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Where can you dispose of unused opioid medication?

Once the problem the medication was prescribed for has resolved or once the time period for its prescribed use has passed, it is best to properly dispose of unused controlled substance medications. This will assure that the medication will not fall into the wrong hands. Here is...
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Testosterone Therapy: What You Need To Know About Hypogonadism and Testosterone Pellet Therapy

What is Testosterone Pellet Therapy? Testosterone Pellet therapy is a method of delivering bio-identical hormones by using implanted pellets placed below the skin.  These pellets filled with testosterone or other hormones continuously release small quantities of bio-identical...
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Knee Painful? What are some possible causes and treatments?

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Knee Pain: Causes There are many possible causes of knee pain. You rely on your knees to support your weight and absorb the force and shock of movement throughout the day. The knee joint is a complex structure consisting of several supporting ligaments, shock absorbing cartilage,...
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Resources for Patients Considering a Spinal Fusion or Artificial Disc Replacement

Here are several resources from "Spine Universe" that may be helpful to patients considering spinal fusion or artificial disc replacement.   Should I Consider Artificial Disc Replacement for My Back or Neck Pain? Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery Low Back Spinal Fusion vs...
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Sciatica: What You Need To Know

Sciatica, Sciatic Nerve, Sciatica Nerve Pain, Radiculopathy
  Sciatica Definition: Sciatica describes pain in the low back, hips, buttocks and down one or both legs. This pain sometimes extends all the way to the foot. Usually, however sciatica only affects one side of the body.
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Where Neck Pain Begins

  Overview Neck pain is a common problem that severely impacts the quality of your life. It can limit your ability to be active. It can cause you to miss work. Many different causes may lead to pain in your neck.
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Osteoarthritis of the Knee

  Overview Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, is a gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a tough, flexible connective tissue that protects the ends of bones in the joints. Osteoarthritis is common in the knees because the knees bear the...
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Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Pain

Overview If you have injured your knee, or if normal wear and tear has caused degeneration of your joint, stem cell therapy may help. It uses parts of your own blood to help repair knee damage. It may help you avoid surgery.
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Visco-supplementation for Arthritis of the Knee

Overview This nonsurgical procedure is an injection of a gel-like medication into the knee joint to supplement or replace the thick synovial fluid that cushions the joint. This treatment can help reduce the pain of arthritis.
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Ultrasound-Guided Injection for Knee Pain

Overview This non-operative, outpatient procedure is designed to provide relief for patients with arthritis of the knee. The technique allows the physician to inject an inflammation-reducing steroid with maximum accuracy.
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Genicular Nerve Ablation (RF Neurotomy)

Overview During this outpatient procedure, the physician uses a radiofrequency device to heat up and disrupt the genicular nerves. These are the sensory nerves that transmit pain signals from the knee to the brain. Disrupting these pathways can provide long term relief from knee pain.
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XLIF® Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Overview Unlike traditional back surgery, XLIF® is performed through the patient's side. By entering this way, major muscles of the back are avoided. This minimally-invasive procedure is generally used to treat leg or back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. It can be...
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TLIF: Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Overview TLIF is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease. The surgeon will stabilize the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material. Incision Made The procedure is performed through one or more small incisions in the back....
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Percutaneous Disc Decompression (Stryker® Disc Dekompressor® Discectomy)

Overview This is a procedure to treat a herniated disc. That's a bulging disc in your spine. Getting rid of the bulge can relieve pressure on your nerves. It can relieve pain in your lower back and your legs. Preparation To start, the skin of your back is numbed. The doctor...
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Micro Endoscopic Discectomy

Overview This minimally-invasive procedure is performed through a tubular device. It is designed to relieve pain caused by herniated discs pressing on nerve roots. This surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which allows the patient to leave the hospital the same...
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PLIF: Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Overview PLIF is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease. The surgeon will stabilize the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material. Incision Made The procedure is performed through a three to six inch incision in the back....
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Lumbar Disc Microsurgery

Overview This minimally-invasive procedure relieves pressure on nerve roots caused by a herniated disc. It can eliminate the pain of sciatica. Preparation In preparation for the procedure, you are anesthetized. The surgeon creates a small incision in the skin of your back. The...
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Laminectomy

Overview A laminectomy is a procedure relieves pressure on the nerve roots in the spine. It is most commonly performed to relieve the pain of spinal stenosis. This is a narrowing of the spinal canal that is often caused by the formation of bony growths that can press against the...
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Intralaminar Lumbar Microendoscopic Discectomy

Overview This minimally-invasive procedure, performed through a tube called a cannula, is designed to relieve the pain caused by herniated disc tissue pressing against nerve roots in the spine. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and the patient is allowed to leave...
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Interspinous Stabilization (CoflexTM)

Overview In this surgical procedure, a titanium alloy device is implanted to relieve back pain or numbness in the legs or buttocks caused by spinal stenosis. This procedure is a non-fusion, minimally-invasive alternative to laminectomy with or without spinal fusion. Preparation...
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