Dawn Ferchak

About Dawn Ferchak

Dawn Ferchak is a freelance health and medicine writer. 

Articles Written by Dawn Ferchak

Lumbar Pillows for Low Back Pain Relief

Lower back pain can make sitting a nightmare, but a lumbar pillow can help. Learn why you may want a lumbar pillow and what you need to know to find the right one.

Spondylolysis: What You Need to Know

Spondylolysis is a big word for a little fracture in your spine. Learn what spondylolysis is, how it happens, and how you can treat it.

Choosing the Best Pillow for Neck Pain and Back Pain

Choosing the wrong pillow is a recipe for neck and back pain. Here’s what you need to know about picking the best pillow for your neck and back.

Tips and Tricks for Parenting with Back Pain

Parenting isn’t easy, and it can be especially taxing when you have acute or chronic back pain. Try these strategies for less pain and more quality time with children of any age.

What is the Right Medication for Your Back Pain?

When it comes to back pain medications, you have options—a lot of them. How do you know which one is right for you?

Radiculopathy: What You Need to Know

Radiculopathy is pain, tingling, numbness or weakness down the length of a nerve, caused by a compressed nerve root in the spine.

Handling Housework when You Have a Bad Back

When you have back pain, housework can go from irritating to agonizing. Here are some tips to keep your house tidy without the pain.

Is Cracking Your Back All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Cracking your back: We all do it, but should we? Our experts tell you what’s making that sound and how to do it safely.

Spinal Surgeries: Laminotomy versus Laminectomy

Laminectomy and laminotomy are types of spinal decompression surgeries that involve full or partial removal of the lamina, the vertebrae's bony plate that protects the spinal canal.

Expert Tips for Avoiding Back Injury at Work

It’s not just high-impact labor jobs that cause back pain. Do you sit all day and use a computer? You’re at risk too. See our expert tips for avoiding back injury at work.

Breasts and Your Back: Why Breast Size Can Affect Back Pain

Large breasts can cause chronic neck and back pain. Consider breast reduction for back pain relief if that’s what’s causing your pain.

What Hurts? 3 Types of Back Pain

Musculoskeletal pain—usually what you think of as back pain—comes in a couple of flavors, and knowing which is which will help you get the right treatment.

Belly Dance Your Back Pain Away

Belly dance can be an effective if unconventional way to help your lower back pain, while getting some exercise and improving your posture. Plus, it’s fun! Read on.

Enjoy Your Hobbies Without Back and Neck Pain

Everyone needs hobbies; you can’t just work all day every day. But make sure your hobbies are safe for your spine by following this guide.

PT and the Pandemic: Physical Therapy at Home

The coronavirus pandemic has changed how healthcare is practiced and delivered, and physical therapy is no exception. Learn how you can get your PT done safely and effectively in your own home.

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