4 Common Causes of Annular Tears

Your spine is a very important part of your body, allowing you to have the mobility you need to get through day to day activities. This is also why your spinal discs are incredibly important. However, spinal discs can easily develop annular tears. In fact, just about everyone who has aged beyond their teen years likely has annular tears. It is possible to avoid the development or worsening of existing tears by understanding the common causes of annular tears.

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Kevin Pauza, M.D., Reconstructs Ötzi the Iceman’s Final Days

Research findings in the relatively new field of Regenerative Medicine have allowed spine expert, Dr. Kevin Pauza to define previously unknowable details of Ötzi the Iceman’s death 5,300 years ago.  Many people learned of Ötzi the Iceman through news articles, a feature movie, or documentaries from National Geographic, the Smithsonian, or PBS NOVA. However, all these commentaries have failed to correctly define one of the most intriguing aspects of the Iceman: how his life ended. Every version of Ӧtzi’s story ended inconclusively or with an inaccurate resolution, until now.  Thanks to Dr. Kevin Pauza’s research, we now know the truth

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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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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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4 Common Causes of Annular Tears

Your spine is a very important part of your body, allowing you to have the mobility you need to get through day to day activities. This is also why your spinal discs are incredibly important. However, spinal discs can easily develop annular tears. In fact, just about everyone who has aged beyond their teen years likely has annular tears. It is possible to avoid the development or worsening of existing tears by understanding the common causes of annular tears.

Read More »
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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