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The Ultimate Back Pain Relief Tips Blog

What You Should Know About Chronic Back Pain and Neuropathy

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Chronic pain stemming from damage that has been done to nerve tissue is commonly referred to as neuropathy. What makes neuropathy unique is that the pain associated with it is not a sign of the body healing itself from injuries or overuse of the muscles. What actually causes the pain, are disruptions or malfunctions within the body’s nervous system.  In short, the pain in itself is the ailment caused by nerve damage.

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Topics: general back pain, lower back pain, Back Pain, spinal surgery, back surgery, Chronic Back Pain, spinal fusion surgery, Risks of Back Surgery, neuropathy

What is the Cost of Herniated Disc Surgery?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, May 09, 2014 @ 11:28 AM

Back problems are one of the most common medical conditions Americans face in their day to day lives. It keeps them from going to work, it prevents engagement in life-saving physical activity, and it causes an uptick in surgeries and medications that only cover up the problem. But is surgery for back pain really necessary? We tend to believe that the cost of herniated disc surgery has been inflated for the benefit of surgeons, hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry rather than for those suffering with back pain.

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Topics: cost of herniated disc surgery, should i have surgery for herniated disc, herniated discs, surgery to repair herniated disc, failed back surgery, Risks of Back Surgery, herniated discs surgery

Smoking Increases Back Pain & Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Mon, May 05, 2014 @ 03:33 PM

Some back pain sufferers undergo surgery if their condition is severe or persistent, but this method of treatment isn’t always effective. One of the reasons for failed back surgery is smoking. Those who smoke are more at risk of having back problems in the first place, and they also face a higher risk of unsuccessful surgery or developing infections after their procedure. 

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Topics: general back pain, Back Pain, Common Causes of Back Pain, failed back surgery syndrome, failed back syndrome, Risks of Back Surgery, smoking

Should I Have Surgery for Stenosis?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 @ 04:07 PM

If you are suffering from spinal stenosis you know that you would do anything to free yourself from this pain. If you are asking yourself, "Should I have surgery for stenosis?" read on:

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Topics: spine, spinal stenosis, spinal stenosis treatment, spinal surgery, stenosis, surgery, failed back syndrome, Risks of Back Surgery

Post Laminectomy Syndrome Known As Failed Back Syndrome

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

Post laminectomy syndrome, also called failed back syndrome, is a syndrome characterized by persistent, chronic pain following back surgery. It is most commonly associated with laminectomy surgeries, a procedure that removes part of the vertebral bone. The goal of the surgery is to trim the lamina to widen the spinal canal. The procedure is often done on patients with spinal stenosis, and the goal is to relieve pressure on the nerves and create more room for the thecal sac.  While some pain after surgery is common, post laminectomy syndrome is diagnosed when severe pain persists for several months following surgery, or more pain is experience following the surgery.

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Topics: back, spinal surgery, back doctor, failed back surgery syndrome, post laminectomy syndrome, failed back syndrome, Risks of Back Surgery

Complications of Spinal Surgery

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 03:16 PM

Like is the case with all surgical procedures, spine surgery has its own risks. The most common post-surgery risks include anesthetic complications, bleeding and infection. These complications can become severe and difficult to rectify owing to the sensitivity of the region involved; the spine and the spinal cord. In some instances, surgery may fail to treat your spine condition, making it even worse. Unlike what most patients think, surgery is not the most effective treatment for spinal cord injuries. There are different treatment programs that can be effective for your condition than surgery.

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Topics: spinal injury, spine, spine health, back, spinal surgery, surgery, failed back syndrome, Risks of Back Surgery

The Risks of Epidural Injections for Herniated Disc Relief

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 02:28 PM

An epidural is used to treat inflammation of a herniated disc by an injection of the steroid cortisone into the spine. Although your body creates cortisone naturally, the chemical in the injection is synthetically produced and its effects last for a number of days rather than minutes. Another difference is that while natural cortisone arrives through the bloodstream, the synthetic chemical enters directly to the inflamed area.

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Topics: herniated disc relief, herniated discs, back pain epidural side effects, epidurals for back pain, epidural herniated disc, epidural injections for herniated disc, Risks of Back Surgery