Posts Tagged “Spine”

Localizing the Lesion

By | May 22, 2015

I have been meaning to do a blog on the value of physiologic testing for some time now and Tuesday the perfect patient walked into the Burbank office of Schlesinger Pain Centers. Marcy Peters (not her real name) is an 85-year-old woman whom I have been treating for radicular back pain and neck pain for […]

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Long Term Complications of Lumbar Surgery

By | April 28, 2015

I know that this stuff has slow and tedious, but we are nearing the end. If you will remember, our original goal was to examine the decision making process for surgical intervention in the lumbar spine. In order to do this we first looked at the making of the medical mindset with special emphasis on […]

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Taking the Day Off

By | April 26, 2015

I will not be publishing the regular blog today because my wife and I will be playing in a golf tournament with some friends from Oakmont. We will return to the offices of Schlesinger Pain Centers and resume our series on surgical interventions for the lumbar spine tomorrow.

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Bone Morphogenic Proteins

By | April 20, 2015

Bone morphogenic proteins (BMP) are a group of 20 proteins originally isolated and studied in bone, which control the synthesis, remodeling and absorption of bone. In addition to their actions on bone, some of these proteins have been shown to control homeostasis and repair in the kidney as well as promoting some types of cancers […]

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Micro Lumbar Discectomy

By | April 4, 2015

  Micro lumbar discectomy also known in some circles as the Tiger Woods procedure is probably the simplest and safest spinal operative procedure and is used most commonly to treat single level unilateral disc herniations. An approximately inch to inch and a half incision is made slightly lateral to the midline directly over the offending […]

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Basic Vertebral Anatomy

By | March 23, 2015

There are usually 5 lumbar vertebrae in the lower back although 20% of Americans show some degree of transitional anatomy, either partial or complete fusion of the last lumbar vertebra with the sacrum or incomplete fusion of the first sacral vertebra with rest of the sacrum. At Schlesinger Pain Centers we have many patients transitional […]

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Vernal Equinox

By | March 21, 2015

I am taking today off to celebrate the vernal equinox and the lengthening days available for golf.  All of us here at Schlesinger Pain Centers would like to wish all of you a happy first day of spring.  Tomorrow we will temporarily leave the series on the making of the medical mindset and return to […]

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Surgery for Low Back Pain: A Comprehensive Overview

By | March 6, 2015

I would like to introduce our second new set of blogs, this one dealing with the surgical treatment of low back pain because when we come to questions of therapy we will find that surgery and conservative therapy are often just different sides of the same coin. We have dealt with the subject of surgery […]

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Back Rehabilitation – An Overview

By | February 24, 2015

We have spent a great deal of time discussing the individual component parts of our back rehabilitation program. In today’s blog I will finally attempt to put all of the pieces together and show you how the program is implemented. When a patient comes to see us for the first time at Schlesinger Pain Centers […]

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Home Cervical Traction

By | February 7, 2015

It is dangerous to compare therapies utilized for the cervical spine with those used for the lumbar spine, because the two spinal regions differ greatly in size and function. The lumbar spine is built for stability and strength as is appropriate for its basic function of bearing large amounts of weight. The neck on the […]

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