Spine and Joint Pain Relief Tips http://www.basicspine.com/blog Back Pain Blog Health Topics | Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:17:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 3 Tips for Avoiding Back Pain While Spring Cleaninghttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/3-tips-avoiding-back-pain-spring-cleaning-2/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/3-tips-avoiding-back-pain-spring-cleaning-2/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:17:49 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3998 Spring has sprung and now is the time when many people begin to tackle those cleaning and home maintenance projects they’ve been putting off all winter. While cleaning in general can be great exercise, when done incorrectly or too strenuously, it can lead to back pain and spine injury. In … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung and now is the time when many people begin to tackle those cleaning and home maintenance projects they’ve been putting off all winter. While cleaning in general can be great exercise, when done incorrectly or too strenuously, it can lead to back pain and spine injury. In addition, spring cleaning projects are often more labor intensive and physically demanding than regular house work. Knowing how to accomplish your spring cleaning goals while keeping your spine in mind and avoiding back injury is crucial – so you can enjoy the benefits of a clean home while remaining pain free. Some tips before you begin:

Take it Slow(er) – When it comes to any type of house cleaning project, we tend to want to “get it over with” as quickly as possible. Some of the patients we treat for back pain and spine injury after a particularly rigorous cleaning attempt say that they tried to get it all done in a day or a weekend. Not only do these physical demands put severe stress and strain on your spine because it’s a level of activity you’re probably not used to, they can also lead to injury because you’re trying to move through them too quickly to cross all of the spring cleaning projects off of the list.

Instead, consider making a list of all of the spring cleaning tasks you’d like to accomplish and sort them by level of intensity. For example, washing second story windows has greater spine and general safety concerns than does reorganizing a waist-level linen closet shelf. Combining these two tasks in a day or weekend is probably fine. But if you’re trying to wash 10 of those second level windows and clean out the rain gutters in the same day, you’ll be at greater risk for back injury. So once you’ve developed the list of spring cleaning tasks you want to tackle and categorized them by intensity-level, pick a few from each level per day or weekend and spread them out over a few weeks or even a month. While it may seem daunting, people who have suffered the severe back pain associated with doing too much often wish they had taken it slower.

Safety First – Sometimes, it isn’t the intensity level or physical demands that can result in back pain due to spring cleaning – it’s improper technique. The truth is that you can sustain as painful a spine injury while vacuuming the carpet as you can while lifting and stacking heavy boxes. It all comes down to “how” the activities are performed. You’ve probably heard that when lifting something off of the ground, you should always keep your feet shoulder-width apart to provide support and squat down while bending at the hips and knees. Let your legs do the lifting, keeping your spine straight and stabilized and your eyes looking straight ahead. Go slowly and hold the load you’re carrying as close to your body as possible.

Did you know there’s a proper technique for vacuuming? There is and you can avoid serious back pain if you use it. Since most households have a need to vacuum more often throughout the year than just springtime, keep this useful nugget of information handy to make sure you’re doing it right. There is a lot of twisting that happens while you vacuum, so it is important to always keep your hips and shoulders moving in the direction of the work. That way, your spine remains straight and stabilized. Also, instead of bending at the waist to perform the work, step forward with one foot while bending slightly at the knee. Doing so will help you avoid muscle strain and back pain.

Delegate – We saved this one for last because it can be a hard one. But especially for those people who already suffer from chronic back pain or a degenerative spine condition, the best thing to do about spring cleaning may be to delegate it to someone else. There are numerous companies on the market today that will help with spring cleaning tasks around the home. If your budget doesn’t allow for such a service, consider enlisting the help of a few friends or loved ones and divide up the tasks to be accomplished. While these tips may seem like a nuisance, not taking the burden all on yourself and your spine will be worth it. Ask anyone who has suffered the unfortunate circumstance of back pain or injury after spring cleaning and they’ll tell you the wished they had done it differently.

