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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from August 26, 2009
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Will Spine Surgery Ruin My Sex Life?
Having Back Pain Doesn't Mark the End of Your Sex Life
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I recently had spinal surgery to relieve pain from sciatica. How long should I wait to have sex? When I am able, are there any special precautions I should take?
—Gardiner, ME

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Both of your questions are important because a lot of people share your concerns. In fact, a 2008 SpineUniverse survey about sex and back pain found that 72% of sexually active adults had sex less frequently than before their back pain began.

Sex is a vital component to the health of any romantic relationship. And back pain certainly has the ability to make it a less than satisfying experience...

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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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Research Findings
Acupuncture Reduces Back Pain Better than Mainstream Methods

Acupuncture Reduces Back Pain Better than Mainstream MethodsSome patients shy away from alternative medicine because it's not scientifically proven. But a recent study may change a few minds.

Could acupuncture top traditional treatments, such as physical therapy and medications, at relieving your back pain?

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Back and Neck Braces
Back and Neck Brace Animation
We’ve all seen someone, at one time or another, wearing a neckbrace.  Back braces are a bit harder to spot since they’re sometimes worn under the clothes. 

Bracing is a common treatment for a variety of spinal conditions, but how does a brace actually work?  See why your spine sometimes needs to be held in place with a brace in this video.

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