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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 47 weeks ago3236
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?9 years 35 weeks ago2631
A magnetic resonance imaging study shows that I have a gas-filled cyst in my spine. What causes them?9 years 35 weeks ago3076
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?10 years 35 weeks ago2705
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?9 years 22 weeks ago3383
Airbags only work for front-end automobile collisions. What protects us from a rear or side impact?13 years 50 weeks ago2549
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?9 years 10 weeks ago2531
Am I more likely to hurt my back while lifting if the weight shifts or if it’s a sudden, unexpected load?12 years 23 weeks ago2576
Are there any modifiable risk factors for the development of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration?9 years 16 weeks ago2388
Are there any side effects to having an epidural steroid injection in my back?9 years 44 weeks ago3152
Are women more likely than men to injure their backs in college sports events?15 years 45 weeks ago2613
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 45 weeks ago2471
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?11 years 27 weeks ago3255
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?12 years 22 weeks ago2482
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 45 weeks ago2819
Can anything go wrong with having cement injected into your back for disc problems?9 years 13 weeks ago3053
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?12 years 36 weeks ago2675
Can the strength of back muscles actually be measured?12 years 23 weeks ago2465
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 42 weeks ago5839
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.9 years 34 weeks ago3126
Can you tell me what is Castleman disease and what causes it?10 years 37 weeks ago3551
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.?10 years 29 weeks ago2458
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.10 years 13 weeks ago7278
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.10 years 17 weeks ago2486
Do doctors use lasers for spine surgery?16 years 48 weeks ago3153
Do holistic treatments for low back pain improve patients' health?15 years 45 weeks ago2589
Do people seeking chiropractic care for back pain have different problems than people who see medical doctors?15 years 44 weeks ago2899
Do people with low back pain have a harder time getting back to their normal activities than people with neck pain?15 years 45 weeks ago2530
Do special devices to help lift and move patients result in fewer injuries for nurses?16 years 4 weeks ago2901
Do weight lifters ever hurt their backs? How do they lift all that weight without injury?14 years 2 weeks ago2730

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