Tag Archives: Valley Medical Center

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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Jason H. Thompson, MD

The Relevance of Robotics

  One of the hot topics in surgery these days – whether it’s for surgery on a spine or anywhere else – is robotic surgery. My patients are often curious about the benefits that the robot manufacturers are claiming, and they want … 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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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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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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Jason H. Thompson, MD

What about chiropractic?

What about chiropractic? I don’t think a day goes by without my encountering this question — and it’s a good one! Patients will often make comments to me like, “I know you surgeons don’t like chiropractors, but….” Fortunately, that’s just … Continue reading

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