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Back Pain Exercise Video: Prone on Elbows into Press-up

The prone on elbows exercise can help relieve your back pain caused by a herniated disc. It’s good to do if you have sciatica. Watch this exercise video to see how best to do this back stretch.

Sciatica Video Series

A spine expert, Dr. Alex Vaccaro, explains everything you need to know about sciatica.

Common Terms for Sciatica

Hear an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Alex Vaccaro, explain several common terms your doctor may use when talking about sciatica. This short video will help you be an informed patient and more fully understand your condition.

Video: Non-surgical Treatment for Sciatica

Dr. Alex Vaccaro reviews your non-surgical treatment options for sciatica in this short (but very informative) video. Listen to a top spine surgeon explain what you can try before surgery.

Video: Exams and Tests for Sciatica

Watch this video to understand the tests your doctor will do (or has already done) as he or she diagnoses the cause of your sciatica. Dr. Alex Vaccaro explains MRIs, the sensory exam, the neurological exam, and more.

Causes of Sciatica

If something, such as a herniated disc, pushes on your sciatic nerve, you’ll most likely have sciatic pain. In this video, Dr. Alex Vaccaro goes through several of the most common causes of sciatica.

Video: Symptoms of Sciatica

Sciatica is a symptom associated with other spinal conditions, but it can come with other symptoms besides just pain that travels from your low back to your leg. Dr. Alex Vaccaro explains the symptoms of sciatica in this informative video.

Sciatica Overview

In this video, you’ll quickly get basic information about sciatica from Dr. Alex Vaccaro, an orthopaedic surgeon and professor at Thomas Jefferson University.

References 1-50: Understanding Neuropathic Pain

References 1 through 50 to Dr. Steven Richeimer's article "Understanding Neuropathic Pain".

References: 51-103: Understanding Neuropathic Pain

References 51-103 to Dr. Steven Richeimer's article about neuropathic pain.

Three-Step Program for Chronic Low Back Pain

In many cases of chronic pain, an early and aggressive treatment plan produces the best results. A chiropractor describes a three-step approach, including spinal manipulation and exercises, to help relieve ongoing pain.

A Letter to Santa from SpineUniverse

Dear Santa, SpineUniverse is worried about how your extra weight affects your back. Try our back pain prevention tips!

National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

SpineUniverse and Kyphon partner to increase osteoporosis awareness and to educate people about prevention, screening and treatment.

Understanding Neuropathic Pain

Rather than the nervous system functioning properly to sound an alarm regarding tissue injury, in neuropathic pain the peripheral or central nervous systems malfunction and cause pain.

Bextra Label Updated with Boxed Warning Concerning Severe Skin Reactions and Warning Regarding Cardiovascular Risk

Important information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the side effects associated with the use of Bextra.

Bone Cancer: Questions and Answers Continued

The diagnosis of cancer may include a blood test to determine the level of an enzyme called alkaline phosphatase. A large amount of alkaline phosphatase can be found in the blood when the cells that form bone tissue are very active.

Questions and Answers About Bone Cancer

Bone cancer is a malignant tumor that develops from the cells of the bone. Primary bone cancer is rare.

Spondylolisthesis: Back Condition and Treatment

Figure 4 of article entitled - Spondylolisthesis: Back Condition and Treatment is an x-ray showing where a lumbar vertebra has slid forward onto the vertebra below.

Spina Bifida Occulta and Open Spina Bifida - A Patient's Guide

The term spina bifida covers malformations that always include deformities of certain parts of the vertebrae, the spinous process and vertebral arch. It has been described as a failure of these bones to fuse during early fetal development.

Treatment of Kyphosis and Scheuermann's Disease

Treatments for kyphosis and Scheuermann’s disease differ depending on the patient’s age, curve magnitude, and co-existing medical problems. A surgeon answers the most common related to these disorders that cause abnormal spinal curves.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition that stems from impingement on a network of nerves called the brachial plexus, which can cause pain and weakness in your upper extremities. Article discusses other symptoms, causes, and treatments for this condition.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive and destructive form of arthritis. This disease causes the interior joint tissue to swell and thicken. Over time this may cause deformity.

Spondylolisthesis: Picture of a typical brace used in treating spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis; picture of a typical brace used in treating spondylolisthesis.

Spondylolisthesis: An x-ray of a spine with a slippage at L5-S1.

Spondylolisthesis; x-ray of a spine with a slippage at L5-S1.

Spondylolisthesis: An x-ray of a healthy spine without Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis, an X-ray showing a healthy spine without spondylolisthesis.

Spondylolisthesis: Diagram of L5 vertebra sitting correctly on the sacrum

Spondylolisthesis: diagrams of L5 vertebrae sitting correctly and incorrectly on the sacrum.

In-Depth Review of Kyphosis

This review from the Scoliosis Research Society gives an excellent overview of the types of kyphosis, including Scheuermann’s disease and congenital kyphosis. It also touches on scoliosis because some patients with kyphosis also have scoliosis.
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