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Alcohol and chronic pain

People have been using alcohol to help cope with chronic pain for many years. Many people also may use alcohol as a way to manage stress, and chronic pain often can be a significant stressor. Research studies have found that as many as 28% of people with chronic pain use alcohol as a pain management… Read more »

Back spasms: What they are, what to do

To understand back muscle spasms, start by reviewing what you know about the different parts of the spine.  You can think of the spine as a framework or scaffolding holding up the body.  The spine is a collection of bony rings, called vertebrae, whose major function is to provide support for the body and protection… Read more »

Back in the game: Sports injuries

When you work hard at playing sports, you can injure your back.  As the body’s center of gravity, the back is particularly prone to injuries.  Pounding the pavement while running places considerable stress on the lower back.  Tennis shots rotate the trunk and twist the spine which can strain back muscles. Up to twenty percent… Read more »