Does Back Pain Lead to Tension Headaches?

Because your spine consists of a series of interconnected nerves and related muscles and soft tissues, any related discomfort may affect your body in unexpected ways. This is often the case with sciatic nerve pain, which is typically felt in the thighs and legs. However, this isn’t the only unusual way back pain can affect […]

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How Music Therapy Helps Patients Recover After Spine Surgery

Even when spine surgery goes well, the recovery period can have its ups and downs. This is especially true during the early stages of healing. It’s understandable for patients to look for ways to stop thinking too much about post-surgery discomfort. There are many ways to accomplish this goal, including watching favorite TV shows and […]

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5 Ways to Prevent Narrowing of the Spinal Canal

As you age, your spine may be affected by the gradual wear of supporting discs and conditions such as osteoarthritis, degenerative scoliosis, and degenerative disc disease. These changes sometimes result in a narrowing of the spinal canal that can reach a point where nerve roots are pinched. If spinal stenosis develops in your lumbar (lower) […]

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How to Keep Your Spine Healthy Past Age 60

The bones and discs of the backbone are susceptible to gradual wear and tear that may contribute to spine-related aches and pains. Aging also causes vertebrae to wear away and shrink and spaces around the spinal canal to progressively narrow (spinal stenosis), sometimes to the point where nerves are irritated. Add age-related conditions like osteoporosis […]

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5 Tips for Preventing Spine Pain When Cleaning

Cleaning is one of those tasks that will always be on your to-do list. However, some common house cleaning chores can be a source of spine pain as you bend, turn, and make repetitive motions with your arms, shoulders, legs, or hips. Minimize your risk of developing new back or neck pain or aggravating an […]

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What to Do If Your Aching Back Won’t Go Away

Many occurrences of back pain, especially when muscle strain is the source, are temporary. However, some types of back pain reach a point where the discomfort is a frequent visitor. This may be the case with degenerative disc disease, a forward slip of a vertebra (spondylolisthesis), or a narrowing of the open spaces of the […]

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How to Maintain a Happy & Healthy Spine

A healthy spine is a happy spine. The backbone itself is fairly durable yet highly complex when you consider everything that could directly or indirectly affect the spine and its supporting discs, joints, and muscles. Fortunately, adopting a preventative attitude can minimize your risk of experiencing unexpected spine-related pain. The staff at The Spine Institute […]

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2 Lesser-Known Ways to Treat Piriformis Syndrome

Often mistaken for sciatica, piriformis syndrome is a condition that affects the piriformis muscle that starts in the lower spine and continues to the buttocks. If this muscle becomes irritated or inflamed, the nearby sciatic nerve may also be affected. However, treatments for sciatica may not be successful if the piriformis muscle is part of […]

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3 Ways to Diagnose Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease

Pain in the lower back can be difficult to diagnose, especially when symptoms are fairly generic or felt elsewhere as radiating nerve pain. Possible sources of this type of discomfort may include muscle strain, spinal joint fractures, and damage to one or more of the discs that cushion the backbone as it moves. To determine […]

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New Results After Phase II of Mesoblast’s Stem Cell Therapy

Mesoblast, an Australian-based regenerative medicine company, recently announced results from the second phase of a clinical trial on stem cell therapy. The study involved patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP) due to disc degeneration, also known as degenerative disc disease (DDD). Subjects were given an injection containing millions of stem cells to determine if […]

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