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7 Celebrities Who Suffer From A Pinched Nerve Known As Sciatica Back Painhttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/7-celebrities-suffer-sciatica-back-pain/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/7-celebrities-suffer-sciatica-back-pain/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:00:18 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3975 What do Dwight Howard, Tiger Woods, George W. Bush, Tony Romo, Sylvester Stallone, Randy Johnson, and Jennifer Grey have in common?  Other than the fact that they are celebrities and public figures, they all have suffered from sciatica.  While 80-90% of Americans will experience low back pain at some time … Continue reading

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What do Dwight Howard, Tiger Woods, George W. Bush, Tony Romo, Sylvester Stallone, Randy Johnson, and Jennifer Grey have in common?  Other than the fact that they are celebrities and public figures, they all have suffered from sciatica.  While 80-90% of Americans will experience low back pain at some time in their lives, only 5-10% will experience sciatica.  Sciatica is the term used to describe shooting pain to the leg that originates from a pinched nerve or nerves in the low back.  Often, a nerve in the lumbar spine is pinched by a bulging disc.  Sometimes, a nerve in the low back is pinched by scarring that develops from repetitive work trauma or arthritis.  Pain from sciatica can be so bad that it can ruin lives.

There are a number of different treatment options for sciatica.  At BASIC Spine, we have a comprehensive treatment program for this problem.  Our state-of-the art, multi-disciplinary treatment program under one roof usually begins with conservative therapy.  At our Newport Beach facility, we have the Hill Decompression table, the most advanced non-surgical decompression table on the market.  We have the most compassionate, experienced therapists in the area.  If necessary, quality pain management physicians are available to assist in your care.  Further, we have spine surgeons trained by the finest facilities in the United States who are experts at the latest minimally invasive, technologically advanced procedures.

I recently treated a patient who worked as a longshoreman for more than 20 years.  Because of his job, his low back had suffered a lot of wear and tear.  This led to a lot of scarring around one of his nerves.  Because of the scarring, he developed sciatica in his left leg.  The custom-tailored program that we created began with intensive core strengthening and some time on the Hill Decompression table.  After six weeks of therapy, his leg pain had improved by 50 percent.  At rest, he had absolutely no sciatica.  But with increased movement, he would still have leg pain.  Because his job as a longshoreman requires a lot of moving around, he knew that being pain free at rest would not be enough.  After he had an epidural injection that provided him with temporary relief, we talked about surgical options.

We eventually agreed upon a minimally invasive spine surgery.  The surgery was completed at the BASIC Irvine Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC).  It was done on an outpatient basis.  Immediately after he woke up, his sciatica was gone!  He went home just a few hours later.  Because he underwent this minimally invasive spine surgery, we were able to start his post-op rehab process much earlier.  Just two weeks after surgery, he was treated by therapists and chiropractors at BASIC.  Two short months after surgery, he was able to return to work as a longshoreman.  His sciatica was cured. I saw him in the office recently.  He is now six months out from his surgery and feeling great.  We have him in a wellness program at BASIC to maintain the gains which we got from surgery. He has shared his inspiring story so that others can find relief.

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The BASIC Back-Story – The History of the Brain And Spine Institute of Californiahttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/basic-back-story-history-brain-spine-institute-california/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/basic-back-story-history-brain-spine-institute-california/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:27:22 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3962 Why did we create The Brain and Spine Institute of California? Frankly, it’s a question I get asked a lot – by colleagues in the medical industry and also by patients who’ve take notice of the unique way we deliver care. The answer is actually really simple, even though it … Continue reading

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Why did we create The Brain and Spine Institute of California? Frankly, it’s a question I get asked a lot – by colleagues in the medical industry and also by patients who’ve take notice of the unique way we deliver care.

The answer is actually really simple, even though it took time and quite a bit of energy to accomplish our goal. Our vision in those early days was to create an all-in-one spine center that focuses on each patient as an individual. “Patient-centered care” is a buzz word you hear about a lot in health care today, yet countless patients who experience the BASIC difference say they’ve never felt more cared for or listened to until they came to us. That’s what BASIC is all about. And it all began as a discussion at a hospital café table. How could we achieve the best results for our patients suffering from chronic back pain, using a new approach to caring for them? How could we do it differently, better?  From a blossoming idea that we could make a difference in the way that spine care is delivered in this country, to a brand that is now three-locations strong – we’ve taken meticulous steps to ensure that we deliver the type of medical care that we would want ourselves and our loved ones to be treated with.

