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Learn the Warning Sigs of a Drug Addiction

Deaths from drug overdoses are increasing at an alarming rate. Understanding how people become addicted to drugs is an essential first step in confronting what has become a national crisis. While it can be hard to see a loved one suffer from an addiction, knowing the warning signs can be a matter of life and death.

Visit​ UPMC HealthBeat to learn about the signs and symptoms of a drug addiction such as:

Kersten

Kersten's Search for Pain Relief

Kersten, a bank employee, was used to standing for long hours during work. Thinking her lower back and leg pain was a result of standing, she switched to a sitting position. Still having pain, Kersten knew something was wrong.

Referred to a pain management specialist and physical therapist, Kersten began to receive shots and therapy to help ease her pain. When this treatment wasn’t working, Kersten’s doctor sent her to the UPMC Department of Neurosurgery. Experts diagnosed Kersten with a lower disc herniation and spinal stenosis and strongly recommended surgery.

Deciding to have surgery to relieve her pain, Kersten’s surgical team used a minimally invasive method to remove her ruptured disc and restore the collapsing bones in her spine.

After a successful surgery, K​ersten entered a rehabilitation program. She quickly returned to her normal life and favorite pastimes, including a trip to Kennywood Amusement Park.

Learn more about Kersten’s lumbar disc herniation surgery at UPMC.​

men's health

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men? This month we remind all men to keep an eye out for possible changes to their health and help raise awareness for this type of cancer.

UPMC’s Department of Urology is dedicated to researching ways to combat this cancer and providing you with exceptional treatment and care. Our urology surgeons have particular expertise in several highly specialized technologies and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Learn more about prostate cancer treatment at UPMC.​ 

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