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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 […]

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 […]

Don’t Call a Lawyer, Call a Doctor

    If you are in a motor vehicle accident, you are encouraged by the voices on the radio and TV to call a “lawyer referral service” or to directly call an attorney “on their cell phone”. Yes, you may need an attorney at some point, but first, if you are hurt, call a doctor. Let’s […]

Why You Need to Tell your Physician the Whole Story

    As with many orthopaedic and spine surgery practices, we see many patients who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents or falls. There is often a lawsuit lurking in the background and the patient becomes more worried about what they should and shouldn’t say, than the actual care they are receiving. Let’s talk…. […]

Why is there a Waiting Room?

Who invented waiting rooms, and why are they so big now?  I can’t answer the first one, but I can answer the second. They are so big because your physician has to book a very large amount of patients in order to pay his/her rent and staff. The physician gets less health insurance reimbursement per […]

The Start to a Solution (New Opioid Law)

As anyone who has read our blogs over the last few years knows, the use and abuse of opioid medication has been a major concern of our practice. We have tried to bring attention to the fact that these drugs are being over-prescribed and are leading to addiction and death to many. Finally, someone is […]

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