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Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can transcend the purely physical cause that set it in motion and turn into a crisis that envelopes the entire person. Learn more about how to manage it without letting it manage you.

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Brain & Pain

The brain is a very dynamic organ and can play an important role in managing health. Protecting your most valuable resource—your brain— is an important part of a winning pain management plan.

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Lifestyle & Habits

Becoming healthier is a key to helping manage pain.Carefully decide how you spend your time each day and what habits you cultivate. Learn more about the key traits of highly successful chronic pain sufferers.

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We see ourselves as machines: If a part is broken, we fix it. Chronic pain doesn't follow this recipe. Standard medical treatments can certainly help, but if you are not careful, they can also stand in the way of progress.

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02 Aug

There’s Life after a Herniated Disc

By Dr. Peter Abaci

What do you do when your doctor diagnoses you with a herniated disc in your lower back? Well, first off don’t panic! How you approach this new piece of information has a lot to do with your particular clinical situation. For starters, think closely about where you feel your pain. Is it mostly in your lower back, or do you feel the most intense symptoms going down one leg?

Experiencing pain primarily in the lower back is a common problem that will afflict two thirds of the population at some time. The causes of low back pain are often nondescript and difficult to define. In other words, it can be difficult to accurately pinpoint factors contributing to the ache in your back, and evidence dictates that ordering an MRI for back pain is not really cost-effective when it comes to adding value to the treatment process. But if your doctor went ahead and got the MRI for you anyway, don’t assume that just because the radiologist found a herniated disc that this finding is clinically relevant. In fact, past studies have shown that a large proportion of asymptomatic volunteers do have herniated discs in their lower spines even though they don’t have symptoms. When it comes to choosing management strategies for your back ache, it may not be all that helpful to approach it as a herniated disc problem.

On the other hand, if most of your pain is shooting down one leg or the other, a symptom often referred to as sciatica, then an MRI finding of a herniated disc may be much more relevant. Herniation means that disc material, including the outer cartilage annulus and inner gelatinous annular elements, has pushed out beyond the normal margins of the disc space. When this happens nerve roots can get irritated by the mechanical pressure exerted on them as well as by chemical inflammation created by the herniation.

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16 Aug

Olympians are using alternative therapies and what that means for you

Cupping, taping, acupuncture, massage… anything for the competitive advantage, as seen quite visibly on Michael Phelps’ cupping marks in this year’s Olympic games.

The world’s top men’s swimmer is one of the most well known elite athletes reaching to alternative therapies left and right. Other highly visible Olympians using unconventional performance boosters include beach volleyball players and their brightly colored physio-tape.

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16 Aug

Stretches For Back Pain Relief - 20 Minute Yoga Sequence For Beginners

Stretches for back pain relief - Jen's 20 Minute Beginners Back, Sciatica Pain Relief, & Flexibility Yoga Flow is here! Naturally relieve Back Pain, Back Tension, Sciatica Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Tension, and gain Flexibility in this Full 25 Minute, Beginners Yoga Class! Certified Yoga Instructor Jen Hilman from Austin TX, leads this Yoga flow. This is a Beginners level instructional Yoga video.

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15 Aug

Stanford Back Pain Education Day 2016! FREE!

We all know someone who suffers from back pain. Please join us for an exciting day filled with lectures from Stanford pain experts and information on community resources, research opportunities, and state-of-the-art back pain treatments!

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