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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artificial disc replacement vs spinal fusion

Artificial Disc Replacement vs Spinal Fusion – What’s the Difference?

Spinal fusion is one of the most common surgical treatment options for those with severe back pain that has failed to see relief from conservative treatments. Artificial disc replacement has been increasing in popularity as well since gaining FDA approval in the early 2000s. However, the question is, what’s the real difference between these procedures?

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chiropractic manipulation

Chiropractic Manipulation for Back Pain

Chiropractic manipulation is one of the most common health procedures undergone by adults and children in the United States, according to a 2012 National Health Interview Survey.3 It’s a well-known treatment for back pain, and is commonly recommended as an option for alleviating pain. However, many treatments are popular without any real evidence of effectiveness, making it important to be aware of what research shows about this treatment.

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working from home back pain

Protecting Your Neck & Back When Working From Home

As working from home becomes more commonplace, understanding how to maintain proper ergonomics when sitting for eight hours day is also becoming increasingly important. Not only will improper posture lead to pain in areas such as your neck and back, it can also cause long term issues such as degenerative disc disease in the long run. It’s imperative to know how your primary workspace should be set up, what posture you should maintain, and how to properly stretch in order to keep your muscles from building up too much tension.

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How to Protect Your Back When Exercising At Home

Watching your weight and sleeping well are two of the most recommended ways to keep your spine healthy. However, when you’re in the middle of a health crisis and feeling forced to spend all your time in your home, you might start to experience stress and anxiety that may prevent you from sleeping well or lead to unhealthy habits that could cause weight gain. Because of this, exercising will be a very important part of your stay-at-home routine, and you should implement this if it’s not already part of your daily schedule. Of course, it’s also important for you to be aware of the ways you can potentially hurt your back and spine, as well as strengthening exercises, in order to keep yourself safe and in good shape.

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two hands holding tape measure

Staying Connected While Maintaining Social Distance

he length of time that social distance is recommended for becomes longer and longer, it’s natural to begin feeling disconnected, lonely, and maybe even anxious. Without your usual support systems and routines, you can lose your bearings and begin to feel a bit helpless, especially in the face of all this information regarding coronavirus. Finding ways to stay occupied and stay connected with friends and family can help a great deal in easing these feelings and adding some normalcy to an unprecedented time. Fortunately, you have a number of options for staying connected.

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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.

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.

Read More »
artificial disc replacement vs spinal fusion

Artificial Disc Replacement vs Spinal Fusion – What’s the Difference?

Spinal fusion is one of the most common surgical treatment options for those with severe back pain that has failed to see relief from conservative treatments. Artificial disc replacement has been increasing in popularity as well since gaining FDA approval in the early 2000s. However, the question is, what’s the real difference between these procedures?

Read More »
chiropractic manipulation

Chiropractic Manipulation for Back Pain

Chiropractic manipulation is one of the most common health procedures undergone by adults and children in the United States, according to a 2012 National Health Interview Survey.3 It’s a well-known treatment for back pain, and is commonly recommended as an option for alleviating pain. However, many treatments are popular without any real evidence of effectiveness, making it important to be aware of what research shows about this treatment.

Read More »
working from home back pain

Protecting Your Neck & Back When Working From Home

As working from home becomes more commonplace, understanding how to maintain proper ergonomics when sitting for eight hours day is also becoming increasingly important. Not only will improper posture lead to pain in areas such as your neck and back, it can also cause long term issues such as degenerative disc disease in the long run. It’s imperative to know how your primary workspace should be set up, what posture you should maintain, and how to properly stretch in order to keep your muscles from building up too much tension.

Read More »

How to Protect Your Back When Exercising At Home

Watching your weight and sleeping well are two of the most recommended ways to keep your spine healthy. However, when you’re in the middle of a health crisis and feeling forced to spend all your time in your home, you might start to experience stress and anxiety that may prevent you from sleeping well or lead to unhealthy habits that could cause weight gain. Because of this, exercising will be a very important part of your stay-at-home routine, and you should implement this if it’s not already part of your daily schedule. Of course, it’s also important for you to be aware of the ways you can potentially hurt your back and spine, as well as strengthening exercises, in order to keep yourself safe and in good shape.

Read More »
two hands holding tape measure

Staying Connected While Maintaining Social Distance

he length of time that social distance is recommended for becomes longer and longer, it’s natural to begin feeling disconnected, lonely, and maybe even anxious. Without your usual support systems and routines, you can lose your bearings and begin to feel a bit helpless, especially in the face of all this information regarding coronavirus. Finding ways to stay occupied and stay connected with friends and family can help a great deal in easing these feelings and adding some normalcy to an unprecedented time. Fortunately, you have a number of options for staying connected.

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