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What Are the Long-Term Effects of Back Pain?

If you experience back pain, you’re not alone. It’s the leading cause of disability worldwide, and back pain affects roughly 90 percent of the population at one time or another. There’s no doubt that spine-related discomfort can have an immediate impact, but how does back pain affect someone over a longer period? This is the […]

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The Surprising Link Between Back Pain & the Flu

Fever, chills, and vomiting are among the common symptoms most people associate with the various forms of influenza, a seasonal illness that affects anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of the population each year. One of the not-so-common symptoms associated with the flu is back pain. Here’s a closer look at the unique connection between […]

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Pros & Cons of Medication for Back Pain

When back pain becomes a significant distraction from daily life, many people are inclined to take some type of medication to make their discomfort go away. While there’s no denying the fact that opioid painkillers and other types of pain meds can have some benefits for people with back pain, this isn’t a solution you […]

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5 Ways to Twist & Bend Properly Following Spine Surgery

Most people aren’t aware of how much they bend and twist throughout a typical day. If you’ve recently had spine surgery, you’ll need to be especially mindful of these movements. Not doing so could result in reinjury, delayed healing, the misplacement of spinal hardware, or the development of entirely new spine-related problems. While every situation […]

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Diagnosis & Treatment of Spinal Neurofibromas

In general, spinal tumors are considered rare, since abnormal growths often form elsewhere and spread to the spine. When irregular tissues do develop in the spine, they’re not always cancerous. This is true of neurofibromas. These small benign tumors develop within the motor and sensory nerves (peripheral nerves) of the spine. Some of these abnormal […]

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How to Dress Yourself While Recovering from a Back Injury

Getting dressed is something most people take for granted. However, if you have a back injury, the twisting, reaching, and bending motions that are usually necessary to complete the act of getting dressed can make this routine task very difficult and, in some instances, painful. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make getting […]

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10 Methods for Relieving Headaches Associated with Neck Pain

According to the National Headache Foundation, severe headaches account for nearly 160 million lost workdays each year in the United States. It’s believed most headaches are caused by tight muscles and blood vessels that expand in the head. Tense neck muscles sometimes contribute to headaches as well, and other times constricting pain in the forehead […]

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5 Uncommon Office Seating Choices for Optimal Back Health

Sitting is sometimes referred to as “the new smoking” in terms of how it can affect the various parts of the body, especially the spine. The problem with sitting is that extra pressure is placed on the lower back and its supporting discs, joints, muscles, and ligaments, which can increase stiffness, pain, and the likelihood […]

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Tips for Relieving a Muscle Spasm in the Neck

Whether it’s while you’re busy with daily work tasks or hurriedly trying to get your kids ready for their school day, a neck spasm often occurs when it’s least expected. In fact, all it takes is one awkward movement for muscles in your neck to suddenly and involuntarily tighten. Tension related to emotional stress can […]

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Does Icy Hot Help with Back Pain?

If you frequently experience back pain, you probably have a favorite over-the-counter remedy. One of the most popular remedies is called Icy Hot, which is available in various forms, such as creams, sprays, gels, sleeves, and patches. Basically, Icy Hot works by cooling down the affected area and irritating it to some extent with heat […]

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