Exercise is Medicine (yes, even when you have pain!)

Dec 12, 2021 by spinalcare

Exercise is Medicine (yes, even when you have pain!) There’s no denying it, exercise is important. Finding a form of exercise that works is sometimes a challenge. It takes discipline, routine, and enjoyment to be active. There’s one barrier to exercise that many of us experience at one point or another: pain. Pain when exercising

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Heat vs. Ice Crash Course

Sep 19, 2019 by spinalcare

Heat vs. Ice Crash Course Have you ever been confused when to choose heat and when to choose ice for your injury? You are not alone, here at Spinal Care we get that question almost daily. We are here to clear up the confusion! Both heat and ice work to relieve pain but only when

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Aug 16, 2019 by spinalcare

Hydration! It’s that time of the year again, temperatures are hotter than Alabama asphalt. We feel slimy and sweaty before the first downward dog or dumbbell snatch. What a perfect time to remind everyone of the importance of hydration. Water aids pretty much every function of your body from removing waste, transporting nutrients, and preserving

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Self-Care for Tight Hip Flexors

Jul 05, 2018 by spinalcare

Self-Care for Tight Hip Flexors One of the most common questions we are asked post treatment is, “How do I keep this from happening again in the future?” This blog will focus on preventing low back pain caused by tight hip flexors. Many low back issues can be linked to tight hip flexors, and if

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Sleeping Away Your Pain

Apr 04, 2018 by spinalcare

Many people wake up in the morning with all sorts of aches and pains that can take all day to loosen up, if at all. If you can relate to this, take a second to think of what position you sleep in. Do you curl up in the fetal position in a huge pillow fort?

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Dec 17, 2017 by spinalcare

“Doc, I have Sciatica!” Not so fast…… We live in a world where the information is at our fingertips. When we need directions, we Google.  When we want to know the weather, we Google.   When we want to find out what movie won Best Screenplay in 1975, we Google.  Turning to Dr. Google is no

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Back Packs are a Back Trap. How to Avoid Pain and Injury of School Bags

Sep 14, 2017 by spinalcare

It’s that time of year again! Parents go school shopping to get the latest and greatest trends for their kiddos. An essential for many school-aged kids is a back pack. However, the proper way to wear a back pack is not well understood by most parents and can lead to neck, back, and shoulder pain

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Headaches: Why Live in Unnecessary Pain?

Aug 01, 2017 by spinalcare

Headaches seem to surface at the worst of times, but then again, when is there a ‘good time’ for a headache?  Half of the battle in fighting headaches lies in understanding them.  The second half of the battle lies in taking action.   There are two classifications of headaches according to the International Classification of

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Part 2: The Anatomy of a Herniated Disc and Why it Might Not Matter (2 Part Series)

Jun 19, 2017 by spinalcare

This is the second in a 2 part series on herniated discs.  If you have not read Part 1 in last month’s post, it might be helpful to do so prior to starting Part 2.   Many people (doctors included) rush to get an MRI when there is back pain.  (This rush to order imaging

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Part 1: The Anatomy of a Herniated Disc & Why It Might Not Matter (2 Part Series)

May 16, 2017 by spinalcare

To understand low back pain, you have to have start with the anatomy of the spine. Between every vertebra of the spine is an intervertebral disc which provides flexibility while absorbing load we put on our spine. (See Figure 1). A disc is comprised of an inner nucleus pulposus and an outer annulus fibrosus. Think

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