Back pain caused by backpacks

Avoiding Back Pain Caused by Backpacks

Backpacks are an incredibly convenient way for both children and adults to carry the things they need throughout every day. Unfortunately, carrying all these items, while convenient, can place increased stress on your spine, especially if you’re carrying too much and not maintaining proper posture while wearing your backpack. This added stress, especially when placed upon the spine repetitively, can damage your spinal discs, leading to back pain, among other issues.

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What Causes Asymptomatic Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative disc disease isn’t actually a disease. Asymptomatic degenerative disc disease seen in the MRI scans of patients confirms this. In fact, studies have shown that degenerative disc disease as seen in MRI scans isn’t a painful condition. In imaging scans of patients with no back pain, degenerative discs have frequently been found, and the frequency with which degenerative discs are found increases with the patient’s age. So if degenerative disc disease isn’t actually a disease and many people with degenerated discs have no back pain, what causes symptomatic degenerative disc disease?  Asymptomatic Degenerative Disc Disease Studies show that degenerative

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How Alcohol Affects Degenerative Disc Disease

Many people wonder if their alcohol consumption could be worsening their back pain. If you believe that alcohol consumption may be causing your back pain to worsen, continue reading to learn more about the effect that alcohol may have on your back pain.

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Annular Tears, Explained

Spine surgeons finally understand the importance of annular tears, because annular tears cause most disc problems. Annular tears are often the root of spine pain for many patients, and that’s why researchers worldwide feverishly seek to repair annular tears.

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Reasons Facet Joint Injections Fail

Doctors are treating facet joints at explosively increasing rates; so much so that the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG-DHHS) initiated an inquiry. The OIG-DHHS stated there was often a lack of medical necessity or indication for facet joint injections and other facet joint treatments. So what’s behind this growing trend of repetitive facet joint treatments? And why don’t these facet joint treatments work?

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Neck pain

Neck Pain – Is Surgery the Most Effective Treatment?

If you’ve been experiencing neck pain, you may think surgery is your only option for a chance at relief. Before undertaking such a serious decision, it’s important to determine whether surgery is actually the most effective option for treating neck pain. As medical technology improves and our understanding of cervical disc issues expands, more options for treating pain that may actually be more effective are brought to light, and they may be worth considering. How do I know how serious my neck pain is? First of all, it’s important to know when neck pain is a result of something serious,

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Update From Sean G., Discseel® Procedure Patient – Part Two

Sean is a Discseel® Procedure patient who checked in with us last week about his current mountain climbing excursion. His latest update is also from the South Sister mountain of Oregon’s Three Sisters, which he reached the peak of last week. His new update includes a look at Teardrop Pool, the highest lake in Oregon. This lake can be found in South Sister’s summit crater, a crater that is a remnant of the mountain’s volcanic past. Unlike the other two mountains in this formation, South Sister has retained an uneroded conical shape at its peak. The day they reached the

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Three sisters mountains

Update From Sean G., Discseel® Procedure Patient

Sean is a Discseel® Procedure patient who recently checked in to let us know what he’s been up to since his procedure. He climbed the South Sister mountain of Oregon’s Three Sisters, a mountain that is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc. Each of the mountains that are part of the Three Sisters trio rises over 10,000 feet, making these mountains popular among avid climbers.

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Back pain

Treating Back Pain – Annulograms vs. Discograms

If you suffer from back pain, a discogram may have been recommended by your doctor. However, considering that discograms have been known to do more harm than good to spinal discs, it’s worth researching the facts before trusting your doctor’s recommendation at face value.

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smoking and chronic back pain

How Chronic Back Pain is Affected by Smoking

Some people who suffer from chronic back pain tend to turn to nicotine for pain relief, but studies show that smoking actually seems to worsen pain over time. In fact, smokers have been shown to be up to three times as likely to get lower back pain compared to non-smokers.

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Back pain caused by backpacks

Avoiding Back Pain Caused by Backpacks

Backpacks are an incredibly convenient way for both children and adults to carry the things they need throughout every day. Unfortunately, carrying all these items, while convenient, can place increased stress on your spine, especially if you’re carrying too much and not maintaining proper posture while wearing your backpack. This added stress, especially when placed upon the spine repetitively, can damage your spinal discs, leading to back pain, among other issues.

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How Alcohol Affects Degenerative Disc Disease

Many people wonder if their alcohol consumption could be worsening their back pain. If you believe that alcohol consumption may be causing your back pain to worsen, continue reading to learn more about the effect that alcohol may have on your back pain.

Read More »

Annular Tears, Explained

Spine surgeons finally understand the importance of annular tears, because annular tears cause most disc problems. Annular tears are often the root of spine pain for many patients, and that’s why researchers worldwide feverishly seek to repair annular tears.

Read More »

Reasons Facet Joint Injections Fail

Doctors are treating facet joints at explosively increasing rates; so much so that the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG-DHHS) initiated an inquiry. The OIG-DHHS stated there was often a lack of medical necessity or indication for facet joint injections and other facet joint treatments. So what’s behind this growing trend of repetitive facet joint treatments? And why don’t these facet joint treatments work?

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Three sisters mountains

Update From Sean G., Discseel® Procedure Patient

Sean is a Discseel® Procedure patient who recently checked in to let us know what he’s been up to since his procedure. He climbed the South Sister mountain of Oregon’s Three Sisters, a mountain that is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc. Each of the mountains that are part of the Three Sisters trio rises over 10,000 feet, making these mountains popular among avid climbers.

Read More »
Back pain

Treating Back Pain – Annulograms vs. Discograms

If you suffer from back pain, a discogram may have been recommended by your doctor. However, considering that discograms have been known to do more harm than good to spinal discs, it’s worth researching the facts before trusting your doctor’s recommendation at face value.

Read More »
smoking and chronic back pain

How Chronic Back Pain is Affected by Smoking

Some people who suffer from chronic back pain tend to turn to nicotine for pain relief, but studies show that smoking actually seems to worsen pain over time. In fact, smokers have been shown to be up to three times as likely to get lower back pain compared to non-smokers.

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