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  • Newly Considered Tissue May Be Involved in Chronic Low Back Pain

    Complex problems often resemble an onion, with layers upon layers of detail that must be considered to get at the gist of the problem. Chronic lower back pain (CLBP) is certainly onion-like in that regard yet research continues to apply reductionistic thinking looking for a single item that is the magic…

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  • Guest Post from Chris Duffin-Disc Injury and Empowerment

    Today’s guest post from powerlifting champion, Chris Duffin, highlights the need for athletes with lumbar disc injury to recognize the injury mechanism for the lumbar disc and an understanding of natural history of healing in the disc.

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  • Why Does My Back Hurt in the Morning?

    People that come into our clinic for treatment after lumbar disc herniation frequently have a history of pain which is worse in the morning and then improves after they’ve been up moving around for a bit. Often they have some questions about what exercises and stretches they can do in the morning to make them feel better…

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  • Top 3 Questions Patients Have About Their Disc Injury

    For those that have struggled with lumbar disc herniation and sciatica, many common questions arise. These 3 blog posts address the most common questions we hear from patients in our clinic…

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  • For the Sake of Carl

    As I write this, it’s currently 2:00am and I am literally sitting in my kitchen wearing nothing more than a hoodie, and needing to write this after I awoke tonight thinking about Carl. I don’t often write in such a…

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  • Guest Post – Dr. Stuart McGill

    This week, we're honored to feature a guest post from renowned spine researcher, Dr. Stuart McGill. Dr. McGill is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed research papers, 3 books and several DVDs. In 2015, we hosted his Ultimate Back Fitness…

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  • Should I Get Surgery for My Disc Herniation?

    A common misconception in many patients is that the preferred treatment for lumbar disc herniation is surgery. Many people think that once a disk has herniated, the extruded portions must be surgically removed or they will always provide pressure on…

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  • Should I get an MRI?

    Since its advent in modern healthcare in the late 1970s, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been the darling of diagnostician's seeking a better way to identify causation of low back pain. Unfortunately, the promise of MRI to definitively diagnose common…

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  • Will My Disc Herniation Ever Heal?

    Remember when you were a kid and you skinned your knee and as the scab healed you had a strange urge to keep picking at it? Many of us can recall our mother's voice in our head saying “If you…

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  • McKenzie Exercises Help Sciatica Pain Fast

    If you have back pain of moderate to severe intensity right now, especially if you have pain your buttock or leg too, these simple sciatica exercises should help reduce your symptoms quickly. When you try to get into and out…

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  • How to Load a Disc without Harm

    As the grimacing gentleman above and to your left, world record holding powerlifter Chris Duffin, can attest, a well trained lumbar disc can manage outrageous load. Premium Members to FixYourOwnBack can see Chris in action on Chapter 9 of The Plan…

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