Conditions

Herniated Discs: Definition, Progression, and Diagnosis

This informative article explains herniated discs in easy-to-understand language. Learn what a herniated disc really is, how we develop them, where we can feel pain from them, and how doctors diagnosis them.

Lumbar Herniated Disc

Symptoms of a herniated disc may include dull or sharp pain, muscle spasm or cramping, sciatica, and leg weakness or loss of leg function.

Congenital Upper Cervical Disorders

Congenital upper neck disorders are those present at birth, and include achondroplasia, chiari malformation, syringomyelia, and atlantoaxial instability.

Fibromyalgia Study: It's a Real Disease

A French study published in November 2008 suggests that there's a correlation between blood flow in the brain and how fibromyalgia patients experience pain. Does this lead to a better understanding of this chronic pain disorder?

Fibromyalgia Tender Points

Fibromyalgia is known for painful tender points throughout the body. These tender points are often confused with trigger points, but this article clearly explains what these tender points are.

5 Things About Spinal Stenosis You Need to Know

Five important things you need to know about spinal stenosis that can cause neck or low back pain that radiate into your arms or legs.

Minimally Invasive Treatment of Vertebral Compression Fractures: Vertebral Augmentation Implant, Kyphoplasty, Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty, balloon kyphoplasty and a vertebral augmentation device are minimally invasive surgical procedures performed to treat vertebral compression fractures (VCFs).

Video Series: Exercises for Herniated Disc

Lumbar herniated disc treatment may include extension exercises to help you ease pain while strengthening low back muscles. Video features three extension stretching movements: prone on elbows into press-up, upper back extension, and opposite arm and leg extension.

Physical Therapy for Herniated Discs

Your spine specialist may prescribe physical therapy (PT) as part of treatment for a herniated disc. Your PT program will usually begin with passive treatments. But once your body heals, you will start active treatments that strengthen your body and prevent further pain.

Causes of a Herniated Disc

Article clearly explains 3 most common causes of a herniated disc. Includes illustration showing the 4 stages of a herniated disc (or bulging disc).

Exams and Tests for a Herniated Disc

Detailed description of the physical exam and imaging tests (x-rays, MRIs, CTs) used to diagnose herniated discs (also called bulging discs or ruptured discs)

Seven Myths About Back Pain Debunked

Seven common back pain myths are demystified by Neel Anand, MD, an orthopaedic spine surgeon. Consider, is back pain unavoidable with aging, does exercise cause back pain, is the firmest mattress the best choice if you have back pain?

Physical Therapy for Kyphosis

Physical therapy is an effective way to deal with kyphosis, especially postural kyphosis. Read what a physical therapist can help you learn about correcting your posture and strengthening your back muscles.

Spine Surgery for Upper Cervical Disorders

If an upper cervical neck disorder compresses the spinal cord, surgery will be part of the treatment discussion.

Exams and Tests for Ankylosing Spondylitis

The diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) requires an in-depth review of your medical and family history, physical and neurological examinations, blood tests, and imaging studies, such as x-ray or MRI.

Turning Back Pain and Sciatica Upside Down

Inversion tables are a non-surgical treatment option for many people with low back pain, leg pain and sciatica symptoms. Inversion table therapy helps decompress the spine and may help relieve back pain and related symptoms.

Chiropractic Treatment of Sciatica

Chiropractic care is non-invasive treatment for sciatica symptoms. Chiropractors diagnose the cause of sciatica, low back pain, leg pain, and offer drug-free therapies based on the philosophy that restricted spinal movement leads to pain and reduced function.

Exams and Tests for Sciatica

Some tests, such as CT scans and MRIs, may be necessary to help diagnose sciatica or piriformis syndrome.

Sciatica: Symptoms and Possible Causes

Sciatica is a symptom of a lumbar spinal disorder in the low back causing compression of the sciatic nerve. Leg pain is the most common symptom that may be accompanied by leg numbness and tingling sensations.

Sciatica Symptoms

Sciatica is among the most recognizable spinal disorders because of the symptoms it produces. Sciatica’s telltale signs include numbness, muscle weakness, burning, and electric shock-like nerve pain that radiates from the low back down the leg.

Degenerative Cervical Spine Disorders

Neck pain can be caused by spinal degeneration (the process of aging and wear and tear). Learn which degenerative spinal conditions lead to neck pain.

