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Getting to the Nerve (Root) of Spinal Bone Spurs

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Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are small outgrowths of bone that appear along the edges of our bones. Typically, these structures develop over time, usually forming at the joints in various places throughout the body. For example, bone spurs may pop up in the hands, spine, hips, shoulders, knees, feet, and much more. Despite what most…

What is a Compression Fracture?

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Roughly 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and an additional 34 million have low bone mass. Both of these conditions increase your chances of developing a compression fracture by a considerable amount. However, this condition does not affect the genders equally, with 8 of the 10 million osteoporosis patients being women. Vertebral compression fractures (VCF) are…

Healthy Feet 101: Diabetic Foot Care

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Diabetes mellitus refers to several diseases that have negative effects on your body’s use of blood sugar (or glucose). Glucose is important for your health because it constitutes a vital source of cellular energy. Your cells, the “glucose consumers,” compose everything from your muscles to your organs. In addition, glucose serves as one of your…

The 9 Most Common Knee Injuries

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Many people don’t realize how important the knee joint is to their everyday lives until they injure it. After all, the knee enables us to walk, sit, stand, and run. When you suffer a knee injury, it can limit your ability to perform even simple tasks. But, why is the knee so vulnerable to injury?…

Pinched Nerve in Shoulder? Know Your Treatment Options.

Shoulder pain is a very common complaint. And, this discomfort can develop from a variety of different orthopedic sources, such as arthritis, tendinitis, torn cartilage—and more. However, perhaps the most common cause of shoulder pain is a pinched nerve. (In fact, medical experts often refer to a pinched nerve in the shoulder as cervical radiculopathy.)…

Do You Have Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

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Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a common cause of pain in the lower back and legs. As we get older, our spines go through changes. This is known as spinal degeneration, and it happens to everyone. That being said, even though it happens to everyone, not everyone has negative symptoms that accompany it. When our…

What Does A Podiatrist Do?

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We often don’t think about our feet until they start causing us pain. Of course, your feet and ankles serve a crucial role in everyday functioning. After all, your feet help you get to where you need to go. They absorb the shock of your body’s movements. From walking up a flight of stairs to…

The Best Alternative Therapies for Back Pain

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Suffering from back pain can severely limit how you live your life. While resting the area and pain medications may be helpful in the short-term, you know that you’ll need a more permanent solution. Luckily, there are many different back pain treatments. While some methods are straightforward medical procedures, others come from more “alternative” origins….

What Is Cauda Equina Syndrome?

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Common symptoms, such as lower back and leg pain, can have several causes. In many cases, these pain indicators signal a muscle sprain or an injury to our connective tissue. In fact, some back pain simply goes away on its own with rest and conservative treatments. Ice/heat therapy or anti-inflammatory medications may be all that…

Treating Neck Pain from Whiplash Injuries

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Have you recently been involved in a car accident where you were rear-ended or sideswiped? Are you suffering from resultant neck pain and want to find relief asap? Whiplash is the non-medical or colloquial term for this form of injury. In doctor speak, whiplash injuries are sometimes referred to as acceleration-deacceleration injuries or cervical hyperflexion-hyperextension…

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