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What You Need To Know About Herniated Discs

When it comes to herniated disks, there are a few things you should know: A herniated disc is found in the structure of the spine. Discs sit between the vertebrae in the spine, acting as a cushion between the individual bones. When an individual is diagnosed with a herniated disc, it means something is wrong […]

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What Are Stem Cell Injections and How Do They Work?

Stem cell injections are a cutting-edge medical procedure that uses the body’s own healthy stem cells to regenerate and repair diseased spinal tissue. Microsurgical Spine Center was the first to perform this procedure for back pain in the state of Washington. You may have heard of the controversy of embryonic stem cell treatment, but at […]

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When Back Pain is a Spine Compression Fracture

Have a nagging feeling in your back? Is it just stress or something worse? The National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that approximately 700,000 people in the U.S. each year experience spine compression fractures due to osteoporosis. Here’s how to know when your back pain is a spine compression fracture. Recognizing the disease is the first step to […]

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The Connection between Back Pain and Smoking

Forty-two million Americans smoke cigarettes. On November 19, the American Cancer Society will hold the Great American Smokeout’s to encourage smokers to kick the habit for good. Need another reason to quit? Studies show that smoking contributes to chronic back pain. According to new research, smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to suffer from an […]

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The Best Sleeping Positions for Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain

Counting sheep not doing the trick? The position you sleep in can have a significant impact on chronic pain. If you roll out of bed in the morning with aches and pains, consider these sleep suggestions: Back pain? If you’re a fan of sleeping on your back, your lower back arch may increase pressure on […]

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The Role of Physical Therapy in Controlling Your Back Pain

April is Occupational Therapy Month, so it makes sense to kick off the month with a quick review of the many benefits of physical therapy when it comes to managing back pain and regaining strength and mobility, especially during the post-surgical period. The idea of occupational physical therapy is to make sure the body is […]

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Back Pain Mythbusting: The Real Scoop on Causes and Treatments

Millions of men and women – and even teens – suffer from back pain, so it’s no wonder there are a lot of misconceptions about what causes it and how to treat it. Here’s a list of some of the most common myths surrounding back and neck pain: • Sit up straight. While good posture […]

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