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Ease Back Pain by Reducing Inflammation

Posted by Erasmus Morfe, DO on Oct 22, 2019 7:54:00 AM

If you have back pain or neck pain, we offer a range of therapies, including rehabilitation, injection therapy, and spine surgery. But it’s what you do outside of our offices every day that might be the best complementary treatment and offer you the most lasting pain relief. That’s because what you eat, how you move, and when you sleep can have an effect on inflammation and back pain.

Chronic Inflammation Is the Enemy

Inflammation is the body’s immune response to an infection, irritant, or injury. When any part of the body is damaged, the immune system sends lots of extra blood cells to the area to protect it and aid in its healing. Those extra blood cells are what cause wounds to become red, hot, and swollen. Once the injury heals, the inflammation goes away.

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Topics: back pain, inflammation

Denver Neurosurgeons Expand Non-Surgical Spine Care Treatments

Posted by NeurosurgeryOne on May 31, 2019 5:00:03 PM

NeurosurgeryOne, Denver’s most comprehensive brain and spine care practice, has expanded its non-surgical and pain management spine services by adding physiatry services. Physiatry is the use of non-surgical treatments aimed at restoring function, reducing pain, and improving quality of life for patients.

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Topics: back pain, Denver spine surgeon, pain medications, spine specialist, injections for back pain, expert spine neurosurgeon, nonsurgical spine treatment

For pain caused by nerve damage, see a neurosurgeon

Posted by Paul Boone, MD on Aug 7, 2018 2:00:00 PM

For pain caused by nerve damage, see a neurosurgeon

If you’re bothered by chronic pain in your arms or legs, you’ve probably thought a lot about how to get rid of that pain. You might have wondered what caused it. But you may not have considered that the cause of your pain may offer clues about the best way to relieve your pain.

For example, if your pain is caused by a tight or pulled muscle, or osteoarthritis, your primary care physician or an orthopedic specialist, such as an orthopedic spine surgeon, may well be able to treat and resolve your pain.

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Topics: back pain, neck pain, spine specialist, neurosurgeon

Is Your Cellphone a Pain in the Neck?

Posted by Adair Prall, MD on Jul 17, 2018 3:34:00 PM

Is Your Cellphone a Pain in the Neck?

Cellphones have changed our lives in a multitude of ways – many of them good, some not so good. Many neurosurgeons are adding a new item to that not-so-good category: text neck. Doctors report an increasing number of patients complaining of upper back and neck pain, and many are diagnosing it as “text neck”, the result of too many hours spent bent over a screen and texting.

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Topics: back pain, neck pain

Next vacation, leave back pain at home

Posted by Adair Prall, MD on Jul 5, 2018 11:58:28 AM

Summer means warm, sunny days and, with any luck, a vacation getaway. But for people with back pain, the prospect of hours sitting in a car or on an airplane – not to mention hauling heavy luggage around – can be daunting.

Tips for traveling with back pain

Before you board the plane or get behind the wheel, consider these potentially back-saving strategies.

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Topics: back pain, neck pain

Steve Kerr Aside, Spine Surgery Works in Right Cases

Posted by South Denver Neurosurgery on May 30, 2017 9:40:52 AM

Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr may be successful and widely admired for his abilities as a coach and a player. What he may not be is a guy you want to take medical advice from.

Kerr, head coach of arguably the season’s best NBA team, is sitting out the Warriors’ 2017 playoff run. He was sidelined by complications stemming from a spinal fluid leak after a 2015 surgery for a ruptured disc. But the 51-year-old coach and former player did not go quietly onto the bench. In April, he publicly advised anyone with back pain to “stay away from surgery,” and stick to physical therapy instead.

 

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Topics: spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, degenerative disc, back pain, Denver spine surgeon