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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:

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!

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

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


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

Obesity and Low Back Pain

We are pleased to provide another superb blog on obesity and low back pain by our nurse practitioner, Monika Jarzmik, NP.

Jump straight to the bottom for 3 quick tips on losing weight to improve your back pain.

It is estimated that over 80% of the population will suffer from back pain sometime during their life. Furthermore, amongst those who are classified as overweight (BMI 25-29.9) or obese (BMI > 30) 1/3 […]

By |January 26th, 2016|Categories: Back Pain|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What is the Deal with Degenerated Discs?

Today’s blog post was written by Craig Kantack, PA-C.

Back pain is the second most common cause for visiting a doctor (the common cold is #1). Studies show that up to 80% of the US population will experience 1 significant episode of low back pain. Most of these episodes resolve within 30 days without long-term issues. Approximately 5% go on to become chronic issues.

Many patients come to me telling me ‘my […]

By |January 7th, 2016|Categories: Back Pain|Tags: , , |0 Comments