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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from SpineUniverse.com
spineuniverse.com February 27, 2008
Ask The Experts
How Do Sit-Ups Help My Spine?
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I've been having some back pain, and my doctor told me I'm supposed to do abdominal strengthening exercises. Can you explain to me why it's so important to strengthen my abdominal muscles since it's my back that hurts? Shouldn't I be focusing on strengthening my back muscles?
—Akron, OH
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Answer:
I know, it does seem counterintuitive to strengthen another part of your body when it’s your back that has had all the problems and pain. But for your back, abdominal strengthening is as important, if not more important than, back strengthening because the abs are the "front anchor" for your spine. They work as a counterbalance for your back muscles: that means that...
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Dana L. Davis, MPT This Week's Expert:
Dana L. Davis, MPT
Clinical Director & Treating Therapist
Rehab Orthopaedic Medicine
Decatur, GA
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Back and Neck Pain - Survey Results
Back Pain Ruins Sex Life

Did that get your attention? Read the results from SpineUniverse’s recent survey on sex and back pain.  When it comes to what’s happening behind the bedroom door, these survey results are very revealing (and yes, that pun is very much intended).

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Survey Results: Back Pain and Sex
72% of sexually active respondents reported they had sex less frequently than before their back pain began


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Back Pain Videos
Visual Learners Wanted

Learn about your spinal anatomy, see what happens to your intervertebral discs as you age, watch how an MRI is done, and more.

Back Pain Videos
Common Conditions:

Back Pain
Neck Pain
Degenerative Disc Disease
Herniated Discs
Kyphosis
Low Back Pain
Osteoporosis/Spinal Fracture
Sciatica
Scoliosis
Spinal Stenosis
Spondylosis
Spondylolisthesis
Whiplash
Other Back Problems A-Z

Wellness and Lifestyle
Eat Right to Lose Weight (and Back Pain)
bagels or croissants?
Find out if bagels have more fat than croissants


Quiz:  Should you eat ice cream or frozen yogurt?
That’s an easy one.  But how about a croissant or a bagel?

It’s a fact:  being overweight can lead to increased back pain from spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and other common spinal conditions.

But this is true, too:  to lose weight and stay healthy, you can’t simply stop eating.  You have to eat the right foods in order to get rid of those extra pounds for good.  That’s because...Read More

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Spine Care Tips
Bracing for Scoliosis

For kids with scoliosis, wearing a brace can feel embarrassing.  For parents of kids with scoliosis, getting them to wear the brace can be frustrating.

For kids and parents, this is must-read article full of tips about every aspect of scoliosis bracing...
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Bracing for Scoliosis
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