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.
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) there is increasing pressure to measure the value in healthcare. Patient value in spine surgery can be defined as a balance between expertise, quality, and cost.
Dr. Randal Woodward has been recognized by Becker’s Spine Review as one of forty spine surgeons at a spine focused hospitals to know. Dr. Woodward is Chairman of the Board at the Nebraska Spine Hospital . Dr. Woodward is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopaedic spine surgeon. Dr. Woodward sees patients in clinic in Omaha at the Nebraska Spine Center and in Grand Island at Central Nebraska Orthopaedics.
The National Scoliosis Foundation states that they do not know of any long-term study that shows that chiropractic treatment can stop a moderate (over 25 degrees) or major curve (over 40 degrees) from progressing in the bone growing years. Typically, chiropractors who are knowledgeable about the development of idiopathic scoliosis in children will refer young patients with such curvatures to an orthopedist for a second opinion.
Because June is scoliosis awareness month Nebraska Spine Hospital is working to share basic facts about scoliosis. According to the National Scoliosis Foundation at www.scoliosis.org, scoliosis affects 2-3% of the population, or an estimated 6 million people in the United States, and there is no cure.
We would like to congratulate Elizabeth “Liz” Nissen for being named the Positive Image of Nursing Award recipient for Nebraska Spine Hospital. The Positive Image of Nursing Award is a recognition and award program facilitated by the Nebraska Nurses Association to commemorate National Nurses Week.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has named Nebraska Spine Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ in Spine Surgery. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program awards medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.
Presidential Proclamation designated March 30 as National Doctors Day. In honor of this day Nebraska Spine Hospital would like to honor and thank our surgeons:
Dr. Tim Burd
Dr. Jon Fuller
Dr. Brian Gill
Dr. John Hain
Dr. Michael Longley
Dr. John McClellan
Dr. Eric Phillips
Nebraska Spine Hospital is proud to recognize the unique contributions of Heidi Hiltbrunner and Page Nevins as certified nurses in observance of Certified Nurses Day on Tuesday, March 19.