Spine Health Foundation

Spine Health Foundation Empowering patients with 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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The information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific medical advice or assistance should consult their health care provider.

Mission: To improve spinal health care through research, education, and patient advocacy.

#SpineHack of the week!It's so easy to slouch. We don't even realize we're doing it. All it takes is a little intention ...
11/21/2019

#SpineHack of the week!

It's so easy to slouch. We don't even realize we're doing it.

All it takes is a little intention to fix the problem. If you start thinking about your posture regularly, it will become second nature to fix it.

Here's your nudge. Can you start fixing your posture today? This will contribute significantly to keeping your spine healthy.

"The operation was an amazing success. I’m back in the gym, back on the golf course, and back on the tennis court. Belie...
11/21/2019
Spinal Champion: 72-Year-Old David McKee

"The operation was an amazing success. I’m back in the gym, back on the golf course, and back on the tennis court. Believe it or not, my tennis game is even improved – maybe because of increased flexibility. I have also returned to my other volunteer activities. And, yes, I can look at the ceiling without consequence." -- David McKee

I am an active seasoned citizen (72 years old) who retired from the military and then taught high school math for 15 years at South Lakes High School and McLean High School. I am now fully retired, and part of my routine includes a workout in the gym once a week by warming up on …

11/18/2019
2019 "We've Got Your Back" Gala Highlights

Our 2019 "We've Got Your Back" Gala was a huge success and we can't thank our sponsors and attendees enough! Grab a peek at our highlight reel from an incredible night! #SpineHealthGala

"Back pain during pregnancy isn't surprising, but it still deserves attention. Consider seven ways to relieve back pain ...
11/15/2019
Back pain during pregnancy: 7 tips for relief

"Back pain during pregnancy isn't surprising, but it still deserves attention. Consider seven ways to relieve back pain during pregnancy — from good posture and physical activity to complementary therapies."

Ease back pain during pregnancy with these simple tips.

#SpineHack time! Are you paying attention to your posture? Little changes can make a big difference! #spinehealthYou've ...
11/14/2019

#SpineHack time! Are you paying attention to your posture? Little changes can make a big difference! #spinehealth

You've got this. Pass it on.

"I had the procedure on June 1, 2016 at only 13 years old. It was the scariest thing that I have ever experienced, but i...
11/13/2019
Young Spinal Champion: Kaitlyn Childress

"I had the procedure on June 1, 2016 at only 13 years old. It was the scariest thing that I have ever experienced, but it was so worth it!" -- Kaitlyn Childress

Spinal issues can affect people at any age, but there is always hope. Check out Kaitlyn's story here and find your options for recovery at SpineHealth.org

I started playing softball when I was eight years old and fell in love with pitching when I was 10. When I was 11 years old, I started having extreme back pain when playing softball, though. No matter what I tried, (heat, ice, rest, etc.) the pain wouldn’t go away. After about two months of …

We are so proud to work with Centinel Spine -- and were thankful to have them at the #SpineHealthGala this year!⁣⁣"We ar...
11/12/2019

We are so proud to work with Centinel Spine -- and were thankful to have them at the #SpineHealthGala this year!⁣

"We are proud to support the National Spine Health Foundation and the Gala event as Presenting Sponsor. ⁣

The mission of Centinel Spine and the Foundation are aligned—to help individuals regain their lives by providing hope, support, and information for patients suffering from spinal-related pain and discomfort.⁣

Our support for the Foundation reflects our long-term commitment to providing funding for research and education." ⁣

-- Centinel Spine Chairman & CEO, John Viscogliosi

See John's acceptance speech for our Innovator of the Year Award at the gala last weekend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPHy8yqeyVg&t=1s

Today, we honor those who always have our backs! Thank you veterans! #VeteransDay
11/11/2019

Today, we honor those who always have our backs! Thank you veterans! #VeteransDay

11/11/2019
Ask the Experts: Questions About Osteoporosis?

Are you concerned with how to deal with osteoporosis? There are OPTIONS out there. Listen in as these experts discuss their program for dealing with osteoporosis.

A NSHF, we want to ensure you know that there are many paths to a successful and healthy recovery and lifestyle.

Don't live in fear or desperation. You can live an active, vibrant and healthy life at *any* age. Get education and get moving!

