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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

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?

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.

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.

I Have Osteoporosis and Need Spine Surgery, What’s Next?

Osteoporosis and low bone density is a risk for complication in back and neck spine surgery. Orthopaedic spine surgeon shares his surgical expertise about low bone density and spine surgery.

How to Support a Loved One With Chronic Spine-related Pain

I’m writing to tell you how you can be a good friend and supportive ally to me throughout my journey with chronic back and neck pain. Years ago, without choice or cause, I was thrust into another world. It’s a complicated place, where physical abilities and mental challenges abound....

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.

TENS Not Effective for Chronic Low Back Pain

Guidelines released from the American Academy of Neurology state that transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation, known as TENS, is not effective at treating chronic low back pain. Read this article to learn more about this major recommendation.

Klippel-Feil Syndrome: Short Neck and Congenital Cervical Spine Disorder

Klippel-Feil syndrome occurs when two or more cervical vertebrae in the neck are abnormally fused together causing a short neck and limited ability to bend and twist the neck. The genetics, causes, symptoms and treatments of this rare congenital disorder are explained.

Is the Weather Worsening Your Back Pain?

How changes in the weather may cause back pain to increase, and 6 tips to help you keep seasonal and weather-related pain at bay.

Drugs and Medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis

There are many drugs and medications available to treat your rheumatoid arthritis, but they won't cure it. Over-the-counter drugs, including NSAIDs, and prescription medications, such as DMARDs, will help reduce joint pain and inflammation.

Career Advancement Advice for Spine Professionals

As a spine professional, you have a much different experience in the job market compared to those in the business world. The focus isn’t merely on your technical skills.

What Parents Need to Know About Pediatric Anesthesia and Scoliosis Surgery

A pediatric anesthesiologist is a key member of your child's surgical team when undergoing spine surgery for early onset scoliosis, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis or other spinal deformity. Important information for parents and guardians.

Young Adults, Women at Risk for Neck Pain from Tablet Computers

Study reveals young adults and especially women are at risk for neck pain from tablet use, such as an iPad. Technology can lead to back and neck pain when proper posture is not practiced.

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I, the undersigned, declare that neither I nor members of my immediate family have a financial interests or affiliation with commercial companies whose products and / or services may be mentioned in the materials I have authored, edited or reviewed for presentation on Vertical Health, LLC’s websites.
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