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What Central Sensitization Is and How It Contributes to Chronic Pain

Chronic pain throughout the back, spine, and nervous system is one of the most prevalent medical issues, and depending on the type of pain and its source, it can require constant management through medication and treatment. Pain itself is a tricky aspect of the human body, as it is the most significant contributor to disability […]

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What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

If you’ve ever experienced a moment of excruciating pain while brushing your teeth, applying make-up, or performing some other mildly stimulating act involving your face, you may be experiencing Trigeminal Neuralgia. The severity of this condition can increase over time, with these pain sensations happening more often and lasting longer. Thankfully, treatment options exist that […]

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Why is My Hand Numb?

Most people, throughout their life, have experienced hand pain. Overusing from repetitive tasks, an accident, or exposure to extreme temperatures can cause hand pain. However, if that pain is accompanied by numbness, a tingling sensation, and a weakness that has disabled you, then an underlying medical condition may be at hand. Those with hand numbness […]

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What is Neuromodulation and How Does it Help With Chronic Pain?

Those who struggle with chronic pain often experience a debilitating struggle that makes it challenging to enjoy social events and time with their loved ones. Ongoing research seeks to help these patients find relief from their pain and regain some or all of their quality of life. Nearly 20% of all Americans suffer from some […]

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Is There A Relationship Between BMI and Back Pain?

Obesity is a condition that has been known to have multiple detrimental effects to our health, including playing a role in colon cancer, diabetes, coronary heart disease, even high blood pressure. Considering the amount of strain carrying extra weight puts on our bodies, it should come as no surprise that obesity has been identified as […]

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How to Effectively Describe Back Pain With Your Spine Surgeon

Spine professionals are always looking for the right disorder or condition to match the symptoms their patients describe, but because back pain can be a difficult condition to diagnose and treat, many times, treatment plans tend to treat the symptoms, rather than focus on the actual cause. For patients in need of pain relief, describing […]

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Why Does My Back Hurt?

Frequent complaints of back pain are heard by doctors today, with lower-back pain outranking all others in the number of complaints. Your spine is central to the way your body moves, and pain in the spine is prone to affecting any other action you may take. Why each patient is experiencing back pain varies, but […]

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Why Does My Back Hurt

Your spinal column plays an important role in almost all forms of movement, so it’s not surprising that back pain is one of the most common complaints received by doctors. In addition to being your body’s primary form of structural support, it’s flexibility is essential to day to day life. The back pain that concerns […]

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How Epidurals Work

When a new child is arriving on its way, it’s an exciting and nerve-wracking time for new parents. However, if you’re new to birthing a child, learning what the birthing process entails can much prepare you towards the big push to the next part of your life. For expecting mothers, the prospects of what lies […]

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Medical Marijuana And You

Medical Marijuana has been becoming increasingly available throughout the United States, including our own state of Pennsylvania. Also known as MMJ, medical marijuana has been showing incredible promise for a seemingly endless variety of concerns. It has been shown to be particularly effective in controlling pain and anxiety in many patients, and some success has […]

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Tips For Treating Nerve Pain

Your nerves are essential to your healthy functioning, delivering important messages about pain, temperature, and balance to your brain from all parts of your body. When you’re experiencing nerve pain it can range from small aches to debilitating pain that leaves you unable to function. The effects of nerve pain go beyond the feelings of […]

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What Is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a method of controlling various aspects of your body’s functioning, including things like heart rate. While you’re learning to use this process you’ll be attached to a variety of electrical sensors that will provide information about whats going on with your body to aid you in perfecting the technique. Once you’ve mastered this […]

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Numbness and Leg Pain

If you’ve ever stayed in the same position for too long and had your leg or feet erupt in pins and needles when you stood up then you know how uncomfortable it can be. While situations like this aren’t uncommon and have no lasting risk, if you’re experiencing ongoing numbness in your legs or feet […]

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Prescription Free Pain Management

What general options do I have to treat my pain? Treating chronic pain can be done in multiple ways. Medication is the most often used treatment for chronic pain, but depending on the type of prescription, it can lead to a serious case of dependency on the drug and addiction. Drugs such as anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, […]

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Physical Therapy vs Opiods

In recent years the sale of opiods through prescriptions has increased almost four-fold, in spite of research revealing that the majority of Americans aren’t experiencing any additional pain as a whole. The CDC has identified this concern as an ‘opioid epidemic’ and released stringent guidelines to control when and how these medications were distributed. While […]

