Spine and Joint Pain Relief Tips http://www.basicspine.com/blog Back Pain Blog Health Topics | Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:34:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tiger Woods at the British Open After Lumbar Spine Surgeryhttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/tiger-woods-british-open-lumbar-spine-surgery/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/tiger-woods-british-open-lumbar-spine-surgery/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:52:31 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3518 As Tiger Woods makes his rounds on the press circuit this week talking about his hopes for a win at the 143rd British Open, the world of golf lovers is curious to see how well he will perform after having lumbar spine surgery a few months ago. Overwhelmed by lower back pain caused by a pinched nerve that in early 2014 prevented him from […]

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tiger woods british open trophy 300x264 Tiger Woods at the British Open After Lumbar Spine SurgeryAs Tiger Woods makes his rounds on the press circuit this week talking about his hopes for a win at the 143rd British Open, the world of golf lovers is curious to see how well he will perform after having lumbar spine surgery a few months ago. Overwhelmed by lower back pain caused by a pinched nerve that in early 2014 prevented him from golfing, getting out of bed and playing with his children, Woods recently told USA Today that since lower back surgery “each and every week, I’ve gotten stronger and faster.” Recovery like that doesn’t happen by accident. Here’s what it takes.

The medical term for the lumbar spine surgery that Tiger Woods had in March to relieve the pinched nerve pain in his lower back is called Microdiscetomy. During this minimally invasive spine surgery, expert spine surgeons use a microscope to guide them in taking out a small part of the bone or spinal disc matter that is “pinching” the nerve or nerves in the lower back, so that the affected area can heal and the pain can be relieved.

tiger woods british open 2014 300x213 Tiger Woods at the British Open After Lumbar Spine SurgeryDon’t let the term minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery fool you. Whether you’re Tiger Woods or someone who just loves gardening – recovering from any type of spine surgery takes a focused effort by you and the team of expert spine doctors caring for you.

In the early days of lumbar spine surgery recovery, rest is important for the body to heal. Patients won’t be back to playing golf or gardening the day after surgery. But, “rest” doesn’t mean sitting still all day either. In fact, for most minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery patients, getting up and moving after surgery is an important part of the healing process. Over the years, there are many clinical studies that have shown the more a patient moves (carefully and on the advice of their expert spine surgery team), the more likely it is that their lumbar spine surgery healing will have the best possible outcome. For Tiger Woods, that’s getting back to the game of golf – in less than four months.

Stay in constant contact with your expert spine team to determine the best levels of activity for each stage of your lumbar spine surgery recovery. You will likely have scheduled physical therapy visits designed for your type of surgery. These will be intensive and focused. But you will have “homework” lumbar spine surgery physical therapy exercises to do too. You must make sure you do them. An hour a day, a few days a week with an expert spine physical therapist won’t be enough to retrain your spine after lumbar back surgery. You will need to put in hard work too, just like Tiger Woods did. When done right, you won’t be in this stage for long.

tiger woods back surgery recovery 216x300 Tiger Woods at the British Open After Lumbar Spine SurgerySince we’ve discussed at length how important activity after lumbar spine surgery is, don’t overdo it. Especially for very active patients like Tiger Woods, the desire to move faster and do more is so great that they can actually end up delaying the healing process. Remember that story of the tortoise and the hare? When it comes to lumbar spine surgery recovery too, slow and steady wins the race.

An important part of not overdoing it after surgery on the lower back is good pain management. Staying in front of the pain with the right medications prescribed by your expert spine doctor is critical and will actually allow you to do more focused and intense physical therapy activities. No one wants to move when they’re in pain. So make sure you aren’t altering your medication doses without talking to your doctors first.

As Tiger Woods takes to the British Open links this week and the world watches in anticipation, perhaps some of his biggest invisible cheerleaders will be the lumbar spine surgery team that has helped him reach this incredible goal of getting back on the course just a few months after he wasn’t even able to get out of bed. Whether your inspiration is Tiger Woods or running through the sprinklers pain-free with your kids, the team at BASIC Spine is here to help.

 

 

Get The Full Scoop on Tiger Woods Spine Condition

Want the whole scoop on Tiger Woods and his spine troubles?  Catch up about this topic by reading our timeline articles about Tiger Woods recent Microdisctomy. We’ve followed all events leading up to the British Open and Tiger Woods speedy recovery from his recent minimally invasive microdiscectomy lumbar spine procedure.

