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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 […]

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 […]

It Takes a Village

We recently had a breakfast for the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, in our office. They call it a “morning mingle” and it’s a chance for people in the business community to meet and support each other. We also used it as a chance to get opinions on the new website we will […]

Stem cells for Back Pain

Lately,  I am seeing more and more advertisements on the use of stem cells to cure almost everything. This is concerning to me as the science (or the FDA)  is not yet behind many of the treatments now being offered by many clinics and physicians. The FDA is now “cracking down” on many of these businesses for […]

Spine Technology. Is that all we Need?

I started my practice in 1993. Since that time, there have been significant technologic changes in medicine.  Spine Technology has experience significant advances. The whole medical experience has changed. I think for the most part better, but some will argue differently. In the 1970’s-1980’s, patients were routinely admitted to the hospital for very simple procedures. […]

Is it All Really Confidential?

Did you know that your health data is more valuable than you are? We are not talking about your demographics; such as: name, date of birth, social security number, insurance number, home address, etc. We are referring to your personal health data. What are your symptoms? What is your diagnosis? What was your treatment? How many medications do […]

Transparency

It’s the healthcare word of the year and the biggest cultural change in healthcare we have seen in decades. Let’s talk… We know the cost of healthcare has increased dramatically over the last few years. The reasons for the increase are many or, depending on your political leanings, one. If nothing else positive has come […]

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