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Ask An Expert

Ask an Expert: Biologic response modifiers (BRMs)

Q: I’ve heard about new “biologic” therapies for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. How do these medicines work? 

Ask an Expert: Diet and arthritis flare-ups

Q: Are there certain foods that can prevent arthritis flare-ups? And is it true that eating vegetables like tomatoes and potatoes can actually aggravate arthritis?

Ask an Expert: Do I need back surgery?

Q: “My back problem seems to be getting progressively worse. I’ve been taking medication for the pain, but at what point should I consider surgery?”

Ask an Expert: Glucosamine and chondroitin

Q: Can glucosamine and chondroitin prevent joint cartilage from wearing down?

Back and neck pain decision tools

Providence offers a number of online tools to help you make informed decisions about treatments for back and neck pain.

[VIDEO] Excruciating back pain gone immediately

Watch this KPTV report about a patient who was in the worst pain in his life. His minimally invasive spine surgery cured him "100 percent" and he was out on the town that evening.

Forms Instructions

Back pain: Questions to ask your doctor

If you are experiencing back pain and are not sure what to do about it, talk to your doctor. We have included the top 10 questions to ask your doctor about your pain.

Exercises for a Healthy Spine

Incorporating some simple exercises into your daily routine can help you maintain a healthy spine and avoid back and neck pain.

Providence specialists publish, present clinical expertise

From publishing in medical journals to presenting at peer conferences, Providence Brain and Spine Institute experts have been active on a national and international scale.

Your complete guide to spine surgery

A pre- and post-operative guide for patients planning for spine surgery at Providence Portland, St. Vincent or Willamette Falls medical centers. 

Proprietary Health Article

How real is failed back surgery syndrome?

Further testing often reveals that persistent pain has a treatable cause. – By J. Rafe Sales, M.D., orthopedic spine surgeon

Recommended Resource

AAOS Spine and Neck

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Spine and Neck page

Aetna InteliHealth Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Aetna InteliHealth page on Arthritis and Osteoarthritis and relevant resources.

Aetna InteliHealth: Chronic Pain

Aetna’s resource page for chronic pain including how to measure pain with scales and tools for managing with medication.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

AAOS landing page with resources to all topics regarding musculoskeletal health.

American Chronic Pain Association

American Chronic Pain Association main page with search for conditions, treatments and medication and pain management tools.

American College of Rheumatology

Physician’s resource website about rheumatology includes news, resources and research articles.

Bone and Joint Decade’s Musculoskeletal Portal

Bone and Joint Decade’s online resource for news for patients and orthopedic specialists.

FamilyDoctor.org: Chronic pain medicines

FamilyDoctor.org page on Chronic pain, how to identify and treatment resources.

FamilyDoctor.org: Medicamentos para el dolor cronico (Chronic Pain Meds in Spanish)

FamilyDoctor.org page on Chronic pain, translated to Spanish.

Healthfinder.gov: Arthritis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthfinder.gov tool’s page on arthritis. Includes FAQs and an overview of the types of arthritis with resource treatment options.

Healthfinder.gov page on Back Pain

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthfinder.gov page describing back pain, best treatments and other resources.

Healthfinder.gov: Pain

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services page on Pain, how to identify, treat and relevant resources.

Low back pain: Exercises to reduce pain

Low back pain is very common among adults and is often caused by overuse and muscle strain or injury. Treatment can help you stay as active as possible. And it will help you understand that some continued or repeated back pain is not surprising or dangerous.

Mayo Clinic Back Pain Page

Provides definition, symptoms and references for seeking treatment.

Mayo Clinic Neck Pain Page

Mayo Clinic’s definition, symptoms and references for seeking treatment of neck pain.

Medline Plus: Arthritis

Medline’s page on Arthritis, discussing types and symptoms with links to various resources for treatment and interactive tools.

Medline Plus Page on Back Pain

Medline Plus landing page describing back pain, best treatments and other resources.

Medline Plus: Pain

The National Library of Medicine’s online tool Medline Plus provides definition and treatment resources for pain management.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

NIAMS landing page with search for conditions in the health index and related resources.

Spine Health Conservative Care for Back Pain

Spine Health page with instructions on conservative ways to deal with back pain without surgery.

Spine Health Trusted Information for Back and Neck Pain

Spine Health main page with information about back and neck pain.

Check Your Symptoms: Back problems and injuries

Most people will have a minor back problem at one time or another. Our body movements usually do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or injury. Back problems and injuries often occur during sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks, or home projects.