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

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Neymar and the Road to Recovery after a Spinal Fracturehttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/neymar-road-to-recovery-after-spinal-fracture/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/neymar-road-to-recovery-after-spinal-fracture/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:32:31 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3502 Neymar and the Road to Recovery after a Spinal Fracture 22-year-old Neymar’s dreams of helping his team win a World Cup Championship were crushed last week as his fractured spine forced him out of the tournament. Of course the game will go on, but what will happen to Neymar? How will that compression fracture in […]

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Neymar and the Road to Recovery after a Spinal Fracture

neymar speaks spine recovery Neymar and the Road to Recovery after a Spinal Fracture22-year-old Neymar’s dreams of helping his team win a World Cup Championship were crushed last week as his fractured spine forced him out of the tournament. Of course the game will go on, but what will happen to Neymar? How will that compression fracture in his spine heal? And how long will it take? Will he be able to return to the sport he loves again? These are great questions and we hear them from many of the patients we see in our practice.  Unfortunately, the media can make it look like athletes in the spotlight bounce right back onto the playing field in no time after traumatic spine injuries. In reality, that’s rarely the case for anyone.

The initial goal when treating a compression fracture of the spine is pain relief. And we can help patients reach that goal through a number of non-invasive treatment options. Bracing, for example, can help keep the spine stable and prevent it from further injury during the healing process.

Another option for pain relief from a spinal compression fracture is chiropractic care. This provides pain treatment with massage and manual manipulation of the spine, as long as the compression fracture has not affected the surrounding nerves. This gentle technique includes light manual manipulation above and below the compression fracture site, but not directly on it. To keep the injury from getting worse, chiropractic treatment can be beneficial to help prevent guarding and muscle spasms around the compression fracture site.

When bracing, massage and chiropractic manipulation aren’t enough to relieve the pain associated with a spinal compression fracture, an epidural steroid injection may be added to the treatment plan. Like the other options mentioned, epidural steroid injections are designed to alleviate the pain symptoms associated with a compression fracture and other types of spine injuries. And while they can be effective for short-term pain relief and allow patients the ability to resume at least some of their daily activities, their effect is usually temporary.

In cases where non-invasive treatment attempts have failed to provide adequate pain relief, surgery may be the appropriate next step. The great news is that there are minimally-invasive treatment options that can help permanently correct compression fractures.

At BASIC, our skilled and highly trained surgeons are experts in procedures such as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, which are designed to correct compression fractures, wedge fractures, spinal stenosis and osteoporosis. Vertebroplasty takes just 20 minutes to perform and uses special bone cement injected through a small needle into the spaces where the spine fracture has occurred. Kyphoplasty on the other hand, uses a balloon to inflate the spine compression fracture area, thus relieving pressure and creating space between it and the other vertebrae.

When traumatic spine injuries are detected and diagnosed at their earliest stages, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are known to be quite effective in helping patients achieve permanent symptom relief. Even better is the fact that both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty can be performed using an ultra-minimally invasive approach. This means they can be done in an outpatient setting, using bloodless spine surgery techniques, with or without the use of general anesthesia and without the need for stitches – all of which can lead to a faster and less painful recovery for patients than the “open” techniques traditionally used to repair these types of spine injury. In rare circumstances, an open surgical spinal decompression or spinal fusion may be necessary if the compression fracture is also causing severe damage to the nerves surrounding the spine.

As you can see by the above treatment path example, Neymar’s spine fracture likely won’t heal on its own. He and his physician team will need to carefully monitor and evaluate the extent of his spine injury and the treatment methods that will best correct it. And if he does end up undergoing spine surgery down the road, there will be intensive physical therapy included in that course of treatment as well. Athletes are humans just like the rest of us. They don’t have healing super powers, even if the TV news would like you to think so. What they do have is determination. And so do you. If you’re determined to end your back pain once and for all, we’re here to help.

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Moments after sustaining Neymar’s broken spine injury on field during the 2014 World Cup

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Neymar was transported quickly to the hospital following his injury to his spine

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Neymar is seeing a huge support for his spine recovery

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Neymar being transported to the hospital via helicopter

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Neymar’s team showing support for spine recovery

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The Back Injury Tour de France Cyclists Might Want to Think Abouthttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/back-injury-tour-de-france-cyclists-might-want-think/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/back-injury-tour-de-france-cyclists-might-want-think/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:53:04 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3489 Have you ever heard of something called Coccydynia?  Probably not. Well, it’s a pain in the butt. Really. To say it and to spell it. But most importantly, to feel it. For people who have this condition, a fancy medical word for tailbone pain, it really does feel like a pain in the back side. […]

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pain in the tailbone 300x225 The Back Injury Tour de France Cyclists Might Want to Think AboutHave you ever heard of something called Coccydynia?  Probably not. Well, it’s a pain in the butt. Really. To say it and to spell it. But most importantly, to feel it. For people who have this condition, a fancy medical word for tailbone pain, it really does feel like a pain in the back side. As the Tour de France gets underway, it’s a safe guess that some cyclists in the race are suffering from this type of lower spine pain right now as they ride for 21 days through the French countryside. So what exactly is coccydynia and bike rider or not, what can you do to find relief from this seldom-discussed spinal condition?

