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Low back pain

The Great Big Lower Back Pain Problem

It may be you, your dad, or even the person in the cubicle next to you, but someone close to you likely suffers from lower back pain—and research continues to hone in on this prevalent problem. A consortium of more than 1,000 international researchers have contributed to the Global Burden of Disease Injuries and Risk… read more


Talking to Treat Lower Back Pain

“Talking it out” is often a great way to relieve stress and attack obstacles head-on. Though talking with a spouse, boss, or therapist may not solve all problems, getting feelings off your chest and looking at issues from other angles may help any given situation nonetheless. And this very concept was the subject of a… read more


Indigenous Cultures Give Clues for Back Pain Relief

If you suffer from low back pain, you are in good company. Research from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases shows that almost 80 percent of adults experience lower back pain at some point in their lifetime. One acupuncturist from Palo Alto, California believes she knows the cause of—and the answer… read more

Pain Killers

The Problem with Pills for Treating Pain

For years, journalists have written about the addictive effects of painkillers. On June 15, Time Magazine published an article dedicated to that very issue. The cover features a large metal hook poking through a white pill, alongside the words: “They’re the most powerful painkillers ever invented. And they’re creating the worst addiction crisis America has… read more

Fruits & Veggies

Eating for a Healthy Spine

June may bring long days and pool parties, but it also happens to be designated as National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. With farmer’s markets cropping up across the nation with the summer’s fresh produce, there is no better time to fill up on these foods to help reduce the pain and inflammation that comes… read more


Gaming and Minimally Invasive Neck Surgery

As you squabble with your teenager, or husband, to put down the video game controller, you might want your minimally invasive neck surgeon to keep on playing Minecraft or World of Warcraft! Gaming might be killing your loved one’s cervical spine, leading to chronic pain and requiring neck pain treatment. But when surgeons blast away… read more