If you enlarge this pic you will see that the lower front edge of C2 has a spur formed there.  Bone spurs at C2 are much more rare than at C5, C6, or C7.  This one formed after a childhood fall that damaged the anterior longitudinal Ligament over 30 years ago.  I can’t get rid…

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Why do I have these x-rays?

     There is a lot going on in these lumbar spine X-rays.  You can see bra, zipper, and something else in their pocket.  But there is something else, something that looks like screws and brackets.  These are the screws and rods from a lumbar fusion.  2 screws in L4 and 2 screws in L5.…

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Titanium.

That is a titanium plate in the second meta carpal.  No I can’t adjust titanium.  I’m good but I’m not that good.

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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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