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13 12, 2017

Importance of Weight Loss for Back Pain Relief

December 13th, 2017|

Often, overweight or obese patients suffer from back pain, but do not realize how their excess weight contributes to back pain. Although this link has not been studied thoroughly, there is clear evidence that excess weight increases the risk for joint pain, back pain, and muscle strain. In addition, obese or severely overweight patients exhibit [...]

4 12, 2017

Why Am I Still In Pain After My Fusion Surgery?

December 4th, 2017|

I had a fusion to solve my pain problems, so why am I still in pain? The simplest answer is that the fusion likely did not treat the issue and now in addition to the original source of pain, you are dealing with failed back surgery syndrome. What is failed back surgery syndrome? Failed back [...]

28 11, 2017

Working Out if You Suffer from Sciatica Pain

November 28th, 2017|

Sciatica is not a condition in itself, but it is a common symptom of many different spinal conditions. The sciatic nerve extends from the lower spine through the buttock and all the way down to the foot. When this nerve becomes pinched by inflammation or other spinal conditions, you’ll feel pain radiating all along the [...]

17 11, 2017

Back to Life: Ed’s Story

November 17th, 2017|

Ed was suffering from lower back pain that was stopping him from enjoying activities with his family. He consulted with other physicians who told him there was nothing that could be done for him. One day he heard about a Bonati Spine Institute seminar and it was here he found the solution to his pain. [...]

13 11, 2017

A Case Against Fusion #4

November 13th, 2017|

This study was published in SPINE, Volume 42 - Issue 9 on May 1st, 2017. In 2012, a study from Utah State University, in collaboration with the Workers Compensation Fund of Utah (WCFU), evaluated several biological, social, and, psychological outcomes among 245 injured workers undergoing lumbar fusion. Evaluated factors included: quality of life, patient satisfaction, and [...]

7 11, 2017

Back Pain Most Likely in the A.M.

November 7th, 2017|

The risk of hurting your back is higher in the morning than in the afternoon, a study shows. A team from The George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney analyzed 1,000 patients who had an episode of acute back pain. "Most people report that back pain starts in the morning between 8am [...]

3 11, 2017

Is My Lower Back Pain Serious?

November 3rd, 2017|

This article is excerpted from's article by Steven S. Hughes, MD originally posted on October 18, 2017. Whether you have lower back that is piercing and intermittent or achy and constant, you are likely wondering if your symptoms are a cause for concern. Each case of back pain is unique, but the information below can [...]

30 10, 2017

Do I Have a Pinched Nerve?

October 30th, 2017|

What exactly is a pinched nerve? A pinched nerve, or compressed nerve, is a term used to describe a nerve or group of nerves that have become impinged by bone, ligament, tendons, and soft tissue. Though pinched nerves can occur anywhere throughout the body, they are most common in the back. The [...]

24 10, 2017

Are Medications the Answer for Back & Neck Pain?

October 24th, 2017|

The abuse of prescription painkillers is on the rise. Yet, there is no solid evidence that opioids, or narcotics, work better than surgery in relieving chronic pain from a degenerative spine condition. Opioids are a class of pain medications including morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone, Percocet, Oxycontin and Vicodin that work by interfering with the [...]

19 10, 2017

The Cost of Fusions

October 19th, 2017|

The below study was published in the December 16, 2008 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Back pain affects more than 80% of people in the U.S. at a cost of more than $100 billion a year. A recent study conducted at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago suggests that for patients with spinal stenosis, a laminectomy, [...]

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