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Do You Have Cervical Spinal Stenosis?

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Cervical spinal stenosis occurs when an abnormal event, such as a herniated disc, causes the spinal canal in the neck to narrow. Your spinal canal is a hollow tube that runs through each successive vertebra of your spine. More importantly, however, your spinal canal houses your spinal cord. If this small, 18-mm passageway becomes constricted…

Conquering Coccydynia, aka “Tailbone Pain”

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What is Coccydynia? Coccydynia is the medical term for tailbone inflammation. And, in the jargony language of doctors, your tailbone is referred to as your coccyx. The suffix -dynia means pain. Hence, the term coccydynia translates to coccyx pain. A triangular group of 4 fused bones, your coccyx forms the bottom-most portion of your spine,…

Travel Hacks to Manage Back and Neck Pain

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It’s finally May… which means that vacation season is almost here! 10-hour flights to Europe and cross-country trips to stunning national parks are just around the corner. But, for people who suffer from chronic neck or lower back pain, planning for vacation can seem like a logistical nightmare. Even if you don’t suffer from claustrophobia, planes,…

Women and Knee Pain: Why Do Women Have More Knee Pain Than Men?

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Women and Knee Pain: A Statistical Reality Women are 2 to 8 times more likely than men to suffer from knee pain, and from knee injuries, in particular. Although there are many proposed reasons for this, let’s first look at the specific types of knee problems that women tend to sustain: ACL Injuries: 10% of…

Overcoming the Back Pain and Insomnia Loop

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Alarming Back Pain & Insomnia Statistics A leading cause of disability in the U.S., 8 out of every 10 Americans will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. And, of the working population, 1 out of every 2 employees will complain of back pain within a given year. But, that’s not all. With…

What is Radiofrequency Ablation for Nerve Pain?

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What Does “Radiofrequency Ablation” Mean? Radiofrequency Ablation, or RFA, goes by many names: Rhizotomy, Radiofrequency Neurotomy, or Lesioning. But, don’t let all of the fancy terminologies fool you. The procedure is actually quite simple. In fact, the gist of the procedure is embedded in the name. Ablation means to remove by means of intense heat…

8 Chiropractic Services You Didn’t Know Your Chiropractor Offered

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What Does A Chiropractor Do For Lower Back Pain? Doctors of Chiropractic Medicine (DCs) don many different hats during the course of their careers. However, for most of us, going to the chiropractor means one thing: having our necks and backs adjusted. During a chiropractic adjustment, a DC uses spinal manipulation to realign the bones…

5 Types of Malignant Spinal Tumors

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What is a Malignant Spinal Tumor? A malignant spinal tumor occurs when an abnormal growth of the spine spreads to nearby tissues, organ systems, or parts of the body. When a non-spreading or “benign” tumor becomes malignant, doctors upgrade the status of the tumor to “cancerous.” Although cancers of the spine are rare, slightly less…

6 Orthopedic Issues Associated With Diabetes

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The Endocrine & Skeletal Systems: It’s All Connected. A complex set of systems and processes make the operation of the human body possible. The circulatory, skeletal, nervous, and digestive systems represent just a few of these structures. However, despite their differentiation, these systems do not actually function in an individual bubble. Many, if not most,…

How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Wrist Pain

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The Dark & Narrow Carpal Tunnel The Carpal Tunnel is not some elusive tunnel through a mountain somewhere. It’s actually an important anatomical passageway formed by the bones, ligaments, and tendons in our wrists. Why so important, you ask? This small passageway allows for the travel of not only essential ligaments, but also, your median…

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