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40 Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Back Surgery

This list of 40 questions to ask your spine surgeon before surgery will help you feel better prepared and more confident as you prepare for your procedure.

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5 Exercises for Upper and Middle Back Pain

Here are 5 exercises to stretch and strengthen the soft tissues in your upper and middle back, also known as the thoracic spine.

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Understanding Lower Back Anatomy

Understanding the anatomy of your lower spine will help you communicate more effectively with your back care providers.

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6 Tips to Have a Productive Doctor’s Visit if You Have Sciatica

The information, details, and facts that you describe to a doctor about your sciatica plays an important role in making an accurate diagnosis. Use these 6 helpful tips to communicate your symptoms more effectively during your visit to the doctor.

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First Aid for Intense Pain from a Pulled Lower Back Muscle

Learn about proven treatments that you can employ at home to reduce the pain from your pulled lower back muscle and also promote healing in the process.

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Is My Neck Pain Caused by a Simple Strain or Something Else?

When neck pain strikes, you may wonder if it's the result of a muscle strain or something more serious, like a problem in the cervical spine. Here are some clues to help you figure it out.

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5 Little-Known Tips for Lumbar Herniated Disc Pain Relief

Learn 5 of the lesser-known approaches available for addressing pain caused by a lumbar herniated disc.

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3 Lower Right Back Pain Symptoms That Require Immediate Medical Attention

Injury to certain important structures in your lower back may cause alarming symptoms that must be treated on an urgent basis. Read on to learn about 3 such red-flag symptoms.

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7 Tips to Protect Your Lower Back

Your lower back has a unique anatomy made up of different types of tissues, including bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. Here are 7 commonly overlooked tips that can help protect and stabilize your lower back.

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2 Sciatica Symptoms That Require Immediate Medical Attention

There are rare sciatica-related symptoms that may indicate a severe injury to your spinal nerve roots and/or your spinal cord. Read on to learn about two such symptoms that require immediate medical attention.

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