Ever since the Forums debuted on Spine-health, they have been a very popular place for users to meet and discuss. Those with spinal or chronic pain conditions can share coping tips and their experiences with medications or surgery.

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In addition to sharing information, users can also find emotional support for the day-to-day challenges of living with their condition. The forum can provide a circle of friendship, support, and camaraderie to help you through the worst and celebrate the good times as well.

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We’re happy to announce that we’ve made improvements to the Forums to make them easier to use and more customizable.

Here are some of the highlights from the new changes:

  • Discussion views—For each discussion, you can see the original author, number of replies, how many views it has, and the last person to comment.
  • Latest discussions—See which discussions have been active most recently in the right-hand column.
  • Expanded profile—User profiles have many new functions that are easy to create and update, such as a signature line, special notes, and much more.
  • My bookmarks—You can bookmark discussions you want to follow and revisit.
  • Notifications—Users can set up notifications for various events such as updates to threads or new messages. These can appear as a popup or email.
  • My drafts—Save a draft copy of your discussion or comment so that you can review or finish it later.
  • My activity—You can see a list of your recent activities, such as changing your avatar image or password.

If you’ve never visited the Spine-health Forums or you haven’t been back in a while, come check it out!

For a guide of the Forums and its new features, visit this post from Forums Moderator, Ron DiLauro.

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