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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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Forging Meaning in Your Pain

By on December 4th, 2016

I have had the opportunity to get to know thousands of patients with chronic back or neck pain. I have been struck by their amazing stories, and have learned much from their struggles. I would like to share one of these pearls that I indeed need to remind myself…


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Somatization Disorder

By on November 14th, 2016

Psychologists and psychiatrists use the term “somatization disorder” to characterize significant complaints about bodily pain and other physical problems that cannot be fully explained by a medical condition upon examination. This disorder is commonly seen in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, and reproductive issues like impotence or infertility.

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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.