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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from November 11, 2009
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Back Pain Prevention
Avoid Back Pain While Leaf Raking

Avoid Back Pain While Leaf RakingLiving in an area with beautiful fall foliage can be a blessing and a curse. Sure, you get to see natural artwork splashed before your eyes every time you leave the house, but the crunching beneath your feet is a friendly reminder than you have to pick up the mess.

Well, maybe we’re being a bit dramatic. Raking leaves isn’t all so bad—unless you end up hurting your back in the process. Learn the right way to rake leaves, and you’ll have more time to enjoy fall’s real pleasures.

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Spondylolisthesis and Pregnancy
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I have grade II spondylolisthesis, but I'm not experiencing any symptoms. What would happen if I became pregnant? Would the weight and pressure of the baby worsen my condition?

—Kingston, RI

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It's great that you're asking these questions now because it's important to deal with these concerns before becoming pregnant. Although you cannot reduce spondylolisthesis, there are ways to prevent symptom progression, especially during pregnancy.

But here's the unavoidable truth—pregnancy is hard on your back. So what can you do?

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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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Kicking the Habit

Kicking the Habit
The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 19th. The day challenges smokers to cut back or resolve to quit.

We all know smoking causes a multitude of health problems, most notably lung cancer. But do you understand that smoking has a harmful impact on your back? If you need another reason to quit, this article is for you.

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Treatment Animation
Facet Joint Injections

Your facet joints can become inflamed for a variety of reasons—though arthritis and injury are the most common.  A facet joint injection may help reduce joint pain and inflammation.

But is this treatment right for you? Watch and learn more in this animation.

Facet Joint Injections
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