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New Treatment May Help Spinal Injury Patients Regain Bladder Control

It’s common to associate spinal cord injuries with a loss of sensation below the affected area, yet some of the nearly 18,000 people who experience spinal cord injuries (SCIs) each year in the United States also have issues with bladder control. In fact, more than three-quarters of U.S. patients living with SCIs aren’t able to […]

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5 Ways College Students Can Maintain a Healthy Spine

It’s never too early or too late to take steps to keep your spine healthy, which is why you can find a lot of advice online about what younger kids, high school students, and seniors can do to keep their backbones and supporting parts healthy. One group often overlooked is college students, a select group […]

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Facet Arthropathy

Your spine is able to bend and twist primarily because of several small joints (called facet joints) located on each side of the vertebrae. As is the case with any other joints in the body, these spinal joints can wear down over time. Sometimes this wear and tear contributes to the development of a type […]

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Back Injuries in Food Service Workers: Prevention & Treatment

It’s not only athletes who tend to “push through” the pain. Chefs, cooks, bartenders, wait staff, and other individuals who work in the food service industry often have a similar approach to managing discomfort. Foot pain is understandably a common issue in the restaurant business, but spine-related problems are just as likely, and ignoring back […]

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The Importance of Diet in Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is something of a misnomer. It’s not a “disease” in the true sense of the word. It simply refers to damage that occurs to spinal discs due to age-related wear or changes. Many treatment options (including seeking the care of a Los Angeles spine surgeon) may relieve symptoms, and one that’s […]

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How Can Cervical Disc Herniation Be Prevented & Treated?

A cervical disc herniation can cause a great deal of pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, or upper back. Age is a common contributing factor to changes with spinal discs that typically include a loss of height and shape and a reduction in the water content necessary to retain a disc’s sponginess. However, there are […]

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5 Ways to Slow the Progression of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a progressive narrowing of the spine that can cause little or no discomfort for many years. Over time, age-related changes affecting the spine may contribute to increasingly noticeable symptoms such as numbness, tingling sensations, and general weakness extending to arms, legs, or other extremities. Some people with spinal stenosis also have difficulty […]

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The Story of a Spinal Fusion Patient Who Competed in a Triathlon

It’s easy to talk about the many potential benefits patients can enjoy with successful spinal fusion surgery, but what’s truly inspiring are some of the real-life success stories of individuals who’ve gone on to accomplish impressive goals after recovering from a spinal fusion procedure. One of these individuals is Rafael Rodriguez. This fitness enthusiast earned […]

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Spine Safety Strategies for People Who Ride Bikes

Biking is an excellent form of exercise that can increase the strength and flexibility of many of the muscle groups that provide some type of support for the backbone. It can also be an effective way to enhance posture and maintain a healthy weight, two other things that are good for the spine. However, it’s […]

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3 Reasons Men Need to See a Doctor About Spine Pain

For one survey, 500 men ranging in age from 18 to 70 were asked about when they tend to go to the doctor. About 40 percent admitted to only visiting an MD for serious medical conditions. These results echo similar research suggesting men put off seeing a doctor more than women. It’s not such a […]

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