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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from May 28, 2008
Ask The Experts
How Does Degenerative Disc Disease Spread?
Ask the Experts Question

If you have degenerative disc disease in one of your discs, does that mean it will spread to your other discs?
—Williamsburg, VA

Ask the Experts Answer

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) can start in just one of your intervertebral discs.  From there, it can spread, but it doesn’t spread like a cold, with the “disease” jumping from disc to disc.

Instead, degenerative disc disease spreads by...Read Complete Answer

Nicola V. Hawkinson, RN, ANP This Week's Expert:
Nicola V. Hawkinson, RN, RNFA, NP
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
NYU—Hospital for Joint Diseases
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Scientific Review
Studies Reveal Correlation Between Back Pain Reduction and Mattress Selection
Sponsored by Tempur-Pedic™

For many patients, the link between chronic back pain and sleep disorders, such as insomnia, is all too familiar. Could a different mattress make the difference between a good and difficult night's sleep? According to scientific research, the answer is yes. Research studies prove proper mattress selection can help relieve back pain and improve sleep quality in people with low back pain...Read More

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Mattress Studies

The reduction of pressure on the spine and other joints allows the muscles to fully relax, aiding in the treatment of back pain, restless leg syndrome and fibromyalgia.
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Spine Care Tips

Stretch for Life

Spine Care Tips - Stretch for Life

Whether you have back pain right now or want to avoid another episode, you should be doing daily stretches.  And that means more than trying to touch your toes and arching your back a few times.  Learn the simple, effective back pain stretches you should be doing every day.

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Back Pain Videos
Common Conditions:

Back Pain
Neck Pain
Degenerative Disc Disease
Herniated Discs
Low Back Pain
Osteoporosis/Spinal Fracture
Spinal Stenosis
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Featured Treatment
How to Handle Chronic Pain
Chronic Pain - Spinal Cord Stimulation
A small wire (called a lead) connected to a power source is surgically implanted under the skin.

Which is more acceptable:  chronic pain or a near constant tingling sensation?

Spinal cord stimulation is a pain management technique.  Electrical impulses prevent your brain from feeling pain, but most patients end up feeling a mild tingling.

Are you ready to try it?...Read More

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