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Alternatives to Back Surgery for Herniated and Bulging Discs

There are quite a few alternatives to back surgery for patients with bulging or herniated discs. Back surgery, in general, is one of those procedures where everyone seems to know someone who had a bad experience. Newer techniques aim to try to heal the damage to the disc rather than cutting parts of it out.…
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Headaches and Neck Pain or Cervicogenic Headache

Headaches and neck pain are often linked but also often ignored by many physicians. This is called cervicogenic headache. What causes this problem and how can it be helped? Let’s dig in. Why Does My Neck Hurt and Give Me a Headache? As you develop in the womb, your head and upper neck develop together,…
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Neck Pain And Dizziness: The Inner Ear Is Only Part Of The Picture

Did you know that your neck can make you dizzy? Most patients don’t know that dizziness also known as cervical vertigo and neck pain can be connected, and many physicians miss this diagnosis.[1] Why? Both patients and doctors think inner ear or brain when dizziness occurs. However, when the neck component of our balance system…
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Why Your Head Feels Heavy

On this page: What holds the head on? How do you know if you have these problems? How do you treat heaviness of the head? Picture your head as a bowling ball balanced on the end of a stick (the spine). There are muscles at the top of the neck as well as in the…
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Spinal Fusion Is It Worth It? More Research Says No…

A spinal fusion is a surgery that uses hardware and screws to “fix” together two or more vertebrae to make a damaged section of spine immovable. Given that this is a big surgery with many known serious side effects, a patient the other day posed this question: “Spinal fusion is it worth it?” My answer,…
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My Story of Living With Cervical Spinal Stenosis

On this page: What is cervical spinal stenosis? My story of living with cervical spinal stenosis Neck fusion vs. living with cervical spinal stenosis Diagnosing the symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis My tips for living with cervical spinal stenosis I still remember the first day I knew there was something seriously wrong with my neck.…
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Does Stem Cell Therapy Work for Back Pain?

Does stem cell therapy for back pain actually work? If so, can stem cell therapy work for degenerative disc disease? What kinds work better than others? Is stem cell therapy covered by insurance? And does Stem Cell Therapy Work for Back Pain? Let’s dig in. My Street Cred on Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain…
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What Is Craniocervical Instability (CCI)?

On this page: Causes of craniocervical instability CCI symptoms Diagnosing craniocervical instability Treatments for CCI Cervical refers to the neck and instability that a joint or spinal segment moves around too much (1). When a person suffers from craniocervical instability or CCI, the strong ligaments that hold their head to their upper neck are lax…
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