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Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction FAQ – Part III

Mark W. McFarland, DO       This is part three of a three-part FAQ providing detailed information on sacroiliac joint dysfunction which answers frequently asked questions about this condition, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, available treatment options and what you

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Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction FAQ

Mark W. McFarland, DO This three-part FAQ will provide detailed information on sacroiliac joint dysfunction and answer frequently asked questions about this condition, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and available treatments. Where are the Sacroiliac joints? If you look at the

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What is Nociplastic Pain? 

Jenny L.F. Andrus, MD Clinicians have long held that there are two types of pain – nociceptive (the type of sensation or pain you feel when there is damage to your body tissues, think stepping on a tack) and neuropathic

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Why do I Need Spinal Fusion Surgery?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, MBA, FAAOS, CPE When I have a discussion with patients about potential spinal surgery, they often ask “how extensive will the surgery be and how much of my spine will be affected by the procedure?”  Generally,

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Ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®) for Pain Relief – Part I

In this three-part-article series, I’ll discuss a pain-relieving workhorse, ibuprofen, which is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID.  It works by reducing the amount of pain and inflammation-causing hormones circulating in the bloodstream, commonly known as a COX

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Kyphosis FAQs

Mark W. McFarland, DO Doesn’t everyone have curves in their spine? Absolutely.  A normal spine has several shallow alternating curves, which helps it to balance the weight of the head, and evenly distribute the weight of the body in alignment from

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Transverse Process Fracture of the Spine

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE Most of you are familiar enough with human anatomy to know that the spine has bones called vertebrae that are stacked upon one another, sandwiched between vertebral discs that help us walk upright, bear our

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