Spine Health Foundation

Spine Health Foundation Improving lives through knowledge and hope The National Spine health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to driving innovation, proving what works, and supporting patients on their journey to spinal health.

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06/17/2021
Dancing with Scoliosis: Paige Fraser Foundation

National Spine Health Foundation Ambassador Paige Fraser has been living with Scoliosis for many years. She had non-surgical treatment and continued her professional dancing career.

We've been fortunate to partner with Paige over the past couple of years. She has an incredible organization for dancers with all abilities called the Paige Fraser Foundation.

Learn about her story and her work in this interview!

Learn more: SpineHealth.org.

When a young person suffers a significant health issue, it's even more disheartening that normal. As a young father, thi...
06/16/2021

When a young person suffers a significant health issue, it's even more disheartening that normal. As a young father, this Spinal Champion waited a long time to seek the help he needed for his back pain.

Here's the takeaway: DON'T WAIT! Everyday, there are new treatments, options and technologies being created to help with various kinds of back and neck pain.

Here at the Spine Health Foundation, we work with the top surgeons in the country -- those who are making a difference in spine health. They are working to provide the solutions YOU need!

Don't suffer. Seek help. Get second opinions. Keep going. If you feel nervous about surgery or other treatments, consider joining our patient support group or getting in touch with one of our Spine Health Advocates.

Patient support group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/503363607217279

Spine Health Advocates: https://spinehealth.org/spinal-champion-advocates/

When a young person suffers a significant health issue, it's even more disheartening that normal. As a young father, this Spinal Champion waited a long time to seek the help he needed for his back pain.

Here's the takeaway: DON'T WAIT! Everyday, there are new treatments, options and technologies being created to help with various kinds of back and neck pain.

Here at the Spine Health Foundation, we work with the top surgeons in the country -- those who are making a difference in spine health. They are working to provide the solutions YOU need!

Don't suffer. Seek help. Get second opinions. Keep going. If you feel nervous about surgery or other treatments, consider joining our patient support group or getting in touch with one of our Spine Health Advocates.

Patient support group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/503363607217279

Spine Health Advocates: https://spinehealth.org/spinal-champion-advocates/

06/14/2021
NSHF Research Projects: Stem Cells

Regenerative medicine is an amazing process that utilizes a patient’s own stem cells to help heal a specific part of their body and can reduce pain. NSHF Director of Clinical Studies, Lindsay Orosz, tells us about the use of this treatment in spinal medicine and NSHF’s independent stem cell research project.

For more information on the National Spine Health Foundation’s Research Projects, visit https://spinehealth.org/research-projects/

#SpineHack: Squat time! Squats are so good for full body fitness -- but not if you do them wrong! It's easy to hurt your...
06/10/2021

#SpineHack: Squat time! Squats are so good for full body fitness -- but not if you do them wrong! It's easy to hurt your back if you do them in correctly so take note.

Ready to squat? Be sure to start standing up straight, balanced and level. When you squat, keep your neck neutral, your spine straight and don't lean forward. Lean back over your heels and keep your knees over your ankles. You may even feel like you are about to fall backward.

Be sure to go slow and steady as you get the hang of it! Preferably, squat as low as the butt getting parallel to the knees. Keep the core tight and you are good to go!

#SpineHack: Squat time! Squats are so good for full body fitness -- but not if you do them wrong! It's easy to hurt your back if you do them in correctly so take note.

Ready to squat? Be sure to start standing up straight, balanced and level. When you squat, keep your neck neutral, your spine straight and don't lean forward. Lean back over your heels and keep your knees over your ankles. You may even feel like you are about to fall backward.

Be sure to go slow and steady as you get the hang of it! Preferably, squat as low as the butt getting parallel to the knees. Keep the core tight and you are good to go!

