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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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Seven Signs it’s Time to Consider Spine Surgery

Many conditions, diseases, or injuries can cause problems with your spine. The spine is connected to many of the muscle groups in the body, and because of this, just about any part of the body may be affected by spinal problems. Even minor problems with your spine can have a major impact on your quality of life. If your spinal problems are particularly bad, you may require surgery to correct them.

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Most Common Causes of Neck and Back Pain

Your spine is one of the most important parts of your body. Quite a few of the major muscles in your body connect to the spine, but its most essential function is protecting your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is the bundle of nerves that carries signals from your brain to your body. If you have spinal problems, you may be plagued with symptoms ranging from headaches and fatigue to severe pain. This pain can make it nearly impossible to live a normal life.

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The most important questions to ask your knee replacement surgeon

You should never make the decision to proceed with any medical procedure lightly, and the decision to proceed with knee replacement surgery is no different. There are over 700,000 total knee replacement surgeries performed in the U.S. every year. Even though it is such a common procedure, every surgery carries certain risks. If you or a loved one will be having knee replacement surgery, you probably have many questions and concerns. Be certain to address these concerns with your physician before the procedure is scheduled. Remember, you are not just asking questions to get information, you are evaluating your physician’s personality and customer service skills.

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All about the knees: common causes of knee problems and how to keep your knees healthy

Knee problems are common, and they may affect people of any age. If you or a loved one has knee problems, you understand how quickly they can put you on the sidelines of life. Whether brought on by injury, overuse, or disease, even minor knee problems can severely limit your activities. Keeping your knees healthy and functioning correctly will go a long way towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle – especially as you age. In this article, we will discuss what causes knee problems and how to keep your knees healthy. As we stated earlier, there are three typical causes of knee problems:

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Partial knee replacement versus total knee replacement: Which is right for you?

Knee problems may be the result of injury, overuse, or disease. Whatever the cause, knee problems can make it difficult or impossible for you or a loved one to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. In patients with severe knee problems, a total knee replacement may be the best hope for recovery. For some patients, a partial knee replacement may be a better option.

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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.