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The Better Way Back Community Expands to Support All Chronic Back, Leg, and Neck Pain

For more than a decade, The Better Way Back Community has supported patients undergoing the NuVasive® XLIF® surgical spine procedure. “We know the time is right to expand the program to address a greater number of conditions and treatments.” said President of The Better Way Back, Michael Hubbard.

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The Back Beat

Insider Perspective: Recovering from spinal surgery is as much about your mind as it is your body.

Mike grew up farming and ranching. He’s a physical guy who works outdoors and relies on his back to support his livelihood. Back in college, Mike had his first run-in with back pain. X-rays and an MRI showed spondylolisthesis. “It was a classic S1 nerve pain wrapping around my leg,” Mike explained. “Sometimes it would […]

Learning Library: Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease. What is it and how is it treated?

What is lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD)? Lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD) is defined simply as the wear and tear of the intervertebral disc, which may result from normal aging or be due to longstanding trauma. It involves small tears in the annulus of the disc (elastic outer ring of collagen fibers) and lack of […]

INSIDER PERSPECTIVE: FIND A DOCTOR WHO BELIEVES IN YOU

Dorothy was 70 years old when she broke her back. One day, she picked up a chair to relocate it and heard a pop in her spine. She didn’t feel any pain at first, but a few hours later, she was unable to move. Dorothy’s primary doctor’s advice was that surgery would not help her […]

LEARNING LIBRARY: DEGENERATIVE SPONDYLOLISTHESIS. WHAT IS IT AND HOW IS IT TREATED?

What is degenerative spondylolisthesis? Spondylolisthesis (spon-di-loh-lis-thee-sis) is a condition where one vertebra has slipped forward over another one below it. This misalignment typically occurs as a result of advanced degenerative disc disease (DDD), stress fractures, or congenital abnormalities, and in rare cases from a tumor or trauma. Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a consequence of the aging […]

INSIDER PERSPECTIVE: STAYING FIT AND INFORMED KEPT CHUCK GOING

Chuck has always led an active, mobile lifestyle despite having scoliosis and back issues for nearly 14 years. Up until he retired a few years ago Chuck ran factories, which had him walking around talking to people all day long. He loved to go to the gym or dance to keep fit, and even took […]

LEARNING LIBRARY: ANTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (ALIF): WHAT IS IT AND IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?

What is an ALIF procedure? Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) is a procedure used to treat problems such as disc degeneration, which may result in spinal instability or deformities in the curvature of the spine. In this procedure, the surgeon works on the spine from the front (anterior) and removes a spinal disc in the […]

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