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Is it time to consider spinal cord stimulation for pain relief?
Posted on February 12, 2018 by Cathy Brown

If you have chronic pain, and if back surgery and other treatments haven’t worked, spinal cord stimulation may be the next logical step to try.

According to research published in 2012, spinal cord stimulation “has been established as an effective treatment in a number of painful syndromes,” including failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, and phantom limb pain.

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation is a...

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Headaches After Spine Surgery
Posted on January 31, 2018 by Rachel Cohen

If you’re experiencing headache pain after your spinal surgery, you may suffer from a post-surgical complication called low cerebrospinal fluid leak, also known as CSF. Although this side effect is not immediately life-threatening, it is a severe complication that can cause worsening headache pain and other symptoms, such as dizziness, confusion, and more. If you’re experiencing any type of headache pain or adverse side effect after your spine surgery, it’s imperative you alert Dr. Mark Giovanini of NeuroMicroSpine of these symptoms right away.

For obvious reasons, symptoms that go...

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New Study: Smokers Have a Higher Chance of Needing Back Surgery
Posted on January 10, 2018 by Rachel Cohen

According to a new, Swedish study, smoking increases your risk of developing lower back pain that will later require spinal surgery. During the study, researchers focused on a common spinal condtion called spinal stenosis, which often develops from natural wear and tear to the body due to aging.

While smoking doesn’t cause spinal stenosis, it can exacerbate symptoms of this spinal condition. How? In short, nicotine is a harmful substance that constricts blood flow in the body and encourages inflammation and swelling within vital tissues.

Having said that, researchers...

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