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A disc in my low back is causing pain. I'm scheduled to have a surgical procedure called interdiscal electrothermal therapy. Will this surgery make my back weaker?16 years 8 weeks ago3068
A magnetic resonance imaging study shows that I have a gas-filled cyst in my spine. My doctor now wants to do a computed tomography scan with myelography, and a discography. Are these really necessary?8 years 48 weeks ago2517
A magnetic resonance imaging study shows that I have a gas-filled cyst in my spine. What causes them?8 years 48 weeks ago2961
About six years ago, I had a steroid injection in my back that worked like a charm. Now that I'm having the same kind of neck pain (goes down my arm), I'm wondering if this could be done to my neck?9 years 48 weeks ago2566
After months of leg weakness but no pain, my orthopedic surgeon referred me to a special clinic for further testing. They found a tumor in my spine. But when they did the biopsy, the report came back as negative (normal). They didn't find anything. I'm still a bit worried. What if there really is something there and they missed it?8 years 35 weeks ago3235
Airbags only work for front-end automobile collisions. What protects us from a rear or side impact?13 years 11 weeks ago2435
All the research that goes into medicine, such as treating chronic pain, seems to result in costly treatments. Do the researchers ever take into consideration how much a treatment will cost before getting people's hopes up?8 years 23 weeks ago2368
Am I more likely to hurt my back while lifting if the weight shifts or if it’s a sudden, unexpected load?11 years 36 weeks ago2451
Are there any modifiable risk factors for the development of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration?8 years 29 weeks ago2258
Are there any side effects to having an epidural steroid injection in my back?9 years 5 weeks ago3009
Are women more likely than men to injure their backs in college sports events?15 years 6 weeks ago2449
As a personal trainer, I see a lot of clients with low back pain. Is there something more than aerobic and strength training that I can do to help them?15 years 6 weeks ago2358
As I get older I'm having more aches and pains. For the last two months I've had back and leg pain that doesn't go away. How do I know when I should see a doctor?10 years 40 weeks ago3115
As part of a new program, I had an electrical device implanted in my spine. It is supposed to help bone growth after a spinal fusion. The implant won’t be removed unless there’s a problem. Does this seem right?11 years 36 weeks ago2368
Both my mother and my father are in their 80s and have had spinal stenosis. My father had spine fusion surgery for this problem. My mother didn't, and they both seem to have about the same amount of pain and trouble getting around. Is there any research to show that this operation really works?11 years 7 weeks ago2698
Can anything go wrong with having cement injected into your back for disc problems?8 years 26 weeks ago2920
Can I talk to my doctor about information I get about my medical condition off the internet? Are doctors up to speed with information on the web?11 years 49 weeks ago2555
Can the strength of back muscles actually be measured?11 years 36 weeks ago2341
Can you tell me what a wedge fracture is? My 88-year-old mother has six wedge fractures of the spine. It's very painful, and she's getting all hunched over because of it. Can anything be done?9 years 3 weeks ago5697
Can you tell me what is a flexion-distraction injury of the spine? We just got word that my brother is in the operating room right now with this problem as a result of a car accident.8 years 47 weeks ago3011
Can you tell me what is Castleman disease and what causes it?9 years 50 weeks ago3417
Can you tell me what naprapathic treatment is? I have a cousin in Sweden who swears by it for his neck pain. Can I get it here in the U.S.?9 years 42 weeks ago2338
Can you tell me what's a dynamic X-ray of the spine? My doctor wants me to have one but I've never heard of that kind.9 years 26 weeks ago6685
Dad has been in a steady decline these last few years. His back really seems to be getting worse and worse. Would a brace of some kind help keep him straight? He's started to get more and more twisted.9 years 30 weeks ago2357
Do doctors use lasers for spine surgery?16 years 9 weeks ago3006
Do holistic treatments for low back pain improve patients' health?15 years 6 weeks ago2467
Do people seeking chiropractic care for back pain have different problems than people who see medical doctors?15 years 5 weeks ago2765
Do people with low back pain have a harder time getting back to their normal activities than people with neck pain?15 years 6 weeks ago2403
Do special devices to help lift and move patients result in fewer injuries for nurses?15 years 17 weeks ago2766
Do weight lifters ever hurt their backs? How do they lift all that weight without injury?13 years 16 weeks ago2609

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