What Causes Spinal Headaches & How Do You Treat Them?

Each year, nearly 50 million Americans complain of headaches, but only about 8 million end up seeing a doctor because, most of the time, sudden pain in the head that radiates to the neck or other nearby areas is a temporary inconvenience. However, if it’s a recurring issue, it’s time to find out why. A […]

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5 Ways to Rebuild Your Back After Surgery or an Injury

The human spine is designed to be remarkably resilient. Still, years of poor posture combined with a general lack of regular exercise, sudden traumatic injuries, or surgery to correct issues such as damaged discs or compressed nerves can take a toll on this important structure. When your backbone and the parts that support it are […]

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An Overview of Symptomatic Cervical Disc Disease

As is the case with back pain, neck-related discomfort is often temporary. For those times when it’s not, it may be due to symptomatic cervical disc disease (SCDD), a general term used to describe local or radiating neck pain felt in the shoulders and arms caused by worn or damaged discs. While more common in […]

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Understanding the Various Risks & Rewards of Spinal Surgery

Americans spend about $50 billion a year on back pain relief efforts, usually in the form of medication or physical therapy. Even with nearly 500,000 spine surgeries performed annually in the United States when conservative treatments aren’t effective, surgery is rarely a necessary step for most people with back or neck pain. If you’ve reached […]

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Avoiding Dural Tears When Having Spine Surgery

Dura mater is one of three protective membrane layers that line the skull and vertebral canal. The purpose of this watertight sac is to provide protection for spinal nerves and the spinal cord itself. If a tear occurs, it can cause clear, colorless cerebrospinal fluid to leak, which may result in an infection and other […]

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How to Prevent Pain in Your Spine When You’re Pregnant

A growing baby is a wonderful thing. However, pregnancy is also a natural and progressive process that can place increased pressure on the spine and the muscles around it. This added stress contributes to the back pain experienced by about half of all expectant mothers, according to some estimates. It usually becomes noticeable during the […]

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Why You Should See a Spine Specialist When Pursuing Compensation

A directly or indirectly injured spine can result in pain that’s temporary or long-lasting and disruptive to both your personal and professional life. If the injury that contributed to your symptoms happened at work or as a result of someone’s negligence, you may be planning to seek compensation for things like medical expenses and pain […]

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5 Things You Need to Understand About Your Back Pain

The first thing to know about back pain is you’re not alone if you experience it. Anywhere from 80 to 90 percent of the population has back-related pain at one time or another. If you happen to be living with back pain, take comfort in knowing there are many treatment options. Still, you may have […]

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Is Cracking the Neck Unhealthy?

If you have a habit of “cracking” your neck, it’s probably something you do without thinking. In some cases, you may find yourself cracking your neck to relieve stiffness or ease nagging aches and pains. Even if you do feel temporary relief when you move your neck from one side to the other until you […]

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5 Reasons to Not Ignore a Spinal PT Program

Whether it’s wearing a hat and gloves on cold days or not swimming after a meal, there are many pieces of advice that may not seem all that important when first offered. Of course, if you end up catching a cold or getting stomach cramps, then the value of the advice just mentioned suddenly becomes […]

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