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16 08, 2017

Your Fibromyalgia May Be a Spine Disorder

August 16th, 2017|

Fibromyalgia affects more than 5 million people in the United States each year. For years it has been under diagnosed and under treated. Recent research now suggests that changes in the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and sensory nerves) may be responsible. Fibromyalgia is called the “invisible disease” and some doctors don’t even acknowledge [...]

14 08, 2017

Back to Life: Desiree’s Story

August 14th, 2017| After surgeons at other facilities wanted to just do exploratory surgery because they could not figure out what her diagnosis was, Desiree was ready to give up. She wanted a solution, not just a search effort. Luckily, after some persistence from her father, she discovered The Bonati Spine Institute. Watch Desiree's story above and [...]

11 08, 2017

The Relationship Between Chronic Pain and Insomnia

August 11th, 2017|

This article is excerpted from's original article titled, Chronic Pain and Insomnia: Breaking the Cycle written by William W. Deardorff, PhD, ABPP on 12/12/2016. Patients suffering from chronic pain often find their problems are compounded by insomnia and sleeping disorders. Among those with chronic pain, an estimated 50% to 80% have ongoing sleep difficulties.1 Back pain [...]

6 08, 2017

What Conditions Can Lead to Pinched Nerve Surgery?

August 6th, 2017|

When the nerves that extend from your brain through your spinal cord to the rest of your body become pinched, your body will send out pain signals to tell you that something is wrong. A pinched nerve may become compressed as a result of pressure by the surrounding bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons or scar tissue. [...]

31 07, 2017

The Costs of Back Pain

July 31st, 2017|

Read eight facts on the cost of back pain sourced from the following publications: The World Health Organization, The American Academy of Pain Medicine, The New England Journal of Medicine, The National Institute of Health, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 117 studies in 50 countries find that low back pain comprises 1/3 of work related [...]

27 07, 2017

A Case Against Fusion #2

July 27th, 2017|

We mention often at the Bonati Spine Institute that fusions fail over 50% of the time. Because of this we recommend avoiding fusions if at all possible. Below is an example of one study explaining why a patient may want to think twice when considering a fusion procedure. Burlington, Massachusetts based Lahey Hospital and Medical Center [...]

24 07, 2017

Use of Opioids Linked to Higher Levels of Dissatisfaction Following Spine Surgery

July 24th, 2017|

A new study appearing in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) links the use of opioid pain relievers (prescription medications such as Percocet, Hydrocodone, OxyContin and Vicodin) to less improvement and higher levels of dissatisfaction following spine surgery. In this study, 326 out of 583 (56 percent) patients reported some degree of opioid use prior to elective lumbar, [...]

19 07, 2017

4 Common Misconceptions About Back Pain

July 19th, 2017|

It’s just a fact of life: as we age, our bodies just don’t work like they used to. And for millions, back pain is a common complaint. It’s not unusual for those suffering from back pain seek advice from family or friends before going to a doctor. Referrals can be great, but advice seeking can [...]

17 07, 2017

6 Important Questions to Ask of Your Spine Surgeon

July 17th, 2017|

If your doctor is recommending a surgical treatment for pain from a spine condition, here are 6 important questions to ask before you undergo surgery. Do you know the specific cause of my pain? Make sure that your doctor has found a well-defined source of pain that shows up on an MRI and through a [...]

14 07, 2017

Can Back Surgery Restore Strength In My Leg(s)?

July 14th, 2017|

The Bonati Spine Institute received this message through our Facebook page: "With surgery, will the weakness in my calf go away? I’m wondering if strength in that muscle will return." To answer this question, we first needed to know more about the condition of the gentleman asking the question. He told us a recent MRI showed [...]

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