Cannabinoids for Spine Pain

Opioids and muscle relaxants have typically been used to treat spine pain. However, in the awareness of the opioid epidemic, medical marijuana has grown popular. According to the January 2020 data from Colorado’s medical marijuana registry, 30,000 Coloradans reported use for “muscle spasms” and 76,000 reported use for “severe pain”. These are the two most…

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When Does Conservative Back Pain Treatment Turn Into Swiss Cheese Making?

Conservative treatment is often tried before considering low back surgery.  Time, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, yoga, and injections are reasonable modalities.  Even after surgery, adjuvant options may be considered. Often when patients present in a neurosurgery clinic, they have already tried injections and ponder if they have pursued enough to consider surgery.  It’s not uncommon…

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