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15 things to know after hurting your back

If you did something to hurt your back you are now officially like 30%-40% of the U.S. population with low back pain and 15%-20% with neck pain.  This may have been the first time you hurt your back.  On the other hand, you might be like the approximately 60% of people who had a...

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Common causes of back pain

Back pain has a number of causes.  While some of these can get better on their own some can lead to chronic problems.  If you have had pain for some time your doctor can help identify the cause of your pain and start the right treatment.   Here is a list of things in your back that...

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Diet and low-back pain

A good diet is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle.  If you have low back pain, diet becomes even more important.  Here’s why: There is a strong link between weight gain and back pain. The 4th and 5th lumbar discs bear the majority of the weight and stress of the upper...

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Herbal remedies for back pain

Herbs are substances derived from leaves, seeds or flowers.  Herbal remedies are used for their potential therapeutic properties.  Scientists have studied many herbs in order to validate their potential health benefits.  Here’s a list of the most studied substances used for treating...

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How many epidural pain injections do you need?

An epidural injection is not quite the same as what pregnant women use for anesthesia during childbirth.  Epidural refers to the location in the spine in which the injection is taking place.  The nerves that travel through the spine are enveloped by three layers, the most...

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Low back pain after a motor vehicle accident

Low back pain after a motor vehicle accident is common.  In many cases the pain will go away with therapy, or on its own.  In some cases, pain will improve only to flare up again.  In other cases, low back pain will become chronic.  Here are some facts about low back pain after a...

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