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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from October 14, 2009
Economic Downturn and Back Pain
Stress and Back Pain in the Market

RecessionRecession. It’s a word we’ve all become very familiar with this past year. And while financial experts say the worst is behind us, the stress of the whole situation may leave a longer impression on your back.

You may not get back all the money you lost in the financial crisis, but we have some stress-relieving tips that will help you survive the economic downturn with a healthy back.

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What’s More Important: My Pain Level or My Diagnosis?
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I'm 27 years old and have been going to my local gym for about 20 days. I've really started to like it, but an x-ray revealed that I have cervical spondylosis. I don't have any neck pain, so can I continue going to the gym by avoiding exercises that don't put pressure on the neck? Or would it be best if I just stop going?

—Burlington, VT

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Imaging tests often reveal abnormal findings such as bone spurs, disc degeneration, and disc bulges and herniations in individuals with no neck pain at all. In fact, most people with degenerative changes of the cervical spine remain symptom free.

I'm not surprised that as a 27-year-old, you're not experiencing neck pain. Since you have been enjoying your gym program for almost 3 weeks and are starting to like it, you may...

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Mitchell F. Miglis This Week's Expert
Mitchell F. Miglis, DC, Cert. MDT
Doctor of Chiropractic
Miglis Back and Neck Care Center
Melbourne, FL
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Neck Pain
Waking Up with Neck Pain

Neck PainWe’ve all had those nights when we sleep funny and wake up with a sore neck. Should you just let time work its healing magic, or is there something more you should do?

This article about common neck pain questions will help you determine what treatment options to look into—whether you woke up with a crick in your neck or have more serious pain that may warrant surgery.

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