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Misdiagnosis and the Limitations of MRI

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MRI scans can be a valuable and effective tool when diagnosing things like spinal injuries and other conditions that affect the spine. However, it’s important to recognize the limitations of MRI before you accept a diagnosis and make a treatment plan. What is an MRI? MRI is short of magnetic resonance imaging. This is aRead More…

5 Things to Do Before Having Spine Surgery

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Getting spine surgery is a big decision for many people who suffer from back pain. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases recommends that back surgery should only be an option if all other treatments have not worked. However, for some people, the reward is greater than the risk because surgery willRead More…

10 Habits for Good Spine Health

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Being mindful of our everyday spine health can prevent chronic back pain and improve our overall well-being. Unfortunately, back pain is one of the most common reasons adults will see their doctor behind the common cold. About 80% of adults have experienced back pain in their lifetime.  Spine health is critical to our ability toRead More…

Four Facet Joint Facts

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Millions of Americans experience some sort of back pain every year. One common cause of back pain is osteoarthritis (OA), also known as wear and tear arthritis or degenerative joint disease. According to the CDC, OA affects over 30 million adults in the US. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the facetRead More…

Neck Pain: Do You Need to See a Doctor?

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Most people experience aches and pains in the neck sometimes. Sleeping in the wrong position or straining a muscle during exercise can cause pain and discomfort, but the injuries are not always serious. However, there are times when you should see a doctor about your neck pain. When you need to consult a doctor dependsRead More…

What is Causing My Lower Back Pain?

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According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, lower back pain affects up to 80% of the U.S. population at some point in life. Pain in the lower back, or lumbar spine, may be caused by an acute injury or a chronic spine condition.  One of the most common causes of pain inRead More…

Diagnosing 4 Common Spine Conditions

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Back pain is an extremely common issue that can be caused by a variety of conditions. Orthopedic or neurological doctors often work with radiologists to properly diagnose these conditions. The primary physician will get a medical history and perform a physical exam, and the radiologist will perform imaging tests based on the suspected condition. BelowRead More…