Shimspine Chronology and Analysis Consulting

Attorneys hire orthopaedic specialists to provide opinions about an injury. These specialist opinions, called Expert Witness Opinions, factor into the negotiations when trying to resolve a dispute concerning an injured party.   As an Orthopaedic Spine Specialist,  I have been asked to provide expert witness medical-legal opinions since 1994.  As an expert medical-legal witness, I understand […]

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 […]