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09/15/2021
What is the Future of Disc Surgery and Replacement?

In this video, Dr. James Schwender of Twin Cities Spine Center talks about the future of disc replacement surgery:

"One of the unique difficulties with the disc itself is the lack of the blood supply. It makes it very challenging structure to change moving forward.

...There's no doubt that some form of a stem cell placed, maybe, in the periphary....where there is a vascular channel, maybe that's the way we need to start thinking about."

Learn more: Spine-Talks.org

09/15/2021
Ask the Expert: Physical Therapist & Former Gymnast Laura Kummerle

📺📺 WATCH: National Spine Health Foundation interview Laura Kummerle, a physical therapist who runs the Instagram account Paradigm of Perfection.

In this conversation, Laura speaks about her past as a gymnast inspired her to pursue physical therapy as a profession. Though she was always online-based, her business began to soar even more during the pandemic when people were looking for more at-home ideas.

Laura speaks about her new "Anti-Sitting" program and other trainings she offers, as well as how mobility exercises help the spine.

⛷️⛷️ Athletes can suffer particular blows when dealing with back pain or injury. Joseph was one such athlete — a very ac...
09/14/2021
Joseph's Story: Surgery Solutions for an Athlete

⛷️⛷️ Athletes can suffer particular blows when dealing with back pain or injury. Joseph was one such athlete — a very active 76-year-old.

After an injury, he had to deal with the back problems that were plaguing him. This ultimately meant a major surgery.

Thankfully, the outcome was a good one! Here, Joseph tells his story in his own words. Be inspired by his incredible story!

Back surgery for an athlete can be a big setback, but 76-year-old Joseph didn't let his injury stop him from finding solutions.

Today, we remember those who lost their lives on #September11. Our hearts are with the families and survivors.
09/11/2021

Today, we remember those who lost their lives on #September11. Our hearts are with the families and survivors.

Today, we remember those who lost their lives on #September11. Our hearts are with the families and survivors.

#SpineHack: It's all too easy to sit at work all day without paying attention to the neck, but the cervical spine is so ...
09/09/2021

#SpineHack: It's all too easy to sit at work all day without paying attention to the neck, but the cervical spine is so important to care for.

In addition to trying to keep your head neutral and not curved forward, take time every hour or so to stretch careful to the right and left.

Every bit your neck is leaning forward puts unnecessary weight on your spine, which is not helpful for your spine health!

#SpineHack: It's all too easy to sit at work all day without paying attention to the neck, but the cervical spine is so important to care for.

In addition to trying to keep your head neutral and not curved forward, take time every hour or so to stretch careful to the right and left.

Every bit your neck is leaning forward puts unnecessary weight on your spine, which is not helpful for your spine health!

🎧🎧 LISTEN: Our "Get Back To It" podcast episode with Jane was one of our most poignant. After suffering pregnancy loss, ...
09/07/2021
Back Pain, Pregnancy Loss and Hope to Heal

🎧🎧 LISTEN: Our "Get Back To It" podcast episode with Jane was one of our most poignant. After suffering pregnancy loss, Jane dealt with debilitating back pain. She refused to give up on finding a treatment that worked.

"Sometimes you have to be willing to try different things in order to know for sure what works for you. I knew I had to invest my time and be diligent about my treatment.”

Pregnancy loss, back pain and healing provide hope in this episode of the podcast.

Physical therapy is something most people experience at some point in their lives. If you deal with back and neck pain i...
09/06/2021
Physical Therapy Benefits: What to Know if You're Headed to the Physical Therapist

Physical therapy is something most people experience at some point in their lives. If you deal with back and neck pain issues for an extended period of time, you may end up at physical therapy.

Physical therapy provides of a host of incredible benefits for those suffering from back or neck pain. A physical therapist explains why here.

Here, Dr. Thomas Schuler, President of the NSHF Medical & Scientific Board, and Spine Specialist Thao Allen discuss what...
09/03/2021
Good Physical Therapy | How Physical Therapy Helps | Spine Health

Here, Dr. Thomas Schuler, President of the NSHF Medical & Scientific Board, and Spine Specialist Thao Allen discuss what qualities to identify in a good physical therapy practice.

The National Spine Health Foundation exists to serve patients with back or neck pain, offering innovative research, educational materials and advocacy services.

🎧🎧 LISTEN: Don't miss our "Get Back To It" podcast episode with Roger 'Rocky' McIntosh, former Washington Football Team ...
09/02/2021
Get Back To It | Podcast | Stories of Hope and Recovery | Spine Health

🎧🎧 LISTEN: Don't miss our "Get Back To It" podcast episode with Roger 'Rocky' McIntosh, former Washington Football Team player!

Physical therapy was a huge part of Rocky's recovery from some severe back pai issues. We hope his story inspires you!

Real success stories from Spinal Champions® – those who have achieved a better quality of life through the treatment of neck or back pain!

