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What is the best type of exercise to alleviate and prevent back pain?
Alex L.
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by Doctor Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD of Atlantic Spine Center
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Also, we can relate to clinical conditions. For example, if a patient’s back pain is caused by being overweight, the best is to exercise, probably to lose weight. If the back pain is caused by abnormal posture, then the patient’s exercise is just to correct the position of the spine. It depends on what kind […] Read More
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When I have an episode of back pain, how long should it typically last?
Daniel F.
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by Doctor Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD of Atlantic Spine Center
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Back pain is very common. It can be acute, chronic, episodic. A lot of patients do have episodic pain. So each episode has different nature, it depends on what type of back condition it is. Let’s say if it is chronic or episodic back pain, typically the pain can last a few weeks and then […] Read More
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If I have Facet Joint Syndrome, would I need to be admitted to the hospital?
Shelley C.
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by Doctor Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD of Atlantic Spine Center
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Facet Joint Syndrome indicates the patients normally have arthritis type of pain of a facet joint. So normally people do not have to be hospitalized. Pain management in an office or at home is commonly needed, but people do not need to go to the hospital for that. Read More
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When will I be able to resume my routine activities after my endoscopic surgery?
Marilyn B.
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by Doctor Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD of Atlantic Spine Center
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Recovery is a matter of days or a few weeks, depending on what surgery is done. Endoscope surgery is a 15-min surgery, maybe a few days of recovery is enough. If endoscope surgery takes a few hours even, we can do endoscopic surgeries with spinal fusions, the recovery is also a long process. It depends. Read More
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I had an X-ray and was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis. Do I need surgery? Are there any alternatives?
Iron B.
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by Doctor Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD of Atlantic Spine Center
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Spondylolisthesis we also call spine slippage. When the spinal alignment has changed, so the spine can’t stay together perfectly. Very few people actually will need spinal surgery If Spondylolisthesis has complications already or has some instability. Alternatively, again, most people usually don’t need treatment, they need maybe physical therapy, maybe medication treatment, maybe pain management. […] Read More
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How long will the treatment take for a bulging disc?
Jeremiah P.
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by Doctor Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD of Atlantic Spine Center
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Bulging disc is very common. A lot of time it is normal, it’s not a pathologic condition. Normally, a bulging disc has no symptoms, people do not need treatment. Read More
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What is my short and long-term prognosis if I have Foraminal Stenosis?
Chloe L.
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by Doctor Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD of Atlantic Spine Center
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Foraminal Stenosis is a narrowing of the canal where nerves exit from the spinal canal. Stenosis is very common due to degeneration. If the narrowing is mild, the patients will not feel that (Foraminal Stenosis is asymptomatic). However, if Foraminal Stenosis is severe, they may have persistent or unbearable pain. If not treated, the damage […] Read More
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Is it possible to get some instability in facet joints after a foraminotomy or a laminotomy?
Mark F.
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by Doctor Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD of Atlantic Spine Center
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Yes. I believe so, it depends on how much of the bone was cut, how much was removed from the spine. Because both foraminotomy and laminotomy involve resection of part of a spine. If the resection is beyond the limit, like 50% of normal joints, instability will happen. Read More
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Does every woman get menopause symptoms?
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by AGE2B
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Some women have little or no symptoms at all. While they may feel lucky, every woman who reaches menopause should still schedule an annual visit with their doctor to maintain and monitor their health, since menopause is also part of the normal aging process.  A healthy lifestyle can offer major benefits to women going through […] Read More
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Do I still need Pap tests and mammograms after menopause?
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by AGE2B
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The recommendation is to continue with Pap tests until age 65, unless you have a risk factor for cervical cancer, such as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Even women who have had a hysterectomy may still need screening. With mammograms, most women at low risk of breast cancer can stop at 75. In both cases, you […] Read More

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