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What is a Herniated Disc?

What is a Herniated Disc?

What is a herniated disc? A herniated disc is when material from a vertebral disc ruptures into the spinal canal. Your spine is made of up a column of vertebrae separated by discs. Your nerves runs down behind the column of vertebral bodies and discs. You can think of the discs like a jelly donut. […]

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Posture Exercise Program – A Follow-Up to the Discussion on the Importance of Optimal Posture

As a follow-up to our previous entry on the importance of good posture, we would like to introduce some basic exercises to help restore and maintain normal and optimal posture. Please note that exercise should be cleared with a physician or physical therapist before beginning any new exercise routine. These exercises should not be painful.  […]

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What is Osteoporosis?

What is Osteoporosis?

What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It occurs when the bones lose their normal density, become more porous, and become more fragile or brittle. This disease increases the chances of a broken bone, especially a break without significant trauma (ie. ground level fall). What are the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis? Osteoporosis […]

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It Took Millions of Years to Perfect the Upright Human Form but Only a Few Months Behind a Desk to Ruin it – A Discussion on the Importance of Posture

The idea of having good posture is no longer just for aesthetics. Rather, good posture is a constant pursuit of bio-mechanic perfection. Many degenerative and dysfunctional changes that our physical body goes through can be related back to non-optimal posture or poor musculoskeletal positioning over time. As Wolff’s law states, our bones will change shape […]

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What is a “Cortisone Injection”?

What is a “cortisone injection”? A cortisone injection, or corticosteroid injection, is a catch all term for an injection of a body part, using a derivative of a steroid/glucocorticoid and often a local anesthetic. Injecting a glucocorticoid and local anesthetic into an area of pain can be very effective in relieving the pain. In some […]

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New UPMC Spine Center Saves Patients Time & Aggravation, While Giving Them the Spinal Care They Need & Deserve In ONE Convenient Location!

UPMC has recently built a brand new, state-of-the-art Spine Center located on Route 19 in Wexford across from the Walnut Grill Restaurant and is unlike any other facility in the country! Parking is FREE and is located close to the building. The registration process is fast, easy, and headache-free with our new registration kiosks that […]

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Cutting-Edge Technology + Highly-Skilled Orthopedic Spine Surgeons = Better Care Wherever You Live

The marriage between UPMC’s Teleconsult Center at Northwest Hospital and UPMC’s Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates’ spine surgeons is a match made in medical heaven. This new UPMC initiative will allow patients in the northern-most parts of Pennsylvania (as well as parts of New York and Ohio) to receive the spinal care they need without having […]

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Arthritis Expo – October 2015

Lower Back Pain: What’s New, What to Do UPMC St. Margaret orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey A. Baum, MD, Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates UPMC, will discuss current treatments for arthritis and low back pain. Dr. Baum will also discuss current surgical treatment options for arthritis of the lower back. Saturday, October 3, 2015 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 […]