Research and Clinical Trials Blog Posts

Is Surgery the Quickest Path to Sciatica Relief?

Sciatic nerve with radiating pain in the buttocks and upper thigh
Learn some useful pointers on the overall success of surgeries for sciatica based on medical research from surgical trials.

The Best Alternative Therapies to Treat Back and Neck Pain

Closeup of acupuncture needles
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.

Weight Training Effectively Relieves Back Pain

Woman doing arm exercises with a trainer in a gym.
Learn about which conditions may benefit from weight training and guidelines and tips on how you can safely participate in strength training to help your back.

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

A cage is an implant that provides more normal spacing between vertebrae.
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.

How and When to Get a Second Opinion Before Spine Surgery

Woman consulting with her doctor.
<p>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.</p>