Does a Herniated Disc Mean Surgery?

Back pain can put a severe crimp in your daily activities. One cause of such pain is a herniated disc, also called a slipped or ruptured disc. A common condition of the lower back that seldom requires surgery, herniated discs are most common in women and men aged 30 to 50 years, although they also occur…

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Getting to the “Core” of Back Problems

According to recent studies, 70–80% of Americans will experience back pain at some time in their lives. For most people, back pain will resolve with conservative treatment. One of the treatment options available is increasing strength and flexibility in what are referred to as your “core” muscles. Lower core muscles are the muscles surrounding your…

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Ankle Sprains: Not All Are Created Equal

A sprained ankle is a very common injury, with approximately 25,000 people—athletes and non-athletes, children and adults—experiencing it each day. An ankle sprain affects the ligaments, tough elastic bands of tissue on the outside of the ankle that connect the ankle bones to each other and protect the ankle joint from abnormal movements, such as…

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How Your Mattress Affects Back & Neck Pain

People who suffer from back and neck pain, particularly when it’s chronic, look to many sources hoping to relieve their discomfort. One frequently asked question is whether the purchase of a special mattress will help to manage back and neck pain. Since a large amount of a person’s time is spent sleeping, a poor mattress can…

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Could Your Arm Pain Be Tennis Elbow?

If your elbow is extremely sensitive to touch on the outside and the pain is greater when you lift or carry heavy things, you may have tennis elbow. Tennis elbow, properly known as lateral epicondylitis, can come from playing tennis, but overuse of the area for any reason can lead to this injury. The pain you…

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