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I've just taken over the management of a garbage collection agency. There have been many back injuries on the job this year. What can I do to reduce this?13 years 22 weeks ago1171
I'm seeing a physical therapist for low back pain that started two weeks ago. The treatment doesn't seem to be focused on getting rid of the pain. Shouldn't that be first?14 years 4 weeks ago1171
I've been told that surgery might help me with my severe back and leg pain from stenosis caused by spondylolisthesis. Just what kind of surgery are we talking about?11 years 15 weeks ago1171
Six months ago, I had a spinal cord stimulator put in my spine to control chronic and severe back pain. At first I got great relief. My pain went from a 10 down to a two or three. Now it's back up to a five. What happened?12 years 18 weeks ago1172
I've been looking into the new artificial discs for low back pain. I tend to have allergies to dyes, foods, and metals. Would I have a problem with an artificial disc? Are they made of metal?14 years 1 week ago1173
I've had two lumbar discs removed and need another. Is there a disc replacement available yet?14 years 33 weeks ago1173
I'm having some serious back problems at work. The doctor suggested physical therapy but my health insurance doesn't cover PT. Is it worth it to pay out-of-pocket for this service?12 years 26 weeks ago1173
I've heard that disc replacements are possible now. What are my chances for getting one of these?12 years 3 weeks ago1173
I hurt my back on the job last week. The occupational physician at our worksite has encouraged me to keep working and stay active. My own family doctor advises rest and avoiding any movement or activities that make the pain worse. Now I don't know what to do. Which way should I go?11 years 13 weeks ago1173
I hear they've finally come out with a disc replacement for the low back. I've had my knee replacement for almost 20 years. What took so long?13 years 27 weeks ago1174
My aging mother has severe back and leg pain from stenosis. She's tried drugs and exercise with no improvement. Can't they put her in the hospital and do something like traction? Maybe just getting off her feet and resting would do it.13 years 6 weeks ago1174
I went with my father to see the surgeon about his ongoing back pain. The doctor suggested putting cement in the spine to glue together a fracture in his low back area. The doctor said the glue could leak. Is that a bad problem?12 years 29 weeks ago1174
I just started going to a pain clinic for chronic low back pain. The first day I took a test called the Pain Self-Efficacy Questionnaire or PSEQ. What does this tell them about me?12 years 23 weeks ago1174
My husband had a disc replacement in his low back two weeks ago. The surgeon wants him to continue with physical therapy, but he doesn't like to exercise. Will it really make a difference if he quits now?11 years 41 weeks ago1174
Other than pain in my back, what are some of the symptoms for a back injury and is there anything that would tell me I should be worried?11 years 39 weeks ago1174
My wife is going to have a lumbar spinal fusion with titanium mesh cages. Afterward, she will wear a brace. What’s the brace for and how long is this needed?13 years 33 weeks ago1175
I'm thinking about having lumbar disc surgery. What are the success (failure) rates for this operation?15 years 45 weeks ago1175
I saw an ad looking for back pain patients to join a survey about patient satisfaction. I can't help but wonder just what is patient satisfaction?13 years 23 weeks ago1175
I've been exercising on my own after finishing a back rehab program for an injury six months ago. The therapist gave me balance exercises to do. I get on my hands and knees and lift one leg and the opposite arm. I really hate doing these. Are they important enough to keep in the program?14 years 29 weeks ago1175
I live in a large city with several teaching hospitals around. I've been to several doctors in different clinics for my problem with back pain. Every one has a different idea of what to do. I can't help but wonder if I lived out west in a small, rural town, what kind of treatment would I get there?12 years 45 weeks ago1175
I've heard that workers' comp patients who have back surgery don't do so good. Is it because they are on worker's comp or because of the kind of back problem they have? I'm in a similar situation myself, and I'd like to know what to expect.12 years 5 weeks ago1175
My doctor has suggested I try aerobic exercise to help with my chronic low back pain. I've never really exercised much. What do I do to get started?11 years 44 weeks ago1175
If I have injured my back in a work accident, does that mean it's easier for me to hurt my back again?11 years 35 weeks ago1175
I have benefited from trigger point injections in the past. Is it worth having them repeated for my chronic low back pain?10 years 46 weeks ago1175
Is it OK to drive after selective nerve root block in my lumbar spine?10 years 24 weeks ago1175
My husband has been having low back pain constantly for the last six weeks. The MRI showed an intradural lipoma. What is this?13 years 42 weeks ago1176
I've heard there's a way to tell if fusing the low back will help reduce pain by using screws into the spine. Can you tell me more about this?13 years 33 weeks ago1176
I'm scheduled for lumbar surgery to remove the disc and replace it with an artificial one. The doctor is going to go through the front of my body to get to the spine. How safe is this operation?14 years 12 weeks ago1176
Two years ago I tried radiofrequency treatment for my low back pain. It worked pretty well. Now I have pain down lower. Can I have this treatment again?14 years 29 weeks ago1176
I'm going to have surgery on my back and my doctor said he would be using implants. What type of implants do they use and how do they work?11 years 29 weeks ago1176

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