Category Archives: Back Pain

Carolyn Salazar, OT

7 Ways to Make Sure Your Office Isn’t Working Against Your Spine

  Properly positioning your body and using good body mechanics when you’re at your office workstation are important to keep your spine and body healthy, especially if you are returning from an injury or surgery. Here are some simple tips … Continue reading

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Jason H. Thompson, MD

The Effects of Obesity on Lumbar Disc Herniation Treatment

  The January 2013 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery includes an analysis of the effect of obesity* on lumbar disc herniation treatment. The study examines the results among nearly one thousand patients over a four year period … Continue reading

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Jason H. Thompson, MD

Is Your Office a Pain in the Back?

  The New York Times Well blog recently addressed some concerns about back pain among office workers; specifically, the type of back pain experienced by workers who spend their days hunched over computers at their desks. The article discusses the … Continue reading

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Erica Bryant, DPT

Spring Into a Walking Program

  Hello! My name is Erica Bryant and I am a physical therapist at Valley Medical Center. I am excited to be joining Dr. Lundin and Dr. Thompson as a new contributor to the VMC Spine Blog. Springtime is here … Continue reading

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Jason H. Thompson, MD

Smoking and Back Pain

  A study published in the December 2012 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery reported some interesting results regarding smoking and back pain. Previous research has shown that smoking is associated with a higher risk of surgical … Continue reading

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David Lundin, MD, FAANS

Minimally invasive surgery? Laser surgery? What are these techniques and do you perform them?

  Many people at some time in their life will experience a period of severe back pain that radiates into their buttock or leg. This symptom, called “sciatica,” is typically due to a herniation of a lumbar disk that irritates … Continue reading

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David Lundin, MD, FAANS

How can I get rid of my back pain?

  The very first question most people ask me when they come in for an appointment (or if they meet me at a social gathering and find out I’m a spine doc) is, “How can I get rid of my … Continue reading

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