Spine Surgery Advice
September 25, 2018

What Spine Surgery Can and Cannot Fix

There is as much art as there is science to it and no 100% guarantees

John F. Kennedy had chronic back pain throughout much of his life, sources say. It was reportedly so debilitating that some historians believe the back brace he wore daily to combat it may have contributed to his death.

September 25, 2018

The "Tiger Treatment"...Continues

Tiger Woods has once again found himself in the “injury bunker” after another recent back surgery; his 4th in just over 3 years.

If you’re one of the millions of people following professional golf champion Tiger Woods throughout his career, you already know that he has once again found himself in the “injury bunker” after an

September 24, 2019

When is Spine Surgery the Next Right Step?

For one reason or another, the public has been conditioned to see consideration of spine surgery as an “easy way out” of back pain. It's not according to Neel Anand, MD, a well-known spine surgeon.

September 25, 2018

A Closer Analysis Part 2: NFL Defensive MVP J.J. Watt Re-injures Spine after Returning to the Field Following Microdiscectomy Surgery

Expectations vs. Reality in Spine Surgery Recovery

After undergoing microdiscectomy surgery to repair a herniated disc in July of 2016, JJ Watt suffered a season-ending setback when he reinjured his back last month after playing just three games to

September 25, 2018

A Closer Analysis: NFL Defensive MVP J.J. Watt Undergoes Microdiscectomy Surgery to Repair Herniated Disc

As NFL star JJ Watt, recovers from surgery to repair a herniated disc, a spine specialist explains what's involved in this minimally invasive procedure for a common back problem.

December 24, 2019

Spine Surgery Recovery - The Benefits of Hydrotherapy

I had a follow-up appointment with a patient recently, who is convinced that part of the reason her spine surgery recovery progressed more quickly than she anticipated is that I added aquatic or hydrotherapy to her physical therapy regimen.

September 25, 2018

What we Can Learn from a Pro Athlete's Journey to Neck Surgery

MLB third baseman David Wright undergoes surgery for herniated cervical disc

New York Mets' third baseman David Wright elected to undergo neck surgery to repair a herniated disc. There has been a buzzing discussion on the impact of such a decision on Wright himself, the team, and the season.

September 25, 2018

My Commencement Speech to Future Spine Surgeons

To make it as a spine surgeon, you must have a true passion for this field of medicine. It is a great field, but it isn’t enough to just be good at it. You must love it.

September 25, 2018

Osteoporosis and Rising Fracture Rates

Prevention is Key

A recent study published in the journal Bone indicates that bone fracture rates are likely to increase in the coming decades.

September 25, 2018

Advancing the Field of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery through Research

The study’s conclusion suggests that a patient’s ODI (functional ability) and VAS (pain level) before surgery is a significant factor in their final outcome with circumferential minimally invasive spine surgery techniques.