Health Topics

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Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common health complaints in the U.S. In fact, nine out of 10 Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives.

In The News

Pain Clinic of Northwestern Wisconsin to join Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire

The clinic has provided pain management services at Eau Claire's Luther Campus since 1993.

May 3, 2020

From The Blog

Miles ahead after complex spine surgery

Paul Halbur just wanted to enjoy a walk with his wife, but chronic back pain made this difficult. Read how his neurosurgery team performed a complex 8-hour surgery to eliminate pain and get him walking miles again.

October 16, 2020

Use mindfulness to cope with chronic pain

Mindfulness has become a popular concept. Frequently thought of as a way to manage stress and improve focus, discover the benefits of mindfulness practice.

Amanda Neckar, L.C.S.W. By Amanda Neckar September 25, 2020

Calming your pain: Is it possible?

When you hurt your back, did you know the pain could be caused by any part of your body that is compressed, stretched or has reduced blood flow? Learn how you can calm pain.

Carol Gardner PT By Carol Gardner September 23, 2020

When should I see a doctor about back pain?

About 80% of adults experience back pain at some time in their lives. For most people, it will go away on its own with self-care. So, how do you know when to see your doctor about your back pain?

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer August 12, 2020

Proper posture is important for good health

Lying, sitting, standing and walking with poor posture can put major strain on your body. These suggestions will help improve your posture.

Kevin Hardesty By Kevin Hardesty July 17, 2020

How to strengthen your core

Learn how to strengthen your core — abdominal, pelvic, diaphragm and back muscles — to help prevent back pain.

Denise Grabowski MS PT By Denise Grabowski January 20, 2020

Back surgery gets 'Santa' back on the job

Even Santa Claus can use a little help. After two years of problems, Santa aka Ben Nolt got answers and healing from his expert neurosurgery team. Now, Santa is back in action and bringing joy to thousands of children this holiday season.

December 20, 2019

Back pain basics

The good news: back pain rarely is a sign of something serious. The bad news: Most of us will have back pain at some point. Learn the basics of back pain, how to get relief and when its time to worry.

October 1, 2019

Surgery leads to a happy back, retirement

Jennifer Van Berkum is enjoying retirement and feeling 100% better after her back surgeries. Read about this nurse's path to surgery and how the care team exceeded her high expectations.

September 25, 2019

Do you have good posture?

Good posture can affect how you feel and move throughout your life. Get tips on how to improve your posture today.

September 22, 2019

Exercises for a happy back

Don't let back pain slow you down. Learn how to stretch and strengthen your back properly to keep you moving.

May 21, 2019

Doctor becomes patient: What he learned

Andrew Calvin, M.D., spends plenty of time in a doctor’s office — his own. But he says his eyes were opened when the tables were turned recently, and he became the patient.

July 6, 2018