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Exercise as a Wonder Drug

By on March 20th, 2017

Of all the things I prescribe to patients, few provide as much benefit as physical activity.

I saw an article which listed just some of the proof:
1- 32 trials show that exercise improves pain and function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.
2- 10 studies showed exercise therapy increases aerobic…


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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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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.
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.