Before looking forward to the new year, we took a look back to see which blogs were the most popular in 2014.

The 10 most viewed Spine-health blogs of 2014 were:

#10 Laser Disc Decompression for Spinal Stenosis: Does it Work?

The answer may surprise you. Our medical director, Dr. Peter Ullrich, gives a thorough explanation of the role lasers really have in spine surgery in this popular blog post.

Our medical expert warns that "laser surgery" for a herniated disc is just a
marketing ploy.
What's a Herniated Disc, Pinched Nerve, Bulging Disc...?

#9 10 Ways to Get Calcium if You're Lactose Intolerant

We all know by now that calcium is important for strong bones, but what if you are lactose intolerant or just don’t like milk? We have 10 tips to help you find great alternative calcium sources. For more information on osteoporosis, start here: What You Need to Know About Osteoporosis.

#8 56 Things to Do While Recovering from Surgery

Share this blog with anyone you know who is recovering from surgery: It is full of ideas, both fun and practical, to keep your mind and body healthy while you recover from any type of surgery.

See Practical Advice for Recovering from Back Surgery

#7 Who Should Treat Your Back Pain?

Getting a correct diagnosis for your back pain and receiving treatment that works is not easy, to say the least. This blog post discusses the benefits of an integrated spine clinic, where many different types of spine professionals work together to make a treatment plan that works best for you.

See Specialists Who Treat Back Pain

#6 14 Natural Pain Relievers

If you are tired of depending on pain medication to get relief, try some of these natural pain relieving alternatives.

Article continues below

#5 How to Make Your Own Gel Ice Pack or Moist Heat Pack

Some of the most common causes of back and neck pain are muscle strains and pulls. Heat and cold therapy can be extremely effective in helping you deal with the pain.

Watch Lower Back Strain Video

#4 Top 12 Tips for Buying a New Mattress

Before you make a decision to buy a certain mattress, make sure you take it for a “test drive”: Lie on it for at least 10-15 minutes in the store. You may feel a little silly, but good sleep is key for good health, so do whatever it takes to buy the right mattress for you.

See Choosing the Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain

#3 11 Unconventional Sleep Tips: How to Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep

Trouble sleeping? It seems you are in good company since this blog is so popular. Restorative sleep is 1 of the most effective treatments for pain, which makes it even more frustrating when you can’t sleep. Check out this blog post for tips on sleeping that you may not have tried.

#2 Is My Pain Sciatica or Something Else?

Pain may occur along the sciatic nerve when it is irritated. For some, this pain can be debilitating. This blog post discusses the importance of getting a correct diagnosis for your pain before seeking treatment.

See What You Need to Know About Sciatica

#1 6 Overlooked Remedies for Lower Back Pain Relief

Sometimes the best advice comes not from a medical professional, but from a friend or family member. We compiled 6 of our readers’ favorite, often overlooked remedies to help ease back and neck pain. My favorite? Eat dark chocolate to release your inner endorphins.

See Early Treatments for Lower Back Pain

So, what would you like to read about in 2015? We're always looking for new topics to write about, and we'd love to hear from you. Chime in on this Facebook post:

By the way, our most popular article of 2014 was Lower Back Pain Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment.