Neck Pain and Muscle Spasm

Neck Pain and Muscle SpasmDo you ever wake up and have a stiff neck, and wonder why does my neck feel locked up, sore, and stiff? Have you ever sustained a whiplash injury such as a car accident, and wonder why my neck is so sore? Why can’t I turn my head? At Prairie Spine & Pain Institute, we see these complaints every day. These symptoms are often related to the musculature in the neck that often goes untreated. Read more…


Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs):

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs):When a person has pain, one of the first medications usually grabbed out of the medicine cabinet is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs). In this article we will discuss the use of NSAIDs and specifically with back pain.

NSAIDs are anti-inflammatory drugs with analgesic and antipyretic properties. Analgesic refers to controlling pain and antipyretic refers to reducing fever. The inflammatory effect of these medications is what separates these drugs from acetaminophen better known as Tylenol. Read more…


Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash InjuriesWhiplash is a very common injury that occurs with the cervical (area related to the neck) spine.

The majority of people who experience whiplash are due to a deceleration injuries such as a car accident. The motion that occurs with these accidents is a backward then forward motion stretching all the muscles and ligaments in the cervical spine. This causes a sprain/strain of the cervical musculature. Read more…


Obesity and Back Pain

Obesity and Back PainMany patients often ask, “Does being overweight affect back pain?”

This a common question echoed throughout any orthopedic clinic. The truth is, yes, weight can affect your spine and cause pain. The spine is built to carry the weight of the body. The spine is very efficient at completing this function. The weight carried comes from, bone, muscle, fat, organs, etc. Read more…


Prairie Spine’s Richard Kube, MD At ISASS15

Prairie Spine's Richard Kube, MD At ISASS15Our own Richard Kube, MD recently presented at the recent International Society for Advancement of Spine Surgery 2015 Conference, the largest of its kind in the world, which took place in San Diego, California. Read more…