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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from October 29, 2008
Sponsored by: Laser Spine Institute
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Ask The Experts
No Question is Stupid
So ask all the questions you need to before spine surgery
Ask the Experts Question

I’m going to have surgery for spinal stenosis.  What questions should I ask the surgeon prior to the surgery?  I feel like there’s a lot I want to know, but I don’t want to ask any stupid questions.
—Macon, MO

Ask the Experts Answer

No question is a stupid question when you’re facing surgery.  You have a right to know everything that’s going to happen before, during, and after the surgery, and you also have a right to have all the risks and benefits fully explained to you.

Surgery is like any other major decision in your life, and before you buy a house or a car (or in this economy, buy gas for your car), you probably do your research and try to understand everything you can—even if that means asking “stupid” or “obvious” questions of someone who knows more than you do.

Some basic questions you should think about asking are:

Nicola V. Hawkinson, RN, ANP This Week's Expert
Nicola V. Hawkinson, RN, RNFA, NP
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
NYU—Hospital for Joint Diseases
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Sen. Obama Talks Health Care with Us
Sen. Obama Explains His Health Plan

Health care is one of the biggest issues in the 2008 presidential election—and most likely, it’s a very important issue for you.

To help you out, SpineUniverse asked Senators Barack Obama and John McCain about their health care plans.  Sen. McCain did not respond, but Sen. Obama gave us answers to 5 pressing health care questions.

Read Sen. Obama's Answers

Americans in Pain: Survey Results
How Do We Fix Americans' Back Pain?
That's the $90 billion question

View ResultsHow do you get America back on track?

Well, we can’t really answer that question, so we decided to try to answer one like that (and one that we actually know something about):  How do you get America’s backs back on track?

In September 2008, SpineUniverse ran a survey about one of America’s nearly ubiquitous health problems:  back pain.  We asked Americans what’s causing it and what can be done to fix it.  Then, most importantly, we asked who should pay for it.

Do you agree with the results?

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Physical Therapy: What You Need to Know

Most of us have heard of physical therapy, especially since it’s so often prescribed for people with back pain and neck pain.

But do you know what’s really going to happen during physical therapy?  Why are you being sent to a PT?

Learn what will happen—or should be happening—in your PT sessions.

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Common Conditions:
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Degenerative Disc Disease
Herniated Discs
Low Back Pain
Osteoporosis/Spinal Fracture
Spinal Stenosis
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Back Pain Prevention
Leaf Raking Tips
Avoid back pain this fall

Leaf Raking TipsAh fall—the sweaters, the hot apple cider, the football, the back pain from leaf raking…

That last one isn’t a good part of fall.  Learn how to avoid back pain after raking leaves with just a few simple steps. Read Article

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