Items Tagged ‘back pain’

Back Pain Relief: Advances in Spine Surgery

July 15, 2019

Back Pain Relief: Advances in Spine Surgery

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Millions of people suffer from back pain every year. The burden of back pain on a person’s daily life can be debilitating. Even routine activities such as playing with kids on the floor or taking a bike ride seem out of the question when your back hurts. Fortunately, pain relief is possible thanks to the […]

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Tags: back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, spine surgeons, spine surgery, X-ray imaging


Placebo effect: sugar pills as medicine?

March 14, 2019

Placebo effect: sugar pills as medicine?

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The placebo effect occurs when people respond to treatments that have no medical reason to be effective. Although the placebo effect is generally accepted as being real, exactly why these treatments work remains a mystery. One common theory is that the mind acts on the body to bring on the physical response. New research suggests […]

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Tags: Anxiety, back pain, caregiver, depression, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, placebo effect, schizophrenia


Psychotherapy services at pain center help patients enjoy better quality of life

June 4, 2018

Psychotherapy services at pain center help patients enjoy better quality of life

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Story highlights Pain psychology uses cognitive behavioral therapy to change pain perceptions. Center offers various therapies to help patients cope with back, neck and joint pain, post-surgical pain and nerve pain. Services help to reduce or eliminate the need for addictive pain medications. If you’re among the approximately 100 million Americans who deal with chronic […]

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Tags: back pain, Chronic Pain, cognitive behavioral therapy, Dr. F. Michael Ferrante, joint pain, neck pain, nerve pain, pain perceptions, pain psychology, post-surgical pain, short-term pain, UCLA Comprehensive Pain Center


May 4, 2018

Dancing for Kyphoplasty

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“I picked up something that was too heavy for me and strained my back,” says 86- year-old Ira Gawant, who struggled to find a solution for the compression fracture in his L4 vertebra. “I’m an actor but I haven’t been able to work for a year because of my back pain. It was recommended that […]

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Tags: back pain, collapsed vertebra, compression fracture, Dr. Cheryl Hoffman, featured, kyphoplasty, minimally invasive, patient stories, patient story, radiology, UCLA Interventional Neuroradiology


I will be eternally grateful. Dr. Chen and everyone involved with the program helped me save my life

October 8, 2016

I will be eternally grateful. Dr. Chen and everyone involved with the program helped me save my life

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Laura’s Story Total Lost: 102 pounds lost so far* My story starts like most others: an overweight child grows into an overweight teenager, and then into a morbidly obese adult. After trying all the fad diets out there, losing weight only to gain it back and then more, I took an unusual step. I tried […]

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Tags: asthma, back pain, bariatric, bariatric surgery, COMET, Dr. Denise Garvey, Dr. Yijun Chen, dramatic weight loss, morbidly obese, obese, overweight, overweight teenager