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28 02, 2020

6 Tips for Back Pain During Pregnancy

February 28th, 2020|

This article is excerpted from Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials originally written on January 28, 2020. Pregnancy is amazing. For one thing, you’re growing a whole new person. For another, you’ve discovered aches and pains you didn’t know were possible. Such joy! On your laundry list of pregnancy discomforts, back pain probably features prominently. It’s an all-too-common side [...]

18 02, 2020

Back to Life: Beth’s Story

February 18th, 2020| Pain can develop weeks, months, and even years, after a vehicle accident.  Beth M. from St. Regis Falls, New York suffered whiplash from a car accident and an ATV accident that left her in cervical spine pain which worsened over time. As it developed she began taking heavy medications and knew she didn't [...]

6 02, 2020

Current status of endoscopic spine surgery

February 6th, 2020|

This blog is excerpted from an article by Alan Condon on January 31, 2020 on Becker's Spine Review and a study by Anthony Yeung, MD & Kai-Uwe Lewandrowski, MD published January 2020 in the Journal of Spine Surgery. Endoscopic spine surgery has the potential to become the leading minimally invasive surgical technique for the treatment [...]

30 01, 2020

The Physical Benefits of Yoga for Back Pain

January 30th, 2020|

This article is excerpted from Harvard Medical School's Healthbeat Newsletter, dated January 25, 2020. Yoga promotes physical health in multiple different ways. Some of them derive from better stress management. Others come more directly from the physical movements and postures in yoga, which help promote flexibility and reduce joint pain. Back pain relief Back pain [...]

22 01, 2020

Do I Have A Herniated Disc?

January 22nd, 2020|

What exactly is a herniated disc? The spinal disc is a soft cushion that sits between each vertebra of the spine. Discs function like coiled springs.  When a disc ruptures, a portion of the spinal disc pushes outside its normal boundary. This is called a herniated disc. When a disc bulges out from between the [...]

17 01, 2020

Wake Up With A Stiff Neck? How You Can Help It

January 17th, 2020|

This article is excerpted from, originally written by Grant Cooper, MD on July 19, 2018. Waking up with a stiff neck can be unexpected and inconvenient. Despite a stiff neck’s potential for severe, sharp pain and reduced range of motion, some people might feel pressure to maintain the day’s planned activities, such as going to [...]

8 01, 2020

Back to Life: Michael Z.’s Story

January 8th, 2020| Michael Z. from Land O'Lakes, FL worked as a public servant his entire life, first as a firefighter paramedic and then registered nurse. The decades of hard work in the service of helping others took a toll on his low back and he underwent fusion surgery in 2011. Even just after the surgery [...]

2 01, 2020

10 New Year’s Health Resolutions

January 2nd, 2020|

This article is excerpted from an American Medicine Association (AMA) article by Sara Berg on December 27, 2019. Every new year comes with a laundry list of resolutions to “get healthier.” But it is often hard to stick to those New Year’s resolutions and goals. The AMA offers up these 10 recommendations to make health [...]

18 12, 2019

Spine procedures that cost hundreds less at ASCs in 2019

December 18th, 2019|

The below is excerpted from Becker's ASC Review, published on December 6, 2019, by Angie Stewart. Medicare's Procedure Price Lookup tool reveals certain spine procedures cost significantly less when performed at ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) instead of hospital outpatient departments (HOPD).  The prices provided are national averages, based on Medicare’s 2019 payments and copayments. Cost comparison [...]

12 12, 2019

5 Ways to Avoid Overdoing It This Holiday Season

December 12th, 2019|

This article is excerpted from, originally written by Louise Donahue on December 1, 2016; edited and re-posted from 2018 as a friendly reminder from the Bonati Blog. If you have chronic back pain or are recovering from back surgery, you may be wondering how you’re going to manage the holidays. The family togetherness is [...]

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