Spine

February 19, 2018

Spine Injury in December, Olympic Skiing in February – How’s That Possible?

By Marshall Ney, MD After completing her run in a downhill skiing competition in Switzerland this past December, four-time Olympian Lindsey Vonn fell to the ground and appeared to be in immense pain while reaching for her lower back. The 2018 Winter Olympics were less than two months away, and the darling of the U.S. […]

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February 8, 2018

Olympics Curling and Your Posture – What’s the Connection?

By Jennifer Morales, MD While curling is largely a novelty in the U.S. (seems the vast majority of us don’t really understand it), many of us become fascinated by the sport for a few weeks each time the Olympics roll around. Interestingly, there is a lot to be learned from the sport’s reliance on skill […]

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August 4, 2017

Practical Tips for Weekend Warriors – Five Ways to Avoid Injury

By David Brough, MD In the midst of summer and nearing autumn and its blissful glory, the seasons beg us to explore and venture out. From golfing to hiking, cycling to gardening, or any of the numerous outdoor activities you love, the warmer weather undoubtedly brings with it ample opportunities to enjoy your favorite pastimes. Many […]

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June 8, 2017

Healthy Couples – How to Support Your Mate in Fitness and Health

When it comes to nurturing a healthy relationship with your significant other, most advice in today’s news addresses supporting each other psychologically and sexually. But what about promoting your mate’s health and wellness? If you’re interested in improving your relationship long-term, start by working together toward a healthier lifestyle. Encourage Each Other Couples need to […]

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May 22, 2017

Bone Health: Myth vs. Fact – Determining Your Risk for Osteoporosis

By Adam Kaufman, MD As with any disease or medical condition, there are a plethora of so-called “facts” about osteoporosis floating out in the stratosphere. And whether you’ve picked up one or more of these in a conversation with a friend or family member, or found it online, it’s important to be able to distinguish myth […]

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May 3, 2017

Osteoporosis – Four Ways It’s Treated and Five Ways It’s Prevented

By Adam Kaufman, MD Osteoporosis is considered a “silent disease,” meaning there are often no warning signs and the disease can occur without symptoms. However, patients who have sustained a fracture from a low-energy injury (fall from standing height, for example) may need to be evaluated for weak bones. The National Osteoporosis Foundation and other […]

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April 24, 2017

Have Your Own Back – Four Tips to Keep You on the Move

By Jennifer Morales, MD Proper body mechanics are key when it comes to overall health of the spine and reducing the amount of wear and tear. To ensure you stay up and moving, consider these tips. Bend at the knees and hips, not at the waist. Hold loads close to your body. When lifting, use […]

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April 14, 2017

Ask the Doctor – How Do I Avoid Neck and Back Issues While Doing Yard Work?

The warm weather of spring has arrived, bringing with it the responsibilities to begin many of our outdoor chores and hobbies. So we asked Dr. Bradley S. Davis of Carolina Spine and Neurosurgery Center for a little advice about avoiding injury. Q: What should I be mindful of when working in the yard or spring cleaning […]

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March 29, 2017

Back Pain Increasing as You Get Older? Four Ways to Reduce Back Problems

By Bradley S. Davis, MD What can we do to lessen back pain as we age? Unfortunately, we cannot avoid the natural wear and tear on our spines that occurs from living our lives. Practicing a healthy lifestyle is a good start to preventing back pain. Here are some specific things we can do to […]

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October 12, 2016

Do You Have a Pinched Nerve? Our Rehab Specialist Has Answers

A pinched nerve often strikes out of the blue. It happens when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding bone or soft tissue, causing pain, numbness, tingling or weakness. “The feeling of a pinched nerve is described by my patients in many different ways, from fire ants to a sharp, stabbing pain. […]

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