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Are We Giving Bad Advice?

Hi, I'm Dr. John Shim, and today I'd like to talk about a rather boring topic, and that's the discussion about evidence based medicine. To many this seems like a buzz word, or a way to justify certain treatments. In reality, evidence based medicine is the more modern way to determine if […]

What is a Real Second Opinion?

Why get a second surgical opinion? This is Dr. John Shim, and I want to discuss this very important topic. When you're in a life-and-death situation, there's no time for a second opinion. Time is of the essence. I say thank God you're in the United States because we have the best […]

Sometimes We Need More Than Sunshine

Hi, I'm Dr. John Shim, and today I'd like to talk about why you need vitamin D. We are told we need our vitamins. Then a few years ago, there are comments on taking all these vitamins was a waste of money. I know – a bit confusing. As always, the details […]

It Might not be Sciatica

Hi, I'm Dr. John Shim, and I'd like to talk about sciatica-like complaints that do not come from the spine. In my other videos I've discussed the true nature of sciatica, and how it's a shooting-type pain that comes from irritations of the nerves in the lower back. It typically causes a […]

Radiation in Medical Testing

Hi, my name is Dr. John Shim, and today I want to talk about the risks of radiation from medical tests. In this modern day of medicine, there is an expectation that your doctor will order some tests during your visit. As an orthopedic surgeon, we commonly used tests such as x-rays, […]

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) He’s a Believer.

Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds has come forward with his battle with Ankylosing Spondylitis (also known as AS) with the song Believer. He has brought well needed attention to a disease that affects many young people and is frequently not diagnosed in a timely manner. Let’s talk…. Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of chronic arthritis […]

Motorcycles can Cause Back Pain

Riding a motorcycle, though fun and exciting, can also be a cause of low back, neck and shoulder pain. As in any other activity, posture is important. The ergonomics of motorcycle riding can make all the difference in how long you can ride or how far you can go. The parts of a bike most […]

When All That Money Causes Pain

It’s interesting when we get a patient from Canada complaining of back pain. Most often it is a man who has been driving for long periods and developed a low back pain that often radiates down the leg. Most of them have no history of severe lumbar problems but are miserable enough to find help […]

Deep Vein Thrombosis – A Preventable Complication

Discussing news and issues in orthopedics and spine healthcare. This is Spine Talk. Hi, this is Dr. John Shim, and today we're gonna talk about the topic of deep venous thrombosis and spinal surgery. I have Jason Mazza orthopaedic assistant here with me, and he's going to review an article called "Risk […]

When to take Tylenol or Advil

In the “war” between Tylenol (Acetaminophen) and Advil (Ibuprofen ) for pain relief, many studies have been done on which is “better”. Both the Cleveland Clinic and Harvard Medical School have done studies and reported that it all depends on what you want relieved. To make it easier, it is reported that Tylenol works better […]