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Spinal Stenosis: Who Opts For Surgery?

Spinal Stenosis: Who Opts For Surgery?  Spinal stenosis arises from the spine undergoing degeneration and the result is a very painful condition where the spinal canal is narrowed and actually compressing the spinal cord as…
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Epidural Steroids Injections: Why Are They Not A Primary Treatment For Sciatica?

Epidural steroid injections are not the first option tried when a patient presents with sciatica. This can lead to some confusion. Patients may fear that the procedure is not wholly safe, after all, if it…
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What To Expect After A Nerve Root Block

What To Expect After A Nerve Root BlockPatients often feel slightly apprehensive about having a nerve root block, because they are slightly worried about the pain levels and are also apprehensive about whether or not…
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Second Opinion Service, Spinal Healthcare: Giving You Hope

Most people think that a second opinion service is something that they only need to have if they are involved in a legal dispute, or they are dissatisfied with the diagnosis that their consultant has…
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Preparing For A Caudal Epidural With Steroids As A Treatment For Sciatica

Sciatica is a painful condition that causes pain in the very bottom part of the spine, which usually then travels down to the legs. It is usually caused because the intervertebral discs within the spine has…
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When Do People Have Cervical Facet Joint Denervation Injections?

  If you are going to have a cervical facet joint injection, to act as a way of blocking pain signals being transferred from the nerves in the cervical area then it is likely that…
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Functional Restoration Programmes for Lower Back Pain

The term ‘functional restoration programme’ is a very clinical terms for a programme that is actually not clinical in its nature; it is completely patient focussed! Perhaps it would be more accurate to describe the programme…
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Nerve Root Block Procedure

Nerve Root Block Procedure The term ‘nerve root block’ is one that many people find quite daunting and it sounds a very dramatic procedure. However, in reality no one need feel intimidated or anxious about having…
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Piriformis Syndrome: Avoid Self Help Stretching and Techniques

Piriformis syndrome is a painful condition that causes pain, literally in the buttocks, which then tends to transfer down the legs. It is often caused by sitting on a hard surface for too long; cycling can…
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Piriformis Syndrome: Misdiagnosis and A Positive Outcome

Piriformis syndrome is a painful condition that tends to start in the bottom (to be precise, the buttocks) but sometimes it can start in the pelvis as well, especially if there has been some kind…
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Cervical Facet Joint Injections: What Are They?

Sometimes simple procedures can have very complex names or the name of the procedure gives little indication of what the procedure actually entails. Cervical facet joint injections are actually quite straightforward and as the name…
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Whiplash: What To Do And What Not To Do If You Think That You have Whiplash

Whiplash: What To Do And What Not To Do If You Think That You have WhiplashAlthough most people are familiar with the term ‘whiplash’ either because we have experienced it or we know someone who…
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Lower Back Pain and Computer Use: Beware ‘Miracle cures’

Increasingly people who work for long hours at a PC are finding that lower back pain is almost a constant companion. However, in some ways the growth or explosion of technology wil see this situation exacerbated. Laptops,…
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Preparing and Aftercare for an Epidural Steroid Injection

Preparing and Aftercare for an Epidural Steroid Injection An epidural steroid injection is a very quick and painless experience, but whenever you are undergoing a procedure such as an epidural, it is wise to be…
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Lumbar Facet Joint Blocks: Weighing Up Potential Risks

One of the absolute joys of the internet is that there is so much information around. However, to a large extent this is very much a double edged sword. Although you will be able to…
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Preparing For A Lumbar Facet Joint Block With Radiofrequency

 Despite the fact that a lumbar facet joint block using radiofrequency treatment is a very common procedure, many patients have never heard of it and there can be some trepidation about this very simple and…
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Cervical Facet Joint Radiofrequency Denervation

Cervical Facet Joint Radiofrequency Denervation The procedure known as cervical facet joint denervation is a long term means of blocking pain that originates from the cervical facet joints.  These joints are the ones responsible for…
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