Category: Most Asked Questions:


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. […]

A Loss of Lordosis

Hi. My name is Dr. John Shim, and I would like to discuss a very specific topic that is often a finding on x-rays or MRIs of the spine. The term is lordosis. It basically describes the backward curvature of the spine. To go back to some basic anatomy, the whole spine, […]

Why am I Shrinking?

Why do we get shorter as we age? First of all, I want to make it clear, I am talking about your height, or how tall. I am Dr. John Shim and I hope you have already had the opportunity to review my video’s about basic spine anatomy and why disc’s degenerate. […]

Where is That Pain coming From?

Hi this is Dr. John Shim and today I want to talk about some basic nerve patterns. You've all heard the term radiculopathy. Radiculopathy is a description of a certain pattern of nerve irritation it can cause weakness numbness pain and also manifest in some changes of your reflexes well. As a […]

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Is Cervical (neck) Fusion Surgery Considered a Radical Solution?

Hi, my name is Dr. John Shim, and I want to discuss anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. At this point, you have already failed non-surgical treatments and have decided to move forward with the operation. When we reviewed your diagnostic studies, the main reason this surgery is offered is secondary to […]

Does Optimism Help Spine Surgery Results?

Hi my name is dr. John Shim and today I want to talk about the three personality types of patients that I see who decide to have surgery. Surgery has already been scheduled but depending on their personality there may be some issues that need to be explored. The first personality is […]