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Pain Management Spotlight: Intrathecal Pain Pumps

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As the name somewhat suggests, intrathecal pain pumps deliver medication directly into the spinal cord. Doctors accomplish this via a small pump that they place underneath the skin of the abdomen via minimally invasive spine surgery. This pump interacts with a catheter to deliver the medication to the area surrounding the patient’s spinal cord. The…

Artificial Disc Replacement: A Minimally Invasive Solution to Back Pain

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People often refer to spinal discs as the “shock absorbers” of the spine. This makes a lot of sense because these discs are essentially sponge-like partitions that are wedged between each vertebra of the spine. As we all know, mechanical systems with a lot of moving parts tend to wear down over time. Not only…

Cold Laser Therapy: Harnessing Light Energy to Relieve Joint Pain

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Cold laser therapy (CLT), also known as photobiomodulation therapy or low-level laser therapy (LLLT), uses wavelengths of light to treat a variety of ailments. These wavelengths interact with the affected tissues in order to achieve accelerated healing. Doctors may use this treatment for patients who suffer from either chronic or acute conditions. The ultimate goal…

How Can a Coccygectomy Specialist Help Me?

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Are you suffering from pain or tenderness at the bottom of your spine? Tailbone pain, otherwise known as coccydynia, can make everyday activities painful and difficult. Luckily, you have options, including minimally invasive coccygectomy, to help reduce the pain and get you back to doing the things you love. Understanding the Tailbone At the base…

What is Arthrocentesis or Joint Aspiration?

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If you’re suffering from joint swelling or pain, then your doctor may suggest a procedure called an arthrocentesis. Sometimes known as joint aspiration, this procedure involves using a needle and syringe to remove fluid from a swollen joint. In many cases, this procedure only takes a few minutes to perform. And, it is rarely associated…

Best Joint Supplements for Arthritis Pain Relief

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Are you suffering from arthritis pain? If so, you may be wondering about natural remedies that can help to lessen the pain. After all, some pain medications harbor nasty side effects and others have even been deemed to be habit-forming. Finding the right supplements for you may reduce the use of these costly—and potentially dangerous—medications….

5 Basic Types of Shoulder Arthroscopy

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Shoulder problems can limit you from participating in the activities you love the most. In addition, shoulder pain can affect your job performance, making simple tasks—like lifting a bag of groceries—painful. While some people who deal with shoulder pain benefit from conservative treatments, like resting the area or physical therapy, others may require more extensive…

What Does Sciatica Feel Like?

woman receiving chiropractic care for sciatica

Branching down the path that leads between your lower back and into each leg exists the sciatic nerve. If you experience pain that radiates along this area, then you may have a condition known as sciatica. In most cases, these symptoms are only felt on one side of the body (a symptom known as unilateral…

October Sepsis Awareness: Spinal Infections

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Infections occur when bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms invade the body. Some infections clear up on their own. Unfortunately, some can cause severe or even life-threatening conditions. Compared to the common cold and flu, spinal infections are relatively rare. When someone gets a spinal infection, however, some form of treatment is often necessary. Use this…

The ABCs of Disc Pain: Annular Tears, Bulging Discs, & Collapsed Discs

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The spinal column has several components working together to ensure that your neck and back function properly. It serves a vital role in your body’s protection and functioning. A healthy spinal column allows you to stretch, bend, lean, and rotate. It also helps you maintain your balance and posture while protecting the spinal cord. Problems…

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