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SPR 2017

Spirit of Women magazine is a national publication presented to women by hospitals and their physicians. The magazine provides up-to-date, evidence-based healthcare information and promotes our hospitals as leaders in women's health excellence.

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16 SHUTTERSTOCK Back Care I f your back pain persists despite exercise, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and good lumbar support at your desk, the problem may be serious enough to warrant surgery. The good news? In an area of medicine where there's no "gold standard" treatment, surgical solutions for back problems are becoming more successful. "In the last year or so, there are quite a few advances that allow us to treat people with back pain more effectively," says Dr. Clifton Davis, a spinal surgeon affiliated with Bayfront Health St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Fla. The power of better imaging The growing use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to create detailed images of the spine, tendons, nerves and ligaments means exploratory back surgery essentially has become a thing of the past. "Years ago, it was difficult to know where the trouble was, so surgeons made big incisions to try to find the problem and fix it," Dr. Davis says. Consequently, spinal surgery to reduce back pain was more of a long shot that involved a lengthy and painful recovery process. Now, with improved diagnostic imaging studies such as MRI, spinal surgeons can better understand the correlation between the symptoms you are experiencing and the findings on your MRI so they can pinpoint the problem. Back surgery: New cutting-edge cures for pain By Sandra Gordon

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