At BASIC, we “walk the talk” when it comes to patient-centered care. It’s not just an industry catch phrase to us – it’s our truth. No matter who the person is or what pain condition it is that they are suffering from, we don’t restrict our patients to just one approach to treatment. We work with them to figure out what their goals are and how we can achieve them utilizing all of the amazing resources we’ve gathered, all under one roof.

Our spine specialists have trained at Ivy-League schools, but really isn’t just about the doctors at BASIC.  It’s about how we engage and interact with our patients. That requires a keen and patient ear for listening.  When we really listen to our patients, we can find out so much about their goals for treatment. Armed with that knowledge we can together make care and treatment decisions that everyone involved is confident in. We don’t do a one-size-fits-all approach to care here. Quite simply, we believe this is the best way to practice medicine and it is truly the wave of the future for patient-centered care.

You see, we can’t talk patient-centered care if we force our patients to go to multiple and distant locations to receive each component of that care. If it’s chiropractic care that’s a best first approach, they can get it here from a highly-trained expert. If physical therapy is part of the treatment plan, it too is here. If surgery is the next best approach to treating a debilitating spine condition, our surgeons are right here and were trained at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world. When you have all of your physicians and care team in one location, collaborating about how best to approach your treatment – that is when you receive the best care.

After all, that’s why we’re here. We want you to get back to living the active, pain-free life you want in as little time and with as little hassle as possible. Being in constant pain is tough enough. At BASIC, we want to minimize the effort you’re required to make in getting to the bottom of that pain and eventually eliminating it.

At BASIC, you’re family. It’s that simple.

Check out this video for the back-story on the history of BASIC:




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Cam Newton’s Car Accident – Injures Back “Fractures Transverse Process”http://www.basicspine.com/blog/cam-newtons-car-accident-injures-back-fractures-transverse-process/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/cam-newtons-car-accident-injures-back-fractures-transverse-process/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:49:51 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3950 BASIC Physician on Pain Tolerance & Recovery from Transverse Process Fracture BASIC Spine Surgeon, Dr. Ty Thaiyananthan was interviewed by the Charlotte Observer this week, to discuss news of Carolina Panthers’ starting quarterback Cam Newton’s recent car accident that caused transverse process fractures in his spine. While most people have some … Continue reading

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BASIC Physician on Pain Tolerance & Recovery from Transverse Process Fracture

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BASIC Spine Surgeon, Dr. Ty Thaiyananthan was interviewed by the Charlotte Observer this week, to discuss news of Carolina Panthers’ starting quarterback Cam Newton’s recent car accident that caused transverse process fractures in his spine. While most people have some knowledge of football and may be familiar with Cam Newton, most don’t know about the transverse process in the spine, what it does and how it can become injured. Many want to know if Newton will “come back” from such an injury and more, whether he’ll be able to play this Sunday. The good news is that transverse process injuries are rarely career-ending and with the right treatment plan – and enough time to heal- complete recovery is likely.

To understand a transverse process fracture, it’s important to know what the transverse process is, where it’s located and how it works. The transverse process is the bony protrusion extending off of the backside of each vertebra in the spine. Each vertebra has two transverse processes, located on either side of it. The purpose of the transverse process is to support the muscles and ligaments that attach to it and surround the spinal column. While it can be difficult to fracture a transverse process, it does happen. The muscles and ligaments surrounding the spine are incredibly strong. When the body twists or rotates suddenly, the muscles can create enough force to damage or chip the bony transverse process structures. In Newton’s case, two of his transverse processes were fractured as the result of trauma from the car accident.

While transverse process injuries typically heal with time, pain tolerance is a big factor in whether the time it takes to heal is a few weeks, or longer. As Dr. Ty told the Observer, “typically, pain from injuries such as these gets worse in the first week before it gets better.” The reason for that assessment can sometimes have to do with adrenaline and the way the body goes into “protection mode” after a traumatic event, such as a car accident in Newton’s case. Once the adrenaline response wears off and the body is able to relax, pain from injuries sustained is no longer masked and can really show its true severity in this timeframe.

