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Understanding Spinal Osteoarthritis

Of the more than 100 different types of arthritis known to the world, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common and affects millions of people around the globe. Often, people think osteoarthritis affects the hands, knees, and sometimes the feet of older people. However, the degenerative bone condition also impacts the spines of many humans worldwide,…
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Why Does Back Pain Seem to Rise When Temperatures Drop?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but as of this blog’s publishing, we’ve still got almost two months of winter left in the United States. Unfortunately, the extreme cold of the winter can give rise to back pain episodes for many Americans. There are various reasons this may be the case –…
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Dr. Neel Anand to Participate in the Prestigious International Meeting on Spine Techniques in Dublin, Ireland

Neel Anand, MD, MCh Orth, professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of spine trauma at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles, was named one of the moderators and debaters at the International Meeting on Spine Techniques. The 30th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) – powered by the Scoliosis Research Society — offers an in-person meeting experience at The Convention…
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Artificial Intelligence – Establishing New Frontiers in Spine Surgery

My career as a spine surgeon and researcher has spanned multiple decades, yet I continue to marvel at the progress with which this field of medicine continues to make considerable strides for our patients. From the first spine surgery in the late 1800s to the first minimally invasive lumbar disc procedure in the early 1900s…
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A Renewed Focus on Nutrition – With Your Spine in Mind

The beginning of the year is often the time when people place a renewed focus on their health. As the stressful hustle and bustle of the holiday season winds down, many begin to take stock of their physical well-being. Although spine health isn’t necessarily at the top of folks’ resolution list, there are plenty of…
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What Happens When the (Spinal) Disc Skips?

With the advent of technology and streaming services, effectively no one listens to music on compact discs (CDs) anymore. But for those who remember hearing your favorite tunes this way, especially with a beloved album that you played constantly, there was nothing worse than the terrible sound your speakers made when the disc skipped. Whether…
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Back Pain – When is it Time to See a Specialist?

What to consider when the at-home treatments aren’t providing relief. Most bouts with occasional back pain can be well-managed with ...
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On Tiger Woods and the Snowball Effect of Spine Problems

Unaddressed injuries in one part of the body can put the health of other body parts at risk. The inspirational ...
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Understanding Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery

When spinal conditions require surgery to correct them, knowing how they work is important. Artificial disc replacement surgery involves replacing ...
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Back Pain in Runners

Back pain in runners often stems from weak core muscles. WHEN WE THINK OF AVID runners, we often conjure in our ...
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