Cervical Disc Herniation (Neck)

"A PINCHED NERVE IN THE NECK" What is it? In between the vertebrae of the neck are cervical discs. The cervical disc serves to cushion the weight of the head while allowing the vertebrae to move. When a piece of the disc escapes through a tear in its thick containment ligaments called the annulus, this is called a cervical disc herniation. Herniations occur into the spinal canal and can compress the spinal nerves or even the spinal cord. Causes M…
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Bone Health Matters

We often don't think about our bones particularly when we are young and healthy. However, the strength of our bones as we grow older depends on how we care for our bones even in childhood. Osteoporosis is the thinning of our bones making us susceptible to fracture. Most people think of osteoporosis as a condition of the elderly. Since bone health starts in childhood, the risk of developing osteoporosis can be a result of decisions made in those e…
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Back Pain Is Not Created Equal

Back pain has many faces and to many people, it can be distressing, disabling or even frightening. Back pain can be due to a strain, degenerative disc disease, a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, a complex spinal deformity, a fracture, or even a tumor. It is clear that back pain is not created equal and effective treatment depends on what's wrong. Almost everyone experiences low back pain at one time or another. In fact, it is o…
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Terrence Crowder, M.D.

Answers for Neck Pain

A natural consequence of aging is degeneration. When this degeneration occurs in the spine, it is called spondylosis (or degenerative arthritis of the spinal vertebra) . Although degeneration can affect any part of the spine and is common in adults, development of pain and disability from spondylosis is far less common. More than 60% of all adults will experience neck pain in their lifetime but only 5% will be disabled by it. Seventy percent of t…
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Aging Spine and Low Back Pain

Back pain is as common as it is enigmatic. An estimated 90% of the population will experience at least one episode of back pain with the vast majority of symptoms resolving within one month. However, for certain people, back pain can become chronic and disabling. There are multiple causes of back pain. These include the muscles of the back, ligaments, nerves and the bony architecture of the spine to name a few. Unfortunately, the normal process o…
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Tips for Preventing Back Pain After Yard Work

While you may smile knowing that nice weather is here, it also means you likely have responsibilities in your yard. Whether you enjoy gardening or not, leaning over and pulling weeds is often strenuous on your back. You may notice you have pain in your back when you weed whack as well. Through these few tips, you can reduce the amount of pain you experience and help prevent worsening a pre-existing back condition. 1. TAKE BREAKS FREQUENTLY When y…
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Suffering Chronic Lower Back Pain? Radiofrequency Ablation Could Help

Lower back red spot
If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, you may have sought various remedies for many years. But many of those treatments fail to solve the painful issues of some patients. The good news is that modern technology is constantly updating, and today you have new options using the latest techniques. One of these treatments you may have heard about, or been recommended, is known as radio-frequency ablation. What is this procedure? How does it affe…
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Dr. Chang on The Doctors

Did you miss the story on The Doctors with Dr. Chang and his scoliosis surgery? Here is your chance to watch it!
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