Though he may be out of commission this Sunday, the next few days to week will most likely indicate weather Newton can tolerate the pain enough to play after that. Since transverse process fractures are not “unstable” fractures, they don’t pose risk to further injuring the spinal cord or surrounding nerves. Dr. Ty says “these are not mechanical injuries so movement of the spine won’t inhibit healing.” More than anything, it’s the pain that needs to be well-managed in order for Newton to play in the final games of the regular season. The activities that will hurt the most will be flexing, bending and rotating side to side. “It’s very plausible that he could play – if he misses the next game – probably in a week or so. It’s going to be painful but he can come back from a transverse process fracture,” says Dr. Ty.

Cam Newton Social Media Posts:

Facebook: Our Dr. Ty talks to @TheCharlotteObsverer about @CarolinaPanthers Cam Newton’s transverse process fracture, #PainTolerance & Recovery time: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/10/5375047/spinal-expert-cam-newtons-return.html#.VIhiAnvPuClb

Twitter: Our Dr. Ty talks with @jjones9 of @theobserver re @Panthers Cam Newton’s Transverse Process Fracture: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/10/5375047/spinal-expert-cam-newtons-return.html#.VIhiAnvPuClb

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President John F. Kennedy – Did His Bad Back Play a Role in his Assassination?http://www.basicspine.com/blog/president-john-f-kennedy-bad-back-play-role-assassination/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/president-john-f-kennedy-bad-back-play-role-assassination/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:00:04 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3935 On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while in an open convertible car in Dallas, Texas.  It was an event that left the nation and many parts of the world in a state of mourning.  This historic event fosters conspiracy theories to this very day and is … Continue reading

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On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while in an open convertible car in Dallas, Texas.  It was an event that left the nation and many parts of the world in a state of mourning.  This historic event fosters conspiracy theories to this very day and is a crime that will likely never be truly resolved.

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Photo credit: John F Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

For the past fifty-one years, photos, films, audio recordings and witness accounts used to support these theories are well known and have been masterfully presented by investigators, government officials, historians, authors and filmmakers.  Despite these efforts, no one has been able to prove that theirs is the correct theory.

A couple of lesser-known facts associated with the JFK assassination detailed in a CNN article on The Sixties written by Tricia Escobedo don’t contribute to any conspiracy theories, but are interesting and a little surprising at the same time.

  • Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspected shooter in the JFK assassination, was never actually arrested for JFK’s murder.  He was arrested for the fatal shooting of Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippitt; 45 minutes after the shooting of JFK.  Oswald was questioned about both killings.  He claimed innocence on all counts and was shot and killed two days later (while in police custody) by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub operator.
  • Following the death of JFK, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, with Jacqueline Kennedy by his side, was sworn in as the 36th President of the United States by Federal Judge Sarah Hughes, the only woman in history ever to have administered the presidential oath to a US President.

Much has also been written about President Kennedy suffering from chronic debilitating lower back pain for years prior to his assassination.  No specific cause is known; many speculate his bad back was the result of sports injuries sustained when he was a much younger man.  His spinal problems were so severe that JFK underwent several surgical interventions, including lumbo-sacral and left sacroiliac fusion to treat and eliminate his pain.  Sadly, these efforts proved unsuccessful, leaving the President reliant on a variety of medications, injections, back braces and even use of crutches to mitigate the pain.

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Even on the day he was killed, JFK was wearing an external device to help with his lower back problem.  While treating him after he was shot, E.R. doctors discovered that JFK was wearing a heavy, corset-like back brace that started at his chest and extended down below his waist.  CBS News Correspondent Bob Schiffer interviewed the E.R. Doctor; Kenneth Salyer who was on call for head injuries when JFK arrived at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital for treatment.   Dr. Salyer told Schiffer that he believes the heavy back brace worn by JFK actually kept him upright after he suffered the first gunshot and provided the shooter with time to take the second, more deadly shot that hit JFK in the head.  Had he not been wearing the brace, Salyer believes JFK would have slumped forward from the effect of the first shot and may have survived the attack by no longer presenting a viable target.  A YouTube video link to Schiffer’s interview can be found at the bottom of this blog.

