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Obesity and Spine Surgery

Obesity and Spine Surgery is a sensitive issue.  The March 1 issue of Spine does tackle this issue by comparing the results of surgery for obese patients to normal weight patients. Not surprisingly,  the results do show a difference, with patients in the obese catagory having inferior rates of success compared to the normal weight patients. […]

Texting and Selfies, the Pain is Real.

While sitting at the beach the other day, a friend and I watched people of all ages (not just kids) bending over their phones and tablets for hours. Several other individuals spent several hours doing make-up and taking dozens of selfies. Along with the blatant narcissism and the total lack of appreciation for your surroundings, […]

Why am I Shrinking?

Tell me how tall you are. If you are have not been measured in a few years, my bet is that you are shorter than you think you are and most likely shorter than you were 10 years ago. Due to the aging of bones, joints, muscles and discs, we are getting a little shorter […]

A Surprising Result

  In July, 2015 a randomized trial commenced, comparing the results of Tylenol and Advil to opioids for acute pain. The results were surprising. A combination of the two worked just as well as opioids. Let’s talk…… 416 men and women who had an average pain score of 8.7 in their arms or legs from […]

The Cold and Pain

Cold temperatures are often associated with an increase in back pain. While only some of us believe that, there is some scientific data that suggests the statement is true.  The Northeast has experienced a record cold winter, and I am sure many are tired of it.  Unfortunately, the cold is associated with increased musculoskeletal complaints, […]

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is not really a disease but a term used to describe the normal changes in the spine due to age. It happens throughout the whole spine but mostly in the lumbar discs as they have the most pressure on them throughout life. This is caused by the loss of fluid in the disc […]

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