Expert Blog

29Oct

Sonoran Spine Welcomes Jelena Macanovic, FNP-C

JelenaMacanovicSonoran Spine would like to welcome Jelena Macanovic, FNP-C to our spine team. Jelena will be working with Dennis Crandall, MD and will see patients in Tempe.

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22Oct

Thank You To Our Medical Assistants

Happy Medical Assistants Recognition Week. We all thank you for your hard work and dedication to patient care and Sonoran Spine!

medicalassistantsweek blogThe medical assistants at Sonoran Spine are the best. They represent each provider and do so with professionalism and pride. Many of our staff have been here a long time and some have completed their RN training while with us and gone on the work as nurses, which makes us very proud. Their experience and compassion make them stand out as tops in their field. Thanks for all you do for Sonoran’s patients!

- Susan Dylo, Practice Administrator


I am honored to work with such an amazing group of medical assistants. The care and compassion I see from the MA’s to our patients is by far above and beyond any office I have been to or will ever be.

When I have the opportunity to walk the halls and hear our patients speak with my team on a first name basis and see the gratefulness in their words for everything they do for them makes every day at work a special day.
Thank you all for all you do! I am truly honored to be a part of this team!

- Laura Rawson, Back Office Manager

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16Oct

Sonoran Spine Welcomes Bryce Hilmo, PA-C

Sonoran Spine Welcomes Bryce Hilmo, PA-CSonoran Spine would like to welcome Bryce Hilmo, PA-C to our spine team. Bryce will be working with Jason Datta, MD and will see patients in Gilbert and Tempe.

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15Oct

A message from our PA-C, Amy Baumann

To my Sonoran family,

Today I make a sad farewell from Sonoran Spine. Working here over the past year has been nothing short of an amazing experience and I have learned so much. Each and every one of you made an impact on my time here and I am forever thankful. Coming to work every day was very enjoyable and I really do consider Sonoran my second family.

You will all be dearly missed.

Best wishes,
Amy Baumann, PA-C

Join us in wishing Amy the best of luck with her new adventure. We appreciate your time and dedication to Sonoran Spine and our patients!

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14Oct

Sonoran Spine – North Scottsdale/Thompson Peak

SonoranSpine NorthScottsdaleAnnouncementWe are proud to announce we are expanding our clinic to North Scottsdale/Thompson Peak on October 13, 2015.

Provider: Lyle Young, MD 
Services: All things Spine including workers’ compensation, personal injury, and auto injury cases

Patients should call our office directly at 480-962-0071 to schedule an appointment or visit our website and complete the request an appointment form and we will contact you shortly to schedule.

Click here for a map and directions to our new office.

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13Oct

A Message from our PA-C, Melissa…

As it is said, there is a time and a season for everything in life and I want to inform you of a new season in my life which is both exciting and challenging. My husband has accepted a new position in Charlotte, NC and we will be relocating this fall. This will be a journey for us as we have both called Phoenix home for more than 10 years, but we are excited for this new adventure for our family.

I have had the opportunity to say goodbye to some of you at your recent appointments, and trust me the smile on my face as we parted ways was paired with tears being blinked away as I left the room. It has been a joy to have worked with you during my time here. We have grown together through my career and I want to thank you for the opportunity to become part of your lives. For me, the hardest part of leaving is not seeing where the future takes you and your families. Fortunately, I can confidently leave your healthcare in the hands of the outstanding providers at Sonoran Spine knowing you will have only the finest of care.

I wish each of you all the best and I will carry with me many memories of our time together!

Melissa Gebhardt-Tsai, PA-C

Melissa will be with Sonoran Spine part-time through the end of October. Join us in thanking her for her hard work and dedication to Sonoran Spine. We wish her all the best!

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13Oct

Spine Wave wins Spine Tech Award for Lexa PX Interbody device: 5 takeaways

Spine Wave, a Shelton, Conn.-based medical device manufacturer, won RRY/Orthopedics' 2015 Spine Tech Award in the minimally invasive category for its device.

Read full article from Becker's Spine Review:
Spine Wave wins Spine Tech Award for Lexa PX Interbody device: 5 takeaways

 

Posted in Dennis Crandall MD, Expert Blog

05Oct

The Truth About Lower Back Pain

Incidence

Back pain is incredibly common – but since the causes are often cumulative – each case is slightly different and to be effective, treatment plans must be tailored to the individual.

Self-care

Posture plays and important role in spine health but it's not always the case that straighter is better: the spine has natural curves but will also have some sideways variation. It's not the visual but the functional that counts. After all: no one is completely symmetrical and our spines are shaped by our activities (or inactivity) as much as they are by our build.

The vertebrae of the low back are larger than the others and their bodies are solid chunks of bone. This is because they carry the weight of the body above. The more weight they carry, the more stress is placed on the muscles, ligaments and discs around them.

Regular exercise is vital for keeping low back pain (/patient-care/frequently-asked-questions) at bay – the Sunday overdo is more risky for your low back than no exercise at all. However, the best predictor of all for spine health is the isometric strength of the spine muscles themselves. Core stability training can be logical intervention and can make a difference with back health.

While an acute injury may require some rest, complete bed rest is not the answer. The spine thrives on movement – that's how it heals itself. Low back muscles play an important role in supporting the spine – too much time sitting or lying down and they will lose their strength. Patterned movements such as walking are more helpful than bed rest in the short and long-term. If the pain is very bad, then walking in a swimming pool will help, as well as feel safe.

