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Is Percutaneous Discectomy Better Than Traditional Discectomy?

In this video/blog, we’ll be discussing percutaneous discectomy.  Procedure  In medicine, percutaneous refers to any procedure that’s performed by a needle through the skin. For a percutaneous discectomy, a thicker large diameter needle and small tools are used to remove the herniated disc. Most patients only have a small incision from the needle following the […]

Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement

In this video/blog, we’ll be taking a look at the recent research on cervical artificial disc replacement (ADR). Purpose If you have persistent neck pain with shooting arm pain that has not improved despite the appropriate treatments prescribed by your doctor, it can be frustrating.  For a specific group of people,  an artificial disc replacement […]

Spine Injuries in Baseball

In this video/blog, we’ll be taking a look at common back injuries in professional baseball players.  While football may have more high profile injuries than baseball, all professional athletes are exposed to high-impact forces. Professional baseball players also experience some of the highest rates of disc degeneration and back pain, but simultaneously a high rate […]

Does Spinal Manipulative Therapy Work for Lower Back Pain?

In this video/blog, we’ll be taking a look at two studies on the effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy for low back pain.  Background let’s define spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). It is a technique  of using the hands or a device to apply a controlled thrust to a joint of your spine. It is performed by […]

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Will a Past Injury Cause Future Back Pain?

All of Us will have a back injury.  It is a normal part of life.   Some of you may be worried that these injuries might lead to future back problems. In today’s video, we’ll be reviewing a study that researched the correlation between previous back injuries and future disc degeneration.  Although everyone’s discs will […]

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Cervical Injuries in American Football

In this video/blog, we’ll be taking a look at cervical injuries in American football players.  While most injuries are related to pulling and stretching of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the neck,  there are more significant injuries besides these sprains and strains.   The most common cause of cervical injury for American football athletes are […]

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Sports-Related Cervical Injuries in Children

The neck is the most mobile region of the spine and vulnerable to injury. In this video/blog, we’ll be taking a look at the most common sports-related cervical injuries in children and adolescents.  As resilient as children are, it’s not surprising that their growing bodies are at risk for injuries. A January 2021 study of […]

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Understanding Sacroiliac Joint Pain

In this video/blog, we’ll be taking a look at the sacroiliac joint as source of pain. Background / Info What is the sacroiliac joint? The sacroiliac (SI) joint is located in the pelvis and connects the iliac hip bone (-iliac) to the sacrum (sacro-), which is found at the base of the spine. It is […]

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Cycling and Back Pain

In this video/blog, we’ll be taking a look at the relationship between back pain and cycling. Unfortunately, despite cycling being a low-impact sport, back pain is the most common injury reported by cyclists. One Norweigian study showed 40% of all cyclists seeking medical attention for back pain. The primary culprit appears to be muscle fatigue […]

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Text Neck and Forward Head Posture

Today, I want to talk about something that affects most of us: Text Neck and Forward Head Posture. If you take a look at someone who’s on their phone or laptop, chances are they’re going to be slumped forward with their head tilted down. Background Text neck refers to the repetitive stress injury caused by […]