You can only live with pain so long before you start researching out-of-the-box ways to relieve it. While spinal cord stimulation may sound unusual, it’s a proven technique that can alleviate your chronic pain. Here’s how to tell if you qualify.
When spinal stenosis, scoliosis, or disc problems cause unbearable pain that conservative treatments can’t help, spinal fusion can. Here’s what you can expect during the days, months, and years following spinal fusion surgery.
Physical therapy is the key when you need to rehab an injured leg or get your shoulder back into throwing condition. But if you’ve never considered PT for chronic pain, you’re missing out on one of the best-kept secrets — PT can stop pain.
If your child has scoliosis, you know their spinal curve can lead to physical problems, but the impact may be more than what meets the eye. Here’s how to spot the signs that scoliosis is affecting them mentally and emotionally.
Pregnancy is a joyful, life-giving miracle, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. From morning sickness and swollen ankles to risks of complications, the journey has bumps in the road — and sciatica may be one of them. Here’s what you need to know.
Hunchback, dowager’s hump, round back, or kyphosis — whichever name you use, it means the same thing: you’ve got a spinal problem. Here’s how you can prevent or stop its progression so you stand straight and tall.
There’s no shortage of advice out there when it comes to your health, but most of it focuses on diet and exercise. So it might surprise you to hear that bad posture can actually damage your spinal health. Here’s the connection.
You may slouch when you’re tired or blue, but if you can’t stand up straight when you want to, you may have kyphosis, a forward spine curvature. Among the several causes, the culprit may be osteoporosis — here’s the connection.
Does your head and neck seem to hurt all the time? Your chronic headaches might be more than a pain in the neck. They might be coming from that neck pain. Learn about this specific type of headache in this quick guide.
Some back problems don’t go away with conservative treatments. If your condition calls for surgery, you may be a candidate for lateral interbody fusion, which is much less invasive than traditional surgery. Here’s what you need to know.
Your neck injury happened in an instant, but the pain of whiplash can linger long afterward. How long? Does anyone really know? And what can you do about persistent neck pain? Keep reading to find out.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a classic tale about a man with a woefully misunderstood condition called kyphosis. But today, we know much more about this debilitating problem and how to treat it. Could kyphosis happen to you?
You’ve been lifting things your whole life without a problem, then suddenly — zing — your back screams in pain. Find out why lifting is one of the most common causes of back pain and how you can avoid it.
When your daughter reaches her teen years, you have plenty to worry about — college apps, curfews, friend groups, and driving to name just a few. Do you need to worry about scoliosis, too? Here’s what you need to know.
Your neck is susceptible to strain, sprain, and pain, and modern medicine can do a lot to alleviate your discomfort. But that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. For a full recovery from your neck condition, you need to pick up a few good habits.
If you need surgery to treat a painful condition, the last thing you want is to endure surgical pain as well. Minimally invasive surgery can reduce your post-op pain and deliver several other benefits that you may not know about. Find out more here.
Your back is killing you, and you may be to blame. How could that be true? Find out what you’re doing to put your spine in danger and your back in pain, so you can take better care of yourself and enjoy life.
When your spine snakes into an S-shape rather than a straight line, it changes your posture, your appearance, and your life. There are several treatments that correct scoliosis, including spinal fusion. Find out if it might help you.
From rounded shoulders to an outright hunchback, a noticeable forward curve in your spine may be cause for concern. Called kyphosis, this condition may lead to serious health problems if you don’t get it fixed. Here are your treatment options.
Do you experience numbness or weakness in the legs? We all go weak in the knees when we fall in love or face our fears. But when leg weakness sticks around, it’s time to find out why. Read on to learn more.
When it comes to your spine, the less poking and prodding the better. While traditional open surgery may be best in some cases, we may be able to correct your spinal problem with a far less-invasive technique. Find out if you’re a candidate.
What started as a nagging ache has become debilitating back or neck pain, and nothing seems to help. Chronic back and neck pain can demand a more permanent solution. Could it be time to consider spinal fusion? Here’s what you need to know.
There goes that shooting pain in your arm and/or hand again, and you instinctively grab it and begin to rub for relief, but you may be massaging the wrong body part. Find out how a neck problem can cause hand pain and what to do about it.
You’ve tried prescriptions, physical therapy regimens, and countless other treatments, and still, you live with back or neck pain from sunup to sundown. When it feels like there’s no end in sight, it’s time to consider facet joint injections.
Healthy bones are strong and rigid, but age and other factors can rob them of their density, making them weak and susceptible to fractures — especially in women. Learn more about how to keep and build your bone strength.
Pain has a purpose — it alerts you to danger and protects you from further injury. But when it outlasts its usefulness, you may need to intervene. Learn how spinal cord stimulators run interference between pain and your brain.
Having back problems with pain? You’ve heard the term “herniated disc,” so you figure it has something to do with your spine, and you know it causes back pain — but how do you know if it’s happened to you?
The cause of your sciatica may be out of your control, but you have the power to keep it in check or make it worse every day. Find out which habits are triggering your sciatica flare-ups so you can avoid them for better living.
A hunchback, a dowager’s hump, poor posture — call it what you will, but the technical term is kyphosis. Do you have to worry about it happening to you? Find out about what can raise your chances of getting kyphosis.
It can trigger pain far from its source, it has many possible causes, and the symptoms range from mild tingling to shocking pain — your sciatic nerve can be a mystery. Here are the basics about this super long nerve and the facts you need to know.
If your upper back is beginning to slump like the Hunchback of Notre Dame, you may have kyphosis. But even if yours isn’t that extreme, the signs are there, warning you to get early treatment. Here’s what you need to know.
Do you require surgery to correct a spinal issue? When it comes to spine surgery, less is more. That is to say that less cutting could mean a more expedient recovery. Explore how minimally invasive spine surgery could benefit you.
COVID-19 has made us question everything. What’s safe? What’s healthy? And if you have spinal issues, you may be wondering how to proceed with your treatment and even your pending surgery. Here’s what you need to know.
Your ability to stand, walk, bend, and twist relies on a stick-straight spine. But if yours is curved because of scoliosis, these activities become difficult or impossible. Here’s some straight talk about this progressive condition.
When you first hear that your child has scoliosis, multiple emotions swirl in your brain: worry, fear, and even guilt. You may be wondering if you could have prevented it. Rest easy — here’s what you need to know.
Does your child have one shoulder higher than the other? Uneven hips or one especially pronounced shoulder blade? These may be signs of scoliosis, a curved spine. If so, it’s important to get it diagnosed and treated now. Here’s why.
Sudden, intense pain can stop you in your tracks. And chronic, nagging pain can bring you to a slow halt. Both make it impossible to stay active. But pain management techniques can get you back into action.
Are you experiencing severe neck pain, but aren’t sure what could be causing it? There are a number of common causes that can lead to neck pain, and no matter what’s causing yours, it’s important to seek a medical diagnosis and get help.
You might think that sciatica is just another word for back pain, but it actually includes a variety of painful symptoms, including leg pain, numbness, and lost balance. Read on to learn more about sciatica and when to get medical treatment.
If you are living with back pain, invasive spinal surgery isn’t always an option. But you’re not out of luck. There are a number of surgery-free options that may help. Continue reading to explore five options that could lessen your pain.
Is your confidence destroyed because of a hunchback appearance? Do you often see your reflection and wish you had better posture or a more aligned spine? Kyphosis may be the undiagnosed cause of your woes.
Surgery is sometimes the best option for addressing certain painful spinal conditions. By reducing surgical trauma, minimally invasive surgery can speed healing and get you back on your feet much sooner than traditional surgery.