Effective treatment of low back pain

There is a dizzying array of treatments for low back pain. Some are proven as effective while others are touted as "cures" but may not be at all.

Sonoran Spine only advises treatment that has established clinical worth.

The key to effective treatment is accurate diagnosis, which provides a specific range of treatments for low back pain:

  • Physical therapy – stretching, massage and deep tissue work
  • Isometric strength training of the spine muscles themselves
  • Work on back health related to lifestyle – too much sitting and poor lifting techniques
  • Appropriate medication
  • Interventional therapy - specific local injections into inflamed joints
  • Surgery

Posted in Expert Blog

14Sep

Treatment Options for Sciatica

Sciatica is a pain in the bum! And sometimes the back, foot, toes and calf. Sciatica is a symptom, not a diagnosis. It can be awful – the severity of the symptoms differs from patient to patient and depends on the root cause. Finding effective treatment could significantly improve your quality of life.

What 'sciatica' means is a pain along the sciatic nerve. Essentially it is neurological – so the range of sensation can go from tingling, aching, burning, sharp, lancinating (a nice word from old medical text books, which means piercing, cutting or stabbing), or evening 'lightning' shooting down the leg. A reduced blood supply to the nerve sheath is enough to provoke symptoms in some people and sometimes an arthritic 'sharpening' of the edges of the bony column will create a bony tooth, or osteophyte, which literally bites the nerve in certain positions. Disc bulges can also cause nerve root irritation, and when examined, the patient may experience sciatic pain when their doctor raises the affected leg. The nerve can also be compressed if it runs through a muscle in the bottom called piriformis.

The "perfect" sciatica treatment solution for a patient will largely depend on what is causing the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Patients may respond to particular exercises for sciatica or stretches that work on freedom of movement around the nerve sheath. A physician skilled in interventional pain management therapy will have a great deal to offer some cases, while an anti-inflammatory medication will work like a charm for others. There can be dramatic relief following surgery, when whatever was pressing on the nerve, is removed.

The key factor in determining the effective resolution of sciatic pain and pain management overall is a correct diagnosis, and for that, a team of highly skilled professionals, like those at Sonoran Spine, is required: imaging technicians as well as spine surgeons, interventional pain management, and physical therapists are all involved.

Diseases of the bowel or uterus may also mimic some sciatic symptoms, so diagnostic testing is essential. Once various avenues have been considered, surgery may be the best solution – the problem should be viewed from every angle.

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31Aug

Dr. Mosallaie Interviewed in Phoenix Magazine

Farhad Mosallaie, DO was interviewed for a special Pain Management piece in the September issue of Phoenix Magazine.

For many, chronic and acute pain threatens well-being and interferes with daily living. recent advances in pain management have given millions of people hope for the future. From physical therapy to spinal surgery, valley medical practitioners offer diverse ways to tackle pain.

Pain defes defnition, yet it affects the lives of an estimated 100 million Americans, according to a recent study conducted by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. While hard to defne and describe, pain is associated with a wide variety of injuries, diseases and chronic conditions, including headaches, lower back pain, cancer, arthritis and various neurological disorders.

Posted in Expert Blog

20Aug

Congratulations Lyle Young, MD

lyleyoung-abos

Congratulations Lyle Young, MD for successfully passing the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery exam this past July!

Click here (https://www.abos.org/certification/what-is-board-certification.aspx) to find out what it means to be board certified.

 

 

Posted in Expert Blog, Lyle Young, MD

30Jul

Fun Research at Sonoran Spine

Dennis Crandall, MD tests the strength of the LEVA Interbody Device made by Spine Wave by running over it with his truck. Did it pass the test?

Posted in Dennis Crandall MD, Expert Blog

24Jun

Revolutionary Breakthrough in Treating Neck and Back Pain

By: Dennis Crandall, MD

With a catchy title like that, most people would read this article with great anticipation. People with back and neck pain are often desperate to find relief and search high and low for minimally invasive treatments to assist them in regaining their pain-free level of function. It is precisely because of the vulnerability of back pain patients that centers who aggressively advertise the latest "LASER" or “MINIMALLY INVASIVE” treatments are so troubling. Most of the centers that spend considerable money advertising, highlighting testimonials and reporting miracle cures with band-aid type of surgery are considered by true spine care physicians as being shameful and predatory on the desperate patient population searching for help.

Posted in Expert Blog

06May

Dr. Crandall judged in the 19th Annual Academic Excellence Day

Dr. Crandall judged in the 19th Annual Academic Excellence Day University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix

Dr. Crandall had the opportunity to represent Sonoran Spine as a judge for the 19th Annual Academic Excellence Day held at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Campus. The panel evaluated residents on their research and case report presentation.

Posted in Dennis Crandall MD, Expert Blog

07Apr

2015 Physician Recognition Award for Rising Leader

2015 Physician Recognition Award for Rising Leader

Michael S. Chang, MD was recently awarded the Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network (SLHN) 2015 Physician Recognition Award for Rising Leader.  Nominated by his peers, the award honors physicians within the first eight years of professional practice after residency and/or fellowship training for outstanding achievement in the areas of leadership, mentoring, excellence in patient care and customer service within the SLHN. Read his nomination here.

Join us in congratulating Dr. Chang!

Posted in Expert Blog, Michael Chang MD

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