Tag Archives: spine

Jason H. Thompson, MD

Stenosis? Arthritis? What is the difference?

  One of my patients asked me about the difference between Spinal stenosis and Arthritis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of spaces in the spine (backbone) that results in pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots (National Institute of … Continue reading

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Lori Stephens, MBA, OTR/L

Backpack Safety

  With the incredible summer we experienced this year, chances are many of you were enjoying the great outdoors. In the Puget Sound area, that often includes hiking in the Cascades or the Olympics with a day pack or backpack. … Continue reading

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Lori Stephens, MBA, OTR/L

Keep Your Spine Tuned Up with Body Mechanics

  Body mechanics, biomechanics, proper lifting or safe lifting are all terms that can be used to describe ways to safely handle materials at work and home. Your body and your spine are designed to handle pressure and movement with … Continue reading

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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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David Lundin, MD, FAANS

What is Cervical Disk Replacement? Is it Helpful for Neck Pain?

One of the most common conditions I see in our Neurosurgery Spine Clinic is neck pain and associated shoulder and arm pain due to a disk herniation. The cervical disks are the soft cushions between the vertebrae that act as … 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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