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November 8th, 2017

Spine Treatment Has Come a Long Way

With the surgical practice of medicine dating back many centuries, we modern humans tend to take for granted the option to have any part of our body operated on so that our overall health can be restored. Archeological evidence has shown that brain surgery may have dated all the way back to the Neolithic period (late Stone Age). The first successful cardiac surgery, however, wasn't performed until the 1800s. What about spine surgery? It may surprise you to know that the surgical treatment of spinal disorders did not develop until the 1900s.

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November 1st, 2017

Avoiding the Back Pain Overtreatment Trap

When it comes to the way we experience the aches and pains of life in today's modern, fast-paced and digitally-connected world, the notion of dealing with any amount of pain for any length of time can seem downright barbaric. We have medicines! We have modern surgical innovations! We have myriad "gadgets" that promise relief or your money back! Right? Especially when it comes to back pain, you'll find few other physical ails that are more universal to the human race, and as a result, seemingly limitless treatment options to address it. But how much is too much?

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November 1st, 2017

Understanding Spinal Tumors

As a spine surgeon, the majority of patients I see have complaints of low back pain resulting from injury to the spinal muscles, ligaments, joints, or discs. In fact, somewhere around 80 percent of Americans will suffer from acute back pain at least once in their lives, few requiring reparative surgery and most resolving over time. Though conditions like herniated discs, spinal instability, and stenosis account for a large amount of back pain, there is another much less common condition responsible for similar symptoms of acute and/or chronic back pain. Only 1 out of every 100,000 people (or about 10,000 people a year in the US) will develop spinal tumors.

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October 4th, 2017

Don’t Fall For It – Avoiding Spinal Trauma is Possible

Over the years, I’ve written extensively on how spine surgery can be avoided for a variety of conditions that cause back pain and when it can’t, how it can be performed minimally invasively. Most of those articles have an asterisk disclaimer that comes with them because traumatic spine injuries are that “exception to the rule.” In cases where the spine has been acutely injured in such a way that only surgery can fix it, the option for minimally invasive repair isn’t always available. Sometimes, immediate life or death decisions must be made and the opportunity to weigh pros and cons cannot be afforded. This difficult message has a silver lining, however. You can reduce your risk of catastrophic spine injury. Here’s how:

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August 29th, 2017

Beware of These 3 Back Pain Myths

When it comes to health problems, back pain is one of the most common ailments among Americans, with up to 80 percent of the adult population suffering from it at least once during their lifetime. And because if affects so many people, it’s a hot discussion topic in our homes, with our friends and coworkers and especially online. As a spine surgeon in practice for more than two decades, I continue to encounter patients, particularly in this digital age where so much information is at our fingertips (much of it wrong), who believe back-pain wives tales – misinformation or concepts that have long been debunked by scientific research. So, though this is by no means an exhaustive list of myths I’ve heard repeatedly over the years, I’m sharing some big ones. This information may not provide relief from physical pain, but it might save you from some mental anguish so that you can start feeling better, faster.

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August 22nd, 2017

Choosing the Right Backpack to Help Your Student Avoid Back Pain

With the fall season upon us, the Back-to-School shopping craze is now at its fever pitch. And if you’ve got a student heading back to school, you likely know that the new books, electronic devices, notebooks and lunch boxes all get stuffed into one receptacle – the backpack. Today’s student is likely carrying a more heavily-loaded backpack, at a younger age than ever before. When you count the time lugging the monster satchel to and from school, between classes, and over a number of months, it’s no surprise that the strain on a young neck, back and shoulder(s) can create the possibility for back pain or spine injury. Here are some things to consider when shopping that just-right backpack for your student (or yourself).

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August 1st, 2017

Summertime Spine Savvy: How to Stay Back-Pain Free

The bright sun, longer days and warm heat of summer seem to effortlessly pluck people outside for an activity-packed couple of months. It’s no surprise that this time of year offers the best weather for outdoor activities, pool parties, traveling and spending as much time out and about as we can. “Summer break” seems to not only apply to our school-aged children, but us as adults, as well. Though these summer months are most definitely an invitation to stay active, the extra physical demands can be tough on the back, especially if you’ve previously dealt with spine issues. In the spirit of staying back pain-free, while still enjoying this sunny time of year, here are some helpful ways to take care of your spine this summer.

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July 7th, 2017

Weight Gain and Back Pain

Consider this alarming fact: In America, nearly 7 out of 10 people are overweight or obese. The statistic is an alarming one considering it has more than doubled since the early 1960s. Furthermore, when we consider how being overweight affects general health and well-being, that’s when the alarm sounds! Being overweight contributes directly to an increased risk for numerous health problems; the major ones being diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease (this includes stroke and heart attacks). It’s clear that carrying around extra weight that is not meant to be there induces extraordinary stress on the body and its functions, and not surprisingly, all the way down to its basic framework: the spine.

