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Exercise and Back Pain

Hi, I'm Dr. John Shim, and today I want to talk about one of the few things people can do to help their spine – and that's exercise. I know – boring! It's responsible – it takes effort. It means you have to do something to help yourself. What a concept. Despite […]

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Lasers, Stem Cells and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Discussing news and issues in orthopedics and spine health care. This is Spine Talk. Hi, this is Dr. John Shim, and today I want to talk about a topic that's of high interest to the Tampa Bay area, and that's about the use of lasers and spinal surgery. Well, it's now mid-May […]

Wine and Spine (update)

What are the pro's and con's for wine and your spine? Hi, I am Dr. John Shim, and I want to explore the effects of wine and alcohol on your body, and more specifically, your spine. The scientific data continues to evolve, and I will tell you that the medical community is […]

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Non Spine Causes of 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 […]

I rarely see a normal spine MRI

Hi, I'm Dr. John Shim, an orthopedic spinal surgeon, and today I'd like to discuss how to read a lumbar MRI. As many of you know, MRI is a specific study used to closely examine various body parts. It has lots of applications and can give a very detailed look. It's useful […]

Obesity and Spine Surgery

Hi, this is Dr. John Shim, and this is another "can you handle the truth moment?" Yes, your weight can have an effect on your back pain. I'm not judging any of you. Frankly, I've had my own challenges in staying within the weight guidelines, but the truth is fairly simple to […]

Why won’t the Surgeon Operate on my Spine?

There are legitimate reasons why a Surgeon will not offer elective spine surgery on patients. Bear in mind,  we are talking ELECTIVE SPINE SURGERY,  not emergency surgery.    As you know,  elective surgery may definitely be warranted,  as the patient has debilitating pain,  or loss of function that does not improve with non surgical care. […]

You Will have Back Pain

Hi my name is dr. John Shim and I want to talk about a topic that's very familiar to all of you and that's back pain. The truth is if you live long enough you'll have back pain. When you're in your teens some develop back pain that's related to sports or […]

The Cold and Pain

Cold temperatures are often associated with an increase in back pain. While only some of us believe that, there is some scientific data that suggests the statement is true. ¬†The Northeast has experienced a record cold winter, and I am sure many are tired of it. ¬†Unfortunately, the cold is associated with increased musculoskeletal complaints, […]

InterLaminar Decompression and Instrumentation

Hi my name is Dr. John Shim, and I want to discuss the lumbar Co flex interlaminar stabilization surgery. By now you have already tried non-surgical treatments, and have decided to move forward with surgery. Lumbar Coflex interlaminar stabilization is offered because your pain patterns match the spinal stenosis findings on your […]

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