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North American Spine Supports Pain Awareness Month

Every year, North American Spine works to get the word out: September is Pain Awareness Month. Started in 2001 by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) and their Partners for Understanding Pain network, Pain Awareness Month is a chance to have an open, honest conversation about pain and the stigma surrounding seeking treatment. In 2013,… read more

NSAIDs

NSAIDs and Pain Management: What Are the Dangers?

On July 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a safety announcement that made the news all over the world. After a review of new and existing information, they determined that it was time to strengthen the warning labels on a class of painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. The new warning is… read more

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Bearing Back Pain While in the Wild

You feel the urge to become one with the wilderness, to sit around the campfire and take some time to reflect, but you’re afraid that back pain due to a slipped disc or spinal stenosis will keep bringing you back into the real world. Though it’s always best to talk to your doctor before pursuing… read more

Couple biking

Bicycles and Back Pain

Did watching Chris Froome speed across the scenic countryside during the Tour de France inspire you to climb back on your bike? The good news is that even if you have undergone spinal fusion surgery for spondylosis or a herniated disc you may be able to take a ride when your doctor gives you the… read more

HGH

Steroids and HGH Get a Scientific Boost

Steroids and human growth hormones (HGH) have made headlines over the years for boosting athletic performance and therefore giving an unfair advantage to those in the professional sports world. However, a new study is showing that injections of HGH and steroids coupled with physical therapy may prove effective as a treatment for patients with chronic… read more

Opioid drugs

Back Pain and Depression Don’t Mix with Opioid Drugs

The link between depression and low back pain has received a lot of attention lately, as well as the growing opioid drug epidemic. Now, recent research has shed light on a new facet involving all of these elements—the idea that opioid drugs might not be as effective in treating low back pain for those with… read more