Sad to think how different things may have been if President Kennedy had access to the advanced spine and pain treatments available today.  At BASIC Spine, lower back and sacroiliac conditions are diagnosed and treated using the least invasive methods possible. We understand that pain affects different people in different ways. This is why the experts at BASIC have carefully developed unique spine treatments and a chronic pain relief program.  Pain management, physical therapy, spinal decompression, pain injection therapy to more advanced treatments such as ultra-minimally invasive treatments and endoscopic programs allow you to be active with as little down time as possible.

Many back pain problems can be treated conservatively with no surgical interventions needed.  The first step is to call, make an appointment and let our experts determine what is causing your pain and the best way to treat it.

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Dr. Ty Explains How Important Bedside Manner Is To Becker’s Spinehttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/doctor-bedside-manner-important/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/doctor-bedside-manner-important/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:19:38 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3916 What does the phrase really mean when it comes to high quality spine care? At BASIC, we talk a lot – to our patients, on our website and in our blog about high quality spine care. But when the rubber meets the road, one of the things that matters most … Continue reading

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What does the phrase really mean when it comes to high quality spine care?

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At BASIC, we talk a lot – to our patients, on our website and in our blog about high quality spine care. But when the rubber meets the road, one of the things that matters most to patients is how they are treated by the physicians who they have selected to care for them.  In my practice, our surgeons and staff take great pride in treating our patients as we would our own family members – with compassion, understanding and a focused ear for listening.

I had the opportunity this week to discuss the topic of “bedside manner,” the term the public often uses to describe the approach a physician takes to interacting with his patients. I was interviewed by Becker’s Spine Review, a leading industry publication for spine surgeons and other professionals in the spine care world. The question they asked of me? “How far does compassion go?” It was an easy answer – really far.

Dr. Ty on “Bedside Manner”

IMG 9001 300x200 Dr. Ty Explains How Important Bedside Manner Is To Beckers SpineAs surgeons, we should never expect our patients to trust in or follow our advice if it is delivered in a way that makes them feel badly. Whether it’s the tone of voice, lack of focus, making them wait for hours to see us or not having a staff that behaves compassionately, it all matters. When patients are suffering from debilitating back pain, the quality of spine care we deliver to them has everything to do with our attitudes as much as it does our “skill” in performing particular procedures or treatments on them.

So how do BASIC physicians accomplish delivering the highest quality spine care to our patients? We treat them like they’re family. It really is that simple. And as I mentioned in the article, we have to view the way we care for spine patients through their eyes. They may be the 16th patient we’ve seen in that particular week. But to them, the physician they’re seeing that day has been the one person they have been waiting to see for days or weeks, in some cases. He or she is the person whom the patient hopes will solve their back problem and help them get back to living a pain free life.

“We physicians have been patients ourselves.”

Another important way we strive to empathize with our patients is to recall all of the times we physicians have been patients ourselves. Whether helping coordinate care for our children, loved ones or personally, we have ALL experienced the best and the worst of health care. Keeping those memories at the forefront of our minds each time that we interact with patients goes a long way toward understanding how they’re feeling.

 High quality spine care, or any type of medical care for that matter, doesn’t happen by accident. It is a conscious effort to put our patients first, every single time. When it is part of the way a doctor runs his or her practice, it really becomes second nature to everyone who works there – something that is done automatically and without effort. I am proud to say that the culture at every BASIC location is one of delivering the highest quality spine care to our patients. We’re here FOR them. And we’ll never forget it.

