Spine and Joint Pain Relief Tips http://www.basicspine.com/blog Back Pain Blog Health Topics | Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:55:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.9 Pelé’s Spinal Nerve Compression, Spinal Decompression Surgery and Alternative Treatment Optionshttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/peles-spinal-nerve-compression-spinal-decompression-surgery-alternative-treatment-options/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/peles-spinal-nerve-compression-spinal-decompression-surgery-alternative-treatment-options/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:55:17 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=4098 The legendary Brazilian soccer great known as Pelé was discharged from a hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil this week after undergoing surgery to repair compression in a nerve, often called a “pinched nerve”in his spine. Spinal Decompression is the umbrella term that is often used in reference to a variety … Continue reading

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The legendary Brazilian soccer great known as Pelé was discharged from a hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil this week after undergoing surgery to repair compression in a nerve, often called a “pinched nerve”in his spine. Spinal Decompression is the umbrella term that is often used in reference to a variety of procedures that are intended to relieve the symptoms associated with spinal nerve compression. Here’s what to know about this condition and its associated treatments, including innovative non-surgical options.
One of the most important points we spine surgeons want our patients to understand about unresolved back pain is that it can have a domino effect on the spine. As is the case with nerve compression, this is a condition that often follows, or is secondary to other back problems that have gone unresolved, thereby weakening or otherwise compromising the normal function of the spine and its surrounding structures. Bulging or slipped discs, injured joints and ligaments and bone spurs are all back problems that can contribute to the development of spinal nerve compression. These conditions frequently cause irritation and inflammation which can in turn narrow the spinal canal and nerve openings – causing pain and a variety of other symptoms.

The most common symptoms reported in patients who are experiencing spinal nerve compression are pain and a general numbness, tingling or weakness in the area of the spine affected. In severe cases, the compression can be so profound that the symptoms may cause paralysis in the limbs and can also contribute to problems with the proper function of the bowels and bladder.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy

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While it isn’t clear exactly which surgical procedure Pelé underwent to relieve the pinched spinal nerve, today there are more options than ever before for people who are suffering the same symptoms. Perhaps most notably, Spinal Decompression Therapy is an innovative and effective option for many patients and the best part is that it does not have to involve surgery. At BASIC, nonsurgical spinal decompression is achieved through the use of a mechanical traction table to relieve compressed spinal nerves. Unlike older devices of its kind, our Hill-DT Spinal Decompression table is computer controlled, which allows the application of a very specific and effective traction force designed with each individual patient in mind. What’s more, this specific approach cuts down on the time it has traditionally taken older non-computerized machines to apply decompression therapy to patients. Best of all, this non-surgical treatment option has helped many patients find relief from the pinched nerves causing them back pain without having to undergo spine surgery to achieve it.
Surgical Spinal Decompression

Of course, spinal decompression therapy may not be right for everyone. In cases where non-surgical alternatives have been attempted and adequate relief has not been achieved, BASIC is proud to provide expert spine surgeons who have dedicated their life’s work to helping people achieve lasting relief from back pain. Depending on the location of the pinched nerve and the symptoms associated with it, the following surgical procedures may be considered:

Discectomy – A portion of a damaged disc is removed to relieve pressure on affected nerves.

Laminotomy or laminectomy – A small part of the lamina (the bony arches in the spinal canal) is removed or the entire lamina is removed; both designed to widen the spinal canal in order to relieve nerve pressure.

Foraminotomy or foraminectomy – These procedures refer to bone and tissue removal methods for expanding the openings for the nerve roots to exit the spinal canal with the goal of relieving pain and pressure on affected nerves.

Osteophyte Removal – This is the removal of bone spurs which may be causing the nerve compression and associated symptoms.
We wish Pelé a smooth road to recovery from his spinal nerve compression procedure. If you or someone you care about is suffering from similar symptoms, don’t wait to seek treatment. When one part of the spine fails to function properly, it often puts pressure on other parts of the spine which can create a terribly cycle of pain and dysfunction. Allow the experts at BASIC to evaluate your pain symptoms and provide a customized treatment plan to put you back on the road to living free from the pain of spinal nerve compression TODAY.

