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Focus on Fitness, not just body fat

By on February 20th, 2017

Fat is not just unhealthy and unsightly excess storage that needs to be battled. Fat is actually a vital organ that releases important hormones. A hormone called leptin is released from fat which decreases our appetite and accelerates our metabolism. Another hormone called adiponectin keeps our blood clear of…


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Address your anxiety

By on January 15th, 2017
Patients in chronic pain often experience significant anxiety which affects their ability to recover. David Hanscom, a spine surgeon and author of Back in Control: A Spine Surgeon's Roadmap out of Chronic Pain, describes some of the main steps needed to address your anxiety.


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Spine Strengthening

Importance of measurement

By on December 24th, 2016

How do you manage your diabetes or heart disease? You are likely measuring your blood sugar, cholesterol, or blood pressure.

How about your back pain? It is just as important to measure your progress when undergoing a rehabilitation regimen. Measurement means acquiring both patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and clinician-based outcomes (CBOs)….


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Activate the Gluteals

By on December 10th, 2016

The failure of many chronic back patients to improve is due to faulty squatting, for example during rising off of the toilet, in or out of a car, or walking up stairs.

For example, when rising from a chair, the wrong way to do it is to bend forward and…

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.