BUYER BEWARE! The Hidden Potential Dangers of Neck and Back Pain “Tools”
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by Neel Anand MD
1w ago
It’s no surprise that neck pain and back pain are a universal struggle. The experience of spinal pain is nearly guaranteed at some point in life and so severe in some cases that the people experiencing it are desperate for relief. Unfortunately, today’s online marketplace is flooded with “miracle” cures promising instant relief, all while preying on vulnerable people. To illustrate, a quick internet search of “neck and back pain tools” yields more than 80 million results in under one minute.  To be sure, not all the back pain and neck pain tools available today are dangerous. But how is ..read more
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Class is in Session! How to Enhance Your Personal Spine Health Literacy
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by Neel Anand MD
5M ago
While back pain is a health concern that will impact just about everyone at some point in life, it’s also a condition that can have people desperately searching for relief – sometimes in the wrong places. A quick Internet search of “fast back pain treatment” can yield accurate information for some and perhaps inaccurate information for others – depending on the search algorithms of the individual looking for relief. The question is – how can one tell what advice is “good” when it comes to spine health and what advice is “bad,” or perhaps more accurately – “not right for me?” To answer these qu ..read more
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WARNING: Preventing Traumatic Spine Injury – 4 Factors of Focus
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by Neel Anand MD
5M ago
Over the years, I’ve written extensively on how people can avoid spine surgery for various conditions that cause back pain and, when they can’t, how surgery can often be performed using a minimally invasive approach. Most of those articles have an asterisk disclaimer that comes with them because traumatic spine injuries are an “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, a trauma surgeon must make immediate life-or-death decisions, and they canno ..read more
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Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery – 4 Key Considerations
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by Neel Anand MD
8M ago
The decision to undergo spine surgery is a deeply personal one. Having performed procedures now numbering in the thousands, I can state with genuine humility that all cases are unique. While the patients’ anatomy may be similar, each decides to undergo surgery from a unique set of circumstances, backgrounds, and life goals. However, if you are experiencing persistent back pain, and have been told that artificial disc replacement surgery might be right for you, below are four factors that may indicate the procedure’s potential benefits.  Radiating Back Pain: Does the back pain you’re ..read more
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Men’s Health Month: Turning BACK the Hands of Father Time
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by Neel Anand MD
8M ago
No matter your gender, back pain can be one of the most frustrating medical conditions around. And though we often talk about how it affects people in general, it’s necessary sometimes to point out the differences in how back pain presents itself, sometimes uniquely, in men and women. With June as Men’s Health Month, this is a great time to discuss some things you might not know about back pain’s effect on men and, more importantly, how men, and those who love them, can help outsmart old Father Time and stop back pain before it starts. Although back pain is among the most common causes of pain ..read more
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Understanding Spinal Osteoarthritis
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by Neel Anand MD
10M ago
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, some of which are only in their 40s. OA is characterized by the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions the bones of a joint from painfully rubbing against each other as they move within the body. In the case of the spine specifically, OA results wh ..read more
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Why Does Back Pain Seem to Rise When Temperatures Drop?
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by Neel Anand MD
1y ago
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 – the initiation of a seasonal household chore such as shoveling snow, a lack of movement as the cooler weather begs you to stay indoors, or how your body physiologically reacts (tenser muscles) to the cooler temps. Understanding the most common reasons for winter-related back pain (and tips to avoid it) can ..read more
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Dr. Neel Anand to Participate in the Prestigious International Meeting on Spine Techniques in Dublin, Ireland
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by Neel Anand MD
1y ago
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 Centre Dublin (CCD) in Dublin, Ireland, where leading spine surgeons, innovative researchers, and the most advanced spine technologies come together in an internation ..read more
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Artificial Intelligence – Establishing New Frontiers in Spine Surgery
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by Neel Anand MD
1y ago
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 and many innovations since then, mine is a field that never stops bettering itself for the patients who need us. Most of what you’ve likely heard about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (a subset of AI) is possibly relegated in your mind to a Sci-Fi realm of ..read more
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A Holiday Focus on Nutrition – With Your Spine in Mind
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by Neel Anand MD
1y ago
The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is often one where people throw caution to the wind when it comes to their dietary health. It is also an incredibly stressful time for many – with the hustle and bustle of decorating, shopping, and entertaining taking a toll on the body and the mind. As a not-so-surprising result, complaints of back pain tend to peak during this “most wonderful time” of the year. The truth about back pain and spine issues is that most people experience them at some point (whether it’s the holidays or at another point on the calendar), and fortunately most won ..read more
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