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How Using Computers and Smartphones Can Affect Neck and Spine Health
Posted on June 05, 2019 by Neuromicrospine

Sometimes it’s called "tech neck," sometimes "text neck." It's the stiffness and pain that can come from staring down at a smartphone or laptop for hours on end each day.

When your head is in a neutral position, looking straight ahead, the muscles in your neck are holding up about 10-12 pounds. Shift your neck down to about a 45-degree angle, and you're requiring those muscles to hold the equivalent of about ...

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Runners and Spinal Surgery
Posted on May 21, 2019 by Neuromicrospine

Can I Start Running Again After Back or Neck Surgery?

If you love to run but have been sidelined by back pain, you’re probably wondering if you’ll be able to run again after surgery. The short answer is probably—but don’t rush it.

Whether running is appropriate for you and how soon after surgery will depend on what kind of surgery you have and how your recovery is progressing. The final advice should always come from your doctor, but here are some general guidelines.

Recovery time will generally take longer with a spinal fusion procedure than with disc...

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What is SI Joint Dysfunction, and Is Fusion Surgery the Answer?
Posted on April 29, 2019 by Neuromicrospine

If you have pain and instability in your lower back, especially when you get up from a chair, when you’ve been standing a long time, or when you’re climbing stairs, you may have a problem with the sacroiliac (SI) joint.

We have SI joints on both the left and right sides; they join the ilium—which is the big bone in the hip—with the sacrum, a triangle-shaped bone at the bottom of the spine. Pain from an SI joint can sometimes spread to the upper back, buttocks, or thighs.

There are a number of reasons you could have pain in an SI joint, including:

  • Trauma from a car...
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