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Spine and Back

Learn about the techniques that Duke spine specialists use to diagnose and treat back and neck conditions -- and the people who have benefitted from these innovative treatments.

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Raleigh Man Gets Life Back Thanks to Spinal Cord Stimulation Device
Raleigh Man Gets Life Back Thanks to Spinal Cord Stimulation Device

For 17 years, James Moharter suffered with a painful back injury that required increasingly powerful doses of pain medicine just to get him out of bed. That ch ...

When Can a Doctor Help Your Back Pain?
When Can a Doctor Help Your Back Pain?

More than eight in 10 people will experience upper, mid, or low back pain at some point in their lives. Low back pain is the most common back pain. In most cas ...

Have Pain but Don’t Want Surgery? See a Physiatrist Instead
Have Pain but Don’t Want Surgery? See a Physiatrist Instead

If you experience chronic pain from an injury or medical condition, a physiatrist may be able to help you find relief without surgery. Physiatrists are medical ...

Could Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Eliminate Your Chronic Pain?
Could Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Eliminate Your Chronic Pain?

Peripheral nerve stimulation is becoming a popular treatment option for everything from stubborn back pain to rare neuropathies. Compared with opioid pain kill ...

Should You See a Chiropractor for Back Pain?
Should You See a Chiropractor for Back Pain?

Nearly everyone suffers from back pain at some point. One treatment option is chiropractic care, which often includes spinal manipulation (also called manual m ...

Working from Home Causing Back Pain?
Working from Home Causing Back Pain?

If your home workspace is leaving you with an aching back, there are steps you can take to keep it from worsening. Here, Duke physiatrist Dr. Carolyn Keeler, ...

Stay Awake During Spine Surgery to Recuperate Faster, Go Home Sooner
Stay Awake During Spine Surgery to Recuperate Faster, Go Home Sooner

Awake spine surgery is an alternative for people who can’t tolerate or don’t want general anesthesia. With perks that include a shorter hospital stay and an ea ...

91-Year Old Walks Again After Surgery Repairs Severed Spine
91-Year Old Walks Again After Surgery Repairs Severed Spine

No one expected James Clark to walk again after a car accident left him with a severed spine. Thanks to a team of neurosurgeons at Duke University Hospital, Cl ...

Scoliosis X-rays are safer with lower-radiation technology
Scoliosis X-rays are safer with lower-radiation technology

New technology helps Duke doctors monitor Ellie Garman’s scoliosis (curvature of the spine) while reducing her X-ray radiation exposure.

How your smartphone is hurting you
How your smartphone is hurting you

If you're like 64 percent of Americans, you own a smartphone. For many, it's become a device they just can't live without. However, too much screen time can wr ...

Spinal implant improves quality of life for little girl with early onset scoliosis
Spinal implant improves quality of life for little girl with early onset scoliosis

Aubrey Parks’ parents thought their 7-year-old daughter would need at least eight surgeries over the next three years to treat her early onset scoliosis. Inste ...

7 Facts You Should Know About Adult Scoliosis
7 Facts You Should Know About Adult Scoliosis

Scoliosis is not just for kids. Many adults develop scoliosis, and live with it for many years without even knowing they have it. Others keep it at bay with re ...