How To Explain Your Back Pain To Your Doctor

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Being in pain is . . . well, painful. But it can also be frustrating and annoying. When your pain is affecting your mood, your activities and your overall quality of life it’s time to talk to your doctor about your treatment options. But how do you explain something that’s so overwhelming? Follow these guidelines […]

How To Know When Spine Surgery Is Right For You

How to know when spine surgery is right for you

Have you been suffering from severe back or neck pain and trying every possible solution for relief but still missing out on the activities you love? Your doctor keeps suggesting spine surgery as an option. But how do you know when spine surgery is the right “next step’ in finding relief for your pain? Let’s […]

4 Common Misconceptions About Spine Surgery

spine surgery misconceptions

Is the thought of having spine surgery frightening?  There’s a lot of misinformation about spine surgeons and spine surgery. You may have heard things that are completely false: Spine surgery has a high risk of complications. It takes a long time to recover. One surgery leads to another. Spine surgeons always think you need surgery. […]

Understanding Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Understanding Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery? Thanks to advances in technology, you don’t need open back surgery to get relief from back pain. Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) can treat most spine problems. Traditional open back surgery requires the doctor to make a large incision down the back. The surgeon has to cut into muscle […]

The Most Common Misdiagnosed Spine Conditions

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Your expectations during a doctor’s visit are clear — you want to know what’s wrong and how to fix it. Each year in the USA, about 31 million patients visit a doctor for lower back pain. “Diagnosis is extremely hard, there are 10,000 diseases and only 200 to 300 symptoms.”   — Mark L. Graber, founder […]

Thinking About Back Pain Surgery? Ask These Questions

Thinking about back surgery

Back pain surgeries are increasing each year. 170.9% increase of primary lumbar fusions from 77,682 to 210,407 between 1998 and 2008. 11.3% increase in laminectomies from 92,390 to 107,790 between 1998 and 2008. All surgery comes with risks, so it’s important to get all the information you can. It’s a good idea to have all […]

Strained vs. Sprained: What’s the Difference

Strain vs. Sprain

The human body has an awesome ability to handle physical stress. The process of breaking down tissue and building it back up makes you stronger. By pushing your body beyond its limits, you gain the ability to run faster, jump higher, swim further, and perform better.  But you can push it too far. When soft […]

Why Does Cold Weather Trigger Joint Pain?

Cold Weather Joint Pain

“The majority of participants with OA (67.2%) perceived the weather as affecting their pain.”  -Erik J Timmermans, et al, Self-perceived weather sensitivity and joint pain in older people with osteoarthritis in six European countries: results from the European Project on OSteoArthritis (EPOSA). BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. “You better take a sweater! It’s gonna get cold tonight […]

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: Vital Facts

What Is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome? To put it simply, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, or FBSS, is when pain continues after back surgery.  It’s kind of a misnomer. It may have failed back surgery in the name, but a lot of times, the surgeon restored stability in the spine. But the pain is still there.  […]

What Runners Should Know About Mid and Lower Back Pain

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“Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves the person incapacitated.” – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Interest in running is definitely on the rise. When the Boston Marathon started in 1897, there were […]