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Back Pain

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If you’re suffering from back pain, you’re not alone. In fact, eight out of 10 Americans will experience a lifestyle-altering episode of back pain at some point in their lives, with many of those episodes becoming recurrent. The spine care specialists and neurosurgeons at Saint Vincent Hospital are trained and experienced in providing relief.

Finding the Cause of Back Pain

While certain diseases and traumatic injury can cause back pain, common causes of back pain occur because of improper body mechanics, the prolonged repetitive use of incorrect bending or lifting techniques, poor posture or poor physical condition. At Saint Vincent Hospital, providing relief for back pain — no matter what the cause — is one of our specialties.

In addition, we understand taking care of an injured spine is more than making a diagnosis. It is the skilled, hands-on evaluation and appropriate diagnostic testing that determines the overall plan of care for you as an individual.

Treatment That Brings Relief

Our spine specialists use their clinical expertise for a quick, yet accurate, diagnosis to develop a plan of care that fits your needs. We’ll exhaust every appropriate treatment option before considering surgery. For instance, our interventional specialists treat back pain with non-surgical approaches such as medication management and injections.

However, sometimes prescribed rest, exercise, conditioning programs or physical therapy is not enough. If a surgical procedure becomes the right choice, our team of spine treatment specialists, including orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, are trained to effectively correct problems related to:

  • Bulging discs
  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Fractures, dislocations and subluxations
  • Herniated disc lesions
  • Mechanical back dysfunction
  • Osteoporosis
  • Soft tissue sprains, strains and contusions
  • Spinal deformities both acquired and congenital
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
  • Systemic diseases affecting spinal function
  • Traumatic and overuse injuries to the spine
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Work-related back pain

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Five Apps for Help with Joint Pain

man looking at phoneIf you’re looking for ways to manage joint pain in your knees or hips, there may be an app for that. We researched some free apps that can help you and your doctor easily track your joint pain journey. These apps are also beneficial to patients who will have or have had surgery.

  1. My Knee Guide
    This app is a great resource for patients preparing for knee replacement surgery and patients who’ve just gone through surgery. It provides information and current news about arthritis, checklists, reminders and first-person accounts of other people’s knee pain experiences.

    With this interactive app, you can also share your own story and comment on other users’ accounts. You can download My Knee Guide free.

  2. Knee Pain Exercises
    This app offers safe and effective video exercises for knee pain treatment. The developers of the app add new programs every week to keep things fun and progressive for patients.

    You can download it free, but if you want to access exclusive exercise programs, you may want a premium membership for $9.99 per month.

  3. RecovAware Knee Health Fitness
    This free app is perfect for patients recovering from a knee injury or managing knee pain. It allows you to input and track your daily pain levels, physical activities, swelling levels, medications and doctor appointments and write anything you feel or think through the take note tool. RecovAware also features photo uploading and collage makers for before and after photos.

    Likewise, you can gain support and motivation, ask questions and get answers from the RecovAware community.

  4. myHip&Knee
    Another app helpful for patients considering, undergoing and recovering from surgery, myHip&Knee offers a library of exercise videos and safe home recovery information. The app also allows you to track progress for joint range of motion, pain levels and other symptoms.
  5. Track + React
    This app aims to monitor the impact of your daily activities on your arthritis symptoms. It has a simple interface that allows you to track your food intake, physical activities, pain and stress levels, sleep quality, fatigue and more.

    Through daily logging, Track + React can help you understand which activities and types of food trigger your knee pain. It also offers an arthritis impact graph that you can print for your next appointment with your doctor. You can also download this app free of charge.

Final Thoughts

Please note that our hospital is not endorsing any specific app; we are here to help you at all stages of orthopedic care. If you have ongoing joint pain or swelling, please visit an orthopedic doctor or a rheumatologist right away.


American College of Rheumatology

App Advice

Arthritis Foundation

Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention


My Knee Guide