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All About Back Pain Treatments

Spine Surgery Center

Our Spine Surgery Center has everything you need to know about spine surgery: risks, benefits, and easy-to-understand articles that explain the procedures.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

TENS works to decrease pain perception and may be used to control acute and chronic pain. It may also be used with other treatments such as exercise.

Hot and Cold Therapies for Pain and Discomfort

Hot and cold therapies are the oldest forms of treatment to help reduce muscle inflammation, tenderness, and pain. Learn more in this article.

BMPs and Biologic Materials in Spine Surgery

There has been a great deal of controversy regarding the use of BMP in spine surgery. Jeffrey C. Wang, MD, a practicing spine surgeon and leader in the field of biologic materials, answers our questions in the insightful interview.

Biologics' Use in Spine Surgery

Learn about the advances in biologic materials in spine surgery. Here, Jeffrey C. Wang, MD a practicing spine surgeon and researcher answers our questions during an interview with SpineUniverse.

Physical Therapy: TENS, Ultrasound, Heat and Cryotherapy

Learn about common passive physical therapy treatments for back and neck pain, including transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), ultrasound, and heat and cold therapy in this article.

Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

If you are scheduled to have spinal surgery, one way to relieve your anxiety about the procedure is to learn all you can about the procedure. This article includes some sample questions that you can take with you to your next appointment.

The Role of Bone Graft in Spinal Fusion Surgery

Bone graft refers to the use of bone in spinal fusion surgery. Spine surgeons can use bone graft to stop motion between two or more vertebral bodies, stabilize a corrected spinal deformity, or repair spinal fractures. There are two general types of bone grafts: real bone and bone graft substitutes.

Pain Management Center

The Pain Management Center on SpineUniverse helps you understand various pain management treatments and techniques. Learn about spinal pumps, spinal cord stimulation, and other treatments pain management specialists use to help chronic pain sufferers find pain relief.

Patients' Rights and Informed Consent

Patients rights and informed consent are guidelines designed to help establish a stronger relationship of trust among consumers, health care professionals, health care institutions and health plans.

Spine Surgery Treatments That Decompress Nerves

Thirty-one pairs of nerve roots exit from the spinal cord through spaces between the vertebrae. When those spaces are compromised, nerves can be compressed, which equals pain. Conditions that can compress nerves and surgical treatments are explained.

Patient-Controlled Analgesia – PCA

Patient-controlled analgesia offers patients an element of control over their pain, reduces anxiety and promotes healing, which in turn, can lead to a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.

What Is a Physiatrist?

A physiatrist is a medical doctor with specialized training in physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain medicine.

What is a Physical Therapist?

Physical therapists are medical professionals who treat people of all ages with health-related problems that limit physical function.

Physical Therapy: The McKenzie Method®

Learn about the McKenzie Method, a treatment plan that emphasizes education and active patient involvement in the management of spine disorders.