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KTLA – Common Conditions And Surgeries For Neck And Back Pain

The human spine is like an electric chord, sending nerve impulses through your body and triggering the physical movement of our hands, legs, neck and other parts. Injuries to the neck or back can hinder these nerve signals, disrupting movement or causing pain. Thankfully, about 90% of neck and back pain sufferers will likely not need surgery, according to the CDC, but it's still important to make sure you see the right doctor when pain strikes. Top US Spine Surgeon, Dr. Hooman Melamed, helps inform KTLA viewers about common conditions that can cause neck and back pain and when surgery might be needed.

In this video, Dr. Melamed says "unfortunately, yes [people get unnecessary surgeries]," which is why it's important for patients to fully research all their options before resulting to surgical intervention. "When you have a problem, most of the time, the body can fix it," states Dr. Melamed. Furthermore, not all surgeries are created equal. While Dr. Melamed is highly-skilled at advance, open neck or back surgeries, he is also recognized as a top minimally invasive spine surgeon.

If you are coping with chronic neck or back pain, and conservative therapies have failed to provide relief, don't hesitate to call Dr. Melamed at (310) 730-1787 to schedule a consultation online or in-person. You can also start your journey at

Hooman Melamed, MD, is based in Los Angeles, California and specializes in the latest neck and back surgical techniques, and is widely considered a leading minimally invasive spine surgeon. 

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