9 Out of 10 Back Surgeries Not “Necessary or Effective” The above headline is a quote from Dr. C.N. Shealy, a medical doctor who is a neurosurgeon at the Pain Rehabilitation Center of the University of Minnesota. In studying a number of patients at the Center, Dr. Shealy found that nearly 70% were “repeaters” […]
Sometimes, during human development a lateral (sideways) curvature of the spine develops. If the curvature is larger than 10 degrees, it is called scoliosis. Curves less than 10 degrees are mostly insignificant postural changes. How is scoliosis evaluated?
Back Pain is pervasive among American adults, but a new and disturbing trend is emerging. Young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). This new back pain trend among youngsters isn’t surprising when
So often when a patient comes in with a neck or back complaint, they state that they can’t recall anything happening that caused the problem. That’s because they are thinking that nothing happened recently– car accident, fall off a ladder, etc. What tends to be the case in the majority of patients is that […]
The spine is a highly complex mechanism of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves that work together in a beautifully integrated way. It bears the weight of our body and supports our arm and leg movement. It protects the spinal cord and nerves that connect our brain to every other part of our body, and […]
If your mother was like most, she probably, at some point during your childhood, admonished you to sit and stand up straight. (Perhaps she repeated this more than once.) In my years working with patients with back and neck pain, it appears that most of them did not take their