Read Besker’s Spine Article Here:

Dr. Ty on bedside manner in spine care: “we’ve been patients too.” More in this week’s @BeckersSpine article:

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Star’s Football-Related Back Injury a Cautionary Tale for Allhttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/stars-football-related-back-injury-cautionary-tale/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/stars-football-related-back-injury-cautionary-tale/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:18:54 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3572 Whether or not you are thrilled about the start of the new football season, there is a lot to be learned from a football-related back injury. Recent sports headlines have been filled with commentary on college and professional players who have suffered injuries. There is concern about how their pain … Continue reading

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 Star’s Football Related Back Injury a Cautionary Tale for AllWhether or not you are thrilled about the start of the new football season, there is a lot to be learned from a football-related back injury. Recent sports headlines have been filled with commentary on college and professional players who have suffered injuries. There is concern about how their pain will affect their ability to perform, or if they can play at all. But the focus should really be on recovery. While all injuries take time to heal, back injuries can be especially difficult to overcome. And the bottom line is, whether you play a sport or simply want to get around, you can’t push yourself more than your body is willing.

Tony Romo Still Fights His Football Related Back Injury

Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo is a perfect example of how a football-related back injury can linger longer than desired. During a playoff game last season, the 34-year-old star began complaining of back pain, but he played through it and carried his team to a win. Afterward, Romo was in so much pain that he couldn’t sit down. An MRI revealed a herniated disk. A few days later, he had an epidural injection to see if that would lessen the pain so he could continue to play, but it was ineffective. He went into surgery shortly thereafter and began his long road to recovery; 254 days to be exact. All reports showed he would be as good as new for the 2014 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, despite rigorous rehabilitation efforts, Romo performed dismally in the game. Only time will tell if he can get back to his previous level of performance.

What can we learn from this football-related back injury? For starters, Romo continued to play through severe pain. In the days following that game, he admitted that it was the worst pain he’d ever experienced; even more than a game when he played with a punctured lung and fractured rib. Obviously, the lesson here is that a football-related back injury or any spine injury for that matter, should not be ignored. There is a high likelihood the quarterback caused greater injury to himself by continuing to play. In the end, his team didn’t last another playoff game. So it begs the question: was it worth it? Whether you compete in a weekend co-ed flag football league, your kid is the star of his pee wee tackle team, or you just like to toss the pig skin around with friends every now and then, it’s imperative to listen to your body and respond responsibly and quickly to pain.

Of course the best medicine is prevention. There are many ways to limit the chance you or a loved one will sustain a football-related back injury. To start, it’s important to ensure you are in proper physical health before performing any activity, especially one as rigorous as football. If your physician gives you a clean bill of health, set yourself up for success. Incorporate consistent warm-up and cool-down exercises before and after you play. Adding in strength training with a focus on your core, legs and gluteal muscles will help prepare your body for the expected and unexpected physical strains of the game. Stretching can also help in that regard. In addition, chiropractic spine alignment or decompression to open disc space can also preventatively alleviate pressure on the spine, which can aid in protecting you against injury.

For those who play in a regular league, the team of experts at BASIC recommend keeping up a physical routine even during the off-season. Proper hydration, equipment and playing techniques are also effective ways to prevent injury. And above all else, the importance of rest cannot be overstated. If you train too hard or too often, the overuse can lead to back pain. Building in rest days allows your muscles to recover so you can continue to perform when it matters. Finding a balance will lead to success.

If you haven’t played in a while, don’t go full force your first time out. A competitive spirit has been the cause of many a football-related back injury. Just look at Tony Romo. His desire to win kept him in the game when he should have been on a stretcher. And though he has met many physical milestones since surgery, he will spend the rest of his career following a strict physical therapy regimen to have a hope of playing like he once did. The moral of the story: understand your limitations. Even if you just set out to play a friendly game at the park, that one wrong twist of the torso could cause a football-related back injury that takes you out of the game for the long haul.

If you or someone you know has sustained a football-related back injury that hasn’t responded to conservative treatment, contact the team at BASIC for proper evaluation and an effective treatment plan.

