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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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Banish Neck Pain!

That’s not to say neck pain didn’t exist before the rise of mobile devices – it certainly did, but it often had more to do with specific workplace habits, injuries or disease like arthritis than neck strain brought on largely by recreational activities. If you’re experiencing neck pain, here’s a quick primer on what you […]

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What is a Herniated Disc?

Herniated discs are one of the most common causes of back pain and also a common cause of work absences. But even though they’re responsible for a lot of back pain, many people don’t understand what they are, or what causes them. Here’s a quick overview: Your discs are located between your vertebrae, where they provide critical cushioning to […]

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Fighting Back Father Time

Spinal stenosis is one of the most common age-related back problems. And it isn’t pleasant. It usually results from years of osteoarthritis, a thickening of the body’s ligaments that connect the bones to the spine and a deterioration of the cushioning between discs in the vertebrae – all of which cause the spinal canal to […]

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Is Back Pain Disturbing Your Sleep? Your Heart Could Be at Risk

Studies reveal getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your heart, but if you suffer from back pain, you know how difficult that can be to get a good night’s sleep. In fact, one study found almost 60 percent of people with low-back pain suffer sleep disturbances […]

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Healing Your Back Could be as Simple as Child’s Play

Want a fun way to help relieve your back pain? How about playing some video games? No, not the kind that keep you glued to your seat for hours on end; we’re talking about games played on the Nintendo® Wii™, a console that relies on body movements for its motion-related games. Since its introduction, the […]

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Five Tips to Walk Your Way to Better Back Health

Hippocrates once said, “Walking is man’s best medicine,” and when it comes to the back, he was right on the mark. Walking helps strengthen your core and back muscles and promotes healthy circulation for better joint health. With spring just around the corner (no really, it is), we have a few tips to help get […]

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Guess What was in Bode’s Back?

World-class skier Bode Miller attracted a bit of attention recently when the former U.S. Olympic downhill skier posted a picture to his Instagram account showing the material doctors removed from his back during an operation for a badly herniated disc (Note: The material was dyed blue by the medical staff for illustration purposes). People who […]

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Five Resolutions to Avoid Back and Neck Pain in 2015

The new year has arrived, and with it, a lot of health-related resolutions. If getting rid of lower back or neck pain is on your to-do list for 2015, we have a few simple but effective ways to get the results you want: Sit up straight. Sure, it sounded like nagging when your mom or […]

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