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Former President George H.W. Bush Falls, Neck Fracture – What the Public Should Knowhttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/former-president-george-h-w-bush-falls-neck-fracture-what-the-public-should-know/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/former-president-george-h-w-bush-falls-neck-fracture-what-the-public-should-know/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:56:44 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=4081 George H.W. Bush Sr. or “Number 41” as he is often referred to by close friends and government officials sustained a neck fracture this week after falling down in his home. The portion of his neck that was fractured is medically referred to as the “cervical” spine. While Mr. Bush’s … Continue reading

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George H.W. Bush Sr. or “Number 41” as he is often referred to by close friends and government officials sustained a neck fracture this week after falling down in his home. The portion of his neck that was fractured is medically referred to as the “cervical” spine. While Mr. Bush’s cervical spine fracture doesn’t appear to have immediately resulted in any extreme bodily harm,spinal fractures are very serious and requirespeedy and expert medical attention to prevent any further damage or paralysis.
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The cervical spine consists of seven vertebrae and is the upper most part of the long and highly flexible spinal column. These bony structures serve a very important purpose. They protect the extremely sensitive spinal cord, which in the cervical spine is responsible for supporting the head and connecting it to the shoulders and body. The spinal cord is also the central nervous system’s “highway” between the brain and the rest of the body. As in Mr. Bush’s case, many spinal cord injuries, including cervical spine fractures are the result of something called high-energy trauma – from falls, car accidents and sports injuries, for example. The severity of injury from neck fractures depends largely on which portion of the cervical spine is affected and whether or not there is also damage to the spinal cord. Often, the closer a spinal cord injury is to the brain, the more at risk a person is for sustaining brain damage, becoming paralyzed and in the most extreme cases can result in death.
While we don’t have a window into exactly what went on in the former president’s home on the day that he fell, these types of cervical spine injuries are medical emergencies and there are some important things that you should know if you ever need to help a friend or loved one who has sustained one.
In the event of any suspected spinal trauma, the neck should be immobilized until the person can be transported to a hospital for x-rays and evaluation by a physician. If you suspect a neck injury, do not attempt to move the person. Emergency medical personnel are trained to respond accordingly and will carefully brace anyone suspected of a neck fracture before moving and transporting them to the hospital. Other cervical spine fracture symptoms may include: neck pain which can be mild or severe, pain that radiates from the neck down into the shoulders and/or arms, neck swelling, bruising or tenderness to touch, decreased feeling, muscle weakness or the inability to feel the arms legs or body below the neck.
The diagnosis of a neck fracture is usually arrived at after a complete neurological evaluation by a physician and through the use of radiographic studies including X-rays, a CT scan or an MRI. Once a definitive diagnosis of cervical spine fracture is made, treatment often depends on the severity of the fracture, whether it is causing any paralysis, pain or instability and whether there is additional damage to the spinal cord.
Minor cervical spine injuries are usually treated with a cervical collar or neck brace which is typically worn for up to eight weeks or until the affected vertebrae heal on their own. But more severe cervical fractures may require surgery which can include fusion and spinal decompression and stabilization. Research has increasingly shown that any stabilization and decompression techniques to be performed on a patient should be done as soon as it is reasonable and medically safe. This is to prevent any further damage from occurring as a result of the injury. And it underlines the importance of finding a spinal expert who can safely and effectively diagnose a cervical spine injury and perform such procedures. The BASIC team is proud to offer complete care for people who have suffered a cervical spine fracture – with physicians and surgeons to treat the immediate needs of the patient as well as chiropractic and physical therapy experts who can help restore patients to full function and pain-free living after cervical spine fracture treatment.

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http://www.aans.org/Patient%20Information/Conditions%20and%20Treatments/Sports-Related%20Neck%20Injury.aspx

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Deadliest Catch Star Edgar Hansen Suffering from Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)http://www.basicspine.com/blog/deadliest-catch-star-edgar-hansen-suffering-degenerative-disc-disease-ddd/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/deadliest-catch-star-edgar-hansen-suffering-degenerative-disc-disease-ddd/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:26:35 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=4073 In a recent episode of the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, star Edgar Hansen reveals he has been diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease. If you’ve ever caught a glimpse of this show for even just a few moments, it is quite clear what a physically demanding job these fishermen have. After … Continue reading

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In a recent episode of the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, star Edgar Hansen reveals he has been diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease. If you’ve ever caught a glimpse of this show for even just a few moments, it is quite clear what a physically demanding job these fishermen have. After publicly battling back pain and neck pain as the Deck Boss on the Alaskan fishing fleet the Northwestern, Edgar undergoes an MRI which reveals degenerated discs in the lower vertebrae of his neck. When the opportunity presents itself for us physicians to use a public figure to illustrate a very important point, we take it.

You see, Degenerative Disc Disease is among the most common causes of neck pain. Often, people tend to explain it away as simply a “stiff neck.” But as the name would suggest, degenerative disc disease is usually a condition that worsens gradually over time, especially when it isn’t being treated by spine experts who have experience in recognizing this condition in patients and appropriately treating it in a timely manner.

