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Make stress your friend

By on May 26th, 2019

It turns out that your health can actually be more dependent on how you think about your stress than your actual stress level. There is a lot of science behind how chronic stress can make you susceptible to everything from the common cold to cardiovascular disease. Of…


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Thrown for a loop

By on November 18th, 2018

Have you ever been bombarded by thoughts that you could not control?

As a spine surgeon who had to maintain concentration often for 6-8 hours non-stop, I prided myself on my focus. Imagine my surprise recently as recurrent thoughts bombarded me to the point of distraction, interference with sleep, increased…


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Six Tips for Forming—and Sustaining— Positive Habits

By on March 10th, 2018

Continuing on the theme of positive habits, let’s consider the best ways to ensure you develop habits that stick as you work to become stronger and straighter. The following six tips are courtesy of the U.S. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury.1 These tips…

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.

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