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Patient EducationVideo: Maine Medical Center's Neuroscience Institute - Neurosurgery & Spine

Once the cause of your back or neck pain has been identified, we take the time to educate you about your diagnosis and what you can do to get and keep your spine healthy. Through open, honest communication, we want to empower you to participate in your recovery and prevent future injury by making appropriate lifestyle changes. Many things that contribute to back pain are within your control.

Some of the topics we may cover include:

  • Posture and ergonomics – Ergonomics refers to the correct posture and positioning of the body while at work, rest and play. Poor posture may be caused by the way you sit in an office chair, look at the computer, drive, stand for long periods of time or even sleep.
  • Exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy weight – Too much weight can put a strain on the back, causing back pain
  • Nutrition
  • Stress management
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Smoking cessation (quitting smoking)
  • Sleep habits

We also work closely with your primary care physician and any providers to whom we may refer you. We understand that communication is an essential part of managing your care.