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About Sarah Vlach

Dr. Vlach’s training and experience includes time at The Mayo Clinic and the University of Utah. She brings cutting edge pain treatment options for sports, spine and musculoskeletal injuries to Southeast Idaho.

Back pain: A book that will change your life!

This book held my attention for most of Feb and March:
https://www.cathrynjakobsonramin.com/books/crooked/overview/

If you have back pain, and particularly if you are considering surgery, I would strongly recommend giving this book a read. It reveals a journalist’s travels through back pain and sorts out what works and what doesn’t. The reader’s digest version of what works: EXERCISE.

Yep, folks, once again, MOTION IS LOTION.

A few core ideas:

1. A passive approach to recovery from back pain […]

By |April 17th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain|Tags: |Comments Off on Back pain: A book that will change your life!

Acute Low Back Pain: What To Do, What Not To Do

Today, I saw a young gentleman with sudden onset of fairly severe low back pain, who was seen in the ER over the weekend and was terrified he was going to have surgery. Here’s what I told him to do versus what he had been told in the ER:

1. Get moving!!! The ER told him to lay down and essentially not move and that bedrest would help. This is very dated thinking and is […]

By |March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Back Pain, Pain Management|Tags: |Comments Off on Acute Low Back Pain: What To Do, What Not To Do

Adventures in Stem Cell Therapy

Our regenexx (www.regenexx.com) procedures are going extremely well and we have many satisfied patients who have been able to reduce their pain, improve their function and avoid invasive orthopedic or spine surgeries.

Today’s blog post is a little hot-headed, as I continue to be dismayed by other local providers offering “stem cell therapy” and here are two examples in the past week:

1. A local physician posts a photo of offering a ‘stem cell knee injection’ […]

By |March 8th, 2018|Categories: Stem Cell Therapy|Tags: |Comments Off on Adventures in Stem Cell Therapy

Changing People’s Health and Lives

I am at the 2018 Interventional Orthopedics Foundation conference.
(Interventional Orthopedics Foundation – The Future of Medicine is Regenerative)

Check this amazing non-profit organization out. I will be headed there at least 6 times this next year for additional training and to keep adding procedures to my skillset to help patients.

We are reviewing the latest data on orthobiologics (PRP and stem cell injections) for musculoskeletal and spine disorders.

It is an incredibly inspiring conference […]

By |March 5th, 2018|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||Comments Off on Changing People’s Health and Lives

Gratitude

Last week, I truly had one of the most gratifying patient care experiences in my professional career.

A patient had traveled a ways from Montana to see me. His lumbar spine had been fused years back and he was beginning to suffer the consequences; adjacent segment degeneration and worsening back pain. He was interested in regenerative medicine, and I counseled him that his candidacy was poor (previous fusion makes it difficult to treat the spine, […]

By |February 5th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain, Regenerative Medicine|Tags: |Comments Off on Gratitude

Year in review, 2017

I figure if this gets posted before March it still counts as an end of the year review!

2017 was an exciting time for Eastern Idaho Spine, Sports and Rehab. A few highlights:

1. We were thrilled to be added as the exclusive Idaho Regenexx provider. www.regenexx.com
This has allowed us to take our regenerative medicine to the highest level, particularly offering cutting edge spine procedures to patients from Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and we even […]

By |January 30th, 2018|Categories: About Our Practice||Comments Off on Year in review, 2017

Pop Quiz!

Because I am sadistic, I like to surprise my staff with pop quizzes at our quarterly ‘All Hands’ Meetings. Just kidding, they are really in good fun, and are to help make sure we all understand our vision and mission.

On the last pop quiz, I asked them, “If a patient asked, ‘do you do pain management?’ what would you say?”

Most people said ‘no, I would refer them to the pain anesthesiologists’. However, one brilliant […]

By |December 22nd, 2017|Categories: About Our Practice||Comments Off on Pop Quiz!

You’re so good..

This time of year, the staff lunchroom table begins to overflow with treats. Some days I’ll nibble at a few treats, but most days I stick to my regular, packed “healthy” food. Invariably, one of my staff notices my abstinence and says, “Oh, Dr. Vlach, you’re so good. You never eat the treats”.

It’s an interesting perception, that not eating treats is by definition virtuous or associated with tremendous will power. The simple truth […]

By |November 25th, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||Comments Off on You’re so good..

Year’s Wrap Up and Confessions of a Doctor #2

We are often horrible patients and make poor health choices

My running plans for 2017 did not exactly pan out.

As my work life has intensified (a good thing, my regenerative medicine practice is exploding, thanks to many grateful patients who are avoiding surgery and spreading the word, as well as our affiliation with www.regenexx.com, becoming their exclusive Idaho provider), my running life has had to take a back seat. I love the long 100 […]

By |November 20th, 2017|Categories: About Our Physicians, Healthier Lifestyle||Comments Off on Year’s Wrap Up and Confessions of a Doctor #2

Confessions of a Doctor: Part 1 (by Dr. Vlach)

Confession #1: I hate my electronic medical record (EMR) and would like to throw my computer out the window, at least while seeing patients.

I recently got feedback from a patient who had seen me, relayed through an acquaintance, and it went something like this: “I wasn’t sure about her, because she spent our entire office visit looking at her computer, but then when I tried some of the things she suggested I started feeling […]

By |October 9th, 2017|Categories: About Our Physicians, About Our Practice||0 Comments