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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. […]

Fish Oil. Friend or Foe?

There is always someone out there with an answer to life’s problems. Generally, it is something that is going to cost you money, not be complete proven, and be otherwise found in nature. Fish-oil is one of these “answers”.   Let’s talk….. Experts are divided on their opinions about fish oil supplements for the general […]

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 […]

Turmeric, Is it the Answer?

Turmeric, Is it the Answer? Turmeric, a spice used in India for hundreds of years and known to be a powerful medicine is now being researched for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The most important compound in Turmeric is Curcumin which is about 3% of basic Turmeric. All studies are based on extracts that are […]