Understanding where coccydynia occurs on the spine is important in order to fix it. Did you know? The coccyx is the last section of bone located at the very bottom of your spine, most often called the tailbone in humans.

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The root cause of pain in the tailbone is not always clear, but it has been linked to sitting in one position on a hard surface for long periods of time – something Tour de France cyclists do for about three weeks and more than 2,000 miles of riding.  People with jobs such as truck driving can also suffer from this lower spinal condition, due to the nature of their work – long hours of driving over many days at a time. Less often, tailbone pain can be the result of a major spine injury, like a hard fall or a long and difficult time with childbirth. While the classic symptom of coccydynia is deep pain in the tailbone, it can also be felt as a sudden jolt of pain in the lower spine while having a bowel movement, during sex or when getting up to stand after sitting for a long time.

To best treat tailbone pain, the team at BASIC talks to you at length about your medical history and does a physical exam on each patient. This includes notes on any spine injuries you have had before that may be related to the pain, as well as feeling for masses on the lower spine that could be due to a spine tumor or infection. In order to get to the bottom of this pain in the bottom, we will often take an X-ray of the coccyx, looking for any obvious signs of spinal trauma, like a fracture.

Once a diagnosis is made, the expert team of doctors and therapists at BASIC puts a treatment plan in place, wanting to first relieve the tailbone pain using the least invasive treatments possible. This can include the right types of medicine for pain relief, physical therapy for tailbone pain including stretches and exercises to make the muscles around the lower spine stronger, chiropractic treatment to relieve the pain if the coccyx is not in the right position or epidural injections to achieve longer-term tailbone pain relief.

MRI Post surgery coccydynia  300x141 The Back Injury Tour de France Cyclists Might Want to Think AboutIn rare cases, these less invasive ways of treating tailbone pain might not work and surgery to relieve the pain is in order.  Coccygectomy means removing the coccyx bone during surgery. For many patients, this may help them get permanent relief from what can be a tough and painful spine condition. While all types of surgery have risks, it is best to find a doctor who is experienced in performing coccygectomy and to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with him or her. Knowing what to expect, the risks and rewards and feeling good about the surgeon you choose is really important.

While the Tour de France is a great way for us to get the word out about coccydynia, its causes, symptoms and treatment options, we also want to issue a word of caution. No matter where the spinal pain is located, you should have it looked at by an expert spine specialist. Leaving any type of pain in the back untreated for too long can end up leading to larger spine problems and more complicated treatments down the road. If you are looking for an expert team to help you with lasting tailbone pain relief, don’t wait until the race is over. Contact us today for a consultation.

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Neymar Out of World Cup Due to Fractured Spine Injuryhttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/neymar-world-cup-due-fractured-spine-injury/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/neymar-world-cup-due-fractured-spine-injury/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:33:48 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3485 2014 FIFA World Cup forward for the Brazilian team, Neymar, was likely ruled out for the rest of the tournament when a high-speed hard knee to his lower back resulted in a fractured spinal vertebra suffered during a quarterfinal game against Columbia on Friday. While spine trauma and back injuries are big risks in contact sports like soccer, a fractured spine is more common […]

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Neymar xray back spine 217x300 Neymar Out of World Cup Due to Fractured Spine Injury2014 FIFA World Cup forward for the Brazilian team, Neymar, was likely ruled out for the rest of the tournament when a high-speed hard knee to his lower back resulted in a fractured spinal vertebra suffered during a quarterfinal game against Columbia on Friday. While spine trauma and back injuries are big risks in contact sports like soccer, a fractured spine is more common than you might think and can happen to anyone, not just star athletes. Here’s what you should know about lumbar fractures and how we approach their treatment for lasting pain relief.

Pain in the lower spine that comes on suddenly is something doctors call “acute” and can be caused by a direct injury to the spine. Though it was a knee to the back in Neymar’s case, there are other injuries that can cause this type of sudden pain, like car accidents, falls or work injuries.  However, the most common cause of acute lower back or lumbar pain that results in a spine fracture is osteoporosis. This condition is caused by weakening of the bones in the body over time, due to a lack of calcium in the diet. Learn more about it, here.

