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Four Facet Joint Facts

Diagram showing location and anatomy of facet joints; blog: 4 Facet Joint Facts

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…

Why Medical Imaging is Essential to an Accurate Diagnosis

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According to the New England Journal of Medicine, medical imaging is one of the top advances in the field of medicine in the past 1,000 years. There is no equivalent tool available for seeing inside the human body, without actually cutting it open. Benefits of Medical Imaging for Spinal Conditions Medical imaging has revolutionized theRead More…

Spinal Trauma: When to Consult a Specialist

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Spinal trauma, or a spine fracture, is caused by a sudden blow or injury to the vertebrae from incidences such as car accidents, falls and sports injuries. If you think you have experienced a spinal trauma, you should consult a specialist immediately to prevent further damage. Signs and Symptoms There are five sections of theRead More…

What Are the Different Types of Imaging Tests Available?

Performing imaging tests is an important part of diagnosing medical conditions. If you suspect you have a condition because of the symptoms you’ve experienced, imaging tests by a doctor can help you determine whether or not it’s present. Since there are various types of imaging tests available, let’s dive deeper into several of the mostRead More…