Topic: Back Pain

Dealing with chronic health problems at work
Jun 28 2016

Are Chronic Health Problems Making You Miss Work?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re one of the more than 117 million Americans living with chronic health problems, your health may be causing you to miss work or may make it more difficult to do your job. There are a number of steps you can take to better manage chronic health problems, which can improve your overall wellbeing,... Read More

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Is spinal fusion the right choice for you?
May 17 2016

Questions to Ask About Spinal Fusion Surgery

Disease Management  •  By Susan Walker

There has been a significant increase in the number of people who undergo spinal fusion surgery to treat back and leg pain, but a new study suggests that spinal fusion may not be the most appropriate treatment for many of these people. The goal of the study was to compare pain relief and the ability... Read More

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stem cell
Dec 1 2015

Questions on Non-Surgical Treatment Options Before You Have Surgery

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If your physician has told you that you need surgery, you may want to explore your non-surgical treatment options first. There are a number of conditions, from back pain to clogged arteries in the heart, for which there may be effective, non-surgical treatments. Questions to ask when surgery is recommended The first step is to... Read More

surgical second opinion
Jul 30 2015

Three Important Reasons Why You Should Get a Medical Second Opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious, complex, or rare medical condition or your physician has told you that you need surgery, the next step you take should be to seek a second opinion. What difference can a second opinion make? A very significant one in many cases. Reason #1: To protect yourself against misdiagnosis... Read More

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Back Surgery
Apr 16 2015

What questions should you ask before back surgery?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been living with back pain and a physician has recommended surgery, how do you know if undergoing surgery is the most appropriate treatment? Start gathering the information you need to make an informed decision by asking your physician these key questions. Are there non-surgical treatments that I could try first? For some types... Read More

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back surgery
Oct 21 2014

Is Back Surgery Right for You? Do You Need a Medical Second Opinion?

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

During any three-month period, about 25 percent of adults in the U.S. experience at least one day of back pain, making this ailment one of the most commonly reported health problems. If you experience back pain, getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step. For most conditions that cause back pain, your doctor is likely... Read More

Rear view of a young man holding his back in pain, isolated on white background, monochrome photo with red as a symbol for the hardening
Oct 22 2013

Conquering back pain without surgery or medication

Integrative Medicine  •  By Miles Varn

Are you living with chronic back pain? You’re not alone. More than 85 percent of Americans will suffer from back or neck pain at some point in their lives and more than 26 million adults under the age of 65 live with frequent back pain. Many of those people are prescribed pain medication or undergo... Read More