In any case, in order to figure out what exactly is causing the lumbar pain, doctors may use a series of examinations, including an X-ray image of the spine. When a spinal fracture is obvious on the image, the next step is to figure out how best to treat it in order to relieve the pain.

This is where things can sometimes get tricky. The road to lower back pain relief isn’t the same for every patient. Some people respond very well to less invasive options like medication, physical therapy or chiropractic care. For Neymar, early reports are saying he sustained a “benign” spine fracture and won’t need spine surgery.  The truth is, only time and management by an expert spine team will tell the extent of his spine injury and whether or not it will respond well to other spine treatment methods, or require a more aggressive approach to relieve his pain and get him back into the sport he loves in the future.

You see, sometimes spine fractures don’t stay “easily managed.” Over time, they can get worse or may cause other problems in the spine that can’t be predicted at first. At BASIC, our goal is to get every patient back to living the life they WANT to live, not the one they have to settle for because they’ve had a back injury. Neymar is 22 years old. He’s young, fit and obviously very active. His treatment path may be very different from the one for someone who is older and not as physically active. This is one of the reasons that seeking an experienced TEAM to care for your spine injury is so important.

neymar spine injury 300x149 Neymar Out of World Cup Due to Fractured Spine InjuryBASIC Spine provides a complete approach and wide range of options for the treatment of spine injuries like the fractured spine that Neymar is facing. We try first to relieve the pain using the least invasive, most effective treatments possible. Our goal is for those methods to work. But, if they don’t, we are prepared with a skilled and experienced team of spine surgeons and neurosurgeons who are experts in a wide variety of spine surgery procedures designed to help each patient achieve long-term pain relief.

The goal in every spine injury case should be long-term pain relief. And we won’t quit on you until we help you achieve it, no matter the form of treatment or the path that it takes.

We all wish Neymar a speedy and complete recovery from his injury. As long as there is contact sport, spinal fractures and lower back injuries like his will continue to appear in the mainstream news media. In a way, we’re glad they do make headlines because it offers us the opportunity to inform and educate the public. The reality is, far more of these lower back injuries are seen in doctor’s offices all over the world, than those that actually hit the news. If you’re among the millions suffering from the pain of a traumatic spine injury, give us a call.

Read our most recent updated blog article about Neymar’s injury and road to recovery.

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A Star Shines Brightest in the Dark : The Journey of Jack Fanninghttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/star-shines-brightest-dark-journey-jack-fanning/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/star-shines-brightest-dark-journey-jack-fanning/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:11:49 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3450 Since retiring from a career that placed him in one of the most elite units in the military as an Air Force Special Operations Combat Controller, Jack Fanning has lived an active life as a disabled veteran quadriplegic. Jack has an eight year old son named Brock and lives with his caregiver Teri, her husband Ronnie, and […]

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Since retiring from a career that placed him in one of the most elite units in the military as an Air Force Special Operations Combat Controller, Jack Fanning has lived an active life as a disabled veteran quadriplegic. Jack has an eight year old son named Brock and lives with his caregiver Teri, her husband Ronnie, and their three girls Shelby, Kayla and Maty. After thirteen years in his career, Jack was one of the most seasoned members of his field. He loved his job and worked incredibly hard to always be among the best of the best.

IMG 8994 300x200 A Star Shines Brightest in the Dark : The Journey of Jack FanningJack joined the Air Force in 1997 and completed a pipeline of vigorous schools, including Combat Dive School, Air Traffic Control School, Airborne and Military Freefall School, Survival School, and Combat Control School. Assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field AFB, Florida, he did several deployments to South America prior to 9-11. Post 9-11 he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on five different occasions and to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom once. In 2005, Jack became a Combat Control Apprentice Course Instructor at Pope AFB, NC. He joined the 24th STS in 2009 and began a nine-month Operating Training Course.

IMG 9001 300x200 A Star Shines Brightest in the Dark : The Journey of Jack FanningDuring his course culminating exercise Jan. 11, 2010, he parachuted into a blacked-out drop zone with his teammates and sustained a C4 spinal cord injury. Jack was paralyzed from the neck down and underwent immediate surgery to stabilize his cervical spine and had a breathing tube inserted. Currently, he is unable to move from the shoulders down and is considered a C4 incomplete spinal cord injury.

IMG 8953 300x200 A Star Shines Brightest in the Dark : The Journey of Jack FanningAfter transferring to Shepherd Center in Atlanta GA, Jack underwent four months of challenging physical and occupational therapy. During this time, he was weaned off his ventilator and feeding tube, learned how to operate his wheelchair, and conducted family training in order to function as a quadriplegic. Eventually Jack went to the Dallas VA for two more months of recovery and therapy before he finally went to his new home in Texas. Today he conducts therapy three days a week at Fit-N-Wise in Decatur, TX, fighting daily to regain control of the link between mind, nerves, and muscles. His condition has not slowed him down as he still finds ways to shoot, hunt, scuba dive, and even jump out of airplanes.

