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 about the death of Ötzi the Iceman 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 Ötzi’s story ended inconclusively or with an inaccurate resolution, until now.  Thanks to Dr. Kevin Pauza’s research, we now know

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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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Explaining Annular Tears

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 Why Facet Joint Injections Fail

Why do facet joint injections fail? Despite their popularity, many patients fail to get pain relief after injections. Dr. Kevin Pauza explains why this may be and why they continue to be popular.

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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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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 »

Explaining Annular Tears

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 »