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Monthly Archives: June 2015


June 23, 2015

Discography is a diagnostic study that is used to evaluate a spinal disc. There are 4 components of discography: Manometric Volumetric Pain evaluation Radiographic imaging With a discogram a radiologist places a spinal needle inside the jelly part of the jelly filled doughnut or

Attention to Detail

June 21, 2015

One should never let the big picture thinking stop you from caring about the small stuff. The small stuff matters. Paying attention to details can mean the difference between success or failure. To be successful and have successful outcomes strategic

Turning Your Back on Disability

Gulf Coast Spine Care was founded on the principle that every human deserves respect. We are dedicated to the evaluation and management of conditions involving the adult neck, upper back and low back. We offer comprehensive spine care in a

Dog People Beware: Your Furry Friend Could Be Causing Your Back Pain!

Some would argue that sleeping with your dog during the night is a comfort to many pets who are left alone during the day. Unfortunately, sleeping with your dog may actually cause more harm than good. Often times dogs have various

Meditation for Pain Control

The history of meditation is bound up with the religious order in which it was practiced.  In meditation, an individual trains their mind to induce a state of consciousness to promote relaxation, build internal energy (life force), and promote emotional satisfaction. 

Artificial Disc Replacement

A disc is the shock absorber that separates the blocks the bone of your back.  The disc is made of cartilage and has the consistency of crabmeat.  When a disc becomes damaged or wears out the patient has the option of

Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty

Percutaneous kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are techniques for the insertion of bone cement into a fractured vertebra.  The goal is to relieve pain and improve function. Advantages: Percutaneous procedure Outpatient procedure Avoidance of a brace Disadvantages: Cement can leak out of bone

12 Ways to Get Comfortable If You Experience Back Pain or Discomfort

How does one position their body for comfort when they’re in pain? The goal: Prevent pain and further malfunction Handle objects safely and efficiently Maintain an ease of movement during the performance of an activity Reduce the energy needed to

Firefighter Injuries

The International Association of Fire Fighters’ annual Death and Injury Survey reveals that sprains and strains routinely account for approximately 50% of all line-of-duty injuries and back injuries account for approximately 50% of all line-of-duty injury retirements each year (Read

How Doctoring Has Changed

The word ‘doctor’ is derived from Latin “docere” which means teacher. For generations, physicians’ education has been peer-led, the transferal of knowledge is the fabric of the Hippocratic oath. Today that tradition still continues but the method of transfer has