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How to Strengthen Your Joints

Humans are not meant to remain stationary, but instead, are meant to walk, stretch, leap, swim, and bend in all sorts of directions. What makes this possible is our incredible skeletal system and the series of joints that serve as our bend points. Maintaining these joints helps us remain flexible, mobile, and independent throughout our […]

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The Differences Between Deep Somatic Pain And Somatic Pain

If you aren’t familiar with technical terminology than the phrase somatic pain may not mean a lot to you. However, if you’ve ever damaged your skin, stretched a muscle, or exercised for a long time resulting in soreness the next day, you’ve experienced it. There are two types of somatic pain known as superficial (near […]

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MS and Your Diet

Multiple Sclerosis is a condition in which nerve damage can cause the bodies ability to communicate with the brain is impaired.  This condition symptoms include pain, vision loss, fatigue, and impaired coordination in varying levels of severity from patient to patient.  Those who suffer from this condition can live most of their lives without experiencing […]

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Stretching and Exercises for Sciatica Pain Relief

If you live your life with sciatic nerve pain then you know how utterly debilitating it can be. The sources of sciatica vary, but always involve an impingement of the nerves in the lower back resulting from a ruptured disk or another ailment resulting in spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spine. The first […]

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The Different Types Of Sciatic Nerve Pain

If you’re living with sciatic pain, you know that every day can be a struggle. Some days the pain can be manageable and not cause any issues until a sudden stretch makes your back and leg light up in agony. Sciatica is a condition caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve by a herniated […]

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Clearing The Air About Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a term that is being heard more and more as the condition becomes more understood and more people are learning how to live with it. For the 10 million Americans who are living with this disorder normal everyday things, from social interaction to going shopping, can be a painful and exhausting experience. Until […]

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What Is Pain Management?

When you’re experiencing constant or regular pain from chronic pain, there’s a team of people who are ready to help tackle your discomfort and help you manage it while returning to a more fulfilling life. These experts are in the field of Pain Management and work every day to help patients like you tackle the […]

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How To Sleep Easier With Chronic Pain

Suffering from chronic pain affects every part of your life, and that includes those precious hours of sleep that you hope may grant you some relief. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get any kind of rest when you’re in a near constant state of pain, aggravated by the fact that not getting enough sleep is an […]

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Pamper Your Spine With These Daily Practices

Unless you’re one of those rare sorts who spend an exceptional amount of time outside exercising and staying active, the odds are that you don’t take outstanding care of your spine. Even those aforementioned rarities who enjoy outdoor activities and haven’t been sucked in by the siren call of our digital age often aren’t thinking […]

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4 Ways You Can Relieve Pain Naturally

When you’re living with chronic pain it’s likely that you’ve seen your fair share of pain-killers, it’s also likely that you’ve done the research to determine exactly what a constant stream of them going into your body can do. While prescription strength pain-killers can be an absolute lifesaver when nothing else does the trick, savvy […]

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Describing Sciatica To Your Friends and Family

Sciatica isn’t a fantastic thing to have to live your life with, and if you have to you’ll understand that’s something of an understatement. However, it’s almost worse to have this condition that is utterly invisible to the casual observer and to have no meaningful way to explain exactly what it’s like or how it […]

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3 Easy Tips to Enhance DIY Back Massage

It’s the end of a long day and nothing sounds quite so good as a rub-down to ease the stresses of the day.  Aching muscles and sore feet cry out for attention, but there’s no one around to help but yourself, so how do you make the most of it?  A D.I.Y. massage isn’t impossible […]

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When There’s No Cure for Your Aching Back

For back ailments such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis, that are rarely cured and tough to treat, chronic back pain is a harsh reality. This pain can range anywhere from minor discomfort to intense pain during a flare-up. In order to relieve some of this pain and maintain a higher level of […]

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Resting For Pain

With so many treatments on the market designed for pain management, it is easy to overlook one of the easiest and most-affordable methods. The art of resting is a safe, simple, and effective way to help naturally relieve pain. However, it does have its own methods to achieve optimal results. Depending on the type of […]

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Facet Syndrome

Facet syndrome is the name given to a degenerative condition that affects the facet joints. Another common name for this ailment is osteoarthritis. Your facet joints are located in the intervertebral segments of your spine and are responsible for providing stability, flexibility, and mobility. In their healthy state, facet joints have adequate cartilage that naturally […]

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