December, 2017

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What Causes Neck Pain?

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Neck pain, while often the butt of jokes, is no laughing matter. It can affect your ability to perform even minor tasks if left unchecked. Chronic neck pain can significantly impact your quality of life and your ability to do your job. That’s why it’s essential to find what is the reason for neck pain — and seek a fast, effective solution.

Neck Pain Causes

More than 1 in 10 people have suffered from neck pain within the previous three months, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also reports women are more likely to experience neck pain than men.

Understanding the myriad of neck pain causes makes it easier for you to take preventative steps to avoid neck pain. At the very least, you can determine changes you can make to relieve neck pain once you do experience it.
First, take a look at potential causes of your neck pain, then implement concrete steps to reduce or eliminate their impact.


Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery vs. Open Spine Surgery

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Neck and lower and upper back pain affect just about everyone at some point. When you’re experiencing painful spine symptoms because of back conditions like a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, it can limit your ability to walk, sit and stand, especially for extended periods. The pain you feel can keep you from being able to work or enjoy everyday recreational activities.

If you’re one of those patients whose degenerative spine symptoms haven’t responded to conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, and your pain is chronic, you may welcome an alternative to open back surgery — minimally invasive spine surgery. This type of less-invasive spine surgery offers you many advantages, including a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and less pain. In some outpatient minimally invasive spine surgeries, you may be able to go home the same day following your procedure.

Today, knowledgeable and experienced surgeons combined with advanced technology makes spine surgery less invasive, more effective and highly beneficial to patients with back or neck pain. If your doctor is recommending spine surgery, you can learn more about non-invasive spine surgery to see if it’s a good fit for your condition.