Does spinal surgery backfire on patients in pain?

Pain in the back

A large (1450 patient) study, this time published in the journal Spine (2011), provides evidence that for many patients, fusion surgeries designed to alleviate pain from degenerating discs fails. This time researchers analyzed a large workers compensation (Ohio) insurance database.   Included in the study were 1,450 low back patients with a combination of either disc […]

Can excessive yoga cause injuries?

Yoga Spinal Extension Pose

Yoga is praised for its ability to strengthen, energize, cure, calm, lower blood pressure, and help with depression and it’s popularity has expanded five fold from 2001 to 2011. The problem is that underlying physical weaknesses can make serious injury all but inevitable over time, compounded with the observation that some yoga instructors seem to […]

Third patient dies due to bone cement

surgical operating room

Spinal compression fractures are most prevalent in frail and elderly persons, those most vulnerable members of society. Often occurring due to a fall, lower spinal vertebrae fracture and collapse.  Increasingly, surgery with bone cement is used to attempt to restore height to the collapsed vertebrae(s). Unfortunately, one of the problems we have seen is that after […]

Spinal fusion surgery denied for DDD


Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BSBSNC) recently announced beginning January 2012 that for degenerative disc disease (DDD), that they will no longer cover lumbar fusion surgery. Nevertheless, in the face of denied claims for thiese procedures, spine surgeons insist that they have helped many people with these complex spine surgical procedures. For patients with […]