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,

How Stress Affects Back Pain

April is National Stress Awareness Month, meaning it’s the perfect time for us to talk about how stress affects back pain. Stress is incredibly common among working adults in the US. A recent study found that on average over 60% of working adults feel stressed three or more workdays each week. This finding means that on any given workday,

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.

Acute Or Chronic Back Pain

What is acute back pain?

Acute back pain is back pain that lasts less than 3-6 months.

What causes acute back pain?

Acute back pain is often directly related to tissue damage, whether it be a muscle strain or the residual effects of a traumatic event.

What is chronic back pain?

Say Good Night to Nighttime Neck Pain

Neck pain is fairly common during sleep. Luckily, there are ways to minimize that pain or eliminate it altogether. The kind of pillow you use, along with what position you sleep in, are likely causes of neck pain.

In general, pillows should support the natural curve of your neck, maintaining the position of your neck when standing with good posture.

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