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By Cuellar Spine

Having had two spine surgeries himself, Dr. Cuéllar
understands the importance of avoiding surgery
whenever possible. The majority of back and neck pain
can be treated without spine surgery. Dr. Cuéllar and his
team will do everything in their power to help you avoid
surgery, providing you with individualized treatment
advice and referral to other services if deemed necessary.
After Dr. Cuéllar completes his evaluation of you and
determines that you do not have a problem that requires
surgery, such as nerve compression or spinal cord
compression, he can make some recommendations for
non-surgical treatments to try first.

There are several potentially beneficially ways to help
you improve back and neck pain without surgery,
including exercise or physical therapy regimens, massage,
acupuncture, injections, holistic healing treatments such
as an anti-inflammatory diet or nutritional supplements.
Some examples of these are provided below.
Many people have back or neck pain of musculoskeletal
origin that can be caused by stress-induced muscle
tension, poor posture or non-ergonomic working
environments. This type of pain can commonly be
treated by a safe exercise regimen and soft tissue
massage. Choosing a massage therapist is a personal
choice and may depend on the particular type of
massage you prefer, your location, etc. One location I
recommend is Radiance of Life, on Larchmont Blvd in Los

Physical therapy:
A good physical therapist can help you strengthen your
core muscles, which are vital to supporting your spine.
Having a strong core can not only get you out of pain but
can help prevent spine problems in the future. Upon
evaluation, we will taylor your referral to your particular
needs. A few excellent therapists we recommend
are Clifton Matsuno, Heather Milligan at Elite Ortho
Sports, and Aspire Physical Therapy and Sports.
Acupuncture has been used in Chinese medicine for
thousands of years, and has been supported by some
scientific literature as a means of non-surgical pain relief
for various ailments. Kristen Ebbert is one excellent
acupuncturist located centrally in Los Angeles.

Anti-inflammatory injections:

Traditionally, pain management specialists have used
steroids to inject into joints or near inflamed nerves.
However, steroids have several drawbacks and there are
now better alternatives available, such as the antiinflammatory protein A2M that can be extracted from
your own blood. Learn more here.
Anti-inflammatory foods and lifestyle:
In addition to exercise, acupuncture and massage,
nutrition is another key variable in your health that can
be adjusted to make you your best, pain-free self. At your
evaluation we can discuss your current lifestyle to
determine if any improvements can be made. Many
resources exist online and in print. One potential
resource is Dr. Vanessa Cuéllar. Some free antiinflammatory food and smoothie recipes are provided, as
well as additional reading sources.

• Contact us:
Cuellar Spine
450 N. Roxbury Drive
3rd Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 803-9407

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