South Denver Neurosurgery Blog

For pain caused by nerve damage, see a neurosurgeon

Posted by Paul Boone, MD on Aug 7, 2018 2:00:00 PM

For pain caused by nerve damage, see a neurosurgeon

If you’re bothered by chronic pain in your arms or legs, you’ve probably thought a lot about how to get rid of that pain. You might have wondered what caused it. But you may not have considered that the cause of your pain may offer clues about the best way to relieve your pain.

For example, if your pain is caused by a tight or pulled muscle, or osteoarthritis, your primary care physician or an orthopedic specialist, such as an orthopedic spine surgeon, may well be able to treat and resolve your pain.

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Topics: back pain, neck pain, spine specialist, neurosurgeon

Whiplash: Real, painful and treatable

Posted by Adair Prall, MD on Aug 1, 2018 4:13:00 PM

Whiplash: Real, painful, and treatable

Television comedies and insurance scams may have given it a bad name, but whiplash is absolutely real. Whiplash occurs when sudden force pushes the neck and head backward and then forward, putting the cervical spine through lightning-quick motion and extreme stress. Whiplash is most often caused by traffic crashes, but football injuries and falls while skiing can also cause the condition. 

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Topics: whiplash treatment, whiplash

Addressing concerns about pain medications after spine surgery

Posted by Paul Boone, MD on Jul 23, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Addressing concerns about pain medications after spine surgery

Startling statistics regarding opioid addiction have caused some patients planning back surgery to fear taking prescription pain medications after surgery. At the same time, evolving policies and efforts to curb opioid dependence have caused other patients to fear that they might not get the pain relief they need after back surgery.

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Topics: back surgery, pain medications

Is Your Cellphone a Pain in the Neck?

Posted by Adair Prall, MD on Jul 17, 2018 3:34:00 PM

Is Your Cellphone a Pain in the Neck?

Cellphones have changed our lives in a multitude of ways – many of them good, some not so good. Many neurosurgeons are adding a new item to that not-so-good category: text neck. Doctors report an increasing number of patients complaining of upper back and neck pain, and many are diagnosing it as “text neck”, the result of too many hours spent bent over a screen and texting.

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Topics: back pain, neck pain

What can I expect during recovery from back surgery?

Posted by Paul Boone, MD on Jul 11, 2018 11:30:00 AM

What can I expect during recovery from back surgery?

Just as every patient is unique and every surgery is different, no two patients experience recovery from back surgery in exactly the same way.

One thing almost all patients have in common: questions about their recovery from spine surgery.

Here neurosurgeon Paul Boone, MD, of NeursurgeryONE, formerly South Denver Neurosurgery, answers some of the more common questions patients ask about recovering from back surgery.

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Topics: spine surgery, back surgery

Next vacation, leave back pain at home

Posted by Adair Prall, MD on Jul 5, 2018 11:58:28 AM

Summer means warm, sunny days and, with any luck, a vacation getaway. But for people with back pain, the prospect of hours sitting in a car or on an airplane – not to mention hauling heavy luggage around – can be daunting.

Tips for traveling with back pain

Before you board the plane or get behind the wheel, consider these potentially back-saving strategies.

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Topics: back pain, neck pain

Free Community Talk: Living Your Best Life with Parkinson's Disease

Posted by South Denver Neurosurgery on Apr 9, 2018 3:29:06 PM

Learn about the latest advancements in DBS Therapy.

Deep brain stimulation therapy has been proven over the past 20 years to be an effective treatment option for symptoms of Parkinson's disease. The latest advancements to DBS offer innovations in the way the therapy is delivered and how it is controlled.

Attend this free informational seminar to learn more about DBS therapy, including the benefits and risks of this therapy. 

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Topics: DBS questions, Asleep deep brain stimulation, Dr. David VanSickle

Harnessing the body’s cells to help relieve neck pain

Posted by Paul Boone, MD on Mar 28, 2018 10:06:34 AM

An emerging, leading-edge treatment combines surgery with the regenerative power of stem cells to relieve chronic neck pain.

I have been using adult stem cells as a part of anterior cervical discectomy with fusion (ACDF) surgery for about three years. I’ve found that the combination is highly successful in relieving patient neck pain. The procedure isn’t as widely used as you might expect, considering how effective it is.

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Topics: ACDF, neck pain

Disc replacement surgery for neck pain offers many advantages

Posted by Paul Boone, MD on Mar 8, 2018 8:17:34 AM

Many people don’t realize that pain and numbness in the hands and arms can be caused by conditions in the neck. If you’ve tried medications, physical therapy, maybe even alternative therapies, and your pain or numbness persists over weeks or months — and threatens to keep you from enjoying life — surgery may be an option.

Once you’ve decided on surgery to relieve pain, your next decision is: What kind of neck surgery? There are many options, and the best one for you depends on many factors, including the cause of your pain, and your goals for surgery.

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Topics: degenerative disc, Denver spine surgeon, denver spine surgery, disc replacement, ACDF

How Stem Cell Therapy Works for Degenerative Discs

Posted by Ben Guiot on Feb 23, 2018 12:54:24 PM

A patient’s own stem cells may be the key to relieving back pain

As a Denver spine surgeon with 30 years of experience, I am continually excited about research into opportunities to improve spine surgery. Currently, I am involved in research to evaluate the regenerative effects of adult stem cells and to determine if they can help alleviate low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. But many patients have questions about how stem cells work and where stem cells come from. First, it helps to understand degenerative disc disease.

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Topics: where do stem cells come from, stem cell therapy for back pain, stem cell therapy, adult stem cells