Research and Clinical Trials Blog Posts

The 3 Worst Things You Can Do To Your Neck

These everyday habits may be damaging your neck.

The Best Alternative Therapies to Treat Back and Neck Pain

There are many options for alternative therapies to treat back and neck pain, including massage, acupuncture, yoga, and more. A large review reveals which options are the most effective at relieving pain.

Study Finds 20% of Spine Fusion Patients Develop PTSD

A study published in the journal Spine and conducted by the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) determined that nearly 1 in 5 patients develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after having a fusion surgery.

Recurrent Lumbar Disc Herniation: What to Know

Considering surgery to correct a lumbar herniated disc? A new study reveals the rate at which patients who undergo surgery are at risk for a recurrent lumbar disc herniation.

Is Surgery the Quickest Path to Sciatica Relief?

Researchers compared surgical and non-surgical treatments for severe sciatica pain from a lumbar herniated disc and determined that surgery may provide the fastest pain relief.

New Features Make the Spine-Health Forums Easier to Use

The Spine-health Forums offer a great way for those with chronic conditions to interact, and now they’re better than ever.

Back Pain and Pregnancy: The Triple Whammy of Having a Child

Many women don't expect to deal with low back pain as part of their pregnancy experience. Learn why this is a common problem for pregnant and postpartum women.

3 Totally Unexpected Results from a Fusion Poll

A poll we recently ran asking our readers about their preference for which type of implant material was used in their spine fusion yielded some interesting results.

Chronic Pain on the Brain: Mapping Pain with MRIs

People who live with chronic pain can feel frustrated because there is no way to scientifically quantify their pain responses. However, a recent analysis of MRI scans of people in chronic pain show that there may be a way to map pain in the brain.

What Are Cages and Why Is Your Surgeon Putting One in Your Spine?

Though you don't have to know as much as a spine surgeon, it is important to understand the type of spine surgery you are signing up for, and what types of implants will become a permanent part of your body during a fusion surgery.

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