Are Back Pain & Breast Cancer Connected?

Back pain isn’t a common symptom of breast cancer, but it can be a sign it has spread (metastasized). In some cases, spine-related pain convinces patients to go to the doctor under the assumption something is going on with their spine or its supporting muscles. While cancer limited to breast tissue doesn’t usually result in […]

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An Overview of Paget’s Disease

Despite being the second most common bone disease behind osteoporosis, most people aren’t familiar with Paget’s disease since it’s often assumed to be arthritis, although it’s not unusual to have no symptoms at all when living with this condition. When symptoms do occur, patients typically report feeling bone-related pain. The disease eventually results in weak […]

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What Are the Causes & Symptoms of Spinal Soft Tissue Injuries?

The spine is more than bones and joints. Collectively referred to as spinal soft tissues, muscles, ligaments, and tendons located in and around the backbone also play an important role in how the spine functions and moves. An injury to any of these soft tissues can result in pain that’s either felt directly around the […]

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What Are the Differences Between Contusions & Spinal Compression?

Secured by 31 butterfly-shaped vertebrae, the spinal cord is a complex structure that can be affected by many different types of injuries. Such injuries are often classified as contusions or compressions, broad terms that can be used to describe an assortment of issues with the spinal cord. There are important differences to understand with each […]

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A Guide to Hormone Therapy for Spinal Disc Degeneration

Produced by the endocrine glands, hormones are messengers that send signals to the rest of the body to control things like metabolism. Over time, the production of some hormones naturally decreases. Age-related changes are also linked in part to many conditions, including spinal disc degeneration. Research suggests women experiencing estrogen deficiency may have a greater […]

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8 Mistakes You Should Avoid If You’re Recovering from Spine Surgery

It’s understandable to want to get back to what’s considered “normal” for you following spine surgery as quickly as possible. However, not heeding the advice of your rehab therapist or pushing yourself beyond what’s recommended could result in frustrating and unexpected setbacks as you recover. Trying to avoid any of the following mistakes following spine […]

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Steps to Take If the Doctor Can’t Diagnose Your Back Pain

Back pain is fairly common, but often temporary in nature. When spine-related discomfort is a recurring distraction, common sources are muscle strain, herniated or “slipped” discs, and conditions such as spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease (age-related wear and tear). However, there are times when a doctor cannot provide an accurate diagnosis, which can make […]

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What Causes Cervical Spine Sprains & How Do You Treat Them?

Back pain may be the most common reason for doctors’ visits in the United States, but neck pain isn’t far behind. A common cause of cervical spine pain is a sprain involving one or more of the ligaments and related soft tissues in this area. Luckily, most neck sprains respond well to non-surgical treatments. Having […]

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What Are the Stages of Recovery After a Spinal Cord Injury?

Varying degrees of paralysis, difficulty breathing, and chronic pain are just some of the possible problems that may be experienced with a spinal cord injury (SCI). While there has been noticeable advancement over the years with treatments, the 12,000 or so people who sustain a partial or complete SCI each year in the United States […]

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How Secondhand Smoke Affects Spine Health

The potential health hazards of smoking are well known today. However, you may not be aware of the ways secondhand smoke can affect spine health. Though spinal issues caused by secondhand smoke are not likely to require minimally invasive back surgery, Beverly Hills spine surgeons still recommend avoiding secondhand smoke as much as possible. Secondhand […]

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