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In the spine edition of our Orthopedic Anatomy Series: Exploring Your Body from the Inside Out, we look at the causes and treatments of back pain and common spine ailments.
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The sacroiliac (SI) joint is located in the pelvis and links the iliac bones (pelvis) to the sacrum (lowest part of the spine above the tailbone). It is an essential component for shock absorption to prevent impact force from reaching the spine.
Have low back pain that you think could be SI Joint dysfunction? Take this quiz.
During June's Scoliosis Awareness Month, Dr. Todd Champman breaks down some information about this spinal condition that affects 2% of the population.
For many physicians, taking care of others is their life’s work and the ultimate calling. In honor of Doctors’ Day on March 30, we asked our doctors why they chose the medical field.
Todd Chapman, MD, of Charlotte, N.C.-based OrthoCarolina Spine Center, discusses the philosophies and technologies that will shape his practice for many years to come.
OrthoCarolina has hired 10 new physicians to support the increasing needs of its patients and communities
A musculoskeletal and interventional spine specialist, we welcome Dr. Swaroop Gonchikar to the OrthoCarolina team where he'll be seeing patients at the Spine Center.
Explore pioneering medical breakthroughs changing our lives and meet the doctors behind them. On the front lines of your health are tales of desperation, determination and human triumph-from a safer way to manage pain after surgery to groundbreaking techniques that make surgery unnecessary.
Ready to try a few steps at home to relieve your back pain? Here are three steps to take before you give your physician a call.
Some symptoms and situations indicate your back pain should be addressed immediately.
Sacroiliac joint syndrome, or SI joint syndrome, is a frequent culprit of low back pain, and may also create pain in the buttock region, groin and lower extremities.
Some of Lake Norman State Park is home to some of the best mountain biking, trail running, kayaking, hiking, and camping in the region.
Wondering what exactly is scoliosis? Dr. Todd Chapman of OrthoCarolina's Spine Center helps us define scoliosis and learn more about its prevalence and treatments.
Mattress Advisor set out to understand the complicated relationship between pain, sleep and the healing process. So we called on the expertise of Dr. Kinjal Parikh, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine with OrthoCarolina.
Liberia is one of the five poorest nations on the planet. Years of civil wars there have left life difficult for many of its citizens, many of whom lost family members and still live in poverty. Several years ago, one of its most beloved Christian ministry leaders Oretha Joe began dealing with an increasing pain in her back that made even standing difficult.
Highlights from our community roundtable held at Lenny Boy Brewing on February 22nd, 2018.
Put diplomatically: “Her injuries were very significant,” says Matt Chapman, the OrthoCarolina doctor who performed surgery to repair her spinal injuries three days after the accident.
Western Carolina’s vertical relief provides plenty of options for any level of climber, including beginner routes off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Sciatica, also known as lumbar radiculopathy, is a term that describes pain that radiates down the leg caused by a pinched nerve in the back.
Drive 40-minutes southwest of downtown for Charlotte’s one and only peak-bagging challenge, with the best city skyline views in the region.
The Latta plantation is now a living history site surrounded by a 1,600-acre nature preserve.
North Carolina is peppered with wilderness-enveloped campgrounds, from the Great Smokies to the Atlantic shores.
We don’t always think about our spine, but good spinal health is important. Back pain can come from many different sources: discs, joints, fractures, or even just the effects of everyday life.
Quality improvement is a big deal to us at OrthoCarolina. In fact, we have a team that works only on care improvement programs and maintaining quality and coordinated care.
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.
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.
Our surgeons are some of the best in the world, but robotics can actually increase the precision and consistency of what we do in the operating room.
This state-of-the-art technology makes complex spine surgery more precise by providing a preoperative computer based planning platform to increase surgical accuracy and safety.
Dr. Sarjoo “Sam” Bhagia, a physiatrist with OrthoCarolina's Spine Center, passed away August 10, 2016 after a brief illness. Dr. Bhagia was adored and respected by his teammates, peers, patients and friends, and his easygoing nature and laughter were an innate part of who he was both as a person and a physician.
OrthoCarolina spine surgeon Alden Milam has performed a two-level cervical disc replacement procedure utilizing a novel medical device recently approved by the FDA. The procedure was the first FDA approved two-level disc replacement in the state of North Carolina.
This multidisciplinary organization provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and promotes clinical and basic science research of the cervical spine. The Cervical Spine Research Society is the recognized authority on diseases of the cervical spine.