Wasting away in Backpainville.

Sometimes I re-write songs.  I got a friend to record my version of a Jimmy Buffett favorite.  I hope you enjoy.  If you will tell me you saw this video I will give you a secret gift, until the end of January 2015.

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Scoliosis increases pressure on Lumbar disc.

See the slight curve at the bottom of the spine?  It’s not much, it wouldn’t even be noticeable without an x-ray, but it is there.  This slight curve will increase the pressure on the disc in the lumbar spine.  Discs bear the constant pressure every day, with any abnormal increase  they often will swell and…

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Right and Wrong

      The cervical spine on the left is right, the one on the right is wrong.  I see this literally every day.   This off balance will create neck pain, shoulder pain, fatigue, headaches, sinus problems, pain between your shoulders, even low back pain because of the forward posture.

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2 by 2

        I see a whole bunch of spines every day.  In the course of a couple of months I may see one compression fracture.  A compression fracture is a spinal bone, vertebra, that has experienced more compression than it can bear, and it collapses, breaks upon itself.  Both of these patients have a…

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Sometimes they throw me softballs.

After short history of symptoms and focused exam I told her that she had a bulging disc in her neck.  She was not convinced saying that the pain is in her shoulder and arm more than her neck.  I gave her the good news first, you have three disc in your neck that are near…

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Job #1

This is the MOST important job that I can do, and it is the first thing that i do with every single patient that I see.  I First look to see if there is any reason that each patient should be at another doctor before seeing me.  If you look at the fifth bone down…

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Back pain can be a jungle, Welcome to the Jungle.

In 1987 Guns-n-Roses hit song “Welcome to the Jungle” fits this spine, and that is not a good thing.  Axl Rose sings, Welcome to the jungle, we take it day by day, that is going to be our strategy   I think it is not likely to fully list all of the problems here but…

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Big Problems? No Problem

See how the bottom two bones in the lumbar spine are offset? It is called spondylolisthesis.  That is a long name for offset vertebrae.  This problem is caused by forceful extension of the spine.  This spinal offset will keep increased pressure on the spinal discs.  These discs will be a frequent pain generator.  When it…

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Straightened, not stirred

Whiplash very often straightens the cervical spine.  This is exactly what happened to this girl.  Seven years ago she had a car wreck that left her with a whiplash and continuous neck pain.  The straightening of the C spine will increase the pressure on the lower joints in the spine.  It is very easy and…

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Thinner

Osteoporosis.  When the bone get less and less calcium.  See how the bone looks darker in the middle of the bone that around the edges?  Osteoporosis is different from osteoarthritis, some people get those two problems confused.  She has both.  So how do I relieve the pressure on her disc, which will lessen her back…

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