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Patient Care At Nebraska Spine Hospital

Here at Nebraska Spine Hospital, we pride ourselves on providing our patients with the best care possible. By focusing on the individual, not the condition, we strive to meet the needs of every patient. We want to make sure you feel heard by every staff member, from doctors and nurses to support staff.By focusing on the individual, not the condition, we strive to meet the needs of every patient. Click To Tweet

To give potential patients a better understanding of what it’s like to receive care at Nebraska Spine Hospital, we asked a repeat patient to share snippets of her journey.

Meet Deborah

Deborah has come to Nebraska Spine Hospital for multiple surgeries over the past 15 years. She travels all the way from Ohio each time to see Dr. Fuller.

“Dr. Fuller is an excellent surgeon, a brilliant diagnostician, and a really nice person. He always treats me like a person and not just a patient. He always explains things completely and he never rushes me if I have questions.”

Deborah also thinks the nursing staff at Nebraska Spine Hospital is terrific. She believes the nurses are all supportive, friendly, and patient.

“They [the nurses] work together as a team, they support each other and they make sure that all the patients are well taken care of. I am always impressed while watching the doctors and the nurses working together for the patients. The mutual respect is visible.”

In short, the care that Deborah has received at Nebraska Spine Hospital makes the drive from Ohio worth it.

“I will quickly run out of superlatives when talking about the Nebraska Spine Hospital. If you have to have back surgery there is no place better than the Nebraska Spine Hospital.”

 
From all of us here, we’d like to thank Deborah for reaching out to us and sharing her incredible story. Our one and only goal each day is to provide every patient with the best care possible. If you would like to share your experience at Nebraska Spine Hospital, please message us on our Facebook page.

Neck Pain From Looking Down

Did you know that neck pain is the third most common type of chronic pain? Over 25% of Americans suffer from this condition and, nearly 60% of them don’t tell their physicians about the pain.

One of the most common causes of neck pain is simply looking down too often. We know that might sound absurd. You cannot live your entire life without looking down at all, and we’re not asking you to.

When a patient comes in complaining of neck pain, we generally ask them what activities they look down most often for. The main culprits are cell phones and laptops. In fact, neck pain caused by looking down is often referred to as ‘text neck’. neck pain caused by looking down is often referred to as ‘text neck’. Click To Tweet

Even though the action of looking down is small, the amount of pressure placed on your neck increases with the frequency of the action. Meaning, looking down to write a check shouldn’t cause you pain, but looking down to work from a laptop eight hours a day, five days a week will.

The pressure from looking down will begin to build in your neck, leading to damage such as neck pain, soreness, upper back muscle spasms, and even premature degeneration which can lead to arthritis.

But don’t fret. There are certain measures you can take to prevent developing neck pain. Below are four simple ways to reduce the likelihood of experiencing this type of pain.

Prevent Neck Pain

  1. If you believe cell phone usage may be to blame for your pain, try holding your phone higher. Having your phone at eye level eliminates the need to look down at all.
  2. If you believe working from a laptop may be a contributing factor, adjust your workspace. You can either place your laptop at eye level and use a separate keyboard, or you can hook your laptop up to a monitor that is at eye level.
  3. If you cannot avoid looking down for long periods of time, take frequent breaks to stretch. To relieve neck pain, gently tilt your head from right to left, holding for about 20 seconds on each side.
  4. Heat therapy may be effective in relieving your pain. Try either a heating pad or ice pack on the affected area for 10-20 minutes, 4-6 times per day.

The measures above may help you in relieving neck pain. If the pain persists, we urge you to reach out to your physician. Chronic pain is a pain in the neck that no one should have to be content living with.

Strengthen Your Back In Three Moves

We’ve noticed a trend in all of our most recent blogs; we keep urging you to remain active and add some workouts to your daily routine. While that’s easy for us to say, sometimes it’s hard for those of you suffering from back pain to know which exercises are safe for you to perform.

Obviously, it’s impossible for us to know through the Internet which exercises are safe for your particular condition, so we want to remind you to consult your physician before beginning a new exercise program, especially if you suffer from chronic pain.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about exercising with back pain. Not only do certain exercises help prevent back pain, but they can also relieve it if you are already suffering. They do so by strengthening your back, stomach, and leg muscles.

