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From spinal stenosis to sciatica pain, learn more about your neck or back pain diagnosis - and what to tell your doctor about your symptoms.
  1. What To Do If You Have...
  2. Spinal Stenosis
  3. Common Concerns And Questions
  4. Back and Neck Injuries
  5. Tests and Exams
  1. Posture Related Back Pain
  2. Understanding Your Diagnosis
  3. Doctors and Back Pain
  4. Conditions of the Spine
  5. Chronic Neck and Back Pain

What To Do If You Have...

Back strain and back sprain are among the most common of back injuries.

In this first section, the symptoms or type of pain you have may be listed. Click on the linked articles for researched based information on that particular symptom. I've interviewed spine doctors and looked at medical studies to help you determine the best course of action for your particular type of back pain.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows.

Spinal stenosis is an age related condition, though it may be attributable to other things.  Learn about the types of spinal stenosis, as well as symptoms, treatments and more.

Common Concerns And Questions

Common Symptoms of a Backache

Granted, back pain and related symptoms are a disruption to your usual routine. But they may also yield valuable information your doctor can use to give you an accurate diagnosis. An accurate diagnosis is the key to effective treatment.

Back and Neck Injuries

A Guide to Back and Neck Injuries

Life is great, you're doing fine, and then - wham! You get an injury. Whether it's from playing sports, car accident, or you strain your back at work, you can find the basic information here.

Tests and Exams

Tests and Exams for Diagnosing Back Pain

Diagnostic tests for locating the cause of your back pain can be scary, and even painful. Understanding the tests, what they can and cannot do for you, and the reasons for which your doctor might suggest them may help you to overcome your resistance.

Posture Related Back Pain

Posture Related Back Pain

Hands down, research shows that 80% of back pain goes away by itself. This usually means the pain is related to your posture, your muscles and how you use your body. Here you can read about the most common postural abnormalities and what to do for them.

Understanding Your Diagnosis

One of the great frustrations experienced by people with a lot of back pain is the cryptic nature of the diagnosis they get from their doctors. Given the lack of treatment standarization throughout the medical and holistic industries, the ability to decipher your diagnosis so that you understand it may go a long way toward empowering you to make the best decisions possible. This section provides short definitions as well as simple illustrations on common spinal areas often cited in back and neck pain diagnoses.

Doctors and Back Pain

Most of the time back pain goes away by itself. However, there are a few signs that may indicate the need for a doctor's appointment or, in some cases, a trip to the emergency room. When in doubt, it is important to call your doctor. This section gives information for the times when it is appropriate to seek medical attention for your back or neck pain.

Conditions of the Spine

Spinal Conditions

When your spine has to adapt to forces that act on it - from weak muscles to long term effects of past injury, you may develop a chronic spine condition. Here you will find basic definitions and medical information on common spine conditions.

Chronic Neck and Back Pain

What You Need to Know About Neck and Back Pain

Chronic pain likes to play by its own rules. It stays longer than acute pain. It tends to show up without a reason - and certainly not an invitation! This section gives information you can use about chronic back and neck pain including definitions, treatment options, good reads and videos and more.

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