“SCIATICA” WHAT IS IT? AND HOW TO TAME IT?

“Sciatica” is the symptoms that described the pain that starting from the lower back and radiates down to the leg, usually one side, below the knee. This pain sometimes described as jolting, electric shock-like and worsening with coughing, sneezing, or sometimes straining yourself while having a bowel movement as these activities increasing the pressure in your disc causing the “herniated” disc or the “herniation” part pushing more onto the spinal nerve. The most Read more…

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF BACK PAIN?

Back pain is one of the most common symptoms we are all experienced at some point in our life time. Mine is usually a “nagging”, “aching” rather than a “pain” and it usually takes 2-3 days before it faded and went away on its own. However, if you experience frequent symptoms and it is worsening over time, there might be underlying problems that you might not know about it. Here are structures in Read more…

SIGNS THAT YOUR BACK PAIN COULD BE SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS.

Back pain is a common problem and so common that we at least had one episode in our lifetime. The majority of the back pain symptoms, 80%-90% will resolve by itself or just need simple remedies such as rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, some stretching exercises. Most of the time it is just a pulled muscle or flaring up of inflammation from baseline wear and tear, i.e arthritis, a degenerative disc which most of Read more…

WHAT IS ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY?

You might have seen or heard about endoscopic spine surgery and wondering what it is. Historically, everything is evolved with more advanced technology and integration of resreached and data, medicine and surgery are the same. A century ago, we have not heard of knee scope, shoulder scope, or hip scope. Many surgeons were labeled “crazy” with the idea of performing arthroscopy to treat joint pathologies. Many gave up due to peer pressure. Some Read more…

IS OPEN SURGERY BAD FOR YOU?

When I was trained 20+yeasr ago, open surgery is a standard of care. But we kept seeing the patients came back for more problems. Recent researches showed that what we knew and what we did in the past likely contribute to the ongoing problems that the patient has. Well, we learn from our mistakes. Many researchers showed that the open surgery causing damage to the “essential” muscle in the back named “Multifidus”. It Read more…

WHAT IS MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY?

Minimally Invasive Surgery is a very common terminology if you are a spine patient, spine surgeon, or healthcare personnel who are in the spine industry. It is so common that majority of the spine surgeons and practices marketing themselves as an “MIS” Guy. So what is exactly is it? Some might say it is the size of the surgery. Some might say it is the “cutting edge” technique. Some might say it is Read more…