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Lower Back Pain: When To See An Orthopaedist

Back pain can be an incredibly disruptive force in people’s lives, dictating their capability, comfort, and demeanor. Lower back pain is so common that it is one of the leading reasons people find themselves in the emergency room. Dr. Drew Henderson was recently invited to FOX10 News to discuss this common ailment and how The […]

Community Partner: Doctors support Little Sisters of the Poor Lawn Party

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The Orthopaedic Group, P.C., and Drs. McGinley, Cope, McGowin, Barbour, Howard, Engerson, Kidder, and McKean are excited to sponsor the Little Sisters of the Poor Lawn Party. Little Sisters of the Poor is a non-profit organization that serves the elderly poor across 30 countries. Learn more about the Mobile organization on their website. Dr. McGinley […]

Welcome Dr. Andrew T. Henderson!

Dr. Andrew T. Henderson is shown in a white doctor's coat and smiling in the lobby of The Orthopaedic Group, P.C.'s Airport Boulevard office.

Dr. Andrew T. Henderson, spine specialist, is a board-eligible orthopaedic surgeon who joins The Orthopaedic Group, P.C.’s Spine Center of Excellence.

Is Back Pain Keeping You From Things You Love?

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Back pain is something many of us experience, and it can be very frustrating when the pain keeps us from doing the things we love to do. Many of our day-to-day tasks can be painful – everything from bending over to lifting to taking a daily walk around the neighborhood.  Nearly 65 million Americans experience […]

How is Back Pain Treated?

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Treatment for low back pain generally depends on whether the pain is acute or chronic. In general, surgery is recommended only if there is evidence of worsening nerve damage and when diagnostic tests indicate structural changes for which corrective surgical procedures have been developed. How is Back Pain Treated? Conventionally used treatments and their level […]

Can Back Pain Be Prevented?

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Recurring back pain resulting from improper body mechanics is often preventable by avoiding movements that jolt or strain the back, maintaining correct posture, and lifting objects properly. Many work-related injuries are caused or aggravated by stressors such as heavy lifting, contact stress (repeated or constant contact between soft body tissue and a hard or sharp […]

What Causes Low Back Pain?

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The vast majority of low back pain is mechanical in nature. In many cases, low back pain is associated with spondylosis, a term that refers to the general degeneration of the spine associated with normal wear and tear that occurs in the joints, discs, and bones of the spine as people get older. What Causes […]

Keeping Your Back Healthy

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A regimen of low-impact exercises is important for keeping your back healthy. Speed walking, swimming, or stationary bike riding 30 minutes daily can increase muscle strength and flexibility. Yoga also can help stretch and strengthen muscles and improve posture. Consult a physician for a list of low-impact, age-appropriate exercises that are specifically targeted to strengthening […]

Low Back Pain? You Are Not Alone

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If you have low back pain, you are not alone. About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. In a large survey, more than a quarter of adults reported experiencing low […]

Emily’s Patient Success Story

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Dr. Clinton Howard, IV worked with this sweet young lady to conservatively treat a pars fracture in her spine. The pars interarticularis is a portion of the lumbar spine and joins together the upper and lower joints. Emily was suffering from spondylolysis (spon-dee-low-lye-sis) which is a common cause of low back pain in adolescent athletes. The stress […]

Scoliosis Surgery Changes Lives of Ecuadorian Teens and Spine Specialists

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Scoliosis is a deformation of the spine, which causes the normally straight spine to curve.Scoliosis affects approximately two percent of people. Dr. James West and Dr. Clint Howard recently performed spine surgery on two 14-year-olds from Ecuador diagnosed with scoliosis. The teenagers, Victoria de Jesus Vera and Juleisy Delgado, initially came in with severe scoliosis to […]

It Really Is Your Parents’ Fault

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As a parent—or as a child—you know how easy it is to sometimes blame parents for everything that goes wrong. Curly hair, math deficiencies, car ran out of gas. It’s mom or dad’s fault. When it comes to some health issues, genetics may be to blame. Lifestyle or environmental factors may not be able to […]

Backpacks and Back Pain

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As we send our children out the door for school, make sure their backpacks are the right fit. Otherwise, they may suffer back pain at an early age. Dr. James L. West, spine specialist, recommends that students not carry more than 10 to 20 percent of their body weight on their backs daily. The best […]

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