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Miguel Cabrera’s Bad Back: An MLB Success Story

What is a herniated disc? First, let’s take a step back to better understand the spine. Your spine is a column, divided into 3 major sections:  cervical (neck),  thoracic (upper back)  and  lumbar (lower back) spine. Each section is made up of bones, called vertebrae. The vertebrae are separated by fibrous discs. The discs act as cushioning for the […]

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Discuss and Understand Back Pain with Your Doctor

This blog post has some technical terms in it but bear with us. After reading through this article you should be better equipped to discuss and understand back pain with your doctor! Overview The complete human spine contains 33 vertebrae total, with 7 in the cervical region, 12 in the thoracic region, 5 in the […]

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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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7 Tips to Stop Breaking Your Back at Work

Did you know back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work? In fact, it’s the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Often, research shows, work itself can be the cause. Sitting still at a desk day after day can result in serious […]

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3 Reasons to Consider Minimally Invasive Back Surgery

Minimally invasive surgical procedures are now available for most types of back problems that require surgery. If you are struggling with pain and discomfort but cannot risk a long-term absence from work, there may be help available to you. Minimally invasive procedures work through smaller incisions, creating numerous benefits for the patient. If your medical […]

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Sciatica Attacks: What Do They Mean?

If you’ve ever suffered from any of the symptoms associated with sciatica — or if you’re suffering from them right now — you know how debilitating it can be. The cause of your sciatica could be any of a bewildering variety of potentially serious problems. Fortunately, we know how to isolate the specific reason for […]

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What’s New in Spinal Fusion?

When it comes to spinal fusion surgery, most people are familiar with why the surgery is performed – to provide greater stability to an area of the spine that’s become damaged or unstable from disease or injury; but most men and women are unaware of the wide variety of fusion procedures that are available today […]

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What’s New in Spinal Fusion?

When it comes to spinal fusion surgery, most people are familiar with why the surgery is performed – to provide greater stability to an area of the spine that’s become damaged or unstable from disease or injury; but most men and women are unaware of the wide variety of fusion procedures that are available today […]

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