 

Jack’s Service Related Medals, Awards, & Commendations

Bronze Star

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AF commendation medal with 4 oak leaf clusters

Joint service achievement medal

AF Achievement Medal

Jt Meritorious Achievement

Meritorious Unit Award

AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device : Two Oak Leaf Clusters

Combat Readiness Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters

AF Good Conduct Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters

National Defense Service Medal Afghanistan

Campaign Medal : 1 Service Star

Iraq Campaign Medal : 1 Service Star

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

AF Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border : 5 Oak Leaf Clusters

AF Longevity Service : Two Oak Leaf Clusters

USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon

Small arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with One Service Star AF Training Ribbon

IMG 89251 300x200 A Star Shines Brightest in the Dark : The Journey of Jack Fanning The team at BASIC has had the unique opportunity to get to know Jack and hear of his accomplishments. Recently, Dr. Thaiyananthan otherwise known to his peers as Dr. Ty took part in treating Jack with the INSRT Stem Cell Therapy treatment in our Irvine spine care and ASC treatment facility. It was amazing to witness such a large group of support who also came to cheer him on in this journey to recovery. He has a bright soul and should be bright star for guidance for anyone who is suffering from a life disabling condition. It was reported that he has regained some movement in his fingers which could light the fuse to ongoing recovery in regaining movement in vital limbs.

IMG 8912 300x200 A Star Shines Brightest in the Dark : The Journey of Jack FanningShortly after his visit to the Brain And Spine Institute of California, new developments in recovery have occurred in mobility for people just like Jack. You can read more about the spinal column electrotherapy here. [1] Four young men who have been paralyzed for years achieved groundbreaking progress — moving their legs — as a result of epidural electrical stimulation of the spinal cord, an international team of life scientists reports today in the medical journal BrainThe study, conducted by researchers from the University of Louisville, UCLA and the Pavlov Institute of Physiology, was funded in part by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

IMG 9000 300x200 A Star Shines Brightest in the Dark : The Journey of Jack FanningWith combined aid in regenerative stem cell therapy, understanding the treatment volume needed for each special case and combined with breaking developments in this new therapy, the future is looking very bright for the quadriplegic and paraplegic community who suffer from spinal cord injuries and disabilities. For the time we spent with him, we were all humbled by his experience. Jack shows us with the smile on his face that he keeps the passion to explore life, well beyond his military service. “Aim High” & “Fly-Fight-Win”.

 

Sources: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/breakthrough-therapy-allows-four-paraplegic-men-to-voluntarily-move-their-legs [1]

 

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Common Reasons for Causes of Neck Pain in Adultshttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/common-reasons-causes-neck-pain-adults/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/common-reasons-causes-neck-pain-adults/#comments Sun, 04 May 2014 17:51:37 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3392 Neck pain also known as cervical spine pain can change your life completely.  Sharing some simple and easy to watch information about the troubles with neck pain. Sometimes we can forget really how simple it is to avoid with proper awareness and spine care by a board certified chiropractor. On the other hand, there are […]

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neck pain1 Common Reasons for Causes of Neck Pain in AdultsNeck pain also known as cervical spine pain can change your life completely.  Sharing some simple and easy to watch information about the troubles with neck pain. Sometimes we can forget really how simple it is to avoid with proper awareness and spine care by a board certified chiropractor. On the other hand, there are several issues that can lead to complicating and long surgical or treatment procedures. Not all neck pain requires surgery. If you are suffering and are new to the world of neck pain. Please take a moment and watch the short video about neck pain. Dr. Oh explains very easily. Begin to collect information about this condition and get in front of the problem before it get’s worse. As neck pain worsens, it can start to radiate down your shoulders and become chronic and debilitating. If you are already experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to take action.

If you have cervical discomfort and feel your upper back problems might need more than a chiropractic adjustment or physical therapy treatment, it is suggested you start with an all-in-one clinic in your area. This means, a place that treats the root cause, has physical therapy, chiropractor and a neurosurgeon all under the same roof. This way, the “team” of doctors can work together to solve your problem and do it as quickly as possible. Working with a team of spine doctors like this will increase your recovery time quite a bit. As we can all agree. Our time on this planet, is precious.

