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  • More people than ever are aware of the opioid epidemic so why are opioid alternatives so hard to come by for pain management? The answer could possibly be that health-insurance companies are making it difficult for patients to get reimbursed who undergo alternatives without approval or completing denying them in general.

  • An estimated 7 percent of the population will see a doctor for back pain this year. Some have called back pain in North America an epidemic; and once you have it, you’re likely to get it again. Learn what can you do to protect yourself and your family.

  • If you have chronic back pain, swimming and aquatherapy can give your back relief. Swimming is a low impact activity that can strengthen back muscles while improving your flexibility.

  • Experts recommend pre-surgical mental health screenings for back surgery patients. Find out which mental health condition would disqualify you from back surgery and what is the determining factor is in who gets back surgery and who doesn't?

  • The main goal of physical therapy is to educate patients on the mathematics of stretching and strengthening, which in turn, aids in managing your chronic back pain — eventually accelerating your tissue healing — leading to recovery, but is physical therapy as good as surgery?

  • Researchers reviewed and analyzed 26 clinical trials involving 1,711 patients with lower back pain and found that the us of spinal manipulation among patients with acute low back pain, was associated with modest improvements in pain and function.

  • Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with limitless healing properties. Utilizing essential oils for healing purposes is known as aromatherapy — a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health.

  • CBD hemp oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, unlike medical marijuana products, which are usually made from plants with high concentrations of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Because hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, these hemp oil products are non-psychoactive — meaning it will not get you high. It's a safer, less controversial alternative, while still offering significant health benefits for your back pain relief.

  • Clarice Bromley, a patient of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and blogger explained, “A few days back, I went on my weekly visit to my general practitioner, this time to ask for my well overdue pain medication prescription. This was because I had waited three months after my pain medication ran out to renew it due to many people telling me how “reliant” I am on them. I guess I just wanted to prove everybody wrong.”

  • Those electing to receive a spinal fusion should do so after all other treatments have been explored. The procedure will not fully “fix” your back or provide complete pain relief, but it will prevent motion in the painful portions of your spine returning and allow you to have some function and normalcy.

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