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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from October 28, 2009
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Happy Halloween from SpineUniverse
Great Pumpkins, Greater Pains

Great Pumpkins, Greater PainsNo house—haunted or otherwise—is complete without a glowing Jack-o-Lantern on the porch this Halloween.

You still have time to pick up your Halloween pumpkins, but make sure to remember these back-friendly lifting tips. From patch to porch, they’ll get your pumpkin—and most importantly you—home safe.

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Are There Risks to Having a Cervical Epidural Injection?
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I have a herniated disc in my neck that is causing pain at the site of the herniation and numbness down my left arm and into my hand. Is an epidural steroid injection proper treatment for a herniated disc this high up on the back and close to the brain? I've only heard of injections being used for lumbar spine injuries.

—Beebeetown, IA

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This is a fascinating question. Epidural injections are often used to treat lumbar (low back) herniated discs, but using them for cervical herniated discs can pose concerns, including…

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Jack Stern, MD, PhD
Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York
White Plains, NY
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Autumn: The Season to Shape Up
Before you dig into your Halloween candy, read this article about how to establish healthy habits—or maintain the ones you already have.

Getting in shape during the fall will help you better handle the holiday temptations that loom ahead.

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Degenerative Disc Disease

Aging is the most common cause of degenerative disc disease, but it's not the only one. Watch and learn about DDD here.

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