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Recovering From Back Surgery Can Be A Challenging And Time Consuming Processhttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/recovering-back-surgery-process/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/recovering-back-surgery-process/#comments Sat, 26 Apr 2014 21:23:50 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3353 Recovering from back surgery can be a challenging and time consuming process that requires patience and following exact instructions from your doctor.  When it comes to back surgery there are many different types for many different conditions.  There are conditions that require minimally invasive surgery, which is a relatively minor surgery, and there is of […]

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back surgery 300x200 Recovering From Back Surgery Can Be A Challenging And Time Consuming ProcessRecovering from back surgery can be a challenging and time consuming process that requires patience and following exact instructions from your doctor.  When it comes to back surgery there are many different types for many different conditions.  There are conditions that require minimally invasive surgery, which is a relatively minor surgery, and there is of course major surgery, which is a more of an open back surgery for the more serious conditions.  Each condition has its own recovery timeline and stipulations.  I would say the general rule of thumb for recovering from back surgery, is that it can be anywhere from 1 to 3 months of recovery time where you will be at home and need to be off of work and any activities.  So what happens after back surgery?

There are millions of Americans that suffer from chronic back conditions.  If you Google back doctors in your area you will probably come up with a few pages of results.  This is because so many people are suffering everyday with back conditions that are causing chronic pain.  When 8 out of 10 people will experience a back injury some day and of that 5% will need back surgery. The largest medical segment is back pain. When you are living with chronic pain, you will do just about anything to remedy the situation, even if that means you need to go under the knife.  This I know from personal experience!

The Different Types Of Back Surgery 

Spinal Fusion – This is one of the most common surgeries for people suffering from back pain.  Spinal fusion is where a surgeon joins vertebrae’s (spinal bones) of the spine together, to fuse them. This will restrict movement between bones as well as stretching the nerves.  Reduced spinal motion can reduce and limit activity for some people, so it is important to get a surgeon who is skilled in this type of surgery. If it is done wrong it can totally inhibit movement and then you will have to have another surgery to correct the problem.  This would be something that one would like to avoid.

Laminectomy – Is when the surgeon removes parts of the bone, bony spurs, or ligaments in the back.  This will relieve the pressure on the spinal nerves.  Which will in turn, cause less pain and weakness.  If not done properly a laminectomy can make the spine weaker and less stable, if this happens then a spinal fusion will be necessary.

Foraminotomoy – During this procedure a surgeon will cut away bone at the sides of the vertebrae in order to widen the space so the nerve roots can exit the spine.  This will relieve pressure, also known as pinched nerves, such as Sciatica.  This procedure can also cause the spine to weaken, and in that case would also require a spinal fusion to correct the problem.

Discectomy – This procedure is for bulging or slipped discs which separates the vertebrae, and will press on a spinal nerve, which will cause severe back pain.  When a surgeon performs a discectomy they will remove all or part of the disc to remedy the bulging disc.

Disc Replacement – This is where an artificial disc would be inserted between the vertebrae.  This procedure will allow the patient to regain motion of the spine. It is a popular alternative to spinal fusion surgery and also has a shorter recovery time.

Interlaminar implant – This is also another alternative to spinal fusion.  Interlaminal implant is the implant of a U-shaped device that is placed between two back bones in the lumbar region to help maintain space between the two. It will limit backward bending in the region where it’s placed, which will help ease the symptoms of spinal stenosis.

It Is Important To Not Rush Your Recovery

Before your surgery you will go over everything that you are to expect before, during and after your surgery.  It is very important that you follow your doctor’s instructions to a “T”.  Trying to push yourself too much after surgery can cause detrimental setbacks.

You should be prepared to spend a lot of time resting and from doing so, your discomfort will lessen each day.  When you start to notice your energy is increasing then that is a good sign that your recovery is going well.   Each patient’s recovery time is different and case by case basis as everyone’s body is different.   Younger individuals often have an easier time recovering as they are in good overall health.  Getting plenty of rest and eating healthy are key to a speedy recovery.  If you are a smoker, then it will slow the healing time as it restricts blood flow which will in turn inhibit recovery.

Recovering from back surgery can be a painful process.  You should expect to experience some pain after surgery and this is completely normal.  Many patients will experience inflammation and possibly some muscle spasms after surgery. The site of incision will be sore and tender and is important that you adhere to proper wound care.  You will most likely be given some pain medication in the hospital as well as a prescription to take home with you.  It is always important to take your medication responsibly and to not drive or operate heavy machinery while on your medication.

Next Step In The Recovering From Back Surgery?

Now that your surgery is done you can concentrate on the next part of your treatment, your recovery.  This period is necessary to rebuild strength in your spine until you are 100% healed.  Do not go back to work until you are at full recovery.  You will only be damaging yourself further if you try to push the envelope too soon.  That is why it is extremely important to have the best doctor you can find.  Our doctors at BASIC are award winning board certified surgeons.  They are the best and have patients travel from all over the world just to have them perform their surgery.