11/09/2019
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Don't miss our #SpineHealthGala panel from last weekend. Ensure your friends and family know there are new options for spine healthcare developing every day. Our panel of doctors enlighten you on some of those things here.

Our 2019 "We've Got Your Back" Gala featured a panel with Dr. Leah Carreon of Norton Leatherman Spine Center and Dr. Tom Schuler and Dr. Chris Good of Virginia Spine Institute.

In this panel, doctors discuss a variety of modern, viable options for patients experiencing spinal healthcare issues -- including spinal fusion and other types of surgery.

"There really are options -- and there is life after spine surgery." -- Dr. Chris Good

Get a peek at the gala if you weren't able to attend! #SpineHealthGala

#SpineHack: We know modern technology is here to stay, so how can we continue to use our smartphones and wireless device...
11/08/2019

#SpineHack: We know modern technology is here to stay, so how can we continue to use our smartphones and wireless devices without causing long-term harm to our spines?

Individuals should make an effort to look at their phones with a neutral spine and to avoid spending hours each day hunched over.

Look down at your device with your eyes, there’s no need to bend your neck and compress your cervical spine!

11/07/2019
2019 Guy Beatty Champion of Hope: Greg Fazakerley

"I'm probably one of 99, almost 100 million people, that suffer with back and neck pain. That's why I'm supporting the National Spine Health Foundation. They only have one goal -- and that's to make you a better educated and knowledgable patient, so that you can choose your physician....and potentially have better outcomes that produce better lives."

-- 2019 Guy Beatty Champion of Hope winner Greg Fazakerley

Photo © Tony Powell. 2019 "We've Got Your Back" Gala. Ritz Carlton. November 1, 2019
11/07/2019

Photo © Tony Powell. 2019 "We've Got Your Back" Gala. Ritz Carlton. November 1, 2019

At the #SpineHealthGala this weekend, we were proud to present Tiger Woods with the Spinal Champion Hero of the Year awa...
11/06/2019

At the #SpineHealthGala this weekend, we were proud to present Tiger Woods with the Spinal Champion Hero of the Year award.

Tiger recently became tied for the most PGA wins ever and continues to thrive in his career, after undergoing serious spinal surgery.

He is an incredible example of hope for the millions of Americans who are suffering from similar issues. Thank you for inspiring us, Tiger!

See a message from Tiger's spine surgeon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOe18Wbml0o&t=1s

We're here to make sure your questions get answered. Check out today's questions with Dr. Christopher H. Comey, M.D., Ch...
11/05/2019
Ask the Expert: How Did I Herniate My Disc?

We're here to make sure your questions get answered. Check out today's questions with Dr. Christopher H. Comey, M.D., Chief of Surgery at Holyoke Medical Center.

Get the answer to this question and more in today's blog post.

We’re here to make sure your questions get answered. Check out today’s questions with Dr. Christopher H. Comey, M.D., Chief of Surgery at Holyoke Medical Center. Question: How did I herniate my disc? Dr. Comey: Most of the time, there is no specific single causative event. Most spinal specialist...

11/04/2019
Young Spinal Champion of the Year 2019: Damon Hsu

Our Young Spinal Champion of the Year award honors young people that further NSHF's mission through research, education, patient advocacy and community.

Meet Damon Hsu, one of Washington, D.C.'s best lacrosse players. When he was dealing with spinal isses, Damon became depressed because he could no longer play.

When he found a solution, it improved his life, his team and his family. Spinal issues affect far more than just one person.

"Ultimately, we need to make sure people understand that there is hope that they can overcome." -- Dr. Thomas Schuler

Enjoy this inspiring story -- and don't lose hope!
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11/02/2019
Spine Talks LIVE at the 2019 Spine Health Gala

Our 2019 "We've Got Your Back" Gala featured a panel with Dr. Leah Carreon of Norton Leatherman Spine Center and Dr. Tom Schuler and Dr. Chris Good of Virginia Spine Institute.

In this panel, doctors discuss a variety of modern, viable options for patients experiencing spinal healthcare issues -- including spinal fusion and other types of surgery.

