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Everyday Habits that Hurt Your Spine

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: 13 million people go to the doctor each year due to low back pain. Are your everyday habits to blame?
Air Date: 12/9/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Michael Gleiber, MD, FAAOS
Dr Michael Gleiber HeadshotMichael A. Gleiber, M.D., is a Board Certified, Fellowship Trained orthopedic spine surgeon and the Affiliate Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Sciences at The Charles E. Schmidt Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine for Spine Surgery.

Dr. Gleiber focuses his practice exclusively to injuries and diseases of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. He treats all spinal disorders including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, myelopathy, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, spinal trauma, and tumors and infections of the spine.

A native of South Florida, Dr. Gleiber attended The University of Miami where he received his Bachelors of Science degree. He earned his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Gleiber was the recipient of several awards including the Julius Nevaiser Award for the most promising future as an orthopedic surgeon, the Alec Horwitz Scholar Award for the most honors grades during the first year of medical school and graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha Honors.

Dr. Gleiber completed his internship in general surgery and residency at Columbia University, an Ivy League research university in New York City.

He was recognized by the faculty at Columbia University in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University. He received the Harold M. Dick Award for excellence in orthopedic surgery, the Harrison McLaughlin Award for demonstrating excellence in orthopedic trauma surgery and the Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Award.

Dr. Gleiber was selected to serve as Administrative Chief Resident in his final year at Columbia University. After residency, he attended The Kenton D. Leatherman Spine Surgery Fellowship where he received neurosurgical and orthopaedic training in all areas of the spine.

While in fellowship, a significant portion of his time was devoted to treating spinal trauma and spinal cord injuries.

Dr. Gleiber is a frequently invited guest lecturer at research institutions and hospitals where he is asked to share his knowledge on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of various spinal conditions.
Everyday Habits that Hurt Your Spine
Low back pain is one of the greatest problems people have when it comes to chronic pain. It is the second most common reason people visit doctors and is the leading cause of disability in the United States for Americans under the age of 45.

According to recent research, 60 to 80 percent of adults in the United States suffer from chronic back pain. Low back pain affects your spine's flexibility, stability and strength, leading to your pain, discomfort and stiffness.

In this segment of Staying Well, Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Affilliate Assistant Professor of Clinicial Biomedical Sciences at The Charles E. Schmidt Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine, Dr. Michael Gleiber shares the everyday habits that could be causing your low back pain, as well as how you can reverse the symptoms.