The FUSION Word

Phoenix Spine is pleased to provide our blog readers with the following entry written by Board Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Dan Lieberman. His unique perspective and insight will help you understand
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Smoking and Back Pain

Smoking and Back Pain

There is no shortage of information on the health risks of smoking. But can smoking actually affect your back pain? For smokers, the lifetime risk of developing a spinal fracture is increased by 32%
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Stress and Back Pain

Stress and Back Pain: Cause or Effect?

Back pain and stress can become a painful cycle. Back pain can cause stress and that stress- if not dealt with quickly- can lead to even more back pain. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
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Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

For many years, there was only one widely accepted strategy to treat chronic back pain: traditional invasive spinal surgery. However, advances in modern technology over the past few decades have
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holiday back injuries

Holiday Hacks That Wreck Your Back

We sat down with Dr. Richard Teff, one of our neurosurgeons, to ask about the injuries he commonly sees over the holidays, and his ideas on how to avoid them. In addition to his practice focused on
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Narcotic Painkillers

Narcotic Painkillers: Not Worth The Risk

As media coverage continues to focus on the growing epidemic of drug abuse and addiction to opioid medication, it is important to take a deeper look at the root cause of these potentially deadly
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Insurance Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: What to Look for To Make Sure You’re Covered

During open enrollment time, you may be faced with a large variety of different health insurance plans to choose from. Our patients frequently ask us for advice on what the best insurance to ensure
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Alternative to Fusion

A New Alternative to Fusion Surgery: Direct Visual Rhizotomy

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from pain in your low back, you should know that there may be a solution. In most cases, mechanical back pain is caused by problems with a
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prevent back pain with exercise

The Secret to Preventing Back Pain: Exercise

Back pain is like a horrible house guest: it comes in uninvited, disrupts everything, stays too long, and has a nasty habit of coming back. Back pain is no different than a lot of other diseases,
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Doctor Preventing Infection

What Your Doctor Can Do to Minimize Your Risk of Infection

While there is a lot of hype about infections from surgeries, the real risk of getting an infection from surgery is less than one percent. Fear of infection should not prevent you from having the
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Spine surgery

6 Steps to Avoid Getting an Infection from Spine Surgery

With any type of surgery, the truth is that an infection caused by bacteria is always a risk. Reduce the bacteria, and you minimize the risk of infection. While these risks are lower in spine
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Husband back on his feet after back pain

Is Your Husband Glued to the Couch by Back Pain?

When your spine hurts, every aspect of your life suffers; especially your family. It can be difficult living with someone in pain. Family members can feel helpless.  The last thing you want to do is
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Should I Use a Walker or a Walking Stick?

Back pain can cause you to feel unstable, and many people gravitate toward walkers or canes. But could these tools be hindering your recovery?

What is Preventing Your Back Pain

What is Preventing your Recovery from Back Pain?

“When you switch the lens and heal your mind of negativity, it actually helps heal your body of exhaustion, aches, and pains.” – Frank Lipman The biggest barrier to recovering from back
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Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough: When Should You Consider Back Surgery?

Coming to the decision to have back surgery is no easy task. Your back is the center of your body and plays a significant role in almost any movement, making it very likely that you will experience
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Self-Massage

DIY Back Pain Relief: Self Massage and Inversion Tables

Let’s face it; we don’t always have the time or the money to get a professional massage or visit a chiropractor. When you’re facing back pain and limited on resources, self-massage and an
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Best Diet for Healing Your Back

The Best Diet for Healing Your Back

In today’s world, there are diets that claim to fix anything. With so many “experts” out there, who should you listen to? We rely on results. The diet we’ve outlined is one of the most
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In-Network vs. Out-of-Network

In-Network vs. Out-of-Network: What’s the difference?

Insurance is one of those things that almost everyone has but most people don’t fully understand. One of the most mysterious aspects of insurance is why some doctor’s are considered in-network
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Golf with Back Pain

Get Your Game Back: How to Play Golf with Back Pain

Golf can be a lifestyle for the avid golfer, and when back pain alters that lifestyle, it can be frustrating. Many people with back pain are eager to get back into playing golf as soon as possible.
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Get Your Game Back: Can Cycling Help Your Back Pain?

Cycling is surprisingly a great exercise for many people with back pain. The way you sit on a bike typically straightens out the spine and is almost like putting your back into traction, as it widens
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Driving with back pain

Driving and Crying: How to Ease Your Back Pain

Riding in the car can be a pain in the back. Even though your back is not moving while you drive, a person’s posture while sitting in a car seat often results in a lot of force being applied to the
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Myths About Back Pain

Myths About Back Pain

Myths are often rooted in some truth. The same holds true for myths about back pain. There are plenty of differing opinions on back pain, but how do you know which sources are credible? It’s
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Life After Spinal Surgery

Are you about to go in for spinal surgery? Even if you’re just considering it, you are probably wondering what your recovery will look like. The first few weeks after surgery are crucial to your
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What to Expect When Getting an MRI

What is an MRI? Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a machine that uses magnetic fields to produce an image of your body. MRI is particularly great at making images of the spine. MRI shows problems
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Are Shoes the Solution?

Back Pain: Are Shoes the Solution?

Can the right shoes help your back pain? You’ve probably heard all kinds of claims. Most of them might sound something like this. “Your feet are your foundation. If that’s off, everything is
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Exercising with Back Pain

Should I Exercise When My Back Hurts?

We’ve heard it a million times. Rest is the key to healing an injury. That’s true, but when it comes to backaches, there is actually a danger in getting too much rest. It is important to make
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lower back pain

My Lower Back Hurts What Do I Do?

The first thing to do when your lower back begins to hurt is to close your eyes. Take a deep, cleansing breath. As you exhale repeat the following mantra to yourself: As bad as it hurts right now, it
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Pinched Nerve

What Is a Pinched Nerve in the Back?

Just like the roots of a tree come together to form the trunk, nerve roots in the spine come together to form nerves in the back which run down through your pelvis then down into your legs. Nerve
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normal disk

Herniated Discs and Bulging Discs: What’s the Difference?

Discs are made out of cartilage and separate the bones of the spine. They work really well as shock absorbers to protect your nerve roots and spinal cord from activities with impact, like running.
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Sleeping with Back Pain

Sleeping with Back Pain

Is there anything more important than sleep? Not if you’re not getting any. I see so many people with back pain who are cranky, exhausted, sad, frustrated, and mad — often all at the same
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Traveling With Back Pain

The best thing about summer in Arizona is… getting away from Arizona in the summer! It’s that time of year when Zonies get on a plane, train or automobile and beat the heat. But traveling with
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Misuse of Epidural Steroid Injections

Do you suffer from osteoarthritis or spinal stenosis and have received epidural steroid injections to help relieve the joint pain caused by these conditions? If so, it is time for you to stop. I have
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Myths About Back Pain

National Arthritis Month

In honor of National Arthritis Month, I’d like to share —and hopefully clear up— some of the misconceptions on arthritis of the spine. Back pain due to spinal arthritis is widespread,
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Introducing Phoenix Spine Surgery Center

By: Dr. Daniel Lieberman M.D. Phoenix Spine Surgery Center has officially opened its doors to our new outpatient facility in Goodyear, Arizona and is ready to get you get back in the game with our
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