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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

Harnessing the body’s cells to help relieve neck pain

Posted by Paul Boone, MD on Mar 28, 2018 10:06:34 AM

An emerging, leading-edge treatment combines surgery with the regenerative power of stem cells to relieve chronic neck pain.

I have been using adult stem cells as a part of anterior cervical discectomy with fusion (ACDF) surgery for about three years. I’ve found that the combination is highly successful in relieving patient neck pain. The procedure isn’t as widely used as you might expect, considering how effective it is.

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Topics: ACDF, neck pain