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May 31st, 2017

Spine Surgery Is No 'Magic Cure'

From professional golfer Tiger Woods’ multiple spine surgeries dating back to 2014, to Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr’s failed back surgery in 2015 and its resulting complications, a very bright public spotlight has been placed on the efficacy of spine surgery. The understandable question on many an “average Joe’s” mind is: If it didn’t work for them, how can it possibly work for me? The answer to that question requires a much deeper exploration of the intent of spine surgery and the many considerations required of both the surgeon performing it and the patient undergoing it.

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May 15th, 2017

The "Tiger Treatment"...Continues

If you’re one of the millions of people following professional golf champion Tiger Woods throughout his career, you already know that he has once again found himself in the “injury bunker” after another recent back surgery, making this the fourth operation in just over three years. This most recent spine surgery, termed a ‘minimally invasive Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)’ was elective, and Woods announced his choice was driven by persistent pain in his back and leg despite exhausting all efforts at nonsurgical options. Physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and even epidural injections failed to provide enough relief so he underwent the operation in hopes of relieving his continuous back spasms and nerve pain.

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May 8th, 2017

Osteoporosis and Your Spine

Osteoporosis, which literally means “porous bones,” is a condition categorized by progressive bone loss. It's a major health problem, affecting more than 44 million Americans. Though it's not considered part of the "normal" aging process, osteoporosis is a degenerative condition that causes the bones to lose density and strength as we age, becoming very weak and increasing the risk for breaks or fractures.

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April 14th, 2017

Heat or Ice? What's Best for Back Pain?

From the very physically active to the sedentary, most of us will encounter at least one acute back pain episode at some point in our lives. Whether you’re on a sports team, practice yoga at home, garden in the yard, or are just bending down to pick up the kids, a little back strain or sprain may make its way to you at some point. As a physician who specializes in the treatment of the spine, one question I often hear from those looking for fast back pain relief is: Do I apply heat or ice? There are a couple schools of thought on this. Some will tell you to go straight for the ice, while others swear by heat.

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April 10th, 2017

The Road to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Relative to the history of surgical care in the world, the concept of minimally invasive spine surgery has more recently emerged with longer-term data to support its effectiveness in successfully treating a wide range of spinal deformities and conditions – often with significantly reduced risks to the patient compared to "open" spine surgery procedures, which are still performed and were the norm only a few decades ago.

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March 28th, 2017

Back Pain and Pregnancy

With back pain as a fairly common occurrence among American adults, it stands to reason that the incidence of it in pregnant women (about 50% of pregnant women will experience it at some point during pregnancy) is also prevalent and particularly annoying for a variety of reasons.

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March 13th, 2017

Understanding Adult Scoliosis

Although many people are familiar with scoliosis as a disease affecting school-aged adolescents, it can and does affect adults, too, even if they didn't have it as a child.

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March 1st, 2017

Avoiding Springtime Back Pain

With the holidays behind us and the snow (hopefully) beginning to melt on the ground, we’re fast approaching the spring. This season is considered by popular culture and marketed by retailers as the perfect time to start back up with your favorite outdoor activities and home improvement projects that may have been put on the backburner over the long winter.

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February 16th, 2017

3 Great Ways to Love Your Spine

In the season of love that is February, what better way to ensure you can continue caring for those around you than to take care of your own spine health?

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December 16th, 2016

Spine-Strengthening New Year’s Resolutions

When we think of becoming healthier, spine health may not be one of the first things that springs to mind as a priority, but even the most standard New Year’s resolutions can lend themselves to a healthier spine.

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November 11th, 2016

Keeping Back Pain at Bay During the Holiday Hustle

The much-anticipated holiday season is knocking at our front door, though that may sound like heaven on earth, and for the most part it is, it never fails that I see a few more people than usual showing up to my office after the holidays with one universal complaint – back pain.

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October 25th, 2016

Life Expectancy, Quality of Life and Back Pain

I read an article recently that highlighted the relative gains and year-after-year improvements of scientific research and health care (in the United States as well as worldwide) culminating in the outcome of an increased average life expectancy that has jumped by about 10 years.

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October 10th, 2016

A Closer Analysis Part 2: NFL Defensive MVP J.J. Watt Re-injures Spine after Returning to the Field Following Microdiscectomy Surgery

 

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September 16, 2016

Falling Temperatures, Rising Back Pain?

As we wave goodbye to the warm summer season and greet the colorful and brisk autumn – did you know that your chances of experiencing acute back pain may be on the rise? There are a variety of reasons this may be the case – the start of a new household chore such as raking leaves or cleaning the gutters, a lack of movement as the cooler weather begs you to stay indoors, or how your body physiologically reacts to the cooler temps. Understanding the most common reasons for autumn-related back pain (and tips to avoid it) can help you stay as pain-free as possible all season long.

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August 01, 2016

SpineUniverse: Spine Surgery Recovery - The Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Dr. Anand had a follow-up appointment with a patient recently, who is convinced that part of the reason her spine surgery recovery progressed more quickly than she anticipated is that Dr. Anand added aquatic or hydrotherapy to her physical therapy regimen.

