Health Facts

Back pain is often caused by obesity

Most people know that obesity contributes to the development of various diseases. However, did you know that obesity is a contributing factor to back pain? It is true. Being overweight or obese can significantly contribute to  osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis.

Alexandre Rasouli, M.D.

Specializing in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disorders of the spine, degenerative disorders, spinal trauma, adult and pediatric deformity, spinal oncology, minimally invasive surgery, and surgery with computer-assisted navigation at The Spine Institute
- Santa Monica CA.

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After graduating with honors from Stanford University, Dr. Rasouli attended the University of California at Irvine where he earned both his medical degree and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. He served as Chief Resident during his final year. While at the University of California, Dr. Rasouli conducted groundbreaking research at both the Beckman Laser Institute and at the Reeve-Irvine Center for spinal cord injury.

Dr. Rasouli completed his fellowship in spinal surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine under the supervision of three world-renowned spine surgeons, Drs. Frank Eismont, Harry Shufflebarger, and Barth Green. He has received extensive training in both orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine surgery techniques and in adult and pediatric deformity.

His discoveries in spinal cord injury treatment have earned him recognition in several top journals as well as at international society meetings. He is the author of several spine-related articles and book chapters.

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The Spine Institute is often in the news pioneering new treatments to help the reported 34 million Americans 18 years and older who suffer lower back pain, and another 9 million who suffer neck pain. Watch the news coverage here.