June is Scoliosis Awareness Month. Scoliosis, an Ancient Greek term for “bending,” affects 2 percent of the population. To learn more about the condition, Dr. Todd Chapman broke down some of the basics that you may not already know.
"I have a desk job and sit at a computer most of the day. I also have a daughter who doesn't ever seem to stop looking at her iPhone and it seems like her neck is always craned forward. I know we both need to work on posture. What would you recommend?"
Generalized low back pain is a huge public health problem, affecting 80 percent of people at some point during their lifetime. Low back pain can affect a person's ability to function at work or within the home and can lead to a lower perceived quality of life.
Obesity is at an all-time high in the United States, affecting approximately 35% of the adult population. A person with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or more is generally considered obese, according to the World Health Organization. Patients who are undergoing hip and knee replacements are also getting heavier, and we are seeing more morbidly obese patients are getting joint replacements.
An electrodiagnostic study (EMG/NCS) is a diagnostic assessment of the electrical activity of your nerves and muscles to see how well they function, and is sometimes recommended for patients with neck, back, arm or leg pain.
As surgeons, our job is not just to take care of you, but to make sure that we constantly stay on the cusp of technology in our field so that we can offer the latest and most effective options for our patients.