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Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common health complaints in the U.S. In fact, eight out of 10 Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Symptoms include muscle ache, shooting or stabbing pain, pain that radiates down your leg and limited flexibility or range of motion of the back. Get tips to manage your pain, and know when to see your health care provider.

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Decompress and stabilize: Understanding types of back surgery

If nonsurgical treatments have failed to improve stress, strain and pain in your back, surgery may be the next option. Learn about the two categories of back surgery and when each is recommended.

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer May 20, 2022
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Complex spine surgery helps Belinda Purdy walk again

Debilitating hip and low back pain was keeping Belinda on the sidelines. A two-part spine surgery realigned her spine, relieved her pain and got her moving.

Navid Khezri MD By Navid Khezri April 22, 2022
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Q&A: Surgery for low back pain

Most people with back pain don't require surgery, but there are situations when it's the best option. Get answers to 7 FAQ about low back surgery, including signs that it may be necessary.

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer November 11, 2021
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7 common low back pain FAQ

About 4 in 5 U.S. adults experience back pain, with symptoms ranging from a minor inconvenience to debilitating. Read answers to 7 FAQ about low back pain.

October 28, 2021
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Pain, pain go away: Back pain causes, solutions

About 80% of adults experience temporary back pain. But if the pain lingers, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. In this webinar, two neurosurgeons discuss the causes of back pain and when to seek medical care.

October 22, 2021
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Back pain self-care tips

Almost 80% of adults say they have experienced back pain. Follow these steps to protect from further injury and ease your pain.

Kendall Snyder, M.D. By Kendall Snyder September 9, 2021
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Surgery to correct scoliosis helps Pat Druckenmiller move again

After avoiding surgery for 24 years, pain from arthritis and scoliosis made it difficult for Pat to walk. Learn how neurosurgery stabilized her spine and eliminated the pain.

August 25, 2021
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Sciatica and radiculopathy: Peculiar names for shooting back, leg pain

Sciatica causes sharp, shooting lower back pain spreading down the leg. Learn about treatments and when to see your health care provider.

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer July 9, 2021
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Feeling off balance? A nerve condition may be to blame

Balance issues, which can make you feel dizzy or unsteady, may be caused by damage to your central nervous system. Learn how and what can be done to steady your balance.

Meghan Murphy MD By Meghan Murphy June 2, 2021
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6 most common types of chronic pain treated by neurosurgeons

Nearly 100 million Americans experience chronic pain, ranging from back pain to headaches. Read about the most common types evaluated and treated by neurosurgeons.

Navid Khezri MD By Navid Khezri April 12, 2021
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Blood platelet therapy relieves Lynda Bird's hip pain

Activity was limited by chronic hip pain until Lynda received a regenerative medicine treatment called platelet rich plasma therapy. Now she's setting goals for spring.

February 18, 2021
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8 tips for managing chronic pain

Got pain? Get 8 tips to help you help you have the best function and quality of life possible.

December 18, 2020