Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Spinal surgery is not always a viable solution to back pain. In fact, between 5-50% of patients’ experience pain after surgery, a condition known as Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, also known as FBSS. Failed back surgery syndrome is not actually a syndrome, but a generalized term used

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7 Ways to Treat Piriformis Syndrome

7 Ways to Treat Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscle spasms and causes pain in the buttocks. A spasm of the piriformis muscle can also compresses the sciatic nerve, causing pain, tingling or numbness in the buttocks, leg and foot. The piriformis muscle is a small flat muscle deep in

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All You Need to Know About Costochondritis

All You Need to Know About Costochondritis

Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that joins the upper ribs to the sternum (breastbone). Costochondritis is also called chest wall pain, costosternal syndrome and costosternal chondrodynia. The pain associated with costochondritis can seem like a heart attack or other heart condition,  normally occurring on the

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Pain Tolerance and Pain Management

Pain Tolerance and Pain Management

Pain Management Research and Athletic Pain Tolerance Athletes are able to sustain injury and pain while still continuing on in their sport, which suggests that they have a higher pain tolerance than non-athletes. Although research can be inconsistent and even contradictory, studies on pain in athletes indicates

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Most Common Baseball Injuries

Most Common Baseball Injuries

Most Common Baseball Injuries Baseball is one of America’s favorite sports. For pitchers, it can be incredibly taxing on the arm. Damage or tear to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is the most common injury suffered and is often caused by pitchers throwing too much. This ligament

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Most Common Hockey Injuries

Most Common Hockey Injuries

Most Common Hockey Injuries It’s playoff hockey season! Let’s talk about some of the most common injuries suffered by hockey players, amateurs and professionals alike! Concussion: Concussion remains the most common injury suffered by hockey players. Most concussions do not involve loss of consciousness and can occur with

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Pain Management and Drug Addiction

Pain Management and Drug Addiction

Pain management is a relatively newer field of medicine that involves non-surgical treatment and modalities to treat chronic pain. Pain relieving medication can sometimes be recommended as the best course of treatment but it is recommended very carefully due to the addictive nature of pain medication. There

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HMO vs PPO Insurance Policies

HMO vs PPO Insurance Policies

How HMOs and PPOs Differ Health insurance is a great thing for us to have. It helps cover the cost of otherwise expensive medical bills in exchange for monthly payments to your insurance provider. However, not all insurance policies are the same! There are cheaper policies, more

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