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[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.

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.

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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.

Pre-Operative Spine Surgery Class

Join us for a free informational class to help you and your loved ones prepare for your spinal surgery. You will have the opportunity to speak with highly trained nurses, physical therapists, and, occupational therapists that will provide information on what to expect before and during your stay with Providence, along with your return home. This class covers pain management, wound care, spinal precautions, body mechanics, and tips for safe living while you are recovering.

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

A tailored approach to complex adult scoliosis

Surgery to correct scoliosis and spinal deformity in adolescents and children has an extensive history; however, surgically addressing adults with scoliosis and spinal deformity was a rarity only 30 years ago. Many of these patients were simply told there was nothing to do for them.

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

Spine Care Continuum Update

The Providence Spine Care Continuum, or SCC, integrates the medical home and medical neighborhood to provide patients with streamlined care at the time of advanced imaging. The program is designed in partnership with primary care to keep the patient in their medical home with the primary care provider (PCP) as the coordinator of care with support from spine specialists.

Recommended Resource

AAOS Spine and Neck

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Spine and Neck page

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.

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. Chronic pain medicines page on Chronic pain, how to identify and treatment resources. Medicamentos para el dolor cronico (Chronic Pain Meds in Spanish) page on Chronic pain, translated to Spanish. page on Back Pain

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

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

Medline Plus Page on Back Pain

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

Medline Plus: Arthritis

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

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.