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7 Possible Reasons for Pain Under Your Shoulder Blade

Pain under your shoulder blade (scapula) can be related to something going on with supporting structures in this area or to something happening in your upper back. Even if this type of pain is fairly localized within your shoulder area, it can still be distracting enough to affect the ability to go about your daily […]

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How Does Knee Hyperextension Affect the Spine?

There’s nothing you can do about the natural aging process that eventually affects your spine’s bones, joints, and discs. However, you can make an effort to avoid certain mistakes with your posture that tend to accelerate degeneration. One of the most common posture-related mistakes that can affect your spine is hyperextending your knees. Hyperextension refers […]

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8 Red Flags to Watch for When Choosing a Spine Surgeon

The decision to have spine surgery can be a source of stress, especially if you’ve already tried several conservative treatments without success. However, a procedure that’s well planned and performed by a qualified individual has the potential to lead to noticeable and much-appreciated improvements in your overall quality of life. However, there are also times […]

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Is Insomnia Caused by Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain isn’t something that always goes away when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep, especially if you’re being treated by a Los Angeles spine surgeon for pain related to your spine or your pain radiates from other parts that tend to move as you attempt to catch some sleep. Muscle-related chronic discomfort […]

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5 Ways to Avoid Spinal Injuries Caused by Distracted Driving

Car accidents are the leading cause of spine-related trauma, which may involve severe muscle strain, fractures, disc damage, and whiplash. A common contributing factor to vehicle accidents that can result in spine injuries is distracted driving. In fact, one study of single-driver crashes found that 98 percent of those drivers were distracted. If you’re looking […]

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Which Is Worse: Back Pain or Pain During Childbirth?

If you’re a woman who has gone through childbirth, you may be inclined to say there’s no other pain in the world that’s worse. However, if you’ve also experienced severe or chronic back pain, you could very well make a case that this type of pain is far worse than the pain associated with childbirth. […]

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How You Can Stop Smoking Prior to Spinal Fusion Surgery

If spinal fusion surgery is in your immediate future and you’re among the nearly 40 million Americans who smoke, use your upcoming procedure as an excuse to kick the habit. The reason for this advice is the fact that the rate of non-fusion (pseudarthrosis) is twice as high for people who smoke. Tobacco products also […]

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Optimizing Your Consultation with a Spine Specialist

You may be apprehensive about going to a spine specialist, especially if it’s your first time being referred to one. However, your initial consultation with a doctor specializing in conditions affecting the spine and its related parts can be productive and beneficial if you make an effort to be as prepared as possible. Keep the […]

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3 Imaging Tests Commonly Used to View the Spine

When you see a doctor about a spine-related problem, you’ll likely undergo a thorough physical examination and be asked to describe your symptoms and give some details about your history with back and/or neck pain. With some issues, such as a neck sprain or muscle spasms in the lower back, this may be enough to […]

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4 Guidelines for Going Back to Work After Injuring Your Back

When a spine-related injury occurs at work, most people have a desire to get back on the job, even if it’s just to avoid too many missed paychecks. While it’s understandable to want to minimize missed work days, pushing yourself to return to your normal routine too soon could do more harm than good. If […]

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