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Why Is a Spinal Cord Tumor So Hard to Diagnose?

Spinal cord tumors are rare — so rare that primary spinal cord tumors account for only half of one percent of all diagnosed tumors. The rarity of a typically benign primary spinal tumor that originates in the spine also makes a spinal cord tumor difficult to diagnose. Why? Because the earliest spinal cord tumor symptoms are similar to symptoms of other more common back conditions.

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What To Do For Spinal Cysts That Won’t Go Away

Spinal cysts are not a common condition of the spine, but they can be a source of back pain for some people. A cyst is a small, closed sac that can develop anywhere in the body and may form for any number of reasons. A cyst may contain air, fluid or semi-solid material. Many times, cysts go entirely unnoticed because they do not cause any symptoms.

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The Benefits and Expected Results of Arthrodesis (Joint Fusion)

If you suffer from arthritis that causes joint pain or disability, you are not alone. Arthritis affects nearly one quarter of all adults in America and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. There are more than 100 different types of this common cause of joint pain and discomfort, and it affects people of all ages, genders and ethnicities.

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What is the difference between minimally invasive spine surgery and open spine surgery?

The term “minimally invasive” is frequently used in healthcare, but many patients don’t fully understand the differences between a minimally invasive and traditional or “open” procedure. If a doctor has recommended spine surgery to treat your back pain, a minimally invasive procedure may be an option.

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5 Tips to Improve Spinal Health

Back pain is one of the most common ailments among adults and a top contributor to missed work among U.S. workers. In fact, about 80 percent of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime.

It may seem inevitable, but the reality is that our lifestyle and habits can play a major role in our overall spine health. Making choices today to take care of your spinal cord health (back and neck) can help reduce the chances that you will experience back pain in the future.

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FAQs About Cervical Disc Replacement

The cervical spine — the part of the spinal column commonly known as the neck — is comprised of seven bones called cervical vertebrae. Between the vertebrae lie cervical discs, which, much like the discs found throughout the rest of the spine, act as a cushion between the vertebrae and absorb shock, allowing the neck to move freely.

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What Steps Can a Young Adult Take Now to Avoid Back Pain in the Future

Did you know that the most common source of back pain is an injury caused by simply performing an everyday activity, such as lifting a box off the floor, the wrong way? Most of us will experience low back pain at some point in our lives, whether it be minor or severe. The good news is that preventing back pain isn’t difficult, and young adults who take the right steps now can prevent chronic back pain in the future.

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Can Back Pain Ever Go Away On Its Own?

Back pain can range from merely annoying to debilitating, but even when it’s truly painful, it may not necessarily be caused by something serious or require medical treatment. In fact, in about 90 percent of cases, back pain will actually resolve on its own.

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Overcome Back Pain with This Furniture

Got back pain? Your aching back may be more the result of your daily lifestyle than a serious underlying condition. Do you spend most of your day sitting at the office? Do you wake up with a stiff, sore back every morning? Are you getting enough exercise?

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