Scoliosis Facts

  Scoliosis Facts Scoliosis is when the spine becomes abnormally rotated and curved sideways. A healthy spine, when viewed from the back, should look like a straight line. A spine with this condition has a lateral curve when viewed from the back. Many people think scoliosis can be caused by carrying heavy book bags or sleeping […]

Small Changes For Sciatica Relief

Sciatica is one of the most common forms of back and leg pain. The term “sciatica” describes the symptoms of leg pain originating in the lower back and spreading to the leg, calf, or toe. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve  in the body and is made of individual nerve roots that branch out […]

Signs of a Lumbar Herniated Disc

There are a variety of symptoms for a herniated disc. However these symptoms can vary depending on where the disc herniation occurs in the spine. The spine can be broken down into three segments: the cervical, thoracic and lumbar. The most common type of herniated disc is one in the lumbar spine and will affect the […]

Myths about Back and Neck Pain

Experiences with back pain can be very complicated. They are often difficult to diagnose and involve a variety of treatment options. There are also a lot of myths about back pain out there. Don’t believe everything you hear. Knowing the facts about back pain and back issues can be an affective part of any proper treatment. […]

Basic Spinal Anatomy

Your spine is made of 33 bones stacked on top of each other. The spinal column provides the main support for you body. The spinal column also protects the spinal cord from injury. An adult spine has a natural S-shaped curve when viewed from the side. These curves work to absorb shock, maintain balance and […]

Causes of Neck Pain and Stiffness

Your neck is made up of vertebrae that extend from your skull to your upper torso. There are cervical discs between the bones that absorb shock. The bones, ligaments and muscles in your neck not only support your head, but also allow for motion. Stiffness and pain can occur if there are abnormalities, inflammation or […]

Preventing Winter Sports injuries

Don’t let the cold weather slow you down! There are so many activities that are made for the cold weather. Outdoor activities, like skiing, hockey, and ice skating, are great ways to stay active during the winter months. However, make sure you pay attention to how your body is feeling while participating in winter sports […]

Preventing Back Injuries During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can cause stress on your back. For those who suffer from chronic back and neck pain, make sure you keep your spine in mind when preparing for the holidays. DECORATING Decorating is on of the most enjoyable parts of preparing for the holidays. Putting up a Christmas tree, hanging lights and bobbles and then taking it all […]

Acute vs. Chronic

The words “acute” and “chronic” often get tossed around when the discussion is centered around pain. But do you really know what the difference is? Remember that untreated acute pain can eventually lead to chronic pain if it goes unattended. Always be sure to pay your doctor a visit to address both acute and chronic […]

Relieving Back Pain in Cold Weather

You may remember our post this past September titled Cold Weather and Back Pain about how winter weather affects the spine and why you feel a familiar ache or pain as the temperatures start to drop. While it is always helpful to get to the root of the problem and understand why you are in […]