Spinal Stenosis and Bone Spurs in the Neck


Bone spurs in the neck may cause spinal stenosis but they can also help stabilise the spine and reduce neck pain.

Bone spurs in the neck can be a cause of cervical spinal stenosis and both neck pain and other symptoms such as pain in the arm, shoulder, jaw, chest or head. Although bone spurs may appear to be an undesirable abnormal development in the spine there is often a good reason why they have formed and simply removing them could make neck pain and back problems even worse. Continue reading “Spinal Stenosis and Bone Spurs in the Neck” »

Chronic Pain Medications and Life-Threatening Blood Disorder

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Do you know the risks associated with your back pain medications?

Patients with chronic back pain from conditions such as spinal stenosis may be in danger of developing a life-threatening blood disorder from overuse of Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride extended-release tablets). The US Food and Drug Administration has warned that the prescription pain medication has been linked to a serious risk of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, which could cause kidney failure and death. Continue reading “Chronic Pain Medications and Life-Threatening Blood Disorder” »

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Managing Chronic Back Pain: Spinal Cord Stimulator Unnecessary with Integrative Approach

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Some 89% of patients in this study avoided back surgery with a multimodal approach to pain relief.

Patients with chronic back pain may not need invasive back surgery and implantation of a spinal cord stimulator if an integrative medicine approach is used for their treatment. According to research presented at the recent American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) 23rd Annual Clinical Meeting late last month, a multimodal approach to back pain management could help patients avoid unnecessary back surgery. Continue reading “Managing Chronic Back Pain: Spinal Cord Stimulator Unnecessary with Integrative Approach” »

Spinal Stenosis Treatment – Lifestyle Modifications

Spinal Stenosis TreatmentSpinal stenosis treatment can take many forms, but after confirming a diagnosis, your doctor will likely prescribe a regimen of conservative, or nonsurgical, therapies. Some of the most common approaches for relief of stenosis-related back or neck pain include physical therapy, over-the-counter analgesics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and hot/cold compresses. More targeted pain management techniques include corticosteroid injections, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), ultrasound therapy, and prescription narcotics. Continue reading “Spinal Stenosis Treatment – Lifestyle Modifications” »

Herniated Discs and Cycling

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Filming yourself cycling on a bike trainer can help you check your posture.

Cycling with a herniated disc need not be ruled out in most cases, although it is important to check with your physician prior to beginning or resuming exercise after a back injury. The low impact nature of cycling, and the bent forward posture adopted when cycling, can actually make it an ideal exercise for those with lumbar spinal stenosis, with some caveats. Continue reading “Herniated Discs and Cycling” »