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Steve Kim, D.O.

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Back Pain, Degenerative Spine Conditions, and Aging Go Hand in Hand

Posted by Steve Kim, D.O. on Mar 6, 2019 8:06:00 AM

Let’s count them up. In our spines, we have 26 bone disks, or vertebrae. When you add to that a few decades (or more) of life, our chances for back pain really stack up – so it’s no wonder the World Health Organization estimates that 60 to 70 percent of us will experience lower back pain as we age. The truth, which is no surprise, is that along with aging comes wear and tear in all our joints; our vertebrae are not immune. And degenerative spine is the most common cause of that back pain in older adults.

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Topics: degenerative spine conditions, osteoarthritis of the spine, what are the risk factors for degenerative spine, self care tips for degenerative spine pain

Bulging Discs Can Be Managed Without Surgery

Posted by Steve Kim, D.O. on Jan 19, 2019 9:04:00 AM

If you’ve suffered from back pain you know how uncomfortable it is. Sitting, standing, walking, even sleeping or lying down can all seem to aggravate your back. While there are plenty of circumstances and ailments that can lead to back pain, one of the most common causes is a bulging disc – not to be confused with herniated discs, a term many people use interchangeably with “bulging discs,” though these aren’t the same condition. Most of my patients with back pain have a fear of back surgery – and this is understandable. Back surgery is typically a last-resort option. The good news is that bulging discs often can be managed without any surgery. 

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Topics: bulging discs, back pain and bulging discs, nonsurgical treatment for a bulging disc, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist

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