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I saw a science program on back pain caused by disc herniation. Most of the studies were done on rats and dogs. How can this help us understand human injuries?13 years 33 weeks ago1565
I saw a special on TV about the new titanium cages for spinal fusion. How do they know these really work?13 years 32 weeks ago1496
I saw a special on TV where they are using tiny staples implanted in painful points to help people with chronic neck or back pain. How long do they have to keep the staples in? Do they stay forever? Fall out on their own?11 years 22 weeks ago1447
I saw on a science TV show that new discoveries are being made about the nerves to the backbone. What are some of these?13 years 42 weeks ago1708
I see in the newspaper they are advertising these new artificial discs for the spine. Can I have more than one disc replaced at a time? Or do I need a separate surgery for each one?13 years 44 weeks ago1432
I see they have disc replacements now. I had a spinal fusion years ago before these things were on the market. Does it ever happen that the spine fuses itself anyway when an artificial disc is used?13 years 44 weeks ago1372
I seem to have a very slouched posture no matter what I do. Is this because I'm tall (6'4") or just a family trait? I see the same posture in my father and my son.13 years 44 weeks ago1597
I think I've gotten into a bad cycle with my back pain. It hurts when I move so I stopped exercising. The less active I am, the stiffer I get. Now I'm afraid to even try some things. Help! How do I get off this merry-go-round?12 years 49 weeks ago1447
I took a pre-operative tour at the hospital this morning in preparation for my upcoming spine surgery. The neurosurgeon is planning to use a special virtual machine to guide the screw placement. Is this new fangled technology really safe?11 years 12 weeks ago1417
I took my 16-year old daughter in to the clinic for back and leg pain. I was expecting to see her regular pediatrician but we saw the physical therapist instead. When I asked about this, the therapist told me she was trained to spot any red flags that would suggest we see the doctor. What are these red flags?11 years 37 weeks ago1887
I understand different exercises are used if the spine has too much motion versus too little motion. Is it possible to have both problems at the same time?13 years 13 weeks ago1434
I understand that a disc replacement is a better option than a fusion because it saves the motion in the spine. But if I have a disc replacement, do I get my full motion back? I'm not sure how much motion I have now. I'm hardly moving at all because there's so much pain.9 years 8 weeks ago3290
I used to be on estrogen replacement, but I'm not anymore. I've heard that estrogen can cause back problems after menopause. Am I at risk, even though I stopped taking estrogen five years ago?16 years 45 weeks ago1670
I was a horse-racing jockey for 10 years and never had an injury. I quit the sport, but now I'm having a lot of pain in my low back. Is this normal?17 years 26 weeks ago2048
I was recently diagnosed with several small fractures in my back. The doctor called these vertebral compression fractures. I have had bone mineral density tests. Now, I am scheduled for a bone scan to count the total number of fractures. Why is this necessary?16 years 40 weeks ago1583
I was scheduled to have a spinal fusion. Then I got a call from my surgeon's office. Now I'm supposed to have a full-scale psych exam. Is this standard or does the doctor suspect I'm off my rocker?10 years 46 weeks ago1591
I was thinking about having an artificial disc put into my neck. But now I hear the Chinese have perfected the human transplant of disc material. Would I be eligible for the transplantation instead of an artificial replacement?11 years 16 weeks ago1545
I was told I have disc degeneration, but have no back pain. Is this possible?11 years 2 weeks ago1456
I was told that I have disc degeneration in my low back. How can my doctor know this?11 years 2 weeks ago1473
I went in for a routine chest X-ray and found out I have three vertebral fractures. I didn't even know I had them. How is that possible? I don't really have a high tolerance for pain.11 years 17 weeks ago1652
I went to a spine center for help with some chronic back pain I've been having. They asked me to fill out a form for some national spine network. I didn't do it because I don't want to get a lot of junk mail. What's the purpose of these surveys anyway?13 years 18 weeks ago1541
I went to see a chiropractor for neck and shoulder pain. The treatment was done to the middle of my back and I felt much better. What's the connection?12 years 9 weeks ago1578
I went to the local clinic for a problem with low back pain. I saw a physical therapist who examined and treated me. I did get better but I'm just wondering: shouldn't a doctor have seen me first before sending me to therapy? What if I had something seriously wrong?11 years 37 weeks ago1534
I went with my husband to the surgeon who is going to do a spinal fusion on him. They are going to use bone from along the back of his pelvic bone for the graft. We had to sign a lot of papers telling us over and over that the donor site could cause problems. Is this really such a big problem? Should we find a different surgeon?11 years 18 weeks ago1575
I went with my sister to the hospital after we had a bad car accident together. I don't know why, but it was clear to me that she wasn't telling everything she knew. For instance, they asked if she had ever been treated for neck or back pain before. She said no even though I know she is currently seeing a chiropractor and a physical therapist. Why don't people tell the truth about these things?9 years 50 weeks ago1920
I work on an assembly line placing 20-ounce water bottles in cardboard boxes. When the box is half full, I pick it up and move it to a different conveyor belt. I think the muscles on one side of my spine are getting over developed from this. Is this bad?13 years 22 weeks ago1796
I'd like to see the best expert for acupuncture to treat my low back pain. I've already tried manipulation with a chiropractor. It didn't really seem to help that much. How do I figure out who the expert is? In our community, we have a board certified anesthesiologist who also does acupuncture and the chiropractor I've been seeing who has experience in acupuncture.10 years 39 weeks ago1600
I'm 32-years old and have had scoliosis since I was 12. I did exercises and wore a brace all through high school. Once I stopped growing, I stopped doing anything. As I get older, I notice my back bothers me more. Would a brace help me now?11 years 40 weeks ago1725
I'm a nurse working with a group of health care professionals in a pain clinic. Most of our patients have chronic back pain. We've been asked to put together a good way to measure results before and after treatment. I have two standard tests I'd like to use. Is there a certain amount of change we should use to signify a positive (or negative) response to treatment?11 years 4 days ago1629
I'm a person who really believes in exercise for everything. I hurt my back at work last week. After a few days of rest, I thought I'd be back to full speed. But I'm still gimping along. What kind of exercise should I do for this?11 years 6 weeks ago1459

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