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.
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.
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.
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.