Stronger muscles mean less pain while performing daily activities. That seems logical, right?

In addition to the following exercises, adding a stretching regimen to your daily routine can also be extremely effective for those suffering from back pain, or those who aren’t. Stretching is an important, often overlooked, aspect of health.

We recommend repeating the exercises below 8-12 times each, or as many times as you feel comfortable completing. Remember, the more you exercise, the stronger you’ll get. So, it’s important to continue pushing yourself by either doing more exercises or holding them for a longer amount of time.

Partial crunches

Partial crunches

Begin by lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Cross your arms across your chest or put them behind your head. Then, tighten your stomach muscles and raise your shoulders off the ground, all while slowly breathing out. Hold for one second and lower with control to the ground.

Wall sits

Image source: Popsugar

Image source: Popsugar

Stand about a foot from a wall and lean back until your back is flat against it. Slowly lower yourself until your knees are slightly bent, pressing your lower back into the wall. Hold for ten seconds before standing back up.

Bridging

Bridging

Lie on your back with your knees bent. Push your heels into the ground, squeeze your glutes, and lift your hips until your shoulders, hips, and knees form a straight line. Hold for about six seconds before slowly lowering yourself to the ground again.
We know it can be tempting to rest when suffering from back pain, but doing so for more than a couple of days can actually make your pain worse. So be proactive and start by incorporating one or all of these exercises into your daily routine. You know what they say, every bit helps!

Resolve To Maintain A Healthy Spine In 2017

Welcome to 2017! Who’s determined to make this their best year yet? We know we are! To kick off the year with a bang, we decided to provide you with some extraordinarily reasonable resolutions to make if you’re suffering from back or neck pain.

Resolutions can be difficult to maintain throughout the year, but we believe slow implementation is the key. Change one small habit at a time, and soon you’ll be rid of all of the pesky bad habits contributing to your pain.

Implement an active lifestyle.

An active lifestyle is essential to your overall health, including your spine. As we always say, an active spine is a healthy one. We know it can be hard to exercise when you are experiencing pain, but it’s important to build up your strength and to stretch on a daily basis.

This year we’re encouraging you to ditch all of the exercise programs you don’t like and focus on ones you do. Not a big fan of hitting the gym solo? Choose a gym that offers group exercise! Doing something you love will make it easier to stick to the plan.

Engage your mind.

Mindful meditation has proven to be an effective treatment for those suffering from chronic pain. The best part is that it only takes up about 15 minutes of your day, so don’t try telling us you can’t find the time.

Reevaluate your posture.

We know we talk about this all the time, but that’s only because it’s so incredibly important. If we told you this every single day, it still wouldn’t be often enough.

If you have poor posture, you’re destined for back pain. Read our blog on correct posture and try to be mindful of how you’re sitting and standing.

Eat for your health.

Eating healthy goes hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle. The nutrients you ingest from eating whole foods work wonders for your body. Also, eating healthy can help you to maintain a proper weight and, as you surely know, being overweight can severely stress your spine.

Assess your sleeping position.

Is your pillow the correct height? Are you more prone to experiencing pain because of your sleeping position? You spend a large chunk of your day sleeping, making it a likely contributor to your pain. Find all of the answers you need in our blog about sleeping positions.

Quit smoking.

Smoking increases your likelihood of developing degenerative spinal disorders and back pain, along with a host of other health issues. If you haven’t already, this is the year to quit smoking.

As we mentioned above, it’s probably not the best idea to attempt all of these changes at once. We don’t want you to just be healthy now – we want you to be healthy for the rest of your life.

If you have any questions at all about preventing or managing back pain, feel free to contact us. Now get out there and make this your year!

Patient satisfaction Recognition

Nebraska Spine Hospital is recognized as a “Top Hospital in Patient Satisfaction, Selected Questions

Nebraska Spine Hospital is proud to be recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as a “Top Hospital in Patient Satisfaction, Selected Questions 2013.”

Modern Healthcare magazine reports that in 2013 93% of Nebraska Spine Hospital HCAHPS survey respondents said that they were given information about what to do during their recovery at home. Continue reading