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You Don't Have to Live With an Aching Back

Thousand Oaks, California - December 5, 2006


We’ve all felt that sudden sharp back pain when bending to pick something up, carrying a heavy bag of groceries, or even sneezing or coughing. In most instances, it’s a minor muscle pull that goes away on its own. However, that aching back may be more serious than you think.

Living with back pain isn’t an inevitability of getting older. Ongoing pain could be an indication of stress fractures within your spine resulting from osteoporosis, a condition affecting 55 percent of people 50 years of age or older, that causes bones to become progressively thinner and more fragile.



Spinal Stenosis: What Everyone Needs to Know About This Silent Epidemic That Threatens Our Everyday Activities

Thousand Oaks, California - July 26, 2006


Imagine what life would be like if our ability to make the simplest movements, like standing up straight or going for a walk, were taken away. Spinal stenosis, a narrowing condition of one or more areas of the spinal cord, causes nerve pinching and persistent pain in the lower body that can affect sufferers’ daily activities.

In the U.S., it is estimated that 400,000 Americans may already be unknowingly suffering from spinal stenosis, and the number is expected to increase as the baby boomer generation ages. Predominantly affecting both men and women over age 50, spinal stenosis symptoms include cramping, pain or numbness from the back radiating to the legs or from the neck to the arms; a loss of sensation in the extremities and sometimes problems with bladder functions. By the year 2010, it is estimated that the affected age group will make up approximately 19 percent of the population with new cases swiftly on the rise.



Nelson Spine Institute Helps Ventura County Residents Get Back to Health

Thousand Oaks, California - April 10, 2006


After more than 23 years, Russell W. Nelson, MD, one of Ventura County's premier orthopedic specialists, still wears his crisp cotton scrubs with a poise and panache well suited for day-to-day life at his newly opened Nelson Spine Institute. A comprehensive, state-of-the-art spine care center that offers friendly staff in a setting that looks more like a beautifully modern home, the Institute boasts original artwork and a comfortable décor while also featuring some of the most advanced medical diagnostic equipment available today.