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Disc Herniation

If you haven’t already heard the analogy, a jelly donut is a really easy way to get the idea of a lumbar disc herniation. If you recall from previous blogs, our spine is made up of boney blocks separated by cartilage discs. These cartilage discs have a tough outer cartilage (like the dough of a…

Stretches for Back Pain

Last week, several patients asked me for the best back stretches for the relief of back pain. Although stretching is something that most of us do (including my dog when she wakes up in the morning) you may be surprised to hear that it is not always helpful! Several studies have found that static stretching…