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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Golf Is More Than a Leisure Activity

By Dr. Thomas J. Dowling Golf can be enjoyed by all at almost any age. The game affords a way of getting outside and spending quality time with friends or family, or for some, time alone. The handicap system acts to level the field for competition as well. Unfortunately, golf is often viewed more as …

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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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Chronic Back and Neck Pain’s Close Connection to Insomnia

If you have chronic back or neck pain and struggle with sleep, you might assume it’s the pain keeping you from sound slumber. Seems obvious, right? But the connection between chronic pain and insomnia is more complex than you may think. As many as two-thirds of people with chronic pain have sleep disorders, and researchers …

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Healing Power of Man’s Best Friend—and Cats, too

Here are some ways that our four-legged friends can help us to live better with chronic pain. 5 Ways Pets Can Relieve Chronic Pain 1. Animals make us feel less stressed. Even if you aren't passionate about pooches, research has shown that just 10 to 15 minutes of petting a dog reduces the amount of …

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5 Overlooked Ways to Relieve Back Pain

Back pain affects a large portion of the population. Approximately eight out of 10 people will experience this common medical condition at some point in their lives. Though it’s common, it’s notoriously uncomfortable and sometimes hard to treat. Common methods of intervention include prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, spinal injections and, in severe cases, surgery. These methods help patients find …

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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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Don’t Let Pregnancy Be a Pain in Your Back

Back pain during pregnancy is no laughing matter, as any mom-to-be with back pain can attest. Many pregnant women are told not to worry and that the pain will eventually pass, which it sometimes does without intervention. However, while it may be common to have low back pain during pregnancy, it doesn’t mean it should …

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