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Pregnancy is supposed to be a joyous time, but many women don’t feel that way. That’s because they’re gaining an extra 20–30 pounds (or more!), which is putting all this stress on the back. Back pain during pregnancy is actually quite common, with 50% of all expectant mothers experiencing back pain to some degree. Ten percent of pregnant women experience...

Many people struggle with osteoporosis, which causes bones to become brittle and weaken. Due to the weakening of the bones, fractures are quite common. In many cases, fractures occur in the spine. These are most commonly referred to as spinal compression fractures, although they are also called osteoporotic fractures and vertebral fractures. Spinal compression fractures cause significant back pain for patients....

If you have constant pain in the lower back, you may have a condition called degenerative disc disease. This may seem scary, but the good news is that the pain can be managed without surgery. Degenerative disc disease is often caused by wear and tear or an injury to the lower back. It is actually more common than you think. Among...

We’ve all experienced pain at some point. Most of the pain we experience goes away rather quickly. Unfortunately, however, many people suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain happens after an injury and continues for at least six months. Some people deal with chronic pain for many years. It can affect you physically and emotionally, but the good news is that...

If you’ve dealt with chronic back and neck pain for years, it’s time to do something about it. Painkillers and steroid injections haven’t worked, so what’s next? You may be a good candidate for an innovative medical technology called radiofrequency ablation. Radiofrequency ablation can provide long-term pain relief if your pain is caused by inflammation in the facet or sacroiliac joints....

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that typically affects the elderly and those who have suffered serious injuries to the knees, hips, hands or back. The most common symptoms are joint stiffness and pain. Exercise, medication and weight loss can help relieve pain and improve mobility. Symptoms of Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis tends to result in pain, especially later in the day after significant use....

We’ve all experienced pain from time to time – a fall onto the ground, a burn from a hot pot, a major headache, a stubbed toe, even a paper cut. It’s normal to have pain when you’ve injured yourself. That’s your body’s way of telling you someone if wrong. But if your injury has healed and you’re still experiencing pain...

Instead of treating your pain with prescription drugs – which offer only temporary relief – you may want to consider special injections. Many of those suffering from pain in the spine and lower back are finding relief with facet injections and medical branch blocks. A facet block consists of an injection that contains both an anesthetic and steroid, so you feel...

If you have osteoporosis, it’s important to be gentle with your body. Osteoporosis makes bones brittle and fragile, increasing the possibility of compression fractures and cracked vertebrae. These cracked bones often heal on their own within three months. In some cases, however, the healing process takes a little longer and causes significant back pain. The good news is that there...

Unfortunately, pain plagues a vast number of Americans – 50 million, to be exact. If you’re one of those people, you may feel that relief is out of reach. You may feel as though you’re destined to depend on pain medications for the rest of your life. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are now clinics that...