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Luckily, surgery is only necessary in a relatively small number of cases involving back problems. Non-invasive methods such as chiropractic care are available for treating a wide range of spinal conditions, including back pain, sciatica and herniated discs. However, in some severe cases, particularly those involving fractured vertebrae, scoliosis, kyphosis, and when degenerative disc disease has progressed to a point where the spinal nerves are being compressed and causing constant pain, surgery may be necessary.
Glucosamine is currently one of the most commonly used dietary supplements in the US. With major increases in the rate of obesity and the osteoarthritis that often stems from it, many people are eager to find a solution to their joint pain (particularly in the knees and hips) that does not also cause significant side effects. However, there is still a significant amount of controversy surrounding its efficacy.
Osteoporosis is one of the most prevalent conditions among older people. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, one in two women and one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-induced fracture at some point in their lives.