Not Every Spine Needs A Big Gun

Law enforcement officers have arguably the most taxing job of all of our civil servants. Because of the nature of their profession, things such as extended sitting, extended standing, late night hours, duty belts, apprehension of criminal suspects, and the overall stress of the heroic work they do can lead to significant strains on the back.

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Advantages of Spinal Fusion: ALIF

Many miles separated a marathon runner/extreme athlete in Nevada from a healthcare professional in Alaska. Unfortunately, the cliché “joined at the hip” would be trite and inaccurate. What they shared was a constant, dull pain in the lower back and a diagnosis of degenerative disc disease. In each case, physicians initiated a conservative course of … Read more

Living With Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is generally discomfort that lasts for a month or more beyond what is considered to be the usual recovery period for an injury or illness. It can continue unabated for months or years. Usually, the pain is not constant but the onset of pain tends to get in the way of daily tasks … Read more

Managing Back Pain

Millions of Americans experience excruciating and possibly debilitating back pain every day, which makes the condition one of the most prevalent and vexing. If your back aches, no one realizes or suffers like you do. People may look fine, but inside they are hurting, and hurting badly. It is unfortunate, but many people experiencing back … Read more

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the Cold Weather

It’s cold outside—and wet, winter weather may exacerbate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Your hand hurts and there is a lack of flexibility. Your fingers can feel swollen and stiff. There is pain radiating up your arm, perhaps traversing your neck and shoulders. Those are only a few of the signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a … Read more

Neck Pain Solutions for Teachers

Teachers have one of the most important, albeit demanding, jobs. They have to manage educating young people, while simultaneously managing a variety of classroom stressors and distractions. This chronic stress, especially when associated with overpopulated classrooms and high student-to-teacher ratios, can cause neck and back pain.

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Advantages of Spinal Fusion: TLIF versus PSF

Advantages of Spinal Fusion: TLIF versus PSF Back pain is a condition that millions of Americans deal with each year. Most often, lower back pain will resolve after a few weeks without any need for medical intervention. In other cases, conservative measures like chiropractic care or physical therapy can reduce pain. For a small number … Read more

An Interview With Dr. Michael Horowitz

Q: How did you decide to become a hand surgeon? When I was doing a burn surgery fellowship I did a lot of pediatric hand surgery reconstruction. That peaked my interest. It was the intricacy, the attention to detail and the functional recovery that the patients make, particularly the children. One of the most gratifying … Read more

New Treatment Expansion For Dupuytren’s Contracture Drug

Dupuytren’s contracture (DC) is one of the many conditions we have experience treating at Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders. Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved increased usage of one of our treatment methods, a drug administered by injection. Dupuytren disease, also called Dupuytren’s contracture or simply Dupuytren’s, is a progressive condition affecting … Read more