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Q&A: Pediatric Scoliosis Specialist Dr. Laurence E. Mermelstein

"It is very important that the kids feel involved!” A Q&A with Dr. Laurence E. Mermelstein, M.D, on the importance of a good patient-doctor relationship in pediatric scoliosis patients   As one of the leading experts in managing the care and treatment of pediatric scoliosis patients and as an active member of the premier Scoliosis …

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Protect Your Neck During Summer Activities

By Dr. Sushil Basra The spring and summertime are excellent opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Many of us will take this time to enjoy water activities such as swimming, diving, surfing or simply enjoying the beach. Unfortunately, some of these activities are associated with injuries to our neck (cervical spine). These injuries include fractures (broken …

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7 Habits that Lead to Weak Bones

Our bones can start to lose density at a very early age. Luckily, our bodies are always forming new bone. In our teens and 20s, our bodies form new bone faster than they breaks down old bone. After 30, however, new bone production slows down, and we start losing bone mass. Poor habits can cause some people to lose bone …

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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Balance and Prevent Spinal Fractures

Falling is a common injury. Whether you’re a wobbly toddler or a middle-aged athlete, just about everyone has experienced the pain of a fall. But, as you age, falling is a more serious matter, as it can lead to a neck sprain, back strain, or spinal fracture that can take a toll on your mobility …

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Quitting Smoking Can Ease Back Pain, Aid in Healing

If you have plans to quit smoking in the new year, doctors have an added incentive: It could ease back pain. Drop the pack, improve your back -- that's the message from the North American Spine Society. According to the recent report, smoking can cause severe back pain, which can be fixed by back surgery. However, …

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7 Tips to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

Is exercising more often one of your New Year’s resolutions? Having trouble getting started? If you’re not already a fitness buff, it can be difficult to begin — and stick to — a new workout routine. But there are several ways to set yourself up for success. Try these seven science-backed tips for exercise motivation. 1. CHANGE YOUR MINDSET …

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What to Do When Lower Back Pain Slows You Down

Lower back pain afflicts approximately 80 percent of the population at some point in their lives, and is responsible for $50 billion in healthcare costs every year. The semi-good news is that lower back pain is usually not a sign of a serious medical problem, such as arthritis — more often, it’s an artifact of lifting your kid one too …

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Poor Posture Hurts Your Health More Than You Realize: 3 Tips for Fixing It

Didn’t listen when your mom nagged you to sit or stand up straight? You should have. If you’re a serial sloucher, you can probably trace your neck and shoulder pain, stiffness, and aching back right back to your posture. Ignoring advice on good posture can affect your health overall, and set you up for neck and …

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Facts Every Young Professional Should Know About Back Pain

What do you do when it becomes recurrent or severe? Do you rush to the hospital? Take painkillers and retire early or assume and carry on with your daily activities? What really causes back pain? The same way people don’t go to the hospital when infected with the common cold is the same way people …

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Diabetes and Spine Surgery: What You Need to Know

If you have diabetes and will undergo spine surgery, you need to make special accommodations to ensure a successful surgery and recovery. People with diabetes are at a higher risk for certain issues, such as infection and slower healing. Fortunately, you can take steps before and after spine surgery to reduce the potential for these …

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