In honor of National Doctor’s Day on March 30th we will be recognizing the experience and expertise of our surgeons by posting a video series featuring many of our surgeons. In the videos our surgeons tell their story of why they dedicated a decade and a half to gaining the education, training, and skills necessary to become board certified and fellowship trained spine surgeons.
The Patient’s Role
In light of March being the home to Patient Safety Awareness week it is relevant to discuss the things each and every patient can to do for infection prevention. These tips are courtesy of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
The weatherman says that snow is on the way and low back injuries are the most common snow shoveling related injury. Learn how to avoid injury with the following six tips:
1. Use the Right Tool for the Job
During spine fusion surgery, your surgeon locks together, or fuses the bones in your spine. This limits the movement of these bones, which may help to relieve your pain. Your back or neck may not be as flexible after a fusion but may feel more flexible because you can move with less pain.
Dr. Woodward discussed the use of IV acetaminophen for post back surgery pain in an article in the Omaha World Herald on February 6, 2014. IV acetaminophen is used after surgery to control pain without the side effects of narcotics.
The article is featured below and quotes Dr. Randall Woodward and Barb Barrett –
Often when a patient is experiencing back pain and considering spine surgery a common question is “should I see an orthopaedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon?” At Nebraska Spine Hospital we have both orthopaedic spine surgeons and a neurosurgeon.
At Nebraska Spine Hospital all of our surgeons are board certified and have had special training in spine surgery.
Holiday Inn Express Cherry Hills and Nebraska Spine Hospital are partnering to offer a special rate of $72 per night to our spine surgery patients and their families. Our surgery patients can make a reservation at the Holiday Inn Express website.
Pediatricians are beginning to see new overuse spine injuries and back pain in children and teens. The cause? Heavy backpacks. Here are some tips on making better backpack choices for your children:
First, your child’s backpack shouldn’t weigh more than 10 percent of your child’s body weight. You can check the weight of the fully loaded pack on the bathroom scale.
Our very own Dr. John Hain will the focus of the monthly Health Check segment on the WOWT Channel 6 on Sunday, October 6. Dr. Hain cares for patients with a wide range of neurosurgical diseases involving the brain, spine and peripheral nerves. Spinal conditions that he treats include both acquired and degenerative diseases. His interests involve all areas of complex and minimally invasive spine surgery including disk herniation,
Spondylosis refers to a degenerative process affecting the vertebral disc and facet joints that gradually develops with age. A common form of spondylosis is cervical spondylosis (sometimes called neck arthritis) in which the facet joints in the neck become enlarged causing the ligaments around the spinal canal to thicken and bone spurs to form.