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Protect Your Back During Holiday Travel

Holiday season is officially here, and for many central Arkansans, that means lots of travel hours spent in the car and airport to see far away friends and family. Grueling holiday travel can be taxing on the healthiest people, but for those with chronic back pain, it can be almost unbearable. Below, we’ve outlined a few basic practices to help you have a happy, pain-free holiday.

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thankful

What Legacy Is Thankful For

As in the case with most of us, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily routine of life. A pop-tart on the way to work. Lunch at your desk. Picking up kids at soccer practice. Attempting to clean the house before it gets destroyed again by the new puppy. Rarely, do we all have a moment to sit, breathe, and take in this amazing life we are so honored to live.

When you are suffering from back pain, it gets even harder to shift that focus to thankfulness. So, we are taking this time to allow our amazing Legacy staff to remind us about the important things in life that keep them thankful all year long.

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smoking and back pain

The Rocky Relationship Between Smoking and Back Pain

It’s not new news necessarily, but even more research has come out to back it up. Smoking is directly linked to your back pain. Scientists from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois released information through a study that suggested that smoking directly interferes with a circuit in two different regions of your brain that is associated with pain.

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prevent back pain

Prevent Back Pain on Plane Rides

Holiday season is quickly approaching and some of our patients are booking their flights to go home to see family they don’t get to see any other part of the year. We love to see their excitement. But hate to see the anxiety that ultimately sets in when they think of the low back pain they experience when sitting for a long period of time.

By the very nature of the word “vacation”, a person should experience the act of vacating their normal routine; including dealing with chronic back pain. So we’ve put together an action list for those flying to family and friends this season to help them prevent back pain on plane rides.

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Epilepsy

Definition, Symptoms, and Treatment: Epilepsy

For most, November marks the month of temperatures dropping, football-related blood pressures rising, and turkey-induced napping. But for others it’s a month to rally behind those living with epilepsy. For National Epilepsy Awareness Month, we want to educate all our readers and patients on what epilepsy is and what the treatment options are.

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Migraines and Botox

Botox and Migraines: Your Questions Answered

Chronic migraines are one of the most debilitating problems we treat, even rivaling significant back pain in the amount of agony it causes patients. When a migraine begins, work, family and friends must all be put to the side until the patient can get their pain to subside – which could take hours. Patients with chronic migraines experience this excruciating occurrence 15 days a week or more.

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Healthy Foods

The Best Foods to Eat Post-Surgery

Today, we’re going to talk about an important part of the healing process that often goes ignored: nutrition. After spinal surgery, many patients feel they should “treat” themselves during what can be a difficult time, by eating all their favorite unhealthy foods. While we’re certainly not opposed to an occasional bowl of ice cream or slice of pizza, we do want our patients to provide their bodies with the proper fuel for recovery. Here are a few foods you should make sure to incorporate into your diet post surgery:

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best pillow for neck pain

Neck Pain: Which Pillow Is Best

Most people know that the type of mattress you use, how long you’ve had it, and the position you sleep in all affect the type of back pain you might endure when you get up in the morning. We consider it such an important factor to taking care of your back that that we recently wrote a blog on it (include link).

What most people don’t know is that your pillow is also a huge factor in preventing back and neck pain. Whether it’s a childhood-like attachment or fear of buying the wrong one, we all tend to hold on to pillows too long. If no amount of fluffing can save the sagging, drooping pillow sadly sitting atop your mattress, it’s time to look into a fresher, younger model. And we can help.

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Selective Nerve Root Block FAQ

What is a Selective Nerve Root Block?

A selective nerve root block (SNRB) is a procedure that helps Legacy surgeons determine the source of your leg or arm pain. There are many nerves in the cervical and lumbar spine. It is sometimes necessary to use more than an MRI, physical exam and symptom evaluation to determine the cause of pain.

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