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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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How to Care for your Back and Spine while Working from Home
How to Care for your Back and Spine while Working from Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed millions of U.S. employees out of their offices and into their homes. Without ergonomic chairs and desks, do-it-yourself worksp ...

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 eas ...

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, Cla ...

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 includes spinal manipulation (also called manual manipula ...

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

More than eight in 10 people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. In most cases, the pain goes away over time. If your back pain is severe or ...

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 wre ...

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. Instea ...

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 reg ...

Relief From Back Pain Allows Bride to Enjoy Wedding Day
Relief From Back Pain Allows Bride to Enjoy Wedding Day

A minimally invasive procedure in the form of an epidural injection allowed Kelly Montgomery to enjoy her wedding day free from back pain.

Spinal Surgery Saves Virginia Man from Paralysis
Spinal Surgery Saves Virginia Man from Paralysis

A fall from a tree almost paralyzed Charlie Bennett. Duke neurosurgery specialists realigned his spine, which was severely compressed by fractured vertebrae. No ...

Back in the Swing After Spine Surgery
Back in the Swing After Spine Surgery

Baseball coach Pete Shankle's minimally invasive spine surgery made him pain free for the first time in a year. “That surgery gave me my life back,” he says.