

What's not to love about the holiday season? Well, how about the weight you put on, thanks to all that festive food...and the possible back pain from that extra weight? Avoid back pain this holiday season by following these tips.

Risk of Inheriting Ankylosing Spondylitis

Learn about the risk of inheriting spondylitis and if you can find out whether your child will develop AS.

Mattress Selection When You Have Ankylosing Spondylitis

The right mattress can help you enhance your posture and keep a straight spine.

Surgical Management of Thoracolumbar Deformity in Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease that at times may require surgery.

Causes of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis possibly has a connection to certain bacteria.

Cold Weather Work May Raise Your Back and Neck Pain Risk

A recent study published online explored whether working in a low-temperature environment affected the risk of neck and lower back problems in construction workers.

Taking Charge of Your Pain: What You Can Do to Stop the Hurt

If you suffer from chronic pain, you probably have discovered that searching for effective relief can be frustrating. You need appropriate knowledge in order to make the right decisions for your emotional and physical needs.

Anatomy of the Upper Back

Your thoracic spine (your mid-back or upper back) doesn't move as much as the other parts of your spine. Learn more.

Facts and Tips about Upper Back Pain

Includes tips on what can cause pain so you know how to prevent upper back pain, also called mid-back pain.

New Technologies for Treating Sciatica and Back Pain

Radiofrequency Discal procedures, along with pain-relieving devices and spinal pumps are among the new technologies used to ease back pain and sciatica that is caused by disc problems.

Herniated and Bulging Discs

Get answers to the most common questions about herniated discs. Stewart Eidelson, MD, gives clear information that you can rely on.

Avoid Stressing Your Back

Here are some tips for avoiding stress on your spine while behind the desk at work.

What Is Upper Back Pain?

The upper back, also known as the mid-back or thoracic spine, isn't as prone to pain as the neck and low back are. Learn about the basics of upper back pain.

Physical Therapy to Relieve Upper Back Pain

A physical therapist can help you learn good posture, strengthen your spinal muscles, and improve your overall health.

Common Upper Back Pain Questions

Need to know the basics about upper back pain (or mid-back pain, as it's also called) fast? Review these commonly asked questions about upper back pain.

Treating Back Pain at Home

There are many things you can do on your own to ease your back pain. Article includes at-home treatment tips.

Finding Relief from Low Back Pain is a Challenge

What's the best way to find low back pain relief? Article reviewed by a spine expert gives you tips on the most effective lower back pain treatments.

Preventing Chronic Low Back Pain

Finding relief from chronic low back pain can be a challenge! What if it was possible to prevent some types of low back pain?

Chiropractic Care for Chronic Pain

Learn what chiropractic treatment options are available to help you manage your chronic pain.

Surgery for Neck Pain: Posterior Cervical Fusion

Dr. Dan Riew, the Chief of cervical spine surgery at Washington University, discusses this surgical technique and who it can help. A posterior cervical fusion can help relieve neck pain and other symptoms.

5 Things About World Spine Day

World Spine Day was launched to educate the public about spine conditions—and inspire them to become more active in their own health.
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