The cervical vertebrae make up the part of the spine that supports the head and neck. The discs or soft cushions between those vertebrae can wear out over time and may cause the bones to form spurs. If the discs become dehydrated or the spurs limit the space between the vertebrae, it often causes the nerves in the area to become pinched or inflamed. This break down in tissue is how Degenerative Disc Disease got its name.

As the condition worsens over time, the neck may become stiffer, less flexible and pain is often experienced in the later part of the day. Additional symptoms associated with Degenerative Disc Disease include a possible numbness or tingling sensation in the neck, arms or shoulders and back pain that gets worse with prolonged standing or sitting.

But the news about this spine condition isn’t all bad. In fact, there are more treatment options for patients suffering from Degenerative Disc Disease today than ever before. Especially when the condition is diagnosed and addressed early on, most of these treatments are effective in providing lasting pain relief, while avoiding the need for surgery to correct the problem. Some of the most effective, non-surgical treatment options for treating Degenerative Disc Disease include:

Some people who have attempted to reduce their Degenerative Disc Disease pain with non-invasive methods won’t experience adequate relief.  For those patients, the expert team at BASIC specializes in minimally invasive treatments designed to get you back to living and enjoying life – free from pain. Combined, our skilled surgical team has decades of minimally invasive surgery experience and our surgeons have trained at some of the world’s most prestigious medical institutions. We are deeply committed to returning our patients to active, pain-free living.

We wish Edgar well as he undergoes treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease. If you or someone you know is suffering from neck pain or lower back pain and is in need of expert care, we’re here to help. Contact us today.

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Bulging Disc Pain Stops Masters Tournament Playhttp://www.basicspine.com/blog/bulging-disc-pain-masters-golf/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/bulging-disc-pain-masters-golf/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:59:38 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=4047   Bulging disc pain can be so debilitating that it has the ability to prevent a PGA pro golfer, who may be teeing it up at the Masters Tournament in Augusta this weekend, from playing in the tournament. With the pros and amateurs alike hitting the links and driving ranges … Continue reading

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Bulging disc pain can be so debilitating that it has the ability to prevent a PGA pro golfer, who may be teeing it up at the Masters Tournament in Augusta this weekend, from playing in the tournament. With the pros and amateurs alike hitting the links and driving ranges this weekend in honor of the tournament, everyone is swinging for the fences!  As a result of these powerful body movements, a lot of force is generated and transmitted to the spines of golfers.

What Is A Bulging Disc?

The spine is comprised of bones separated by individual discs. Discs act like shock absorbers and blunt the forces transmitted to the spine by the golf swing. But just like shock absorbers in your car, over time, the discs in the spine can get worn out too. Once the discs get worn down, they can start to bulge.  When they bulge, they can put pressure on nerves or directly on the spinal cord.  This can lead to pain.  Depending on where the bulging disc is located, a person can experience pain in the neck, arm, back, or leg.  In addition, a bulging disc that pinches a nerve can lead to weakness or numbness in the affected area and in the limbs.  There are several treatment options for bulging discs.  You may remember that pro-golfer Tiger Woods has suffered from bulging disc pain in his back.  Despite conservative therapy, he did not get significantly better.  Because of this, he elected to have surgery to remove the disc in his back that was pinching one of his nerves.  After some time off and aggressive rehab, he rejoined the PGA tour.

Non-surgical Treatment Options for Bulging Disc Pain

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Spinal Decompression Therapy for Bulging Disc Pain

There are several different treatments for bulging disc pain.  At BASIC Spine, we offer multiple treatment options.  As part of our comprehensive treatment program, we offer a Hill Decompression Table, the top-of-the-line table for spinal decompression.  The non-surgical spinal decompression program is managed by our top-flight chiropractors and physical therapists.  Our multi-disciplinary team also includes pain management doctors.   Our pain doctors can treat pain caused by bulging discs with injections or other non-surgical procedures.  Further, our surgeons were trained at top-notch institutions such as Yale, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and USC.  If you need surgery for bulging disc pain, the doctors at BASIC Spine provide timely, expert, and compassionate care.

Patient Testimonial About Bulging Disc Pain

Recently, I treated a patient, Lee, who played NCAA golf at a PAC-12 institution.  He had a bulging disc in his neck that was pinching one of the nerves.  When he first came to me, we worked together to tailor a custom plan for his care.  He showed up with pain in his neck and left arm.  Of greater concern, he had absolutely zero function in his triceps.  He had these symptoms because a disc bulge in his neck was pinching one of his spinal nerves.  We wanted to do our best to avoid surgery.  First, we worked together with our physical therapy and chiropractic team to develop a program of non-surgical decompression using our Hill Decompression Table.  After he completed this portion of the program, he was pain free!  However, he still had zero to minimal function in his left triceps muscle.  As a young athletic man with future aspirations in golf, regaining triceps function was crucial.

