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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from September 9, 2009
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Back Pain Imaging Tests: MRI vs. Myelogram
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I recently had an MRI. I went to another doctor for a second opinion, and he wants to do a myelogram in addition to an MRI. What's the benefit of this? Are there any complications associated with myelograms that I should know about?
—Oakland, CA

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There are several advantages to a myelogram. First of all, MRI quality varies markedly. For example, some have very low-strength magnets or poor rendering software. Open MRIs tend to have poor image quality, and all MRI scans are susceptible to...

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Treating Chronic Conditions
Physical Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Physical Therapy for Rheumatoid ArthritisTo combat rheumatoid arthritis inflammation and joint pain, physical therapy may be the last thing you consider—why engage in activity when even the slightest movements hurt?

To effectively treat RA, physical therapy should be in the picture. The techniques will help restore strength, range of motion, and flexibility—and this will curb your RA pain.

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Lumbar Fusion Surgery

Lumbar Fusion Surgery AnimationWrapping your mind around spine surgery can be a challenging task if you don't have a medical degree. But if you need back or neck surgery, it's important you know what to expect.

We're here to help. Watch this short video about lumbar fusion surgery and learn the basics on this procedure.

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Herniated Disc Patients Needed

The DuraGen Plus® clinical trial is for patients who will undergo a first time spine operation in the lumbar (low back) area because of a ruptured or slipped disc. Men and women between 18 and 70 years of age who meet the eligibility criteria may be candidates to participate in this controlled trial. This study will specifically evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational product, called DuraGen Plus® Adhesion Barrier Matrix, which may help to minimize post-operative scarring and the pain that may result from that scarring.

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