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Managing Chronic, Long-Term Back Pain

Long-term pain is not only physically exhausting, but it’s also mentally challenging. Lower back pain sometimes seems like it just won’t end, and pain management is vital for conducting your life as normally as possible.

If you’ve suffered for some time with this back pain, your doctor is likely to start you on a treatment plan. That plan may include interventional injections, or nerve blocks, and various medications aimed at reducing pain. Luckily, you can undertake certain measures that can complement the treatment plan. (more…)

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Chronic Knee Pain: Causes and Treatment Options

According to recent statistics from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 25 percent of adults in the United States experience frequent knee pain. Chronic knee pain is often debilitating as it decreases range of motion and limits mobility.

Thankfully, many effective treatment options are available for those who struggle with chronic knee pain. The type of treatment largely depends upon the cause of the knee pain. (more…)

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6 FAQs About Spinal Arthritis

Inflammation of the joints is called arthritis. This condition affects various joints throughout the body as well as the tissue around the joints and the connective tissue. Over 54 million people in the United States suffer from some type of arthritis. You are probably aware that arthritis commonly affects the hands as well as the hips and knees.

Arthritis also commonly occurs in the spine, which is made up of several joints. When arthritis affects the spine it is often referred to as spinal arthritis. Along with the spine, this type of arthritis also affects the sacroiliac joints, which are located between the spine and the pelvis.

If you would like to know more about this condition, here are the answers to six frequently asked questions about spinal arthritis.

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How Osteoporosis Affects Spine Health

When you hear the word osteoporosis, you might immediately think about the long bones in the body that are vulnerable to breaking, such as an arm or leg bone. However, osteoporosis affects every bone in your body, including the small bones that make up your spine. 

Keep reading to learn more about how osteoporosis affects spine health and what you can do to recover from the changes that occur. 

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5 Things to Know About SI Joint Fusion

The sacroiliac joint (SI joint) is the joint that connects the iliac bone to the sacrum. The sacrum is the lowest part of the spine and located just above the tailbone. The SI joint is located in the pelvis.

This joint has an important job, which is to help transfer weight between the upper body and the legs. The SI joint also plays an important role in transferring energy between the legs and torso.

In some instances, chronic pain in the lower back is caused by an injury to the sacroiliac joint. An effective treatment option for back pain caused by an injured SI joint is sacroiliac joint fusion. For those who want to learn more about this type of treatment, here are five things to know about SI joint fusion.

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Nerve Stimulation: A Drug-Free Pain Relief Option

If you suffer from a chronic pain condition, then you may rely on prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers to help you get through the day. However, these medications may not be enough to control your pain condition completely, or they may have side effects that are difficult to live with. While many non-drug treatments for chronic pain exist, nerve stimulation is an effective treatment for many types of pain.  (more…)

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Degenerative Disc Disease: Symptoms and Treatment Options

 

Degenerative disc disease is a common medical problem that affects the spine. In fact, about 40 percent of all people over the age of 40 suffer from the condition, and 80 percent
of people age 80 and older suffer from some form of the disease. Some people who experience degeneration of one or more of their spinal discs experience never develop pain while others experience intense pain from this condition. 

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Back Pain: 4 Common Causes and Effective Treatment Options

 

If you suffer from back pain, you are certainly not alone. 80% of Americans have suffered from back pain. Of those who experience back pain, 1 in 3 adults says daily tasks, exercise, sleep, and other activities are impacted by back pain. The good news is, back pain is treatable.

In order to find the most effective form of treatment, the root cause of back pain must be determined. Here are four common causes of back pain and effective treatment options.

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4 FAQ About Kyphoplasty

With conditions of the spine, many treatment options are available. One such treatment option is vertebral augmentation. During this type of procedure, the doctor adds bone cement to the spine in order to improve function, restore vertebral height, and decrease pain. One particular type of vertebral augmentation is kyphoplasty.

If you would like to know more about kyphoplasty, here are the answers for four frequently asked questions about this relatively new kind of procedure. (more…)

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Spinal Stenosis: Frequently Asked Questions

After years of suffering from pain, numbness, or weakness, you finally saw a doctor who understands your condition and has diagnosed you with spinal stenosis. You are not alone in your diagnosis, as around 250,000 to 500,000 people are living with spinal stenosis in the United States. Spinal stenosis can greatly impact a patient’s ability to work, play, and live their best life.

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with spinal stenosis or suspect you are suffering from spinal stenosis, here are the answers to a few questions you might have. (more…)

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