Relative Rest and Low Back Pain

Relative Rest and Low Back PainI am often asked if individuals should rest their back or work through their pain. In general, relative rest has been recommended for individuals with new onset, or “acute” low back pain (LBP). What is relative rest? Basically, patients with an acute episode of LBP should avoid activities that aggravate their condition. If you were injured at work, maybe some time off or specific restrictions are required to allow your back to heal. Maybe you were injured playing a sport. This would necessitate time off of that particular activity. Read more…


Your Smoking Habit Can Cause Chronic Back Pain

 Your Smoking Habit Can Cause Chronic Back PainCan’t shake your aches? Blame the stuff you puff: Smoking can increase your risk of developing chronic back pain, says new research from Northwestern University.

In the study, people with subacute back pain—soreness that lasted between 4 and 12 weeks—who smoked were three times more likely to report chronic aches a year later than those who didn’t light up. Read more…


Kube Named In 36 Spine Surgeons Under 40 and 240 Spine Surgeons To Know 2014

beckers-spine Becker’s ASC Review recently named Dr. Richard Kube one of the 36 Spine Surgeons Under 40 and 240 Spine Surgeons To Know 2014!

Dr. Richard Kube, MD, is the CEO, founder and owner of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute in Peoria, Ill., which focuses on the treatment of spinal disorders, research and education. He is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon who performs minimally invasive, motion-preserving surgical techniques. Read more…


How To Prevent Holiday Travel Back Pain

How To Prevent Holiday Travel Back PainAlmost everyone will experience back pain at some point in their lives. While normal wear and tear of an aging spine is a common cause, there are certain activities that can increase an individual’s chance of developing back pain. Especially during while traveling to see loved ones, it’s important to remember these tips to prevent holiday travel back pain.
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Limping & Back Pain

shutterstock_83773189Limping can be the origin of back pain or a symptom of back pain. Limping occurs when pain, symptoms or weakness in the back or lower extremity alters your gait. The leg on the injured side is not functioning correctly, so it lacks its proper movement pattern. Read more…