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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.

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.

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.

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?