"There really are options -- and there is life after spine surgery." -- Dr. Chris Good

Get a peek at the gala if you weren't able to attend! #SpineHealthGala

Tonight's the night! Our 2019 "We've Got Your Back" Gala is on. One of the fun surprises this evening will be a video me...
11/01/2019

Tonight's the night! Our 2019 "We've Got Your Back" Gala is on. One of the fun surprises this evening will be a video message from Dr. Rick Guyer, spine surgeon to the one and only, Tiger Woods!

Here's a peek at his message for the #SpineHealthGala. We hope to see you there -- or online for our Facebook LIVE broadcast at 9pmET!

https://spinehealth.org/event/gala/

Our LIVE AUCTION is ready for bidding now! In coordination with our 2019 "We've Got Your Back" Gala, we're running an au...
10/31/2019
AUCTION: National Spine Health Foundation - 2nd Annual Gala 2019

Our LIVE AUCTION is ready for bidding now! In coordination with our 2019 "We've Got Your Back" Gala, we're running an auction with all kinds of goodies!

From massages to wine to private plane rides, we've got it all. Click here to start browsing & bidding before tomorrow night!
#SpineHealthGala

As we head toward the National Spine Health Foundation’s 2nd Annual “We’ve Got Your Back” Gala, take a moment to check out our online auction. Bid on everything from plane rides to wine to massages in this fantastic auction! Here are just three of the many things you can bid on (full list on...

TOMORROW at 10amET right here on Facebook, we'll be chatting with Fox News Heather Childers. Heather recently underwent ...
10/30/2019

TOMORROW at 10amET right here on Facebook, we'll be chatting with Fox News Heather Childers. Heather recently underwent neck surgery for cervical spinal stenosis with myelopathy, a condition that causes compression of the spinal cord in the neck.

Heather wrote about her experience here, urging individuals suffering not to wait on getting treatment or surgery if they are experiencing pain or other symptoms: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/tv/article217982230.html

We hope you'll join us tomorrow morning! Questions for Heather? Feel free to leave them in the comments of this post and we'll attempt to ask them during the interview!

It’s time to do your spine and overall health a favor. Take some time to take care of your spine health by indulging in ...
10/29/2019
5 Effective Workouts For a Healthy Spine

It’s time to do your spine and overall health a favor. Take some time to take care of your spine health by indulging in these workouts!

Practice these exercises to maintain good spine health.

10/28/2019
Spinal Champion: Jennifer's Story

Jennifer lived with Scoliosis, but she didn't let it stop her from doing what she loved. She joined the crew team in high school, stuck with it, rowed through college and eventually made the U.S. national team!

It wasn't long before she won a gold medal at the 1984 World Rowing Championships in Montreal, Canada!

"Fitness if your great ally. Dont' despair when you first get that diagnosis. It's very hard, but just stick with it. Know it's a temporary phase and you're gonna come out the other side and be able to do great things." -- Jennifer Marron, Gold Medalist

BIG NEWS: An anonymous donor will match DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR up to $5,000 every dollar raised on social media for our "We'v...
10/28/2019

BIG NEWS: An anonymous donor will match DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR up to $5,000 every dollar raised on social media for our "We've Got Your Back" Gala! Every little bit helps!

The theme is "Celebrating the Power of Hope!" We know you are with us on this one 📣📣📣

C'mon universe -- help us reach our goal so we can continue to do clinical research and produce valuable education!

Are you in? If everyone on our page donated just a little, we could reach our goal!

Donate here: https://spinehealth.org/donate/

The Gala is coming -- and we've got a special addition to our event! Join us there for this special Facebook Live event ...
10/27/2019

The Gala is coming -- and we've got a special addition to our event! Join us there for this special Facebook Live event with Dr. Jeff Gum of Norton Leatherman Spine Center and Dr. Chris Good, NSHF Board Member and Virginia Spine Institute.

We'll broadcast this conversation LIVE right here on Facebook on Friday, November 1st at 9pmET.

More gala info here: https://spinehealth.org/event/gala/

"At three months out from his surgical procedure, Christian reported not having any residual pain in his back and began ...
10/25/2019
Scoliosis Success: Christian's Story

"At three months out from his surgical procedure, Christian reported not having any residual pain in his back and began increasing his exercise routine with a goal of getting back to play as a goalie on his high school lacrosse team.

