Spine and Joint Pain Relief Tips http://www.basicspine.com/blog Back Pain Blog Health Topics | Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:40:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.7 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

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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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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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