Time for another #SpineHack! These days, kids use devices for everything. That’s why it’s more important than ever to wa...
09/01/2021

Time for another #SpineHack! These days, kids use devices for everything. That’s why it’s more important than ever to warn them of the dangers of #TextNeck.

As kids get back into the school year, be sure to instruct them on the proper way to hold devices.

Creating healthy habits in childhood is the best bit of prevention there is!

Time for another #SpineHack! These days, kids use devices for everything. That’s why it’s more important than ever to warn them of the dangers of #TextNeck.

As kids get back into the school year, be sure to instruct them on the proper way to hold devices.

Creating healthy habits in childhood is the best bit of prevention there is!

08/31/2021
A Day in the Life of a Spine Surgeon

Before he was a spine surgeon, Dr. Leonard Kibuule of Spine Team Texas was an engineer. Get to know him and his day-to-day life as a spine surgeon in this short video!

"As surgeons we try to understand how those issues affect [our patients'] daily lives. As a problem solver, that's one of the things that I love doing -- addressing how we can fix those issues."

Hear from more spine surgeons here: https://spine-talks.org/

Dr. Martin Pham isn't your everyday spine surgeon. He's got a prolific social media presence and offers valuable insight...
08/31/2021
Dr. Martin Pham: The Life of a Surgeon

Dr. Martin Pham isn't your everyday spine surgeon. He's got a prolific social media presence and offers valuable insight into his job -- and his life.

We spoke with Dr. Pham recently in an interview and just know you will love what he has to say! Dr. Pham is also a member of the NSHF Medical & Scientific Board.

Dr. Martin Pham is a neurosurgeon at UC San Diego Health and a member of our Medical and Scientific Board.

#SpineHack: Summer is winding down and many of you are getting back into work rituals that include long hours at a desk....
08/27/2021

#SpineHack: Summer is winding down and many of you are getting back into work rituals that include long hours at a desk. Don't neglect your spine health!

We spend so much time working that it's essential to prioritize our spines. Check out these 6 ideas for keeping things in tip top shape!

How do YOU keep your body healthy and well while desk working all day? Let us know your tips in the comments!

#SpineHack: Summer is winding down and many of you are getting back into work rituals that include long hours at a desk. Don't neglect your spine health!

We spend so much time working that it's essential to prioritize our spines. Check out these 6 ideas for keeping things in tip top shape!

How do YOU keep your body healthy and well while desk working all day? Let us know your tips in the comments!

"I love this stretch because it helps relieve the spinal discs that are under pressure due to prolonged sitting. You can...
08/26/2021
A Harvard-trained sports medicine doctor shares the 'super easy' stretch she does every day to relieve lower back pain

"I love this stretch because it helps relieve the spinal discs that are under pressure due to prolonged sitting. You can do it three to four times a day, or whenever your back feels tight or sore."

The pandemic has not been kind to our lower backs. Since 2020, there's been an uptick in people with lower back pain, associated with poor ergonomics and being less active due to working from home. A physical therapist shares one exercise she does every day to relieve backaches.

Sciatica is a term many people use incorrectly or don’t understand. A feeling of discomfort down the leg may cause you t...
08/26/2021
Do I Have Sciatica?

Sciatica is a term many people use incorrectly or don’t understand. A feeling of discomfort down the leg may cause you to think this condition is the problem. But what is it exactly and how can you treat it?

Do I have Sciatica? You aren't the only one to ask this question. Here are a few possible answers.

A few of those ways include:✔️ Improving balance✔️ Increasing flexibility✔️ Building muscle strength✔️ Healing fractured...
08/25/2021
Spine Health | Neck or Back Pain | Back Surgery | Aquatic Therapy

A few of those ways include:

✔️ Improving balance
✔️ Increasing flexibility
✔️ Building muscle strength
✔️ Healing fractured bones
✔️ Helping with aerobic performance
✔️ Improving circulation

National Spine Health Foundation provides patient education on topics related to spine health, including aquatic therapies for back pain.

08/24/2021
Cannabis and Back Pain Management

WATCH: Medical ma*****na is becoming more and more popular in the world of pain management.

It has shown to reduce chronic pain and eliminate the need for addictive or intensive pain treatment.

Ethan Ruby, founder of Theraplant LLC talks about his company and the different uses of cannabis for pain management.

Back to school? One of the first ways children can harm their spine health is improper wearing of a backpack. 🎒🎒🎒
08/23/2021
Backpack Posture for Kids: 7 Tips for Preventing Pain

Back to school? One of the first ways children can harm their spine health is improper wearing of a backpack. 🎒🎒🎒

Back pack posture can make all the difference in protecting a student's spine health. Here are 7 ways to help.

08/20/2021
National Spine Health Foundation: Here to Serve You

We're so glad you are part of our community. In case you're new around here -- or just want to get to know us a little better -- we've got a little video just for you.

Check out how we care for you, address your issues and provide the educational content you need to overcome your pain issues.

Thanks for being here and let us know if you have any questions we can answer for you in the comments!

