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Back Pain Health Center

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  1. Whiplash - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I have surgery for spinal stenosis?

  2. Whiplash - Topic Overview

    What is degenerative disc disease?Degenerative disc disease is not really a disease but a term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you age. Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the interlocking bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist. Degenerative disc disease can take

  3. Low Back Pain: Exercises to Reduce Pain

    Key pointsLow back pain is very common among adults and is often caused by overuse and muscle strain or injury. Treatment can help you stay as active as possible, and it will help you understand that some continued or repeated back pain is not surprising or dangerous.1Most low back pain can get better if you stay active, avoid positions and activities that may increase or cause back pain, use ...

  4. Low Back Pain - Topic Overview

    There is some evidence that heat will help decrease low back pain. There is little proof that cold will help. 1 But some people do find that heat or cold help them. Follow these suggestions if you would like to try heat or cold for low back pain. Heat to relieve low back pain Apply heat for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Moist heat (hot packs,baths,showers) works better than dry heat. Try an ...

  5. Low Back Pain - Home Treatment

    If your child or teen has been diagnosed with mild scoliosis and has a spinal curve of less than 25 degrees, it is important that a doctor check the child's spine every 4 to 6 months to see whether the curve is getting worse.

  6. Whiplash - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I (or my child) have surgery for scoliosis?

  7. Low Back Pain - Exams and Tests

    Lumbar spinal stenosis can usually be diagnosed based on your history of symptoms, a physical examination, and imaging tests. Imaging tests that may be used to evaluate the condition of the spine include: Computed tomography (CT) scan of the spine, which

  8. Opiate Pain Relievers for Acute Neck Pain

    Drug details for Narcotic pain relievers for acute neck pain.

  9. Low Back Pain - Home Treatment

    Lumbar spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal that usually starts gradually and develops over a long period of time. This narrowing can squeeze and irritate the nerve roots that branch out from the spinal cord, or it can squeeze and irritate the

  10. Whiplash - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional to have your child evaluated for scoliosis if: You observe a curve in your child's spine.You notice that something about your child's posture looks unusual, such as ribs that stick out, one shoulder that is higher than the ot

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