Yoga is one of our favorite ways to move the body, but traditional postures don’t always work for those experiencing bac...
06/10/2021
Yoga with Modifications For Lower Back Pain

Yoga is one of our favorite ways to move the body, but traditional postures don’t always work for those experiencing back or neck pain. Because of that, yoga with modifications is essential!

Yoga is one of the best ways to move the body, but those with pain need yoga with modifications.

WE GOT SUCKED IN TO YOUR STORIES. What is the inspiration behind the Spine Health Foundation? It's YOU. Hearing so many ...
06/07/2021

WE GOT SUCKED IN TO YOUR STORIES. What is the inspiration behind the Spine Health Foundation? It's YOU.

Hearing so many incredible patient stories of healing and recovery is what motivates us to continue our mission.

We've heard people love binging our #SpinalChampion stories, so if you haven't had a chance to browse these incredible stories, check them out here: https://spinehealth.org/spinal-champions/

Today, we're featuring Swimmer Emily F., a truly inpsirational athlete who overcame. Thank you to Emily and all of our Spinal Champions for sharing your stories.

Tell us... who's someone you've been inspired by?

WE GOT SUCKED IN TO YOUR STORIES. What is the inspiration behind the Spine Health Foundation? It's YOU.

Hearing so many incredible patient stories of healing and recovery is what motivates us to continue our mission.

We've heard people love binging our #SpinalChampion stories, so if you haven't had a chance to browse these incredible stories, check them out here: https://spinehealth.org/spinal-champions/

Today, we're featuring Swimmer Emily F., a truly inpsirational athlete who overcame. Thank you to Emily and all of our Spinal Champions for sharing your stories.

Tell us... who's someone you've been inspired by?

06/07/2021
NSHF Research Projects: SpineOnline

NSHF Director of Clinical Studies, Lindsay Orosz, introduces SpineOnline®: a nationwide, multi-centered technology project to prove the effectiveness of spinal treatment options.

Through SpineOnline®, NSHF intends to compile the definitive collection of provider and patient reported treatment outcomes.

To learn more about the SpinOnline® and National Spine Health Foundation’s Research Projects, visit https://spinehealth.org/research-projects/

"In the vast majority of cases, spine surgery is incredibly successful and is not to be feared. However, it is absolutel...
06/04/2021
Expert Perspectives on Spine Surgery and Fear

"In the vast majority of cases, spine surgery is incredibly successful and is not to be feared. However, it is absolutely normal human behavior to be scared of surgery as we are often fearful of the unknown."

Since we are in the business of spine, we want to break down some of the myths and fears! Read on.

Spine surgery and fear can go hand-in-hand, but they don't have to. In this piece from our recent Spine Health Journal, we speak with surgeons about it.

06/03/2021
NSHF Research Projects: Artificial Discs

NSHF Director of Clinical Studies, Lindsay Orosz, discusses Foundation research on artificial discs.

Before the use of artificial discs, the standard procedure for disc damage was removal. This reduced mobility in the neck and made it harder for patients to keep up with their daily lives. For some patients, the use of artificial discs can allow them to return to more mobile and comfortable lives.

For more information about our research involving artificial discs and other treatments, please visit https://spinehealth.org/research-projects/

The spine works hard every day, but what is the best way to keep a strong and healthy spine? Read below to learn 5 ways ...
06/03/2021
5 Ways to Improve and Preserve Spine Health

The spine works hard every day, but what is the best way to keep a strong and healthy spine? Read below to learn 5 ways to improve and preserve your spine’s health.

Spine health matters. The spine is the literal backbone of your whole body, which means it needs a lot of time and energy to keep it healthy.

06/03/2021
Sytera Yoga: Modifications for Lower Back Yoga

Love yoga but need some modifications? We've got you covered! Check out this 10-minute routine with our friend SyteraYoga, created specifically for the Spine Health Foundation just for you!

“This program will allow you….to understand that there is hope for you to overcome your problems. We are proud to repres...
06/02/2021
Our New Spine Health Patient Community is Here

“This program will allow you….to understand that there is hope for you to overcome your problems. We are proud to represent Spinal Champions across the country and help you get back to your life.”

