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Back Pain

I HURT MY BACK!

Last week, I was lifting weights at 5 am (trying to practice what I preach! the importance of exercise!) and while bending forwards, I felt the dreaded tug/pull in my lumbar spine. I limped through the rest of my workout, but was pretty miserable by the afternoon.

Here’s what I wanted to do:
-lie on the couch, eating potato chips, while taking hydrocodone and ibuprofen, binge watching netflix and hoping that symptoms would pass.

Here’s what I […]

By |June 14th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain, Pain Management|Tags: |Comments Off on I HURT MY BACK!

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

Artificial Disc Replacement

This month I have chosen a topic that seems like the perfect solution to a significant problem—Artificial Disc Replacement surgery.  Recently, I have had more questions posed to me on this matter.   As I’m not a neurosurgeon, I don’t have all the answers, but wanted to obtain more edification on the subject.
Artificial Disc replacement (ADR) or Total Disc Replacement  is a surgical procedure that replaces a worn/degenerated disk in the neck or lower […]

By |February 12th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain, Pain Management|Tags: , |Comments Off on Artificial Disc Replacement

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

Common Causes Of Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common health complaints. In fact, it is estimated that 80 percent of people will suffer from back pain at some point. Knowing the cause of your back pain is one of the keys to properly treating it. There are a number of things that can cause back pain.

Sprain and Strain

These are two of the most common causes of back pain. A strain or sprain can cause upper […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Back Pain|Tags: |0 Comments

Inversion Table

I often get asked questions about inversion tables. Even though these products have been around for decades the ability to market products has become easier with our advancing technology. Every provider has their initial assumption on a product, is it safe, will it help with the condition, is it affordable?

Honestly, I was skeptical– -my thoughts were always if this was such a good alternative, why weren’t we recommending this treatment ourselves. Medicine is a […]

By |August 4th, 2017|Categories: Back 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

Posture

One statement I have regularly used in reference to back pain is, “We are starting a new epidemic of poor posture and there is concern it is contributing to a lot of spinal pain/issues.” Some may question this line of thinking, because there is this general thought or need that there has to be some underlying mechanical problem whether due to heredity or trauma.

This statement may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. […]

By |April 10th, 2017|Categories: Back Pain|Tags: , |0 Comments

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal curvature of the spine—lateral (sideways) and sometimes including rotation. There are 3 forms of scoliosis: Congenital, Neuromuscular and Idiopathic. Overwhelmingly, the most common form is Idiopathic and the type with which most people are familiar. When one has a scoliosis check in school—they are looking for idiopathic, the other types would have been diagnosed much earlier. Idiopathic simply stated means that there is […]

By |March 31st, 2017|Categories: Back Pain|Tags: |0 Comments