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Tiger Woods Quits WGC Bridgestone in Need of Rehab after Back Surgeryhttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/tiger-woods-quits-wgc-bridgestone-need-rehab-back-surgery/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/tiger-woods-quits-wgc-bridgestone-need-rehab-back-surgery/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 19:09:14 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3556 For EVERYONE – Rehab after Spine Surgery takes time, focus and patience Tiger Woods and anyone watching the WGC Bridgestone Championship at Firestone Country Club this past weekend hoped the four months of rehab after back surgery that he had given himself would be enough for him to play a … Continue reading

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Tiger Woods and anyone watching the WGC Bridgestone Championship at Firestone Country Club this past weekend hoped the four months of rehab after back surgery that he had given himself would be enough for him to play a “perfect game.” For such a legendary athlete, pulling out of major golf tournaments with back pain has become an unwelcome habit that has cast a shadow over Woods’ storied career for the last few years. But after microdiscectomy spine surgery to fix the problem – a bulging disc in the back – he and his fans wanted to believe those difficult days were behind him.

tiger woods back problems 230x129 Tiger Woods Quits WGC Bridgestone in Need of Rehab after Back SurgeryUnfortunately this weekend, hopes were dashed. Woods missed a series of important shots during tournament and anyone watching could see he was in pain. So it was sad, but not surprising when he withdrew from the tournament with back spasms as his reason.  But with only four months to recover from spine surgery, should Tiger Woods, or anyone really, expect to be at full function? The answer might surprise you.

While we hold them in high regard, professional athletes are a lot like the rest of us when it comes to surgical spine recovery and back surgery rehab. They may have a bunch of experts helping them rehabilitate and re-train in their sport. Maybe they have nothing but time on their hands to engage in spine surgery rehab all day long – because the sport they play is their job. But ultimately, an honest commitment to the right kind of rehabilitation after back surgery, plus time, time, time are what EVERY patient needs to recover properly from spine surgery and to heal well.

We aren’t saying Tiger Woods hasn’t done the right type of rehab, but we do know that it’s only been four months since his surgical spine repair. Even for the most physically fit, dedicated and lucky patient, that isn’t a lot of time. The thing is, no matter how good we are at a particular sport or other special ability; we just can’t change human anatomy. When the body undergoes surgery, on the spine or anywhere else, the gift of time to heal often does it good.

Then there’s the subject of the “right” kind of rehab after back surgery. When people in the athletic world think of rehabilitation, sometimes they relapse to a belief that re-training for their particular sport after spine surgery is the same thing. It isn’t. Every patient must commit to a full schedule of intense, daily spinal rehabilitation after back surgery. The first step will include exercises given to you by your spine surgeon and a licensed physical therapist that is trained in providing rehab to patients who have undergone spine surgery.  These exercises are designed with the sole purpose of strengthening and re-training your spine to function normally after surgery. We’re talking baby steps here. When it comes to back surgery rehab, no matter who you are, you’ll need to walk before you run. We mean that literally and figuratively.

tiger woods back injury 2014 230x126 Tiger Woods Quits WGC Bridgestone in Need of Rehab after Back SurgeryOnce the physical therapist has shown a patient how to perform the right exercise for their specific rehab after back operation, then it will be the patient’s turn to put in the hard work. That will usually start in the physical therapists office, where he or she can watch how the back surgery rehab exercises are performed, noting anything that needs to be corrected for proper form. Once the physical therapist is confident that a patient has the hang of things, there will be DAILY homework.

Yes, you read that right. Rehab after spine surgery isn’t magic. And while allowing the spine time to recover completely after back surgery is important, it doesn’t mean patients won’t need to put in work. They will. Most patients will only see their physical therapist one or two times a week for spine surgery rehab. That leaves five or six other days to be working at strengthening the back at home. The patient’s role in this process is crucial. You may not be Tiger Woods, but with dedication to the right type of rehab after back surgery and patience over time, you can get back to living the life you want, pain free.

March 6, 2014 - Tiger Woods Withdraws from the Honda Classic Just Shy of Finishing
March 12, 2014 - Will Tiger Woods Back Problems End His Season Early?
April 1st, 2014 - Tiger Woods Pulls Out of Masters for a Microdiscectomy Spine Surgery
July 15, 2014 - Tiger Woods at the British Open After Lumbar Spine Surgery

August 4th, 2014 - Tiger Woods quits WGC Bridgestone in Need of Rehab after Back Surgery (this article)

