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Kelly Rehan
Medical Writer and Editor
Omaha, NE

About Kelly Rehan

Kelly has more than 10 years of consumer and trade editorial experience, much of which has focused on health and wellness.

Kelly’s interest in health care communications stems from her belief that everyone should have access to credible and understandable medical information. She enjoys learning from medical professionals and translating their expertise into content that encourages readers to engage in their own health.

Articles Written by Kelly Rehan

Protect Your Back While Shopping

These 9 tips can help you prevent back pain from shopping. Bending and twisting, especially when carrying heavy bags can cause spinal injury.

How Physical Therapists Use Dry Needling to Ease Back Pain

Some physical therapists in the United States perform dry needling to treat knots in the neck and back that cause muscle pain. How to find a PT licensed to practice dry needling.

Robotic Spine Surgery: Q&A with a Pioneer in the Technology

Misconceptions about robotic spine surgery are dispelled by Isador H. Lieberman, MD, a pioneer in the technology. Why he thinks this technology will be the standard of care for complex spine cases within the next 5 years.

Off-Label Use of BMP in Pediatric Spinal Fusion Controversial

Recent researchthat bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) in pediatric spinal fusion surgery does not improve surgery outcomes and should be used with caution.

Chiropractic Eases Low Back Pain in Military Members

Evidence-based study outcomes show care by a chiropractor improves low back pain in soldiers with cross-over to civilians.

Packing Pain: Study Reveals New Insights About Backpack Pain

Teen girls appear to experience more severe backpack-related pain compared to boys, and the time carrying the backpack—not the weight—is likely causing that pain.

Complex Spine Surgery: Your Questions Answered

Are the potential risks or complications greater in complex spine surgeries? Do age, smoking, being obese, or having diabetes increase risks? Read on to find answers to these questions and many more.

How to Communicate to Gain Your Doctor’s Trust

Research study reveals the way you communicate can influence how your doctor perceives you. Also, 2 tips to help you effectively share your pain experience with your doctor

How the Alexander Technique Relieved My Sciatica Pain

How the Alexander Technique relieved Evelyn Hess‘ sciatica pain. Her struggles with radiating leg pain and her journey to a pain-free life.

Tai Chi: Harnessing the Power of Body and Mind to Combat Back Pain

"In 2009, I had back pain for a long time. I tried many types of therapy, but nothing worked. My friend said, ‘Try tai chi, it is a gentle exercise.’ I refused at first because my back was sore, but eventually I tried it." It helped relieve my back pain.

When Should You Visit a Doctor for Herniated Disc Pain?

Herniated disc symptoms that warrant medical attention may include neck or low back pain, tingling, numbness and weakness that extends into the arms or legs.

Music as Medicine After Spine Surgery

Music therapy, when combined with standard medical care, reduced pain perception in patients recovering from spinal fusion.

Back Pain and Pushing a Wheelchair

The Ohio State University’s Spine Research Institute’s study shows that pushing patients in a wheelchair may cause low back injury. Are you at risk?

Avascular Necrosis: Risk Factors, Diagnosis and Treatment

Avascular necrosis of the spine is called vertebral osteonecrosis or Kummell disease. It is a rare condition usually affecting the thoracic spine.

Cymbalta May Reduce Chronic Low Back Pain

A 2010 study found that a daily dose of Cymbalta significantly reduced chronic low back pain, compared to a placebo. Read this article for an overview of the study and to learn more about how Cymbalta helps chronic pain patients.

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