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For someone living with chronic or occasional back pain or neck pain, daily life can often be a kind of balancing act. You can alleviate your pain with over the counter medications, medicinal patches, stretching, and/or applying heat via a heating pad or patch but it is a constant struggle to find a solution that makes it possible for you to function. Does your lifestyle really allow you to rest on a heating pad for relief? Do you really want to keep taking ibuprofen and other pain killers just to be able to get out of bed? Treating your pain yourself can become expensive and frustrating so it is important to research the relief options available.

An option to consider is a spine clinical trial. Clinical trials are regulated by the FDA and designed to allow individuals access to new medications and treatments before they become available to the general public. Participation in a spine clinical trial is voluntary and it is required that you understand any and all risks involved before enrolling in a trial. Being in a clinical trial can give you insight into new back pain treatments and advancements currently in process to aid in relief and therapy. Continue reading

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The spine is a complex and wonderful structural support system for the body. It is made up of the vertebra and lamina that provide protection for the spinal cord and support for the body, the vertebral discs that cushion the area between the bones, the ligaments which allow movement and provide flexibility, and the spinal cord which houses the nerves and lies in the spinal canal. As miraculous as this arrangement is, there are times when things go wrong, resulting in neck, low back pain, or leg pain, and loss of range of motion.

The cervical spine begins at the base of the skull and ends at the top of the thoracic spine. It contains seven vertebrae and eight pairs of cervical nerves. These vertebrae are smaller than other spinal vertebrae, but have a more complex system of ligaments, tendons, and muscles in order to both support the skull and allow for a much more diverse range of movement for the head. This complex anatomy and large range of motion makes the cervical spine particularly to degenerative problems and can lead to chronic pain. Continue reading

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1. The right sleep environment can make all the difference in preventing back pain. One option is to put a small pillow between your knees when you sleep. This will help keep your hips in-line, avoiding lower back stiffness.

2. Good Posture is very important in preventing back and neck pain. Always be aware of your posture and try to choose a firm backed chair for sitting.

3. If you exercise regularly, be aware that your shoes need to be supportive. Replace running shoes every 6-8 months since they are made from soft materials and flatten after repeated use, causing your foot to lose support, which in turn will cause back problems. Consider buying orthopedic inserts for your shoes, these will aid in proper foot support, reducing back strain. Continue reading

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There can be many sources of neck and back pain. Depending on what the cause of your back pain is, will determine what type of treatment is needed and whether minimally invasive spine surgery in Tempe is an option.

Some types of back pain treatment include open back surgery, artificial disk replacement, narcotic medication and physical therapy. However there are also a large number of back pain patients that have a lot to benefit from choosing minimally invasive spine surgery in Tempe.

The 3 types of minimally invasive spine surgery offered in Tempe are:

  1. Percutaneous Lumbar Pedicle Screws
  2. External Lateral Lumber Fusion
  3. Trans-Sacral L5/S1 Fusion

Why choose minimally invasive spine surgery in Tempe?Physical therapy and medication is not always enough and may not provide a lasting solution Continue reading

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At the Spine Center, Dr. Saqib Siddiqui treats back and NECK problems.

Cervical degenerative disc disease and cervical herniated disc are very common conditions that affect the spine. Symptoms experienced by a patient suffering from a cervical herniated disc or a degenerative cervical disc may be neck pain, pain in the shoulder, arm, forearm or hand, numbness in the fingers, hand or arm, weakness in the fingers, hand, wrist or arm, or pins and needles in the upper extremity. In some advanced cases a patient may have loss of balance, a “wobbly gait”, difficulty with bladder control, and weakness, numbness, or pins and needles even in the lower extremities. In this case the patient is said to have a condition knows as cervical myelopathy. Continue reading

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