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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 […]

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Understanding Scoliosis

The spine has a natural curvature shaped like an “S” when viewed from the side. The neck and lower back regions are “C” shaped while the middle chest region has a “reverse-C” shape. When viewed from the back the spine appears straight. An abnormal curvature in this plane, with rotation of the vertebrae, is called […]

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What is the best mattress?

We spend one-third our life sleeping or attempting to do so. We all know what a restless night and a lack of sleep can do: it can affect our immune system and affect both our physical and mental health. When you spend over a third of your life in bed, you want to make sure […]

Lumbar Microdiscectomy

Here’s what you need to know about lumbar microdiscectomy: Description of surgery The Surgical goal is to relieve the pressure on the  spinal nerve by removing the disc material causing the leg pains.  A microdiscectomy is performed through a one inch incision in the lower back. The back muscles (noted here as erector spinae) are […]

Lumbar Laminectomy

Here’s what you need to know about lumbar laminectomy: Description of surgery The purpose of the surgery is to relieve the compression of the spinal nerves by removing the back portion of a vertebra in your lower back. That area of boney compression on the nerve is called the area of spinal stenosis.   The surgeon […]

Posterior Lumbar Fusion

Here’s what you need to know about posterior lumbar fusion surgery: Description of surgery The purpose of the surgery is to fuse two or more vertebral bones of your lower back to one. This is achieved by tricking your body into thinking the individual vertebral bones are broken at which point your body attempts to […]