WHAT IS TLIF?
The first spinal fusion procedures were performed in 1911, using a strip of tibia to fuse the spine and provide extra stability. Medical research has focused heavily on developing more effective and less invasive ways to perform the surgery, but this hasn’t done much to make spinal fusion less contentious. Long-term improvement is hugely ranging depending on the condition the procedure is intended to treat. Spinal stenosis patients do as well wit…Continue Reading
WHEN DID THE HUMAN SPINE EVOLVE?
If you’ve ever had back pain, you’ve probably cursed your spine as the root of all evil, and you would be partially right. 90% of animals have no spine. The human form has a problematic backbone that is responsible for many chronic pain conditions. ANCIENT HISTORY OF BACK PAIN The spine evolved about 500 million years ago. The Cambrian explosion responsible for upright walking began when the ocean’s creatures developed vertebrae. They didn’t have…Continue Reading
SPINAL SURGERY CAN IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE
Quality of life is something most doctors dream of offering their patients, but sorting through the risks and potential benefits of treatments must be done in partnership. For Jim Scheiter, however, invasive care provided the new life he hoped for. He came back from two tours in Iraq so utterly disabled that he couldn’t stand for longer than 15 minutes at a time. He spent years trying medication and physiotherapy to no avail. Then a spine surgeon…Continue Reading
ARE YOU LIVING WITH BACK PAIN?
Join Michael Chang, MD for a free seminar to get the facts and understand your options. Tuesday, January 24th5:30 – 7:00 pmScottsdale Shea Medical Center9003 E. Shea Blvd., Brady Conference Center, ScottsdaleContinue Reading
WHY CHOOSE AN OUTPATIENT SPINE CENTER?
The shift from inpatient to outpatient spine surgery has surged in recent years with the rise in innovative techniques that cost a fraction of what they used to. Anyone who’s spent time in a hospital will know that the flow of nurses, doctors, visiting hours, and meals are enough to exhaust inpatients, so our outpatient clinic provides precisely the rest our doctors prefer. On average, inpatient care in Arizona costs between $1,965 and $2,581 per…Continue Reading
PREPARING FOR OUTPATIENT SPINE SURGERY
Though we strive to build trusting relationships with our patients and to empower them with knowledge, spine surgery can be scary. Because of this, your preparations need to be practical and emotional. Household Preparations a Week Before Surgery Items that you use often should be placed at arm height so that you don’t need to bend down or stretch to reach them. Paper plates are useful to cut down on cleaning up, and a reacher will take care of t…Continue Reading
DR. DATTA PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION FROM ST. JOSEPH'S FOUNDATION
Dr. Datta was proud to receive a Certificate of Appreciation from a grateful patented who honored him with a philanthropic Contribution for National Doctor's Day.Continue Reading
Ranking Arizona is at it again. Please take a moment to vote for Sonoran Spine and Total Body Physical Therapy…let’s make it two years in a row! Voting ends July 31, 2017. You can find us in the following categories under healthcare: Orthopedic Practice Pain Management Physical Therapy Spine Specialists http://azbigmedia.com/vote-ranking-arizonaContinue Reading
WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID CRACKING YOUR NECK
You might think there's nothing as satisfying as cracking a stiff joint. The relief isn't long lasting, but for that one instant, the release of the air pocket building up in the joint can feel satisfying. However, there are some joints and areas of the body you should never crack on your own, including the neck. Before you crack yours (or anyone else's), consider these points. CRACKING CAN CAUSE DAMAGE When cracking your neck, you run the risk o…Continue Reading
5 OF THE WORST INJURIES TO PRO ATHLETES
Professional athletes train hard to stay in peak physical condition because it helps prevent injuries. Unfortunately, they can still happen no matter how much you train. The following are five of the worst injuries that professional athletes can experience: Vertebrae Fracture - Vertebrae fractures occur most often in football due to tackling. It's a potentially career-ending injury that can also cause paralysis depending on the severity. ACL Tear…Continue Reading