degenerative disc disease treatments

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatments: What You Should Know

You may be familiar with many degenerative disc disease treatments, but you may not know why these treatments fail to provide relief for so many patients living with degenerative disc disease. The reason? These treatments are unable to treat the true cause of degenerative disc disease. But what is this true cause of degenerative disc disease and its associated pain? Annular tears, which are tears or cuts that develop in the outer part of the spinal disc. If enough tears develop or become large enough, the inner part of the spinal disc may begin to leak out. This jelly-like part

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chronic lower back pain icd 10

Chronic Lower Back Pain ICD 10: Everything You Should Know

Many patients learn about chronic lower back pain ICD 10 due to the prevalence of chronic back pain among US adults. Chronic lower back pain is actually one of the most common causes of disability in adults younger than 45 years old. This is a condition that is incredibly common but can have very devastating effects on a person’s quality of life. Back pain also keeps many adults from working, as it’s one of the most common reasons cited for missing work. In fact, as many as 10-20% of working-age US adults report living with persistent back pain. A 2015

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herniated disc surgery

Herniated Disc Surgery: What You Should Know

Herniated discs don’t always cause pain. In fact, some people develop herniated discs and never feel any painful symptoms as a result of them. This is because most herniated disc pain is not caused by physical pressure of the herniated disc on nerves. Unfortunately, herniated disc surgery is designed to release this pressure rather than treat the true cause of pain, making it ineffective for treating most herniated disc cases. Keep reading to learn more about what really causes herniated disc pain and what makes common surgical procedures unsuccessful for most patients. The Basics of a Herniated Disc What is

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annular tear treatment

What’s the Most Effective Annular Tear Treatment?

If you’re an adult over the age of 18, the odds are that you most likely have annular tears in your spinal discs. Annular tears develop in just about everyone because they’re a natural part of aging. Because of this, they don’t always cause any symptoms or pain. However, for some people, annular tears will lead to debilitating back or neck pain that may affect their quality of life. This is why it’s no surprise that anyone suffering from pain caused by these tears is in search of the most effective annular tear treatment.  Acute vs. Chronic Pain Pain caused

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degenerative disc disease surgery

Why Degenerative Disc Disease Surgery Doesn’t Work

If you or someone you know are living with degenerative disc disease and haven’t gotten relief from conservative treatment methods, surgery was probably the next recommendation. Degenerative disc disease surgery is generally how this condition is treated when methods like exercise, physical therapy, or medication fail to provide relief.  The problem is that surgery is rarely able to provide lasting relief from degenerative disc disease pain. In this article, we’re trying to find out why this is so commonly the case and if degenerative disc disease surgery can’t treat this condition, what can? The Basics of Degenerative Disc Disease Just

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treatment for herniated discs

Discectomy – Is There a Better Treatment for Herniated Discs?

Discectomy is one of the most common forms of treatment for herniated discs. However, as with other forms of spine surgery, there are many risk factors involved in discectomy. In addition to this, patients must consider the success rates, recovery time, and the long-term effects of discectomy. What is a Discectomy? A discectomy is a procedure performed as a treatment for herniated discs. Other names for disc herniation include a slipped disc, bulging disc, or prolapsed disc, but these terms are inaccurate and are not interchangeable with disc herniation. Most of the time, herniated discs don’t cause symptoms. In reality,

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second opinion before spine surgery

Why You Should Get a Second Opinion Before Committing to Spine Surgery

Getting a second opinion before spine surgery is incredibly important for patients to make sure that they’re getting the best treatment for their condition. The problem is that while most patients who have been recommended surgery want to get a second opinion, very few actually do. It’s common for patients to feel that getting a second opinion means that they’re second-guessing their doctor’s expertise. The truth is, getting a second opinion makes you a more active and informed patient. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommends seeking out a second opinion before spine surgery. Seeking a

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problems with spine implants

Spine Implants: Minimally Invasive, Traditional Risk

Spinal implants are commonly used to treat spine issues and many procedures involving them are minimally invasive. However, having something implanted in your spine is not as simple or risk-free as you may have been led to believe. There are problems with spine implants and because Dr. Pauza wants his patients to be informed, we’ll be discussing them today. About Spinal Implants Before discussing the problems with spine implants, we’ll explain the different types of implants and what they’re typically used for. Spinal implants are usually used for a few different reasons, such as assisting in the fusion of two

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Why is Ineffective & Unnecessary Spine Surgery So Common?

Despite clinical trials and studies showing that spine surgery isn’t beneficial for patients, it has become more common. In fact, when compared to non-surgical treatment, spinal fusion does not provide significantly better outcomes for patients. So why does unnecessary spine surgery continue to take place? The decision of whether or not to undergo surgery is serious and should never be taken lightly. If you’re suffering from back or neck pain and have been told surgery is your only option, research your options. Make sure that spine surgery is truly the best option for your specific situation. Factors Contributing to the

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