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Blake Griffin’s Fracture in the Back and Not “Playing Through Pain”http://www.basicspine.com/blog/blake-griffins-fracture-back-fiba/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/blake-griffins-fracture-back-fiba/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:32:54 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3544 Blake Griffin Fracture in the Back and FIBA Future A fracture in the back has prompted Los Angeles Clippers basketball forward Blake Griffin to leave the USA Team training camp for the FIBA World Cup next month. Even though the injury was sustained during the NBA playoffs earlier this year, … Continue reading

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Blake Griffin Fracture in the Back and FIBA Future

A fracture in the back has prompted Los Angeles Clippers basketball forward Blake Griffin to leave the USA Team training camp for the FIBA World Cup next month. Even though the injury was sustained during the NBA playoffs earlier this year, Griffin’s doctors said he should “sit this one out.” It’s solid advice. Right now, the broken vertebrae in his back are a fairly small and easy to manage problem. With the right kinds of rest and therapy, his healing should be quick and complete. So here’s the lesson for anyone facing the effects of vertebral fracture – small problems can become bigger when they’re not taken care of right from the start.

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Blake Griffin has back injury, will not play in FIBA World cup.. #Bulls #NBA

Though a fracture in your back can sound like a major spine condition, it usually isn’t. It can be a common problem in people who regularly take part in physically demanding activities. But when treated quickly and expertly, the broken vertebrae in the back usually heal fast and without the need for surgery.  Are you thinking you don’t need to read any further because you’re miles away from Blake Griffin and his professional athlete status? Think again. We have plenty of patients who aren’t elite athletes and have suffered a compression fracture anyway.  For some, it happened when they simply bent down to pick up a bag of groceries. For others, they stepped off of a curb the wrong way or tripped over a rug. It can happen to anyone.

There are different types of vertebral fracture. Since timely action is a major factor affecting the outcome on the patient, knowing the symptoms to look for is crucial. Sudden, severe pain in your spine after a fall or injury is the most common symptom related to a compression fracture.  Other symptoms include pain that worsens when sitting or standing and difficulty or pain when bending or twisting. More severe symptoms can include a decrease in height or an obvious deformity of the spine. If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, make an appointment to see an expert spine specialist right away.

Diagnose and Early Treatment Makes a Difference

blake griffin fractured back injury 300x168 Blake Griffins Fracture in the Back and Not “Playing Through Pain”When a small compression fracture in the back is diagnosed early, the first line of treatment is usually rest. This doesn’t mean sitting still, because complete inactivity can actually make matters worse. You should definitely take some time off from any strenuous activities that could result in further injury. However, walking and stretching exercises designed to strengthen the spine and surrounding muscles are important. Seeking treatment by an expert spine care team that includes physical therapy professionals is the key. They can help you with a specific exercise plan that is designed exactly for your type and severity of injury. Other conservative treatments for minor broken vertebrae in the back can include pain relief medicines that help reduce inflammation. These are used to reduce pain related to the stress on the spine from the injury, allowing it the time it needs to heal and the pain relief you need to get back to your daily activities. Blake Griffin is not alone in the NBA with recent reports of spine injuries. Last season, Andre Drummond recovered from a lumbar stress fracture.

Sometimes, a fracture in the back has resulted in more serious damage and may not respond to simpler treatments. When that is the case, an expert spine surgeon might recommend surgery. The goal of any surgical procedure for this type of injury is to make the spine stable and to restore a normal range of motion for the patient. At BASIC, we take that a step further. We want patients to enjoy a life free from pain using the least invasive treatment methods possible. And when necessary, we have surgical procedures designed to do just that.

Avoid Long Lasting Effects of A Spine Fracture

While we applaud their strength, “suffering through” the discomfort for any lengthy period of time does no good. In fact, it usually has the opposite effect. Vertebral fracture is a serious condition and requires immediate attention from an expert spine specialist team. Don’t play through the pain. Have it evaluated and treated from the beginning. That way, you’ll be back to living and playing “pain-free” in shorter time and with less need for invasive treatment down the road. Sadly, we see too many patients in our office who have tried to be heroes through their pain related to a fracture in the back. We are sure to see the USA team miss the presence of Griffin on the court, it is likely that he will be playing once the season starts again for the LA Clippers.

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