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The Parts of the Spine-A Short Summary

The spine has three main parts: The cervical spine. This is composed of 7 cervical vertebrae. The thoracic spine. This is composed of 12 thoracic vertebrae. The lumbar spine. This is composed of 5 lumbar vertebrae.Another small part is called … Continue reading

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Spinal Anatomy

The spine has three main parts: The cervical spine. This is composed of 7 cervical vertebrae. The thoracic spine. This is composed of 12 thoracic vertebrae. The lumbar spine. This is composed of 5 lumbar vertebrae. Another small part is … Continue reading

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What Is Cervical Osteoarthritis?

Cervical osteoarthritis is also called cervical spondylosis. It is a painful medical condition that affects the discs, joints, and bones of the neck. It usually occurs with the wear-and-tear  of old age. As we age, the spinal discs lose fluid … Continue reading

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The Causes of Neck Pain

What are the Causes of Neck Pain? Acute neck pain Most acute neck pain lasts for a few weeks to a couple of months. Acute pain generally resolves/ends during that time frame. Heat, ice, stretching exercises, and mild pain medications … Continue reading

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Hot and Cold Therapies

Heat Therapy or Cold Therapy? There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to using heat therapy or cold therapy. Both can help with chronic pain. Some people use heat in one area and cold in another. For some … Continue reading

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Pain is More Common Than You Think. More notes from the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Here are some more interesting facts about pain and pain care in America – According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine: The medical costs of pain care  and the economic cost to lower work productivity were approximately $600 billion … Continue reading

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You’re Not Alone. Notes from the American Academy of Pain Medicine

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, chronic pain affects more people than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. The AAPM site reported the following numbers of sufferers for various diseases and medical disorders Chronic Pain. 100 million Americans. … Continue reading

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Exercise and Pain Management

Exercise and Pain It’s natural to think that when you have back or neck pain that exercise will only make your condition worse. That isn’t always true. The right types of exercise can actually help decrease your pain. Before starting … Continue reading

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Managing Pain for Valentine’s Day

Help for Managing Pain on Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate the loved ones in your life. For people who are in chronic pain, enjoying the day can present problems. Here are a few suggestions for honoring … Continue reading

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Foods to Eat and to Avoid – to Reduce Inflammation

Diet and Nutrition Suggestions for Controlling Inflammation Inflammation causes your nervous system to trigger pain. The right diet can help reduce inflammation – and, in turn, reduce chronic pain. There are two parts to an anti-inflammation healthy diet. The first … Continue reading

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