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Obesity and Spine Surgery

Hi, this is Dr. John Shim, and this is another "can you handle the truth moment?" Yes, your weight can have an effect on your back pain. I'm not judging any of you. Frankly, I've had my own challenges in staying within the weight guidelines, but the truth is fairly simple to […]

Don’t Get Bulldozed. How to find a Spine Specialist.

There is a specialist for almost any illness, symptom or injury. Once the decision has been made that more specialized care is necessary, finding someone you can trust is the most difficult thing to do. As spine surgery is the specialty of this practice, we’ll explain how to pick a spine surgeon. Let’s talk… You […]

InterLaminar Decompression and Instrumentation

Hi my name is Dr. John Shim, and I want to discuss the lumbar Co flex interlaminar stabilization surgery. By now you have already tried non-surgical treatments, and have decided to move forward with surgery. Lumbar Coflex interlaminar stabilization is offered because your pain patterns match the spinal stenosis findings on your […]

Robot Assisted Spine Surgery: A developing technology

The technology that allows spine surgeons to perform often complex procedures has grown rapidly in the last two decades. Some of these technologies including minimally invasive endoscopic and laser spine surgery has been joined by robotic assisted spine surgery in the last few years. These technologies have been developed with the potential to offer patient […]

How Common are Disc Herniations?

Surprisingly,  I am rarely asked  questions about frequency of disc herniations.  But the answer is, it is very common. The better question is, “Is the disc herniation seen on the MRI the cause of my pain?”.  The answer to that question is maybe. Research has demonstrated that findings of disc protrusions, disc hernations, and disc degeneration are very […]

Cervical Neck Fractures

CT Scan of Cervical Neck Fractures:  Facet fracture and fragment in Foramen Transversalis   Cervical Neck Fractures are a common presentation associated with severe neck pain after trauma. Unfortunately,  cervical neck fractures commonly present after sports or recreational activities.  Common causes include diving accidents,  football collisions,  and racing activities.  Because of the activities involve, the […]

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