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What causes disc herniations and how can I prevent it?

What causes disc herniations and how can I prevent it? In our spine practice, I am often the first person to talk with patients about their orthopaedic and spine problems during the course of their visit.   Through our educational website and during consultations, Dr. Shim has presented a wealth of information on how we manage […]

When is Spine Pain an Emergency?

So often we hear from people who are upset with Emergency Rooms because they feel their neck or back pain was not treated with the seriousness it deserved. A traumatic event such as a bad fall or a serious car accident with any sign of severe pain, or abnormal neurological signs such as paralysis, should […]

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Questions for the Spine Surgeon

Have you been told you need Spinal Surgery? If possible, it is always wise to get a second opinion. But wait!  Do your homework first. This is what I would do before seeing a spine surgeon for a second opinion…. 1.  Go with a trusted friend or family member. Two sets of ears and two […]

How Come my Doctor did not order an X-Ray?

That is a question often asked of me and my staff.  The better question is “Why should you get an X-ray for back pain?” The answer to that question is “It depends.” I know.  you want a better answer.  But,  there is a logic to the response.  The most important determining factor on the need […]

Are you carrying an extra “backpack”?

Weight loss is a difficult thing to discuss.  As a physician,  I am always worried that somehow, the patient will be offended by this discussion.  If I talk to some of my Primary Care colleagues,  some have stopped bringing this topic up, as some patients have gotten upset enough to “fire” them,  or even worse,  […]

10 Causes of Back Pain

If you live long enough,  you will eventually experience back pain.  Depending on the source,  up to 80% of the population will experience a back pain episode that will cause at least temporary disability.    Luckily,  most will recover,  and will get on with their life. There are many potential causes of back pain. 1. […]

Back Pain Again?

We do not have time for Back Pain. But,  unfortunately,  there is a good chance we will all experience back pain sometime in our lives.  The good news is that most episodes of back pain are not serious and resolve over time. But,  physicians are always on the lookout for more serious causes of back […]

Video gaming, Virtual Reality, and Back Pain

Video gaming, Virtual Reality, and Back Pain Several years ago, The Entertainment Software Association published data on the video game industry.  At that time, the industry generated over $25 billion in annual revenues in which more than 70% of American households admitted to playing computer or video games.  One would think that the average age […]


Is there a connection between having ostepenia or osteoporosis (low bone mass) and having pain back pain?  If you look through the medical literature and do a few Google searches, you will find that the standard answer is there is no association. Low bone mass does not cause pain.  Osteoporosis has always been characterized as […]

Do Not Smoke!

  80 % of people will have back pain sometime in their life.  Often, I am asked how can I avoid having back pain.  Unfortunately,  we cannot avoid the natural wear and tear to our bodies.  Just by living,  you will wear out your joints, bones and ligaments.  In addition,  some of us will cause […]