Back Pain Tips
December 23, 2015

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. 

October 27, 2015

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. Surgeons have felt this shift and are now including patients in the decision-making process.

July 07, 2011

Spinal Arthritis and Weight Loss

How 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?

March 01, 2011

Can Weather Affect Sciatica?

Why Sciatica Can Flare Up in Colder Months

"Can weather affect pain? I have sciatica and have noticed that my pain seems almost unbearable in colder months but much more tolerable in the summer. Is there a connection with the temperature and the severity of pain?"

September 24, 2010

Running and Degenerative Disc Disease

Will I Harm My Spine if I Continue to Run?

It's important to take good care of your spine, especially if you have degenerative disc disease (DDD). 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, such as swimming and yoga.

July 09, 2010

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. Learn why in this article.

December 09, 2009

Exercising after Spine Surgery

Let Comfort Be Your Guide

Gradually working activity back into your post-operative routine is important to a successful recovery. The guideline for exercising after spine surgery is to take things slow the first few weeks after surgery and let comfort be your guide.

November 09, 2009

Spondylolisthesis and Pregnancy

Exercise Before Helps Prevent Pain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is hard on your back, especially if you have a pre-existing spinal disorder, such as spondylolisthesis. Article includes ways to improve your health before getting pregnant. Exercising abdominal muscles reduces back pain during pregnancy.

July 14, 2009

I Had Surgery: Is It Too Soon for Sex?

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

Sexual activity is a vital component to the health of any romantic relationship. And back pain certainly has the ability to make it a less than satisfying experience. This article describes special considerations concerning sex after spine surgery.

March 18, 2009

Testing for Herniated Discs: Straight Leg Raise

If you have low back and/or leg pain, you may have a herniated disc. To determine if you do, a doctor may perform a straight leg raise test during a physical exam. If you feel pain when your leg is raised, you likely have a disc herniation.