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December 2017

Joint Health: If You Don’t Move it, You Lose It

December 11th, 2017|

As a chiropractor, I commonly see people with complaints of neck and back pain. Usually I’ll take a set of x-rays to assess what their spine looks like, and sadly, I often have to tell them that they have some degree of spinal degeneration. Spinal degeneration presents as thinning of the cartilaginous disc between the […]

Yoga as Therapeutic for Low Back Pain and Aquatic Possibilities

December 5th, 2017|

When practiced correctly, yoga appears to be effective in treating a wide variety of health conditions.  Iyengar yoga is most commonly found in therapy as it strives for precise anatomical alignment and uses various props to assist positioning.  The attention to precise anatomical positioning makes it well-suited to back pain, where dysfunctional alignment may be […]

October 2017

Backpacks and Text-Necks

October 30th, 2017|

An overwhelming number of Americans are awakening each day to upper back pain and neck stiffness, chronic ailments that can be a result of our neoteric lifestyle. Day-to-day life in the 21st century presents new, modernized “first world problems” that our predecessors didn’t suffer from. Two of the new-age culprits that cause chronic upper back […]

October 26th, 2017|

Eat to Strengthen Your Bones, Ligaments, Cartilage, & Muscles

As we age, if we’re not taking measures to prevent it, our bones and connective tissue can start to degenerate and weaken, leaving us prone to injury. Sitting all day at work can expedite this process, since weight bearing is what makes our bones and joints stronger. […]

January 2016

Reputation Management: Spinal Fusion Surgery

January 4th, 2016|

As a practicing spine surgeon, I can attest to the fact that the majority of the patients I see struggle to find positive information about successful spinal fusion surgeries. I can’t remember how many times patients will say something like, “You know what they say? Never let them operate on your back.” When I reply, […]


January 4th, 2016|

Spinal surgery is often required to relieve pain, improve daily function, and regain one’s quality of life. The ability to heal efficiently after surgery is essential to ensuring a good outcome. Unfortunately, surgery, by its very nature, causes stress and trauma to the body. Surgery can result in local tissue damage
and inflammation as well as metabolic stress and weakening of the […]

Vini: Case for Becoming Your Own Health Advocate

January 4th, 2016|

The beginning and end of my story is no different from many of those I’ve read in “Spine Tales.” Degenerative disc disease of my lumbar spine had progressed to the point where surgical intervention was necessary, and I now live a full life completely free of back pain. What I want to convey in this […]

How to Know When Fusion Is the Best Option for You

January 4th, 2016|

Spine surgery, in general, should be considered a last resort, after failure of all forms of conservative options (medicines, physical therapy, injections, and neuro-psychologic evaluation).
Fusion surgery is typically recommended to stabilize unstable vertebral body segments during surgical decompression around the nerves and thecal sac (protective membrane around spine). I recommend fusion surgery in the setting of instability and when I feel that decompression […]

December 2015

Lumbar Fusions 101

December 16th, 2015|

The terms lumbar fusion and spinal fusion have received enormous amounts of negative press in the last ten years. Unfortunately, the impression given by the lay press is that these are procedures that are done too frequently and for no valid clinical reason.

While the topic of overutilization of fusion lies beyond the scope of this […]

What Doctors Wish Their Patients Knew About Fusions

December 16th, 2015|

“Oh no, I cannot believe it! My doctor just used the F word!?!!?”

“I have got to get out of here, this guy must be crazy! Oh my God, this is the end of my life! I will never be able to do anything again…”

This reaction is an all too common and, in many cases, an […]