Back Pain and Neck Pain Blog

Painkillers Can Sometimes Increase Chronic Pain

While opioid medications are commonly prescribed to help manage pain, long-term use may actually cause an increased sensitivity to pain. Here’s how and potential alternative treatments.

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Essential Items for Back Surgery Recovery

An organized and detailed checklist of items that will help you during your recovery period after a spinal surgery can be of great help.

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The Basics of Back Pain and Spinal Anatomy

For many people, having a clear understanding of the anatomical structures of the spine and how they can cause pain will help you have a better discussion with your doctor.

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5 Unusual Office Chair Solutions to Help Your Back

Sitting in an office chair all day may be hurting your back. Try some of these unconventional solutions to see if they help provide relief.

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How Cervical Selective Nerve Root Blocks Can Ease Neck Pain

A cervical selective nerve root block can help your doctor locate which of your nerves is irritated, and may also reduce pain in your neck, shoulders, arms, and hands.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Spine Healthy and Happy

There are a number of simple things you can try to help keep your spine as healthy as possible. These 5 tips will help you to minimize complications from your back condition and/or prevent future painful episodes.

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The Best Alternative Therapies to Treat Back and Neck Pain

There are many options for alternative therapies to treat back and neck pain, including massage, acupuncture, yoga, and more. A large review reveals which options are the most effective at relieving pain.

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10 Ways to Get Calcium if You're Lactose Intolerant

Learn how to get the recommended daily amount of calcium on a non-dairy, lactose intolerant diet.

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When Do Epidural Steroid Injections Work for Back Pain?

Epidural steroid injections may help reduce inflammation around your spinal cord and spinal nerves.

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Is Piriformis Syndrome the Same Thing as Sciatica?

Both piriformis syndrome and sciatica can cause back pain that travels down your leg. But their causes, typical symptoms, and treatment options differ widely.

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