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

Often, the spinal fusion procedure includes using a cage as a space holder between your vertebrae. This cage will become a part of your spine forever, so it’s important to understand what it is and why it’s there.

Weight Training Effectively Relieves Back Pain

Weight training, also known as strength training, can help relieve pain and improve flexibility for those with chronic low back pain.

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.

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.

Are Stem Cells a Viable Treatment for Lower Back Pain?

While stem cell treatment for lower back pain (such as that which is caused by degenerative disc disease) may sound promising, it still requires a lot of additional study.

How and When to Get a Second Opinion Before Spine Surgery

It is often said that no one should have spine surgery unless they receive a second opinion from another surgeon. On the surface, this advice would sound like good old common sense, as two opinions are better than one. However, there is a trap in this line of thinking.

Spinal Fusion Surgery Worth the Cost for Stenosis Patients?

Back pain affects more than 80% of people in the U.S. at a cost of more than $100 billion a year. While many conditions can be treated conservatively (non-surgically), sometimes surgery is the only way to provide considerable relief. The question becomes whether or not the high cost of spine surgery is worth it.

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