-- Dr. Thomas Schuler, NSHF Medical & Scientific Board President and founder of Virginia Spine Institute

Those looking to find a supportive community in spine health are in luck.

Some have been hesitant to embrace telehealth, but here's why you might want to give it a second look: "The telehealth v...
06/02/2021
Three Spine Specialists Tell Us What to Expect at Your First Telehealth Appointment

Some have been hesitant to embrace telehealth, but here's why you might want to give it a second look:

"The telehealth visit should be a pleasant interactive experience with at minimum a first step towards effective diagnosis and treatment. Therefore a telehealth visit is recommended rather than putting off your initial consultation or follow up visit."

You'e likely had a telehealth appointment in the past year. Though COVID is subsiding, telehealth is here to stay.

How much do you *actually* know about your spine? Let's chat:✔️Vertebrae:  The 33 individual bones that interlock with e...
06/01/2021

How much do you *actually* know about your spine? Let's chat:

✔️Vertebrae: The 33 individual bones that interlock with each other to form the spinal column. The vertebrae are numbered and divided into regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, and coccyx.

✔️Cervical (neck) - The cervical spine supports the weight of the head. The seven cervical vertebrae are numbered C1 to C7.

✔️Thoracic (mid back) - The thoracic spine holds the rib cage and protects the heart and lungs. The twelve thoracic vertebrae are numbered T1 to T12.

✔️Lumbar (low back) - the main function of the lumbar spine is to bear the weight of the body. The five lumbar vertebrae are numbered L1 to L5.

✔️Sacrum - The sacrum connects the spine to the hip bones. There are five sacral vertebrae, which are fused together. Together with the hip bones, they form the pelvic girdle.

✔️Coccyx region - The four fused bones of the coccyx or tailbone provide attachment for ligaments and muscles of the pelvic floor.

Now you know a little more! Name one NEW thing you learned in the comments!

How much do you *actually* know about your spine? Let's chat:

✔️Vertebrae: The 33 individual bones that interlock with each other to form the spinal column. The vertebrae are numbered and divided into regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, and coccyx.

✔️Cervical (neck) - The cervical spine supports the weight of the head. The seven cervical vertebrae are numbered C1 to C7.

✔️Thoracic (mid back) - The thoracic spine holds the rib cage and protects the heart and lungs. The twelve thoracic vertebrae are numbered T1 to T12.

✔️Lumbar (low back) - the main function of the lumbar spine is to bear the weight of the body. The five lumbar vertebrae are numbered L1 to L5.

✔️Sacrum - The sacrum connects the spine to the hip bones. There are five sacral vertebrae, which are fused together. Together with the hip bones, they form the pelvic girdle.

✔️Coccyx region - The four fused bones of the coccyx or tailbone provide attachment for ligaments and muscles of the pelvic floor.

Now you know a little more! Name one NEW thing you learned in the comments!

This Memorial Day, we honor and remember the heroes.
05/31/2021

This Memorial Day, we honor and remember the heroes.

This Memorial Day, we honor and remember the heroes.

We are so thankful to brave #SpinalChampions like Heather Childers, who so publicly share their stories and provide hope...
05/28/2021

We are so thankful to brave #SpinalChampions like Heather Childers, who so publicly share their stories and provide hope to so many!

Read more and watch our interview with her here: https://spinehealth.org/heather-childers-fox-news-anchor-speaks-to-nshf-about-her-neck-surgery/

We are so thankful to brave #SpinalChampions like Heather Childers, who so publicly share their stories and provide hope to so many!

Read more and watch our interview with her here: https://spinehealth.org/heather-childers-fox-news-anchor-speaks-to-nshf-about-her-neck-surgery/

While working on a computer or reading papers, we often tilt our heads forward. Besides putting increased pressure on ou...
05/26/2021
Sedentarism | Back Pain | Neck Pain | Spine Health

While working on a computer or reading papers, we often tilt our heads forward.

