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What Causes Spinal Stenosis and What You Can Do About It

Dis­cov­er the facts about lum­bar spinal steno­sis, a com­mon degen­er­a­tive con­di­tion of the low back that caus­es pain, impinges your nerves, and can make walk­ing an uphill chal­lenge. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Sciatica, Part 2: Not All Sciatica is Alike. Don’t Overlook This Important Clue

There are two basic types of sci­at­ic nerve pain. Dis­cov­er the dif­fer­ence, and you’ll be bet­ter pre­pared to help your doc­tor get to the root of your prob­lem. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Sciatica, Part 1: How Your Body’s Brilliant Design Keeps You Free of Sciatic Pain Almost All the Time

Patients often ask me why they have sci­at­ic pain or anoth­er prob­lem. First things first — you can’t under­stand why you have pain until you appre­ci­ate how your body effort­less­ly keeps you out of pain near­ly all the time. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Vitamin D for Pain

We’re learn­ing that vit­a­min D plays a cru­cial role in many inter­nal body process­es, and that defi­cien­cy con­tributes to mus­cu­loskele­tal pain. Near­ly any­one with back pain or chron­ic pain should con­sid­er the prob­a­bil­i­ty that vit­a­min D defi­cien­cy is con­tribut­ing to his or her prob­lem. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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How unnecessary Xrays, mri’s and ct scans make you stupid

Much has been writ­ten about the enor­mous costs and health risks asso­ci­at­ed with unnec­es­sary MRI’s and CT scans. But there’s a third impor­tant rea­son to avoid these tests. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Biopsychosocial Model of Health

Doc­tor and patient expec­ta­tions about back pain can dif­fer sharply. Before you get frus­trat­ed with your doc­tor, or wor­ry that he or she doesn’t under­stand you, learn about the biopsy­choso­cial mod­el of health that doc­tors in the know apply to the issue of back pain. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Yoga Moves for Back Pain?

Yoga can pro­vide lots of ben­e­fits if you have back pain. Learn tips on find­ing a good teacher and avoid­ing some of the pos­si­ble pit­falls. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Simple Gluteal Stretch Eases Back Pain

If you’ve been reg­u­lar­ly prac­tic­ing the exer­cis­es described in Dr. Lavine’s Top Five Exer­cis­es for Your Low Back, your low­er spine has prob­a­bly made a lot of progress. Still, you might need some­thing extra to achieve max­i­mal results.

What’s the most impor­tant exer­cise I’ve left off my short list? Stretch­ing the pir­i­formis mus­cle. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Cardio Conditioning for Back Pain

Prop­er exer­cise is crit­i­cal to alle­vi­at­ing low back pain and keep­ing it from com­ing back. Exer­cis­es for core sup­port and spine lim­ber­ing are well-estab­lished modal­i­ties in the war on back pain. But what about the spe­cif­ic effects of car­dio­vas­cu­lar con­di­tion­ing on the low back?

Can low back pain suf­fer­ers help them­selves by hit­ting the tread­mill? Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Five Steps to Take When Back Pain Strikes

When back pain strikes, you’ll know some sim­ple steps to help you get out of pain quick­ly. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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