Nutrition

January 2016

NUTRITION FOR HEALING POST-SURGERY

January 4th, 2016|

Spinal surgery is often required to relieve pain, improve daily function, and regain one’s quality of life. The ability to heal efficiently after surgery is essential to ensuring a good outcome. Unfortunately, surgery, by its very nature, causes stress and trauma to the body. Surgery can result in local tissue damage
and inflammation as well as metabolic stress and weakening of the […]

May 2015

Calcium for Bone Health

May 6th, 2015|

No matter your age, we all can reap the benefits of incorporating the recommended amount of calcium in our diets. The recommended intake may shift depending on our age, but it remains a constant necessity throughout our lives.
The bones that make up your skeleton are made up various minerals, including calcium. Without calcium, bones are […]

April 2015

Obesity, Nutrition, and the Spine

April 6th, 2015|

Obesity can cause injury and damage to the spine.  This damage can lead to chronic pain and other symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and many other spinal conditions.   The American Academy of Neurosurgeons reports that 66% of arthritis patients are either overweight or obese and obese patients are […]

Diet and Bone Health

April 6th, 2015|

by Michael W. Hasz, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Eating a well-balanced and complete diet is an essential part of maintaining strong, healthy bones.  It is not enough to merely include adequate calcium in one’s diet; other minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, and sodium can also affect bone health.  In addition, sugar, refined grains and flour, caffeine, and alcohol […]