Pregnancy Back Pain

Pregnancy back pain is incredibly common – half of all pregnancies are complicated by back pain. Of those, 10% of pregnancies are complicated by back pain so severe that it interferes with the ability to complete daily activities.

It’s a well-known fact that the body goes through many changes during pregnancy, but back pain should not be accepted as a natural part of pregnancy.

Gardening With Back Pain

With gardening season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to share a few tips to help prevent back pain. Gardening can be great exercise, meaning it might actually help prevent or alleviate back pain when done correctly. 

Benefits of regular exercise include:

  • Helps reduce the frequency or severity of flare-ups in your pain
  • Keeps the spine both functional and mobile
  • Burns calories to help you maintain a healthy weight
  • Produces endorphins (nature’s painkillers) to elevate your mood and fight depression

Keep reading for several tips on gardening with back pain.

Back Pain Relief At Home

Some of the most common questions we get asked are regarding back pain relief. And that makes sense – back pain is the second most common reason for doctor’s visits, only outnumbered by upper respiratory infections. Luckily though, most cases of back pain aren’t caused by serious conditions.

So, how can you get back pain relief at home?

Osteoporosis: The Basics

May is National Osteoporosis Month, meaning it’s the perfect time to learn more about this incredibly common condition. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, “about 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis.”

Keep reading to learn more about this common condition and what the various risk factors are.

Healthy Weight, Healthier Spine

Did you know that on average, an obese person in the US spends $1,429 more annually on medical bills? This may be in part due to the fact that obesity puts you at a much higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes, among other things.

Unfortunately, obesity rates in the US keep rising.

Eating For Spine Health

Consuming a balanced and varied diet is beneficial for your entire body, including your spine. Nourishing your spine with the proper nutrients can help prevent back pain and improve your body’s ability to heal itself.

Would you say that your diet is healthy and you probably meet the recommendations for most micronutrients? If you answered yes,

Sleeping With Back Pain

Many of our patients complain of difficulty sleeping with back pain. This fact alone is to be expected. Many studies have found that back pain not only interferes with falling asleep, but staying asleep as well. What many of our patients don’t realize is that lack of quality sleep can actually contribute to their pain.

Tips to Stay Active Indoors

During Nebraska winters, it’s no surprise that most people prefer to stay active indoors. With snow, slush, and salt or sand covering most sidewalks, outdoor exercise is out of the question most days anyway. But don’t use winter weather conditions as an excuse to not get your exercise. 

Staying active is essential to keeping that spine of yours happy and healthy.

All About Spine Fusion Surgery

Spine fusion surgery is when a surgeon fuses two or more vertebrae together using a bone graft. The bone tissue will continue to grow and permanently lock the vertebrae together. A spine fusion limits movement of the spine, which may help to relieve back pain. And while the spine may not be as flexible as it was prior to the surgery,

How To Safely Shovel Snow

Injuries sustained while shoveling snow are a common but preventable winter problem. Would you believe us if we told you that as many as 11,000 people visit a hospital every year for injuries that occurred while shoveling snow? The most common injuries experienced include back problems, broken bones, head injuries, and heart problems.

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