Need A Good Spine Doctor? 

Finding the right surgeon is one of the most important things, aside from the list of questions to ask.  At BASIC Spine, our physicians are highly-regarded Neurosurgeons, Spine Surgeons, Pain Management Specialists, Chiropractors, Pain Psychologists, and Stem Cell Therapy specialists in Orange County, CA. You will find premium care in our Newport Beach, Irvine, Orange, and Whittier clinics. At BASIC Spine, out physicians strive to provide the highest quality of care using cutting-edge technologies in a state-of-the-art, patient focused environment.

If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic pain, don’t waste any time, take action today! We have patients that travel from all over the world to see our physicians.  Contact us today for a consultation 866-398-0868. We will even come and pick you up and bring you to your appointment.

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Did You Know That Pediatric Spine Surgery Is A Very Common Thing?http://www.basicspine.com/blog/pediatric-spine-surgery-common/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/pediatric-spine-surgery-common/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:28:10 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3333 How common is pediatric spine surgery? We hear in the news, over the internet, or from another sources all the time about spinal surgery, but not much about children and spine treatments or therapy.  When we hear it though It is usually for patients whose conditions happen over a long time, such as arthritis or […]

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pediatric surgery 300x300 Did You Know That Pediatric Spine Surgery Is A Very Common Thing? How common is pediatric spine surgery? We hear in the news, over the internet, or from another sources all the time about spinal surgery, but not much about children and spine treatments or therapy.  When we hear it though It is usually for patients whose conditions happen over a long time, such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease.  Spinal surgery for children is not one we hear about very often, unless it is media worthy.

Adolescent spinal surgery is actually a more sensitive procedure as these conditions can progress very rapidly as children’s bones and spine grow so fast it is hard to catch and correct a problem in time.  That is why a lot of the time the surgery is to repair any damage.  There are a lot of advances in medicine now and the doctors are able to catch a lot of congenital defects and abnormalities while the baby is still in the womb.  This way they can immediately start to prepare for any preventative actions after the baby is born.

What Pediatric Spine Conditions Are Cause For Correction?

Pediatric spine surgery is very common and is used to correct surgery it is usually for problems that exist from the time of birth in children and adolescents.  These problems are known as “congenital anomalies” and include scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolysis, along with multiple other syndromes and conditions that cause or are associated with spinal surgery deformity.

Conditions that most often will require surgery to either prevent or repair damage are the following:

  • Kyphosis - Excessive curvature of the spine.  A normal spine has  20° to 45° of curvature in the thoracic (upper) region, and anything more than 45° is what is called kyphosis
  • Scoliosis - an abnormal curvature in the lateral (coronal) plane.  Scoliosis between 10° and 20° is considered mild.  Less than 10° is postural variation.
  • Lordosis – excessive curving of the lumbar (lower) spine and is usually associated with scoliosis or kyphosis.  It can cause extreme poor posture.
  • Spina Bifida – A congenital defect of the spine in which part of the spinal cord and its meninges are exposed through a gap in the backbone. It often causes paralysis of the lower limbs, and sometimes mental handicap.
  • Hydrocephalus – Hydrocephalus occurs when excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain causes increased swelling and pressure, and can lead to enlargement of the head and cognitive dysfunction.
  • Chiari Malformation – A Chiari Type I malformation is present when the lowest portions of the brain, the cerebellar tonsils, descend ≥5 mm below the base of the skull. Most patients with a Chiari I malformation are probably asymptomatic and do not require surgery.
  • Craniofacial anomalies and Craniosynostosis – Craniosynostosis is defined by the premature closure of the sutures (the boundaries of the bone edges) of the skull. When this occurs, a bony ridge can sometimes be palpable or visible over this suture, but more apparent over time is the development of an abnormal head shape. On average, 1 in 2,000 children will be diagnosed with a craniosynostosis. It should be noted that this condition is primarily a problem of head shape and that the underlying brain structure and function are normal. In rare instances of multiple suture closure, the space within the skull becomes insufficient as the child grows and the intracranial pressure can increase.

 

Seek Treatment Today for yours Of Your Children’s Spine Condition as it Can Make All the Difference in Recovery!

