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When to get an MRI

You have back or neck pain. When should you get an MRI of your spine?  That’s a very common question presented to me during a visit to my office.  Folks come in with complaints of neck or back pain and express concerns that their other doctors have not ordered an MRI. The truth is you […]

How to be a Patient Patient

Have back pain? Have a slipped disc? Frustrated? Scared? I know. I have been through the same. Disc herniations are common experiences. Luckily,  most back pains get better without surgery. Most disc pains improve with time. You need to be patient.  If you have watched my videos, we discussed how your body has the ability […]

Spinal Stenosis

Believe it or not, you can have a lot of things  happening in your body without you even realizing it. Spinal Stenosis is one of those things. By the time you feel it, something may have to be done to slow down or reverse the symptoms that have finally decided to show themselves. Let’s talk… In […]

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Exercise and Back Pain

When your back hurts,  the last thing you want to do is exercise.  And that is usually a mistake.  Traditionally,  our grandparents were advised to lie in bed, and not move when experiencing back pain.  More and more evidence suggests prolonged bedrest has adverse effects, and  consequences of more prolonged pain,  and even disability. Exercise […]

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Lasers, Stem Cells and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

As a spine surgeon,  I get it!  In the ideal situation,  spine surgery will have a tiny incision,  with no surgical pain,  the latest technology,  and the ability to recreate the normal state after the procedure. Many times,  you can acheive success if you wait long enough.  That is because many spine problems can improve without surgical […]

Wine and Spine (update)

Does Wine and Spine have benefits? Wine lovers have more reason to celebrate!  By now, many have heard about the Mediterranean Diet.  Fruits, vegetables, olive oil and red wine, have shown benefits for reduction of cardiac disease. But how does Wine and Spine problems relate?  Red wine has been show to contain resveratrol, a naturally occurring […]

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