Spinal Decompression Surgery Helps Woodworker Return to his Craft

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Back pain can have many causes, from sprains and strains to herniated discs. Rick Allain’s problem was a common one – arthritis was causing changes in the joints of his spine.

“As some of those joints became bigger and knobbier, they were starting to crowd the passageways for the nerves,” said Ted Choma, MD, director of the spine surgery division at MU Health Care’s Missouri Orthopaedic Institute.

Nearly a quarter of all adults in the U.S. have arthritis, but as Rick found out, relief is possible.

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