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PART 3 of 4: Inadequate back strength: the main reason for chronic back pain

By on February 3rd, 2018

Last week we discussed decreased back strength as a cause of chronic back pain. This week, let’s focus on unbalanced strengthening, meaning building of some muscles asymmetrically without performing adequate stretching and flexibility.

While strengthening usually results in the shortening of muscles, flexibility lengthens them again to maintain balance. Flexibility and…


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PART 2 of 4: Inadequate back strength: the main reason for chronic back pain

By on January 27th, 2018

I want to first express my appreciation for the great comments regarding the post last week. Many of you asked about where to read more about this topic. My book, which weaves my personal experiences and education about all matters spinal, is available at www.takebackcontrol.com or on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Take-Back-Control-Surgeons-Medications/dp/0997591803/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517032581&sr=8-1&keywords=kamshad+raiszadeh).

Now to…


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PART 1 of 4: Inadequate back strength: the main reason for chronic back pain

By on January 18th, 2018

From my experience over the years, inadequate back strength is a main reason that patients develop chronic debilitating back pain. There are four main reasons most people have not developed an optimal amount of back strength: 1) the main stabilizing muscles of the spine become weakened with age—particularly in…


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Exercise decreases inflammation by changing your gut

By on January 12th, 2018

Exercise changes the gut? How could that be? And so what does that have to do with inflammation?

Let’s first start with a description of the many co-inhabitants we all have in our guts. The microbiome consists of the trillions of bacteria that thrive in our guts and release substances…

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.