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What’s That Pain?






Chronic low back pain is challenging for patients because discomfort and limited range of motion can put an enormous dent in the quality of life. Back pain is one of the primary reasons reported for missing work. This problem is challenging for physicians because, to improve comfort and quality of movement, it is necessary to… Read More »


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What Parents Should Know About Scoliosis






Scoliosis is a spinal condition that is often detected during childhood. According to statistics, nearly 3 million new diagnoses are made each year, and those are only in the United States. Because idiopathic scoliosis is so prevalent among children, this is an important topic of discussion. Before we dive in, we also want to clarify… Read More »


Sciatica? Here’s What you Need to Know






Do you suffer the symptoms of sciatica, such as a burning sensation that radiates down your leg, possibly all the way into your foot? Whether mild or severe, sciatica symptoms can keep you from wanting to do much at all. This condition is often related to degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc in the… Read More »


How Smoking Affects the Outcome of Spinal Fusion






Individuals who have suffered a structural abnormality or injury to a segment of the spine, such as a herniated disc, may experience chronic pain that becomes debilitating. In such an instance, spinal fusion may be the logical treatment choice. Fusion involves placing a bone graft of synthetic substitute between two vertebrae (or more, if necessary),… Read More »



Why the Low Back is Vulnerable, and How to Protect it






Some of the most common injuries we see occur in the low spine. There are five motion segments in the small area alone, which is responsible for bending and twisting, among other movements. Not only can the lower lumbar joints (L4 and 5 especially) be injured, say when you lift a heavy object, but they… Read More »



Habits that are Hurting your Neck






If you were asked, you would very likely say you would do all that you could to avoid a neck injury. Most of us would! The idea of chronic pain, headaches, and other uncomfortable symptoms is nothing but unpleasant. What you may not know is just how much some of your daily habits may be… Read More »




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