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Opioids/Medications

Don’t let drug company marketing negatively influence your health

By on September 15th, 2016
When it comes to prescribing narcotic pain medications, I'm shocked when I recount how different things are now compared to when I was in my training. On two occasions in the past year , I received a call from the coroner telling me that my patient has overdosed on pain medication.


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Spine Strengthening

Surprising truth about back and core strength

By on September 14th, 2016
I treated a professional tennis player, let’s call him Alex. He was dogged by persistent back pain. Despite undergoing the best strengthening regimen the USTA could offer, we tested his back strength and he was significantly weaker than the general population.


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Mindset

Fear

By on September 13th, 2016
I just came across a Tumblr video regarding how to overcome fear, made by Brendon Burchard, a widely followed high performance coach and personal development trainer. I felt this was very apropos for patients suffering from chronic back and neck pain, and who haven’t taken control of their condition.


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Inspiration

My Eye Opening Bout with Back Pain

By on September 12th, 2016

“My body is falling apart” I thought to myself! It was the beginning of September 2015 and I had just returned from a routine Hawk Hill bike ride, which I had previously done more than 50 times without pain. I was starting to sniffle, but more worrisome was a…

Kamshad Raiszadeh, M.D.

Dr. Raiszadeh's completed medical school at UC San Francisco, orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis and his Pediatric and Adult Spine Fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases/NYU in New York City. He has 20 years of experience with the broad range of spine surgery including minimally invasive surgery, complex spinal disorders such as scoliosis and kyphosis, and cervical spine disorders. During this 20 years he has noticed a dramatic increase in patients turning to surgery for treatment of neck and low back pain, but many of them not getting their desired long-term result. He therefore became increasingly interested in improvement and standardization of non-operative treatment. By developing the best aspects of non-operative treatment in an atmosphere of empowerment to maximize the body’s own healing capacity, he noticed that many fewer patients required surgery, and the ones who underwent surgery had much better long term results.