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July 01, 2016

EmpowHER: Scoliosis Awareness: Scoliosis Strong

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July 01, 2016

SpineUniverse: What we Can Learn from a Pro Athlete's Journey to Neck Surgery

MLB third baseman David Wright undergoes surgery for herniated cervical disc. In light of the recent news that New York Mets' third baseman David Wright elected to undergo neck surgery to repair a herniated disc, there has been a buzzing discussion on the impact of such a decision on Wright himself, the team, and the season.

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June 13, 2016

EmpowHER: Men and Back Pain: Helping Him Outsmart 'Father Time'

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June 08, 2016

SpineUniverse: My Commencement Speech to Future Spine Surgeons

To make it as a spine surgeon, you must have a true passion for this field of medicine. It is a great field, but it isn’t enough to just be good at it. You must love it.

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April 26, 2016

EmpowHER: Depression and Chronic Back Pain - What's the Connection?

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April 25, 2016

SpineUniverse: Osteoporosis and Rising Fracture Rates

Prevention is Key - A recent study published in the journal Bone indicates that bone fracture rates are likely to increase in the coming decades.

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March 13, 2016

EmpowHER: No Ifs, Ands or "Butts" About It - Smoking Causes Neck Pain

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February 3, 2016

EmpowHER: Ladies - Don't Leave Back Pain Unchecked

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January 05, 2016

SpineUniverse: Advancing the Field of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery through Research

The study’s conclusion suggests that a patient’s ODI (functional ability) and VAS (pain level) before surgery is a significant factor in their final outcome with circumferential minimally invasive spine surgery techniques.

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December 14, 2015

EmpowHER: Understanding Pregnancy - Related Back Pain

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November 16, 2015

EmpowHER: Chronic Back Pain - Slipped, Ruptured, Herniated or Bulging Discs

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November 16, 2015

SpineUniverse: What is Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Surgery?

Surgeons around the world are performing deformity correction surgery using minimally invasive principles that result in resolution of the condition, less operative risks, fewer complications and faster healing.

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September 25, 2015

SpineUniverse: Your Spine Surgeons Works FOR YOU!

What should patients know about their role in the spine surgery process? When it comes to spine surgery (or any type of medical procedure) it is the patient that has the power and a voice that needs hearing. The idea that the surgeon holds all of the decision-making cards is a relatively common assumption, and one that simply isn't true for most of us.

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August 29, 2015

EmpowHER: Before the Fall - Tips on Avoiding Traumatic Spine Injuries

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August 29, 2015

SpineUniverse: Opportunities and Challenges in Bringing Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery International

Neel Anand, MD talks about a recent opportunity with a major spine industry publication to discuss taking minimally invasive spine surgery to the international community. While much focus of the article’s title appears to discuss the economics and logistics of such a huge endeavor, the human element of the surgeons and their patients, including success opportunities and barriers, is perhaps the biggest part of the story.

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July 27, 2015

EmpowHER: Eating Away at Back Pain

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July 27, 2015

SpineUniverse: Degenerative Disc Disease

When is it Time to Consider Surgery? Doctor Neel Anand, a spine surgeon discusses degenerative disc disease and when it may be time to discuss surgery. Here, he reviews the non-operative treatments for degenerative disc disease, their purpose, and potential next steps if conservative therapies are effective at reduce back pain.

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June 23, 2015

SpineUniverse: Shifting Trends in Spine Surgery

"The power to question is the basis of all human progress." - Indra Gandhi The promise of outpatient minimally invasive spine surgery today is enveloped by the notion that the way things have “always been done” can be done better. So much of progress in our world is based on this idea.

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May 19, 2015

EmpowHER: The Future Effects of Technology on Spine Health

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May 19, 2015

SpineUniverse: Global Advances in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Here in the U.S., we have no real shortage of options. From cars to clothes and everything in between – choices abound.

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March 23, 2015

EmpowHER: The Surprising Causes of Back Pain

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March 16, 2015

SpineUniverse: Eating with Your Spine in Mind

I know. My blogs are supposed to be about spine surgery. It’s a topic I have a lot of experience with and one I am passionate about.

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March 03, 2015

EmpowHER: Protecting Your Spine as You Age

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February 02, 2015

EmpowHER: “Vertebral Body Tethering: A New Surgical Approach to Adolescent Scoliosis”

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January 30, 2015

SpineUniverse: Advances in Surgical Options for Patients with Spinal Stenosis

Though the majority of patients suffering from back pain will never need to undergo surgery, some will in order to live life without the crippling.

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December 12, 2014

SpineUniverse: Carolina Panthers’ QB Cam Newton’s Car Accident Shines Light on Transverse Process Fractures

The recent news of Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton suffering two transverse process fractures in his spine may not surprise anyone who watches the high-contact sport of football.

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November 24, 2014

SpineUniverse: “Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery”

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November 05, 2014

EmpowHER: “Holiday Back Pain Triggers”

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October 08, 2014

EmpowHER: “7 Common Back Pain Myths Debunked”

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September 02, 2014

EmpowHER: “The Atlas and the Elephant in your Spine”

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July 28, 2014

EmpowHER: “Got Back Pain? Get Your ‘Om’ On

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