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Kelly Rehan
Medical Writer and Editor
Grimes, IA

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

What Biopsychosocial Factors Increase Back Pain Risk?

Identifying people who are at the highest risk of developing back pain may open doors to research into targeted prevention strategies.

Comparing Surgical Costs for Adult Spinal Deformity: Posterior-Only Versus Combination Anterior-Posterior

Researchers compared a posterior-only approach to a combination surgical anterior-posterior technique to determine which was most cost effective.

What’s a More Cost Effective Treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy: Epidural Injections or Surgery?

Results of a study comparing the cost effectiveness of epidural injections to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in the treatment of cervical radiculopathy.

Is Lumbar Disc Replacement a Valuable Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease?

The FDA approved total disc replacement as a treatment for lumbar degenerative disc disease. But how valuable is TDR compared to more established or traditional procedures?

Signs It’s Time to Find a New Spine Specialist

It’s important to recognize when your relationship with your spine specialist isn’t serving your best interests.

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.

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.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment on the Horizon as FDA Approves Erelzi

Read about a new FDA approved medication option for patients with inflammatory joint disease.

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....

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.

6 Ways to Lower Your Back and Neck Pain Prescription Drug Costs

Given the rising drug costs, more people are facing the choice between scrimping to afford a prescription and suffering from back pain. While you can’t control how a drug manufacturer prices its products, you can use the strategies below to save money at the pharmacy.

What You Need to Know About Sciatica Now

Sciatica pain is bad—there’s no way around that—but is it really that common? Are nonsurgical treatments really effective against such debilitating pain? Does your job play a role in whether you’ll develop sciatica?

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.

Impact of Preoperative Fibrinogen Testing on Blood Loss in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery

During large procedures, as bleeding continues, fibrinogen is one of the first factors consumed, and when depleted, excessive bleeding may occur.

I'm an Adult: Why Do I Have Scoliosis Now?

To help shed light on the distinctions between adult and childhood scoliosis, SpineUniverse spoke with Kevin R. O’Neill, MD, MS, a spine surgeon who specializes in both adult and pediatric scoliosis.

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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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