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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.

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

How to Deal With Your Knees

Came across this interesting read, in the New York Times, of all places. It pretty much summarizes my practice philosophy on how to deal with many knee problems, with a few exceptions (read my critiques at the bottom).

>> What I Wish I’d Known About My Knees

Here’s what I DON”T agree with:

-Taking anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) for chronic knee pain. NSAIDs have been associated with a host of problems, including bleeding ulcers in the stomach and […]

By |September 7th, 2017|Categories: Knee Pain|Tags: , |0 Comments

How to Fix Your Back

On I-15, near where I live, there is a prominent billboard advertising back surgery with large title header, “FIX YOUR BACK”. I sigh in discouragement, frustration and irritation every time I drive by, although it does always re-inspire me to help patients understand that surgery rarely ‘fixes’ the back and often creates a whole new set of troubles.

A spine surgeon, no matter how well-intentioned and skilled, is 99% of the time not […]

By |August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Back Pain|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Tale of Two Knees

I saw a patient yesterday who is six weeks out from bilateral knee replacements and struggling. One knee remains stiff and painful and both knees remain hot and swollen. Her summer is shot. She had originally planned to have the replacements done in the fall, but after years of mild joint pain went precipitously downhill in 4 short months, from February to May, to the point that the pain became so unbearable that she […]

By |July 13th, 2017|Categories: Knee Pain, Platelet Rich Plasma||0 Comments

The Benefits of Sports Medicine for Anyone with an Injury

Unfortunately, there is a good likelihood that at some point during your life, you will suffer some sort of sports-related injury. When you have been injured severely enough that you require physician assistance, it can be devastating and take some time before you return to full strength and mobility.

However, there is something that can help anyone who has sustained an injury: sports medicine. Here are a number of benefits you can get with […]

By |June 12th, 2017|Categories: Sports Medicine|Tags: |0 Comments