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Can you lay on your back after surgery?

Yes, you can lay on your back after surgery. To reduce pain after a spinal procedure it is typical for a patient to lay on their side or, believe it or not, on their back. Although, it is suggested to keep your knees bent and a pillow tucked between your legs while sleeping in either [...]

Why do I have shoulder pain from golfing?

There are several reasons you could be experiencing shoulder pain from golfing or playing a sport in general. This can only be diagnosed by a professional. Although typically, when someone is dealing with shoulder pain from playing golf it is due […]

How can I stop sciatica pain?

It is very common for people to think of sciatica as a condition. Although, it is not. Sciatica pain comes from an underlying cause. If you suspect you are experiencing sciatica pain, contact your healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis. A common stretch exercise to relieve pain from your sciatic nerve is below: […]

How long do you stay in the hospital after a spinal fusion procedure?

A common hospital stay following a spinal fusion procedure is two to six days. This also depends on several additional circumstances, the hospital location and intensity of the surgery. There may be some usual pain and discomfort following your surgery, but this is typically controlled with medication and allows you to recover in the comfort [...]

What are NSAIDs and how do they work?

NSAID's are pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, sodium, meloxicam and diclofenac. Most are non-prescriptive and over the counter. These are popular treatments for muscle aches and pains or arthritis. They relieve pain, they decrease inflammation, they prevent blood clots and they reduce fevers. They work by blocking the actions of cyclooxygenase or COX [...]

Do epidural steroid injections just mask the pain of a herniated disc?

The gel-like material within a disk called the nucleus pulposus can bulge or rupture through a weak portion of the surrounding wall also known as the annulus. When this material comes in contact with the spinal nerve, irritation, pain and swelling occur. A steroid injection can reduce inflammation when injected into the painful area. The [...]

What is myofascial pain syndrome and trigger points?

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. In myofascial pain syndrome, when pressure is applied to sensitive points in your muscles called trigger points it causes pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. This is referred pain. Myofascial pain syndrome occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively. This contraction be caused by [...]

My baseball-playing son hurt his shoulder. What do I do now?

The first line treatment for a sports-related shoulder injury is RICE: rest, ice, compression, elevation. If the pain, swelling, and difficulty using the arm persists, then an evaluation by an orthopedic specialist is warranted. During this evaluation, a physical exam will be performed as well as x-rays. In skeletally immature children, acute injuries may occur [...]

Now that I am feeling better, how do I manage my pain if it comes back?

If your pain returns, one of the first things we recommend is to modify your activities. Stay away from activities which aggravate your condition. Anti-inflammatories, a home exercise program, and application of ice or heat can help. You may require an evaluation again, especially if the pain is worse in severity, or the characteristics or [...]