If you're ready to start your journey to better spine health, start here: https://spinehealth.org/journey/

✨✨ Sending good vibes to Stephen Strasburg!✨✨"The three-time All-Star right-hander felt discomfort after a 27-pitch bull...
08/20/2021
Strasburg to have season-ending neck surgery

✨✨ Sending good vibes to Stephen Strasburg!✨✨

"The three-time All-Star right-hander felt discomfort after a 27-pitch bullpen session last week and saw a specialist on Monday. Strasburg who is 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA in five starts this season, was diagnosed with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome and will be operated on..."

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will have season-ending neck surgery Wednesday after being diagnosed with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome. "He's down, he's frustrated," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.

"Physical therapy is nearly always a part of any back or neck pain issue. It can help to pinpoint where the specific bod...
08/18/2021
Good Physical Therapy | How Physical Therapy Helps | Spine Health

"Physical therapy is nearly always a part of any back or neck pain issue. It can help to pinpoint where the specific bodily issue is rooted or begin rebuilding strength and alignment where it is needed.

Just like everyone else, however, some physical therapists are better — or more suited — than others.

It’s important to talk about what good physical therapy looks like and how to know if it’s working for you."

The National Spine Health Foundation exists to serve patients with back or neck pain, offering innovative research, educational materials and advocacy services.

08/17/2021
Core Strengthening for Everyone

Need to strengthen your core? (Don't we all?!) We've got you covered! Carrie Seifert, CSCS & founder of Transformative Training has a few simple exercises for you to start doing regularly.

Watch the video and save it to re-use over and over!

A few signs you may need artificial disc replacement surgery.
08/15/2021
Lumbar Disc Replacement Surgery 101

A few signs you may need artificial disc replacement surgery.

Lumbar disc replacement surgery is a procedure designed to relieve chronic pain in the lower back, usually caused by degenerative disc disease.

FACT: The two sciatic nerves are the longest in the human body and are formed by the combination of five nerve roots ori...
08/12/2021
Research Institute Spotlight: What is Sciatica?

FACT: The two sciatic nerves are the longest in the human body and are formed by the combination of five nerve roots originating in the lumbosacral spine.

Sciatica is a condition caused by the pinching of the sciatic nerve which causes pain starting in the lower back that radiates down the back of one leg.

#SpineHack: Kids going back to school? Make sure they know to wear their backpacks correctly! It’s so important for spin...
08/12/2021

#SpineHack: Kids going back to school? Make sure they know to wear their backpacks correctly! It’s so important for spine health and will serve them well for a lifetime!

#SpineHack: Kids going back to school? Make sure they know to wear their backpacks correctly! It’s so important for spine health and will serve them well for a lifetime!

A few signs you may need artificial disc replacement surgery.
08/11/2021
Lumbar Disc Replacement Surgery 101

A few signs you may need artificial disc replacement surgery.

Lumbar disc replacement surgery is a procedure designed to relieve chronic pain in the lower back, usually caused by degenerative disc disease.

MOVEMENT is the key! Last year, we had the chance to speak with Dr. Joseph Ihm of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab!His messag...
08/10/2021

MOVEMENT is the key! Last year, we had the chance to speak with Dr. Joseph Ihm of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab!

His message: EXERCISE IS MEDICINE! We couldn't agree more and loved his great advice.

Check out what he had to say here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr3tqkd-L8g&t=3s

MOVEMENT is the key! Last year, we had the chance to speak with Dr. Joseph Ihm of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab!

His message: EXERCISE IS MEDICINE! We couldn't agree more and loved his great advice.

Check out what he had to say here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr3tqkd-L8g&t=3s

"Our goal is to ensure patients are educated and empowered by information and knowledge as they journey through any kind...
08/09/2021
Experts Demystify Artificial Disc Replacement For Patients

"Our goal is to ensure patients are educated and empowered by information and knowledge as they journey through any kind of spinal health issue, including artificial disc replacement surgery."

-- NSHF CEO, Dr. Rita Roy

/PRNewswire/ -- The National Spine Health Foundation today announced the public release of their free, patient webinar series on Artificial Disc Replacement,...

Catch the replay of our Artificial Disc Replacement Webinar for lower back! We answer YOUR questions in this patient-cen...
08/06/2021
Artificial Disc Replacement Webinar (Lower Back) Part 3

Catch the replay of our Artificial Disc Replacement Webinar for lower back! We answer YOUR questions in this patient-centered panel with top spine surgeons.

The National Spine Health Foundation exists to serve patients with back or neck pain, offering innovative research, educational materials and advocacy services.

"It was hard to deal with the heat while wearing a brace, but luckily I was able to find some ways to help me out. I hop...
08/04/2021
Summer with Scoliosis: 7 Tips for Brace-Wearing Teens

"It was hard to deal with the heat while wearing a brace, but luckily I was able to find some ways to help me out. I hope they’ll help you too!"

-- #SpinalChampion Advcoate Ella T.

Summer with Scoliosis may sound daunting, but Scoliosis Warrior Ella has some great tips for those who are wearing a brace this summer.

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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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