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Safe Exercises to Preserve your Back

When an individual has severe back pain, it can put their entire life on hold. The back provides the other parts of the body with strength and stability. However, that doesn’t mean that having back pain means sitting back and taking it easy. Even though exercise is often the last thing on the list of priorities when pain is present, there are safe exercises that can be done not only preserve the back, but that can also strengthen it and heal it in the process.

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The Risks of Non-Surgical Spine Treatment

Being diagnosed with a spinal cord injury is considered a serious case as it can result in loss of movement and later paralysis. Major spinal cord injuries are caused by car accidents, diving accidents or sports accidents where one may land on the head causing a spinal injury. The other common cause of a spinal injury is aging. This is where the lumbar discs wear out causing some form of herniations that later result inback pains. The middle part of the body may also twist when one is aged and this leads to a spinal cord defect.

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What Does Spine Surgery Correct?

The human spinal column is as amazing as it is important. Nearly 30 bones, 23 discs, more than 120 muscles, 220 ligaments and more than 100 joints, working together to support the entire body, allow for movement and flexibility, and protect critical nerves.

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The Most Critical Questions to Ask When Evaluating a Spine Surgeon

If you or a loved one need spinal surgery, finding a top-notch surgeon is your first step toward recovery. If you want to find the best lawyer, interior designer, or nanny, the first step would be to interview potential candidates. Hiring a surgeon is no different, but many people are intimidated by the idea of interviewing a doctor. There is no reason for you to be intimidated. When you are choosing a service provider, you must determine what characteristics are important to you and then choose someone who matches those characteristics. If you are still uneasy, begin the conversation with these five critical questions to ask when evaluating a spine surgeon:

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Signs You May Have a Pinched Nerve

Nerves carry electrochemical signals back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body. There are two kinds: motor nerves and sensory nerves. Motor nerves are pathways that are used for signals from the brain to the rest of the body; these signals include the command to muscles to contract. Sensory nerves are used to send signals from the body to the brain; these nerves are responsible for sensations like taste, touch and smell. When a nerve is pinched, the ability to carry the signals is hindered.

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Heat vs. Ice for Back Pain

Back pain

 is a condition almost everyone suffers from at some point in his or her lifetime. To relieve the condition, over the counter medicines and prescriptions are what people find useful. When medication provide only a little to no relief, orthopaedic doctors usually recommend hot and cold compresses to help ease the back troubles away. However, the type of compress that would be useful depends on the type of back pain he or she is suffering from. In order to know what compress is best it is wise to speak with an orthopaedic doctor about the back injury before using the wrong kind of compress.

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How to Prepare for Spine Surgery

It’s normal to be nervous before any type of surgery, including spinal surgery. By following these tips on how to best prepare for the surgery, patients can not only help out the surgeon and hospital staff but can also reassure themselves that they did all they could to prepare.

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When to Go to a Doctor for Back Pain

Back pain

is tricky. It can sneak from behind and strike without warning, or it can be ever-present, a constant reminder of a lesson learned the hard way. It can manifest itself in the form of a sharp pain, or it can tingle, go numb or feel dull and mildly uncomfortable. Work can cause it, or it can make it impossible for you to do your job.

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Recovery After Spine Surgery


spinal cord

is an essential part of the body that transfers information to the brain on a regular basis. People who suffer from dysfunction in this area aren’t able to complete the simplest tasks that are normally taken for granted. For this reason, persistent discomfort may lead to advanced care from qualified orthopaedic specialists. Treatment plans typically range from

non-surgical procedures

and the use of orthopaedic equipment to intrusive operations that aim to provide maximum relief to the spine.

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Getting Back to Living: The Benefits of Spine Surgery



, also known as your backbone, is a complex construction of 24 vertebrae, along with the cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscles attached to them. The primary function of the spine is to support your neck, head, and shoulders, but many of the major muscle groups in your body are also connected to your spine. Your spine is one of the most important parts of your skeleton.

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Premier Orthopaedics is the largest orthopaedic group in Delaware and Chester counties. Premier provides patients with the full spectrum of orthopaedic services; including bone, muscle and joint care. Patients trust our specialists for their experience, expertise and commitment to exceptional patient care.