In 2015, I was leading a group of people to Petra, which is in Jordan. Petra is called the Rose City. It is an archeological site literally cut out of the mountainside rock. The site itself is about a mile from the visitors' welcome center. To get to the site, you can either walk, ride a horse halfway and then walk, or you can ride in a two-passenger cart driven by Jordanians who like to race each other. The cart has metal wheels and no shock absorbers. The solid rock path was unbelievably uneven and bumpy.
SonoSpine® — Spinal Fusion Avoidance
"SonoSpine® - Spinal Fusion Avoidance" is a Special Report published by The Washington Times Special Sections Department and SonoSpine®.
It's 1995, Seattle, Washington, and I am watching my first spine surgery as a senior medical student. To be scrubbed in a neurosurgical operation was at the time the culmination of a life's dream. The patient had presented with pain and numbness from pinched nerves due to a spinal canal narrowed by bone spurs and arthritic change from age and hard use.
Good prospective data on clinical outcomes in patients who have undergone cervical (neck) fusion spine surgery has historically been limited.
If you have low back or neck pain, you are not alone. About 80 percent of adults experience acute back and neck pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. In a large federal survey, more than a quarter of adults reported experiencing low back pain during the past three months. About 20 percent of people affected by acute low back pain develop chronic low back pain with persistent symptoms at one year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Dilan Ellegala's journey to become a neurosurgeon began when he was four years old. "He came up to us and said, 'I want to become a doctor,'" his mother, Chitra, recalled.
Having not been able to pursue his passion for skiing in years, Stephen Jamison was ready to try anything for a chance to hit the slopes once again. That's when he found SonoSpine.
Sitting too much, gaining excess weight in the midsection, and using incorrect form when exercising are just a few causes of conditions leading to back and neck pain.
There is a major problem that has arisen over the past 15 years with opioid dependence and overdose here in America. This is a multifactorial problem involving unethical opioid prescribing, misuse of prescription medication, and illicit opioid use. A national emergency was declared by President Trump regarding the opioid epidemic.
With changes in health care happening at a pace not seen before in the past century, it is apparent recalcitrant providers of health care services must get serious about appropriate utilization of services and the transparency of how much this service can be delivered. Our patients deserve a coalition of providers who are working collectively together for their benefit of improved clinical outcomes and quality of life.
Disbelief filled my mind as I passed by my co-worker's office door. My friend had complained about neck and back pain for as long as I had known him. He had decided to get something done about it not long after we completed a business review of an innovative spine surgery called SonoSpine.