BalancedBack Blog

Why Most Back Surgeries Fail

Tens of thousands of Americans—by some estimates, more than 80,000 yearly—are suffering due to back surgery failure. Despite having one or more spinal surgeries, they continue to have chronic low back and/or leg pain. ... Read more

Fusion & Disc Replacement Surgery Success Rates: Clinical Data

As a practicing spine surgeon for 35 years, I’ve seen a lot of change in the industry over the last few decades. From the early days of fusion to disc replacement to today’s total joint replacement, every technological ... Read more

The Key Reason For Spinal Complications: Lack Of Motion Preservation

A healthy spine moves freely. That’s what years of spinal fusion data is finally teaching us, and the reason why so many people are rethinking fusion as an option for eliminating back and leg pain.  Read more

Is Swimming Good For Lower Back Pain?

Whenever a patient asks “Is swimming good for back pain?”, my answer is always a resounding “absolutely!” Not only does it have a positive effect on your overall health, but also it’s been shown to be one of the most ... Read more

Safe Exercises For A Bulging Disc

A bulging disc—a disc that protrudes outside the space it normally occupies—is a fairly common condition that usually results from normal wear and tear on your spine. The level of pain that accompanies a bulging disc ... Read more

Exercises For Sagittal Imbalance

Take a look at yourself sideways in a mirror. Are your shoulders aligned directly over your hips? Is your neck over your shoulders? Read more

Recurrent Herniated Disc Treatment Options

Whenever I see a patient with a herniated disc who needs a first-time microdiscectomy, I always make sure they walk away from our conversation understanding one thing: 10%-15% of people who are treated for a disc ... Read more

What Does The Ideal Total Disc Replacement Candidate Look Like?

If you (or someone you care about) has decided to take action to address debilitating leg and back pain, you’re in the right place. Read more

Should You Do Physical Therapy For Spinal Stenosis?

People who’ve been diagnosed with spinal stenosis often wonder about their options for slowing its progression and relieving the pain; often, surgery is one of those options. But in the early stages of stenosis, there ... Read more

Laser Spine Surgery: Is It A Viable Procedure For Your Symptoms?

The use of lasers in low-back medical procedures may seem like a cutting-edge idea, but in reality, lasers were first used in this way decades ago. In fact, enough laser spine procedures have been performed over the ... Read more