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Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

The most common reason for time off work and for a doctor’s visit is back pain. Virtually everyone suffers from it at some point in their lives, even if it’s only for a short time. For some, though, back pain is recurrent or chronic.

Mar 8th, 2021
Who is a Candidate for Neurosurgery?

It’s a common mistake to think that neurosurgery is “just” brain related. You may see a neurosurgeon any time that you have an injury or disease affecting nerves. Neurosurgery, therefore, treats all parts of your body from head to toe.

Jan 21st, 2021
Is My Disc Herniated?

Back pain is a common problem — a majority of Americans experiencing it at some point in their lives. Herniated discs are frequently the cause, pressing on nerve tissue and creating pain. They might be the reason behind your neck or back pain.

Dec 8th, 2020
Understanding the Sciatic Nerve

Many people blame the sciatic nerve for their back pain, and while it may be the culprit, it can also cause issues anywhere along its length, from the lower back to your feet. Here’s what you need to know.

Nov 10th, 2020
Help! I Pinched a Nerve

It might be pain, it might be numbness, tingling, or weakness, but the symptoms of pinched nerves are rarely welcome. Compression or irritation interferes with the nerve’s normal function, and several areas in your body are particularly vulnerable.

Oct 7th, 2020
Overexercise and Back Pain: When Workouts Cause Problems

A certain degree of pain accompanies some forms of exercise, and this can include back pain. However, there’s a difference between “good” and “bad” pain, and your back is one place where lingering pain is problematic.

Sep 8th, 2020
Aging and Herniated Discs: What's the Link?

Generally, your chances of experiencing a herniated disc in your spine increase with age, since disc degeneration often results from the wear and tear of daily living. Just as your skin loses moisture, so do spinal discs.

Aug 19th, 2020
7 Treatments for Lumbar Radiculopathy

Chronic lower back pain often stems from nerve irritation due to ruptured disks or other narrowing of spaces through which these nerves pass. This condition is called lumbar radiculopathy and it may need multifaceted treatment.

Jul 21st, 2020
Recovering from Spine Surgery: What to Expect

An operation on your spine, even a minor one, is a significant procedure. Recovery times can be long if bone tissue needs to heal, so following your surgeon’s after-surgery care instructions could help you keep your healing time short.

Jun 11th, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About Nerve Blocks

Even if you’re not fond of needles, it’s worth putting your fears aside for nerve block injections for chronic pain. You could experience months-long pain relief, reducing your need to take opioid medications or delaying major surgery.

May 12th, 2020
5 Ways You’re Making Your Back Pain Worse

There’s usually a combination of reasons why you develop back pain, and there’s a very good chance you will, since four out of five American adults experience it sometime in their lives. Some everyday conditions may be adding to your back pain risk.

Apr 27th, 2020
When Does Neck Pain Necessitate Medical Intervention?

Neck pain affects virtually everyone at some point in their lives, and usually, it’s not a serious condition. Soft tissue strains repair themselves in a few days, but there are times when the situation or symptoms require medical intervention.

Feb 12th, 2020
How Weight Affects Your Spine

Excess weight isn’t just a cosmetic issue. Being overweight or obese, especially when you carry fat around your waist, can cause painful back strain. Learn how weight can impact your spine health.

Jan 1st, 2020
Cervical Radiculopathy: A Large Pain in the Neck

Cervical radiculopathy is better known as a pinched nerve, in this case originating in one of the seven vertebrae of the cervical spine. Nerve irritation originating at the spine radiates pain and other sensations along the nerve path.

Dec 1st, 2019
Top Signs You May Have a Pinched Nerve

Is your arm or foot tingling? Pins and needles are just one of the signs of a pinched nerve. Read on to explore the tops signs you may have a pinched nerve.

Nov 1st, 2019
How Does Nerve Pain Differ from Other Kinds of Pain?

Nerve pain typically involves a confusion in the messaging system that runs along the nerves between the brain and body. Causes range from an orthopedic condition to a larger health issue, like cancer or HIV. A variety of treatments can help.

Oct 1st, 2019
Your Neck Pain Could Actually Be Neck Arthritis

Is your neck sore or stiff? If so, it may be arthritis. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available for this very common problem, including physical therapy, medications, cortisone injections, and surgery.

Aug 14th, 2019