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The 4 most missed diagnoses in the spine

As a spine surgeon in an academic institution, I see a lot of the challenges that people face in trying to manage their back, neck, sciatica, pinch nerve, imbalance or other neurologic problems that may be referable to their spinal system.  Frequently, I get patients to see

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Fit at 50: Episode 3, A neurosurgeon gets a little closer to the goal of losing the gut in time for fit by 50

The ongoing struggle to lose weight, loose my gut, and get in shape continues (following the principles of the core commitment curriculum, trying to create an environment supportive of my desire to change my habits and my ways) although not as easy as it might look.  One

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Fit at 50: Episode 2, A Neurosurgeon curbs his appetite to curb his gut

I and another one of my friends are both turning 50 within a couple of weeks of each other, so we’re planning a joint family trip to celebrate our upcoming half-century accomplishment — of still being alive.  The big 50.  One of my New Year’s resolutions was

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Spinal fluid leaks after spinal surgery

Undergoing any kind of surgery requires acceptance of risks, such as risk of things not going exactly as planned.  Cerebrospinal fluid leaks (aka, CSF leak or spinal fluis leak) are one complication of spinal surgery. Anatomy: When operating in and around the nervous system (such as while

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Treating the Patient with A “Failed Back”

Treating the Patient with A “Failed Back”

I often see patients who have been labeled with the term “failed back.”  This general term applies to patients who have already had spinal surgery, which their surgeons have labeled as having been technically successful, but the patient did not see adequate clinical benefit and is still

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Bertolotti’s Syndrome

Bertolotti’s Syndrome

Bertolotti’s Syndrome is the clinical presentation of back pain, sciatica (electrical pain that shoots down the leg), or both, associated with the congenital anomaly of a bone in the spine rubbing against part of the pelvis, also known as a lumbosacral transitional vertebra (LSTV).  Because of the

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The Core Commitment Curriculum – a Path to Improving Balance in the Spine and Life

The Core Commitment Curriculum – a Path to Improving Balance in the Spine and Life

Core Commitment Curriculum I am well acquainted with the ravages being out of shape and overweight take on the human body. After all, I am the repairman for the human spine, and I have lived through it somewhat myself. I see obese patients with diabetes, peripheral neuropathy,

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Running and Spinal Health

Running and Spinal Health

Having treated a large number of athletes of all shapes and sizes from the “fit but fat” to the weekend warrior to the professional athlete, the impact of exercise on spinal health, anatomy, and recovery after spinal surgery cannot be underestimated. Core strength (the combination of abdominal

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A Neurosurgeon Tries to Get Fit at 50

A Neurosurgeon Tries to Get Fit at 50

I am well acquainted with the ravages being out of shape and overweight take on the human body. After all, I am the repairman for the human spine. Even the small daily “wear and tear” can take a toll on the spine just as it does on

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Can Meditation Help Pain After Surgery?

Can Meditation Help Pain After Surgery?

Dr. Arthur Jenkins, of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, is conducting a clinical trial to see if meditation can help control the intense pain many patients suffer after spine surgery and reduce reliance on addictive narcotic pain medication. PHOTO: MATT KOZAR Patients who have back

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