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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Robotic Spine Surgery

March 24, 2016

Renaissance from Mazor Robotics provides accurate surgical guidance while leaving the actual surgery in the surgeon’s hands. Spine surgery is a delicate and potentially hazardous procedure. Often times the procedures are performed on or around the spinal cord, peripheral nerves,

Knotted up with Back Spasms

A back spasm is usually the result of a sudden abnormal contracture of muscle. When it occurs in the back near the spinal cord and nerve roots, it becomes extremely painful. Any sudden activity such as lifting, twisting, bending, pushing

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery is the new in thing in spinal surgery. Performing minimally invasive spine surgery is like building a ship in a bottle. The term minimally invasive describes the surgical procedure that is performed through small incisions or

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

March 23, 2016

The statement, between a rock and a hard place, means that one is faced with a difficult choice between two unsatisfactory options. The origin of this statement occurred in the events surrounding the so-called U.S. bankers’ panic of 1907. This

Cowboy Injuries

Injuries to the neck and back may vary from major trauma; where a patient sustains a fracture or dislocation, to minor trauma or a soft tissue injury. Major trauma requires multisystem evaluation and treatment. Treatment may vary from an orthosis

Running with Back Pain

Running is a high-impact sport that involves repetitive stress. Some find that running and jogging make their pain worse and can lead to sciatica. The impact can be decreased by changing the running surface, using more shock absorbing running shoes

Mutton Bustin’

March 22, 2016

Injuries to the neck and back may vary from major trauma where a patient sustains a fracture or dislocation to minor trauma or soft tissue injury. Major trauma requires multisystem evaluation and treatment. Treatment may vary from an orthosis or

The Russian Twist

The Russian twist is an exercise used to work the abdominal muscles. Do this exercise and you will develop explosiveness in your upper torso. To perform the Russian twist: Sit on the floor Bend your knees into a sit up

Yoga for Back Pain

Yoga is an ancient practice developed in India almost 4000 years ago. In the last decade yoga has significantly increased in popularity with about 15 million people in the United States performing yoga. U.S. yoga classes are a combination of

The Doctor’s White Coat

March 21, 2016

For over 100 years the white coat has been a symbol of a physician. Most medical schools sponsor the symbolic act of a medical student in “the white coat ceremony” which was originated by Arnold P Gold MD. Today pediatricians and