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Neck & Back Pain Videos

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Spine Anatomy Interactive Video

These illustrations of spinal anatomy give a clear picture of the components of the spine to help you better understand various sources of back pain and back problems.

Cervical Radiculopathy Interactive Video

Cervical radiculopathy (cervical disc herniation)

Causes neck pain by compressing the cervical nerve roots. This interactive video provides a clear picture of cervical radiculopathy.

Degenerative Disc Disease Interactive Video

Degenerative disc disease refers to any condition where the spinal discs are degenerating or degrading, often causing back pain. This interactive video provides information about degenerative disc disease anatomy, conditions, surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Kyphoplasty: Osteoporosis Fracture Treatment

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used for treating vertebral fractures resulting from osteoporosis. This interactive video takes you step by step through kyphoplasty spine surgery.

Lumbar Fusion ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Video

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is a procedure performed by approaching the spine through the abdomen. It involves the insertion of a bone graft into the disc space to help the vertebrae to fuse together. This video provides a step-by-step overview of ALIF surgery.

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Osteoarthritis of the Spine Video

Osteoarthritis (also called facet joint osteoarthritis or spinal arthritis) occurs when the cartilage that line the facet joints in the spine deteriorate, allowing the bones to rub directly against each other. This video provides information on facet joint disorders, bone spurs, and osteoarthritis anatomy, causes, and treatment options.

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Spinal Stenosis Symptoms and Diagnosis Video



Spinal stenosis is a condition that typically occurs as a person gets older. Facet joints in the spine can enlarge and place pressure on the spinal nerve roots, causing back and leg pain during certain activities. This video provides an overview of spinal stenosis symptoms, diagnosis, and its effect on the body.


Spondylolysis is a condition in which the there is a defect in a portion of the spine called the pars interarticularis (a small segment of bone joining the facet joints in the back of the spine). With spondylolisthesis, the pars interarticularis defect can be on one side of the spine only (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral). The most common level it is found is at L5-S1, although spondylolisthesis can occur at L4-5 and rarely at a higher level. Spondylolysis is the most common cause of isthmic spondylolisthesis, in which one vertebral body is slipped forward over another. Isthmic spondylolisthesis is the most common cause of back pain in adolescents; however, most adolescents with spondylolisthesis do not actually experience any symptoms or pain. Cases of either neurological deficits or paralysis are exceedingly rare, and for the most part it is not a dangerous condition. The most common symptom is back and/or leg pain that limits a patient's activity level.

Spondylolisthesis Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Options Video

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Low Back Pain from Muscle Strain By: Peter F. Ullrich, Jr., MD

The majority of episodes of acute lower back pain are caused by damage to the muscles and/or ligaments in the low back. Even though a muscle strain doesn’t sound like a serious injury, the low back pain can be surprisingly severe and is the cause of many emergency room visits each year. When the muscles or ligaments in the low back are strained or torn, the area around the muscles can become inflamed. With inflammation the muscles in the back can spasm and cause both severe lower back pain and difficulty moving. Pain is often relieved with rest. Lower back pain from muscle strain occurs most frequently from lifting a heavy object, lifting while twisting, or a sudden movement or fall. The pain is usually localized (doesn’t radiate to the leg), and there may be muscle spasms or soreness upon touch. The patient usually feels better when resting.

























































Low back pain treatment Fortunately, muscle strains usually heal with time (a couple of days or weeks) because muscles in the low back have a good blood supply to bring the necessary nutrients and proteins for healing to take place.

If the pain is severe, the patient may be advised to rest, but for no more than one or two days. Pain medication, ice application and/or heat application may all help alleviate the pain.

If an episode of low back pain lasts for more than two weeks, the muscles may start to weaken since using the muscles hurts, the tendency is to avoid using them. This process leads to disuse atrophy (muscle wasting), and subsequent weakening, which in turn causes more low back pain because the muscles are less able to help hold up the spine.

Exercise helps prevent acute low back pain As a general rule, people who are active and well-conditioned are much less likely to suffer from low back pain due to muscle strain, as regular exercise stretches the muscles so they are less likely to strain, tear or spasm.

There are three types of muscles that support the spine:  













·         Extensors (back muscles and gluteal muscles)

Flexors (abdominal muscles and iliopsoas muscles)

Obliques or Rotators (side muscles)

While some of these muscles are used in everyday life, most do not get adequate exercise from daily activities and tend to weaken with age unless they are specifically exercised. See Abdominal and back exercise recommendations.

A complete exercise program for the low back should consist of a combination of :



Aerobic conditioning.






















For more information, please see Back Exercise and Fitness Health Center

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         A muscle strain happens when the muscle is over-stretched or torn, resulting in damage to the muscle fibers (a pulled muscle).

           A lumbar sprain happens when ligaments are stretched too far or torn. Ligaments are very tough, fibrous connecting tissues that connect the muscles to the bones and joints.

For practical purposes, it doesn’t matter if the ligaments or muscles are the source of the lower back pain, since the treatment for all of them is the same.