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  • Dr. Francis Gamache Jr., MD, of the Hospital for Special Surgery conducted a 14-month study involving 240 patients with neck and back conditions seeking a second opinion on a spine problem that may require surgery. Of that number, “155 (65 percent) came for a second, third, or fourth surgical opinion following an earlier opinion from a surgeon who recommended an operation.” If you’re unclear as to what constitutes a second opinion, learn what they are and how to as for them in order to make an informed health decision before spine surgery.

  • Less-Stress London talked with Heather Mason, founder of the Minded Institute, to learn more about the real meaning of yoga therapy for chronic physical and mental pain as well as how their research and teaching methods hope to one day change the politics of healthcare.

  • As wholesome as grapefruit and other citrus fruits are, you'll want to discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor — if you consume opioids for pain relief. Ironically grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with oxycodone and can lead to unwanted side effects.

  • Each year, approximately 34,000 patients suffering from chronic back pain receive spinal stimulator implants. Now, new technology makes it possible for those suffering from back and spine problems to use an implanted stimulation device to manage their pain.

  • Just how the earth has music for those who listen — the plants can heal, if we let them. And, there's one plant that comes to mind — hemp. Unlike medical marijuana products, which are made from plants with high concentrations of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, CBD has all of the positive effects of THC, minus the high. Here are eight conditions CBD can help.

  • Guys, meet Joni. This young lady went to school and goes to work every day just like everyone else did and does. She also lives with chronic back and spine pain (just like everyone else here too, right?). We are here to get the dirt (pun intended) on why the holistic way of life is considered the better way, in this fit farmer's opinion.

  • Does your back pain have you down? Are you looking externally to validate yourself because physically, you feel invalid? Are you frustrated because you can't do the things you once were able to do with ease? Let's learn from Lifestyle Coach, Simone Krame how to increase your quality of life, gain insight on how proper nutrition, true fitness, and inner spirituality can not only help your physical symptoms but the emotional ones too.

  • You arrive home from work as you place your keys in the circular bowl next to your front door as your low back pain symptoms creep up — yet again. Your first thought is, "I need to make an appointment with my chiropractor," but you look at your phone and the office is already closed. There actually are ways to crack your back, but what is the best way to crack your back without further injury or even more back pain?

  • To assess the longevity, effectiveness, and safety of artificial disc replacement (ADR), a team of authors conducted a meta-analysis of the available randomized controlled trials with published five year outcomes comparing ADR to spinal fusion. The patients were those diagnosed with chronic lower back pain from single-level lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). Here's what you need to know.

  • If something is broken, you fix it. Sounds simple. But what happens when that isn't enough? What happens when your disc degenerate so much that they need to be replaced? Luckily for today's technology, this approach is possible because of something called, Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) surgery...

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