Back Pain Tips
September 20, 2017

5 Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Prior to Back Surgery

Being clear about what to expect will help you get the surgical outcome you want

An expert offers 5 questions to ask your surgeon prior to back surgery. Don't miss your opportunity to get clear about what to expect from the procedure as well as post-surgical outcomes. 

September 20, 2017

Spine Surgery: How Surgeons and Patients Make Decisions Together

Patients are more involved in their healthcare plan than ever before; more information is available to patients, and they often become their own healthcare advocates.

August 17, 2018

Spinal Arthritis and Weight Loss

6 ways to treat back pain when you’re overweight.

My doctor says I need to lose weight in order for any types of treatments, including spine surgery, to be effective. I've recently started a weight loss program. My goal is to lose 60 more pounds by the end of the year. I would like to know: What can I do in the meantime to treat my back pain?

November 26, 2018

Can Weather Affect Sciatica?

Why sciatica can flare up in colder months, plus 5 prevention tips.

Can weather affect sciatica? One patients reports her sciatic pain is almost unbearable in cold months and tolerable in summer. Is there a connection with the temperature and the severity of pain?

September 28, 2017

Running and Degenerative Disc Disease

Will I Harm My Spine if I Continue to Run?

Running is a great way to stay fit and active, but if you've been diagnosed with DDD, you should also try incorporating other activities into your exercise routine.

September 28, 2017

Cigarette Smoke and Spine Surgery Recovery

Should You Avoid Second Hand Smoke?

Most people understand that smoking cigarettes will interfere with a healthy spinal fusion recovery, but second hand smoke can also impair your body's ability to heal after spine surgery.

September 28, 2017

Exercising after Spine Surgery

Let Comfort Be Your Guide

Gradually working activity back into your post-operative routine is important to a successful recovery.

September 27, 2017

Spondylolisthesis and Pregnancy

Exercise Before Helps Prevent Pain During Pregnancy

Article includes ways to improve your health before getting pregnant.

December 04, 2018

I Had Surgery: Is It Too Soon for Sex?

Having Back Pain Doesn't Mark the End of Your Sex Life

This article describes special considerations concerning sex after spine surgery.

April 04, 2018

Testing for Herniated Discs: Straight Leg Raise

A physical exam, which may include a straight leg raise test, is usually quite simple and is an important part of figuring out what is causing your back and leg pain.