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5 Easy Exercises to Work Your Para-Spinal Muscles

Many people have experienced back pain or strain at one point in their lives.  While many people correlate their back pain to a certain activity like bending or lifting, the activity is often not the cause.  When a person is not in shape, they lose the stability in their core that supports the back and keeps it strong.

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Spinal Fusion: What to Expect

There are a number of non-surgical treatments for back pain, and 90% of patients who receive treatment at the New England Baptist Hospital Spine Center do not need surgery. However, when non-operative treatments fail, surgery may be the best option for relieving your pain and/or restoring function. Dr. Raymond Hwang, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the back, neck and spine at NEBH, explains one type of surgery, spinal fusion, what you should ask your surgeon, and what you can expect after surgery.

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Managing Chronic Back Pain While on Vacation

Summer is a time where many people look forward to relaxing and taking vacations. For millions of Americans who live with chronic back pain, the thought of traveling and being in an unfamiliar place can cause anxiety and stress. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to help prevent pain while on vacation to have a more relaxing and enjoyable trip. Dr. Sharon Bassi, a physiatrist (medical specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation) at NEBH suggests the following precautions.

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