Besides putting increased pressure on our upper spine, often resulting in acute neck pain, this will also cause our shoulders to sag in the familiar “IT professional” posture.

Who has been there? What ways have you found to fix this issue?

Sedentarism can he harmful to spine health. A sedentary lifestyle can have a damaging effect on your spine.

When you are in pain, the whole world can feel dark. Robin was in that spot after her injury. She thought she might neve...
05/24/2021

When you are in pain, the whole world can feel dark. Robin was in that spot after her injury. She thought she might never get back to the life she knew and loved.

But she sought out doctors and surgeons she could trust. She learned about her options. She took pro-active steps. Ultimately, she found the spine health treatment she needed and was able to fully recover. Today, she's an active mom and calls herself a #SpinalChampion!

You can become a Spinal Champion too! Head to our website and see how to start your journey to recovery and healing.

https://spinehealth.org/journey/

When you are in pain, the whole world can feel dark. Robin was in that spot after her injury. She thought she might never get back to the life she knew and loved.

But she sought out doctors and surgeons she could trust. She learned about her options. She took pro-active steps. Ultimately, she found the spine health treatment she needed and was able to fully recover. Today, she's an active mom and calls herself a #SpinalChampion!

You can become a Spinal Champion too! Head to our website and see how to start your journey to recovery and healing.

https://spinehealth.org/journey/

We know how difficult it can be to deal with chronic pain. We spoke with someone who knows -- and has solutions for you.
05/21/2021
Chronic Pain Association Offers Solutions

We know how difficult it can be to deal with chronic pain. We spoke with someone who knows -- and has solutions for you.

The American Chronic Pain Association offers so many resources for those living with and managing pain of all kinds.

Exciting news! Our team here at the Spine Health Foundation, along with our partners at Virginia Spine Institute, won be...
05/20/2021

Exciting news! Our team here at the Spine Health Foundation, along with our partners at Virginia Spine Institute, won best poster at International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery - ISASS past weekend!

Our work on ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) has been one our most important research projects to date. We are so proud of the physicians and researchers who have helped make this project a major success.

It was an honor to represent such important work at this prestigious conference!

Exciting news! Our team here at the Spine Health Foundation, along with our partners at Virginia Spine Institute, won best poster at International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery - ISASS past weekend!

Our work on ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) has been one our most important research projects to date. We are so proud of the physicians and researchers who have helped make this project a major success.

It was an honor to represent such important work at this prestigious conference!

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If you or someone you know are 30 to 70 years old and are experiencing pain in a single leg that is associated with lumbar disc herniation, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study. Comment below to request more information about a nonsteroidal, non-opioid option other than surgery or visit
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Celebrating my 5 Year anniversary of my spine fusion with an excellent race in the Endurance Capital of the World. So many to thank on my ever continuing journey: Titan Spine for their top tier hardware. Dr. Slosar for his immaculate work and excellent bedside manner. SpineCare Medical Group for such a wonderful and supportive staff. Darlynn Slosar for being the creator of my fan club and a tremendous supporter. Spine-health for not only supporting my efforts but your continued work with informing patients. Spinal Research Foundation for all your support. I am a Spinal Champion! All my Spondylolisthesis and spine fusion brothers and sisters, you provide the fuel for me to succeed. My recovery is meant to provide inspiration for all of you to reach new heights. One day, I hope for my results to be the norm. Here's to a pain-free day to all of you. Ownway Apparel for taking my vision and creating an amazing trisuit and road kit. If you are looking for great quality and style, check them out! And, to my biggest cheerleader and soulmate, Celien Rodriguez, you are the best talent agent and loving wife anyone could ask for. You help me dig deeper when pain and doubt creeps in. I love you tremendously and am so grateful for you in my life. I feel so blessed for the strength to continue inspiring others.
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