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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from April 9, 2008
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Herniated Discs Cause Leg Pain? How?
Ask the Experts Question Question:
I have severe back and leg pain, and my doctor has diagnosed me with a herniated disc.  He said something like, “You have a herniated disc at L4/L5 with a pain pattern descending on the right L5 nerve root.”  What does that mean?
—Chaska, MN
Ask the Experts Answer

Doctors use some convoluted language, don’t we?  I think, though, that I can explain what he meant and hopefully help you better understand your condition.

I’ll explain the phrases he used one by one:  herniated disc, L4/L5, pain pattern descending on the right L5 nerve root.

Here we go:  a herniated disc is...
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Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD This Week's Expert:
Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
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Neck Pain
Neck Pain Patients Prefer Acupuncture to Injections

Acupuncture and spinal injections both involve needles, but their similarities end there.  Acupuncture uses more needles, but it seems that neck pain patients are okay with that.

According to a recent survey, acupuncture may be a better treatment option than spinal injections for neck pain.  Should you try it?
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Neck Pain Patients Prefer Acupuncture to Injections
Acupuncture and spinal injections go head-to-head in a recent survey
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Age is Just a Number: Your Spine and Aging

Your age could put you at risk for degenerative disc disease.  Find out how this condition leads to chronic back or neck pain—and what to do when your intervertebral discs start to show their age.
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Spine Care Tips

How to Recover from Surgery

How to Recover from Surgery

If you’re about to have spine surgery, learn what you can do to help make it successful.  A patient shares her secrets of an easy recovery.

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Back Pain Videos
Learn about your spinal anatomy, see what happens to your intervertebral discs as you age, watch how an MRI is done, and more.

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Common Conditions:

Back Pain
Neck Pain
Degenerative Disc Disease
Herniated Discs
Low Back Pain
Osteoporosis/Spinal Fracture
Spinal Stenosis
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Wellness and Lifestyle
Intimidated by Exercise?
Intimidated by Exercise?
Staying active as you age helps you remain healthy, live longer and feel better.

You hear it over and over:  you’ve got to exercise.  It’s good for your bones, heart, lungs, and of course, your spine…but do you know the best exercise program for you?  This article from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons will help you find—and stick with—the right exercise program.

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