Physical Therapy for Flat Back Syndrome

Frederick Wintermantel, LPTA I work with the Spine Specialists at Orthopaedic and Spine Center as a Physical Therapy provider, so I see patients with a wide variety of spinal conditions, injuries, and post-surgical rehabilitation needs.  Flat Back Syndrome is a condition that typically arises from another spinal issue, and it involves the lumbar spine losing… Read more »

Having Chronic Pain in the Rear is No Joke – Causes & Symptoms

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I see patients who have every type of pain imaginable and do my best to diagnose and treat the root cause of their pain.  Some patients have issues with chronic pain in their pelvis, tailbones, rectums, or reproductive systems due to illness, trauma, cancer… Read more »

Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome – How it Happens

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD This is the second article in a series on post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. In this article we explore how post-traumatic stress symptoms might develop after a traumatic event.   PTSD symptoms develop when there is a mismatch between two things – 1) the way our mind sees the world; and 2)… Read more »

Flat Back Syndrome

Mark W. McFarland, DO In my practice as a Spine physician, I see a variety of injuries and illnesses in my office every day which pertain to the spine, back and neck.  An interesting condition that I sometimes treat is that of a patient whose spine has lost its natural curvature in the lumbar region,… Read more »

Will Insurance Deny my Hip Replacement Surgery if I’m a Smoker? (A Web Chat Question)

Moderated by Boyd W. Haynes III, MD That’s a fantastic question.  Currently, insurance companies do not take smoking status into consideration when choosing to approve or deny joint replacement surgeries.  However, we have a lot of scientific research that proves that smoking is quite detrimental to bone growth, blood circulation, bone and soft tissue healing… Read more »

Two Questions about the ROMTech Bike for Knee Replacement Surgery Rehab at Home (Webchat Questions)

Moderated by Boyd W. Haynes III, MD If my insurance doesn’t cover the ROMTech® bike, can I rent it? I love motivated patients!  It has been my experience that most insurance companies fully cover the ROMTech® bike, for about three weeks of patient usage in their home while rehabilitating from knee replacement surgery.  After three… Read more »

Five Quick Steps to Improve Your Posture

Jonathan Lorusso, LPTA When you see someone striking enter a room, what is one of the first things you notice?  It may be their beauty or their expensive suit, but it probably has to do with how they carry themselves and their posture.  But did you know that good posture is also beneficial to your… Read more »

Five Reasons to Request an Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Center for Your Procedure

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Making the decision to have an orthopaedic surgery is a big deal.  It involves coordinating many moving parts, like your work, your family, and your responsibilities. Who will care for you while you recover? Will your insurance cover the cost fully or how much will you have to pay out… Read more »

Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB): A Diagnostic Tool and a Treatment for Pain

Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I have injections that I often use for dual purposes: 1) for diagnostic reasons – to find or pinpoint a source of pain or to confirm that diagnosis and 2) to treat pain and inflammation caused by a condition, injury, or illness.  Steroid injections are… Read more »