Discogenic Low Back Pain

As we age, our bodies undergo many changes.The topic of today's discussion is discogenic low back pain; a degenerative condition.

Chronic Back Pain Mind Games

Despite the recent surge in criticism against them, opioids are among the most commonly prescribed treatments for chronic back pain. But, could extended use actually create more pain?

Back Pain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy-related back pain is often localized to a specific area of the spine and tends to arise between the 5th and 7th months of pregnancy, though it can begin much earlier.

Does Obesity or Extra Weight Cause Low Back Pain?

The risk of low back pain among adults who are extremely obese is four times greater than among normal-weight adults.

5 Causes of Back and Neck Pain or Discomfort

Five common causes of back and pain are explained by Robert Talac, MD, PhD, an orthopaedic spine surgeon.

6 Causes of Mechanical Back Pain

The cause of most back and neck pain is mechanical—meaning the source of the pain may be triggered by movement the spine.

Ankylosing Spondylitis and Posture

People with ankylosing spondylitis need to focus on maintaining good spinal alignment. Square your shoulders, and keep your head relaxed and facing straight ahead. When standing, imagine your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles falling in a straight line.

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Treatment and Recovery

Treatment for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is aimed at relieving the patient's symptoms and preventing spinal deformity.

Exercise for Ankylosing Spondylitis

If you have ankylosing spondylitis, avoid the the “no pain, no gain” philosophy. Low- or no-impact activities, such as yoga, swimming, walking, or cycling are best for people with joint pain.

Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic disease that develops slowly.

Anatomy of Ankylosing Spondylitis

A solid understanding of your spinal anatomy will help you understand how ankylosing spondylitis (AS) affects your spine. Learn about the different spinal regions where AS can cause inflammation and fused bones.

Neck Pain Treatments

If you have developed neck pain, you have several treatment options.

Spine Doctor's Treatment for Moderate Low Back Pain

Doctor Gerard Malanga gives an inside look at his care philosophy of a patient with moderate low back pain.

How the Alexander Technique Relieved My Sciatica Pain

How the Alexander Technique relieved Evelyn Hess‘ sciatica pain. Her struggles with radiating leg pain and her journey to a pain-free life.

How Doctors Treat Spondylolisthesis

Sometimes spondylolisthesis doesn't require treatment. However, if you do need surgery, here's important information that you need to know.

Osteoporosis: Calcium and Magnesium

Calcium is one of the most important minerals involved in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.

Exams and Tests to Diagnose Chronic Pain

Your doctor will need to run several exams and tests, and through all of it, he or she will be trying to figure out what's causing your chronic pain.

Spinal Stenosis Symptoms

Pain, numbness, and tingling are common spinal stenosis symptoms that can affect the neck and low back and radiate into the arms or legs.

Chiropractic Care and Back Pain: Non-Invasive Treatment for Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs (Slipped Discs)

Chiropractic care is a non-surgical treatment option for herniated discs. But what is a chiropractor's approach to treating a herniated disc?

Christy’s Journey with Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Christy lived with sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction and shares her important story, including symptoms, causes and that some doctors don't consider SI joint dysfunction as part of the diagnostic picture.

How to Avoid Neck Pain at the Office

Eight important tips from an ergonomics' expert about avoiding neck and upper back pain while working at a computer.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) Causes

There are many potential causes of failed back surgery syndrome and most times neither the patient nor the spine surgeon is to blame.

Bracing for Spondylosis

A brace can provide support to your spine and help limit your spine's motion.

Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis

Some people live with spondylolisthesis (forward slip of a vertebra) without knowing it. Article lists the common symptoms associated with spondylolisthesis.

Alternative Treatments for Neck Pain

Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, capsaicin cream, or yoga, may be a part of your treatment plan for neck pain. Learn about other alternative treatments to help ease neck pain.

Exercise and Physical Therapy for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Exercise and physical therapy can significantly help you manage sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction.

Drugs and Medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis

There are many drugs and medications available to treat your rheumatoid arthritis, but they won't cure it. Over-the-counter drugs, including NSAIDs, and prescription medications, such as DMARDs, will help reduce joint pain and inflammation.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Most patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be treated without spine surgery. The treatment plan is designed to control the disease, alleviate pain, and maximize quality of life.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Type of Spinal Inflammatory Arthritis

Information about spinal rheumatoid arthritis and treatment is featured.
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