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The Ultimate Back Pain Relief Tips Blog

The 21 Common Risks Associated with Herniated Disc Surgery

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 01:55 PM

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Topics: Functional Disc Rehydration, herniated disc, Natural Treatment, Surgery Risks

The Common Risks Associated with Bulging Disc Surgery

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

Bulging disc surgery, like any other surgical procedure, carries risk. If you’re living with back pain from a bulging disc and considering back surgery, or if someone you love is, you’re well-advised to research the many risks. Before taking a drastic (and often unnecessary) step like surgery, read this outline of back surgery risks--and consider non-invasive and proven-effective back pain treatment alternatives.

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Topics: Bulging Discs, back surgery, Risks, Surgery Risks

Spinal Surgery Left Alan Itzkowitz Severe Soreness In His Back

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 @ 12:54 PM

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Topics: spinal surgery, bulging disc surgery success rate, surgery to repair herniated disc, herniated discs surgery, should i have surgery for stenosis, soreness, Surgery Risks

Back Pain Epidural Side Effects

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 @ 11:09 AM

Many people suffering from back pain turn to epidural shots. An epidural steroid injection is a cortisone injection used to treat inflammation around the spine. Be sure to use epidural shots with caution. They tend to only relieve symptoms for a short period of time (lasting from a week up to a year). It is estimated that they help relieve the patient’s pain only about 50% of the time. The success rate varies depending on the condition and the degree of the condition the patient has. There is a lot of skepticism about the effectiveness of the injections and if it is appropriate to inject some patients. There are several side effects and risks associated with epidural injections.

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Topics: back pain epidural side effects, epidurals for back pain, epidural herniated disc, epidural injections for herniated disc, Surgery Risks

What is the Success Rate for Bulging Disc Surgery?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 @ 08:05 AM

If you’re considering surgery for a bulging disc or discs in your spine, there are many factors you should think about before proceeding. Surgery is not generally considered by back specialists and can require long-term use of strong prescription pain medications. There are many natural treatments that can be used to alleviate your back problem and make surgery unnecessary.

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Topics: Back Pain, Functional Disc Rehydration, back surgery, bulging disc, Natural Treatment, Surgery Risks

7 Reasons You Can Stop Asking, "Should I Have Surgery For My Herniated Disc?"

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 08:10 AM

A herniated disc is never something that is easy to deal with. The problem occurs when the cartilage around the outer wall of one of your discs weakens to the point where it slips out of alignment and the gel like nucleus pulposus inside begins to rupture. This can deform the disc’s shape, irritate the nerves and muscles around it, and ultimately cause tremendous pain.

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Topics: back surgery, herniated disc, exercise, alternative treatments, functional disc rehydration therapy, Surgery Risks

How Multiple Bulging Discs Can Be Eliminated Without Surgery

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 @ 09:51 AM

Bulging intervertebral discs are very common and many who have them don’t even realize that they have a back problem. There may be no pain from multiple bulging discs--as long as they aren’t pressing upon surrounding nerve tissues. Once a bulging disc impacts the nerves of the spine, pain and other symptoms begin. Emanating from the lower back, damaged discs may cause radiating pain through the hips and buttocks on through the legs and to the feet. In the thoracic area, bulging discs cause pain in the upper back, chest and stomach that may mimic problems with the heart, lungs and intestinal tract. Occasionally, bulging discs may cause pain that travels from the cervical spine in the neck area down through the arms and fingers, although bulging discs in the lower back occur much more often.

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Topics: Back Pain, bulging disc, Natural Treatment, Surgery Risks

Failed Back Surgery – Don’s Testimonial

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

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Topics: Back Pain, back surgery, back pain illinois, back pain doctors in chicago, back pain relief chicago il, failed back surgery, chicago back pain specialist, Surgery Risks, Back Pain Story

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Dec 04, 2012 @ 09:48 AM

Failed back surgery syndrome (also called FBSS, or failed back syndrome) is the chronic pain in which a patient suffers in their back or leg that appears following a seemingly successful back surgery. Many patients describe this pain to be severe and never ending, often leading to often with terrible emotional and financial consequences. Statistics show that of the 200,000 back surgeries performed each year, 20 to 40 percent result in different degrees of failed back surgery syndrome. Even with the best surgeons and for the best indications there are many reasons that back surgery may not work.

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Topics: Back Pain, lower back surgery, spinal surgery, back surgery, bulging disc surgery success rate, surgery to repair herniated disc, slipped disc surgery, chiropractic surgery, Surgery Risks