Christian has returned to a normal life and function and recently returned from a six day trek hiking over 50 miles..."

It is truly a privilege to share Christian’s story with you. It is a story of inner strength, devotion, family support, and team work. Christian was diagnosed with scoliosis when he was eight years old. Scoliosis is a medical condition where the spine develops a curvature as it grows. Scoliosis is...

10/23/2019
Spine Health Foundation: Gala Highlights to Excite!

The "We've Got Your Back" Gala is coming up on November 1st. This special event honors some of the most influential individuals within spinal health. Don't miss out on this video of last year's festivities!

This year, patients, physicians, industry leaders, and members of the community will have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas, producing an overwhelmingly positive and innovative energy.

There will also be an expert panel we hope to stream LIVE here on Facebook if you aren't in the area to attend in person.

Check out last year's highlights in this video and learn more about the gala here: https://spinehealth.org/event/gala/

Chronic spinal pain is a debilitating problem that affects more than 80% of the population and is the leading cause for ...
10/22/2019
Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Back Pain - Spine Health

Chronic spinal pain is a debilitating problem that affects more than 80% of the population and is the leading cause for physical and emotional suffering, disability, and missed work days.

Learn about how spinal cord stimulation can help YOU.

by Chris Gorini, PhD, Research Director & Jenna Jubeir, Intern BackgroundChronic spinal pain is a debilitating problem that affects more than 80% of the population and is the leading cause for physical and emotional suffering, disability, and missed work days.1,2 Treatment for relief of neck or back...

10/21/2019
Ask the Expert: Dr. Thomas Schuler, MD

Dr. Thomas Schuler, CEO and Founder of Virginia Spine Institute, speaks about his approach spinal fusion:

"No two patients are the same, no two operations are the same, no two pathologies are the same and so we need to have a wide variety of options, so we can best treat each situation."

Want more advice from our experts? Click here: https://spinehealth.org/ask-the-expert-2/

"A review of 14 studies found that people with persistent headache or back pain were twice as likely to experience the o...
10/20/2019
Link found between chronic headache and back pain

"A review of 14 studies found that people with persistent headache or back pain were twice as likely to experience the other disorder as well."

A review of 14 studies found that people with persistent headache or back pain were about twice as likely to also experience the other condition.

"While I’m somewhat fearful of what the future may hold, I’m incredibly thankful for the National Spine Health Foundatio...
10/18/2019
My Spine Story: Overcoming to Succeed - Spine Health

"While I’m somewhat fearful of what the future may hold, I’m incredibly thankful for the National Spine Health Foundation for being committed to research and advocacy for people like me." -- #SpinalChampion Ericka Andersen

It was 2009 the first time I felt pain in my back. Little did I know it was the first day in a long journey to maintain proper spinal health. As a marathon runner and weight lifter, dealing with back pain is especially difficult. Physical exercise and competition is part of my identity. When an …

"I remember waking up in recovery and noticing right away that all the neural pressure and pain were gone. I spent three...
10/17/2019
Dennis' Extreme Obstacle Course Races Post Fusion - Spine Health

"I remember waking up in recovery and noticing right away that all the neural pressure and pain were gone. I spent three days in the hospital recovering and instantly began adjusting to being pain-free.

After 90 days, I was cleared to begin normal activities with caution. At six months out, I was back to weight training, running, and riding.

I plan to run another series of Tough Mudder and OCR races this summer with my son and daughter."

-- #SpinalChampion Dennis

Back Story: I am an athlete and my training routine would include things to maintain strength and flexibility. But as my issue was structural, there was only so much I could do. The pain was persistent and it affected my activities; I simply learned to cope. I would have periods where the pain would...

Today is World Spine Day -- and we are celebrating! We support the WSD mission to: ✔️ Raise awareness about spinal healt...
10/16/2019

Today is World Spine Day -- and we are celebrating! We support the WSD mission to:

✔️ Raise awareness about spinal health and spine disorders to individuals, communities, professionals and all stakeholders associated with spine care

✔️ To provide a forum for ongoing discussion about the burden of spinal disorders and the sharing of best practices

✔️ To promote an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to easing the burden of spinal disorders.

Learn more about how to #LoveYourSpine: SpineHealth.org

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