Pediatric spine surgery to help a child recover from spine conditions or syndromes can make a difference but education can be just as effective.  Spine treatments like these can be a very frighting time and experience for the parents and loved ones. Finding the right specialist or surgeon is one of the most important things  if you or someone you know is suffering from any type of spinal condition and needs spine surgery.  At BASIC Spine, our physicians are highly-regarded Neurosurgeons, Spine Surgeons, Pain Management Specialists, Chiropractors, Pain Psychologists, and Stem Cell Therapy specialists in Orange County, CA. You will find premium care in our Newport Beach, Irvine, Orange, and Whittier clinics. At BASIC Spine, our physicians strive to provide the highest quality of care using cutting-edge technologies in a state-of-the-art, patient focused environment. If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic pain, don’t waste any time, take action today! We have patients that travel from all over the world to see our physicians and gain advice about pediatric spine surgery.  Contact us today for a consultation 866-398-0868.

 

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Professional Golf Players Are At 33% More Of Risk For Back Injuries Than Other Sporthttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/professional-golf-players-33-risk-back-injuries-sport/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/professional-golf-players-33-risk-back-injuries-sport/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:43:44 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=3308 Golf players are at more risk for getting back injuries than in any other sport.  The demand that golfs puts on the spine in both the cervical (upper) and the lumbar (lower) is extensive.  When you are swinging the golf club to drive the golf down the fairway you are literally using all of your […]

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pga players Professional Golf Players Are At 33% More Of Risk For Back Injuries Than Other SportGolf players are at more risk for getting back injuries than in any other sport.  The demand that golfs puts on the spine in both the cervical (upper) and the lumbar (lower) is extensive.  When you are swinging the golf club to drive the golf down the fairway you are literally using all of your upper body strength to do so.   This most likely will not damage in one shot, but over time of continued use of this magnitude will certainly get the better of some of us.

Recently, the world of golf was in shock in the last few months from Tiger Woods having to officially pull out of the masters, and then eventually having to call it quits for the rest of the season.  Tiger was suffering from herniated discs, which can cause extreme pain and can be hard to live with, let alone, play professional golf with.  Tiger has not missed a tournament for more than 20 years, and the question everyone is asking now is if his back-related issues will keep him out of the future tournaments?

It has been said that at some point in their life that almost 80% of all amateur golfers will injure their backs at some point.  They will most likely continue to play despite their pain, which will ultimately accelerate their condition.   Of the PGA professional players, about 33% of them will suffer from on going back-related problems.

There Are Many Minimally Invasive Procedures That Can Give You Relief

There are minimally invasive procedures that have helped countless golfers resume playing the sport they love so much.  These are much quicker than having open spine surgeries.  . If you are a professional golfer, or if you just simply enjoy playing the sport, then there are some certain guidelines to adhere to in order to recover properly from back surgery such as:

  • Ease back into things- You may feel at your best and can return to the green just six weeks after surgery, but you should allow your back enough time to fully heal before pushing the envelope.  This is to help avoid further damaging your back or reinjuring yourself.  You can do low impact golfing, such as chipping or putting.  It is important to make sure you take it one step at a time and always consult with your physician.
    • Participate in low impact exercises – These include exercises, such as yoga, pilates, swimming and they will help strengthen your core and back.  You should always avoid high impact exercises in the first couple months, or until you are fully recovered.
    • Always listen to your body – When you start to play golf again, it is important to be in tune with your body as it will tell you if you are doing too much too soon.  If a certain activity is causing you pain, then it is best to not continue to do it.  This means that your body is just not ready for it.
    • Always stretch – Stretch as much as possible to loosen up muscles that may have gotten tight during your recovery.  This is also to keep your back loose and limber, which will increase flexibility. This will make the transition to swinging the golf club again that much sooner.

If tiger adheres to all of his doctor’s orders then his risk of recurrence will be greatly reduced.  He is in prime shape to have a smooth recovery and be back competing on the tour at an elite level in no time.  Avid golfers should learn from Tigers’ situation.  Back pain can happen to anyone and if the proper precautions aren’t taken to avoid it, it can cause serious issues later on down the road.  \

If You Play High-Impact Sports On A Regular Basis Always Consult With A Physician

Finding the right surgeon is one of the most important things, aside from the list of questions to ask.  At BASIC Spine, our physicians are highly-regarded Neurosurgeons, Spine Surgeons, Pain Management Specialists, Chiropractors, Pain Psychologists, and Stem Cell Therapy specialists in Orange County, CA. You will find premium care in our Newport Beach, Irvine, Orange, and Whittier clinics. At BASIC Spine, out physicians strive to provide the highest quality of care using cutting-edge technologies in a state-of-the-art, patient focused environment.

If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic pain, don’t waste any time, take action today! We have patients that travel from all over the world to see our physicians.  Contact us today for a consultation 866-398-0868.

 

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