Bulging Disc Pain Surgical Treatment Options

We next decided on a surgical approach to fix his bulging disc pain in his neck.  Together, we discussed several options including a fusion procedure, a decompression procedure, or a disc replacement surgery.  After carefully weighing each option, we agreed upon a procedure to remove the bulging disc and replace it with an artificial one.  The procedure took less than 45 minutes to perform.  Immediately after the procedure, he started to feel a twitch in his left triceps.  He was very happy.  By about one month after the surgery, he continued to remain pain free and had regained about fifty percent of his triceps function.  At the two-month mark after surgery, he had completed outpatient rehab at BASIC Spine and had regained complete use of his left triceps.  He graduated from the BASIC Spine program with flying colors and returned to his job and the golf course without any difficulty!

Whether you’re a golfer, weekend warrior or someone who simply wants to regain control of bulging disc pain, BASIC is here to help. Visit our Contact Us page to find a location and physician who can help you.

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Low back pain-could it affect the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship?http://www.basicspine.com/blog/low-back-pain-ncaa-basketball/ http://www.basicspine.com/blog/low-back-pain-ncaa-basketball/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 21:33:23 +0000 http://www.basicspine.com/blog/?p=4007 Bet you didn’t think that the NCAA Basketball Championship Game and low back pain could even be remotely related. But the truth is athletes of any skill level can be prone to spine injuries. Basketball is no exception, especially with the repeated twisting motion of the spine during play. As … Continue reading

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shutterstock 251595055 2 162x300 Low back pain could it affect the NCAA Mens Basketball Championship?Bet you didn’t think that the NCAA Basketball Championship Game and low back pain could even be remotely related. But the truth is athletes of any skill level can be prone to spine injuries. Basketball is no exception, especially with the repeated twisting motion of the spine during play. As we enter into the Championship game between Duke and Wisconsin, basketball enthusiasts young and not-so-young around the country are taking to the court (or the driveway) for pick-up games in honor of the sport. Especially for those not well conditioned to play, the forceful action required of basketball can create countless opportunities for low back pain risk.

You may not have a college basketball player in the family but the same back injury risks that apply to the pros and college athletes can affect anyone. The reason usually involves lack of proper conditioning and poor form. Basketball training and conditioning can help prepare players for the grueling requirements on the court during a game. But for those who aren’t trained and simply want to play a “fun” game with their friends or family in honor of the Championship game, back pain and spine injury risks are bound to occur.

While the dangers of spine injury and back pain shouldn’t necessarily keep you off of the court during basketball season or any other time of the year, some preparation can go a long way to preventing damage to your back. Some tips for having fun during the Championship Game celebration and beyond:

Listen To Your Body – Rest Your Low Back Pain

This one seems like it should go without saying, but we see all too often the occasional athlete that went way too hard during a game, with the end result almost crippling low back pain the next day. What they often tell is that there was a point somewhere in the course of those 45 minutes of play, that they KNEW they should have taken a rest. But they didn’t.  When you play any sport, pay attention to your body’s cues. If you need to take a breather, take one. If you need to stop completely, do it. Anyone that has stared horrible low back pain in the face will understand, completely.

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This tip has so much to do with proper planning. While it may seem harmless to head out to the driveway to toss the ball around with your kids while wearing your flip-flops, avoid the urge. Sturdy footwear is crucial no matter what activity you’re performing and basketball is absolutely no exception. Not only can the wrong shoes put you at greater risk for tripping and falling, which could result in a spinal fracture, they also change the way you move. When you’re so focused on keeping your shoes on as you run around the court, you’re less likely to pay attention to the mechanics you’re using to play the game. So take the time to lace up proper fitting tennis shoes before you engage in exercise.

The Hips Have It – Use Your Hips To Protect Your Low Back From Pain

For most occasional basketball players, the body mechanics used to cut, jump and twist across the court involve unnatural movement of the lower back and quads. To reduce potential for injury, think about making these moves from your hips, activating your glute muscles instead. Performing movements this way will help take pressure off of the lower spine and can help to alleviate and prevent low back pain.

Of course, if you’re reading this article too late, and you are contending with low back pain and you’re wondering how to relieve it, we can help. The good news is that most bouts of acute pain will resolve on their own, with or without treatment. But if your pain is preventing you from performing your daily activities, you should absolutely have it evaluated by a trained spine expert.

Contact us today for an appointment with a BASIC spine specialist who can help get you back on the court.

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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

 Cam Newtons Car Accident   Injures Back Fractures Transverse Process

Photo Credit: TODD SUMLIN – tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

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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