Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Valuing Spine Health In The Workplace

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People who spend most of their time sitting and staring at the computer are not excused from non-accidental back injuries. Long hours spent slouching in the office chair may eventually take its toll on the body. It is most likely that office chairs are not the best and comfiest to work in from morning until afternoon. Breaks are too short to take long walks to relax the back muscles.

Below are two ways to take care of your spine health in the workplace.

Keep moving

Prolonged static posture is what gets everyone in the office at risk of non-accidental back injuries. Identifying this as the main problem suggests that standing up and stretching from time to time may prevent it from happening. A body that is healthy can only stay in the same position for 20 minutes. Being static for more than 20 minutes is the enemy. Moving the arms and legs even when seated may bring comfort as well.

When standing, avoid slouching. A good standing posture is when a person maintains the natural curve of the spine. Tightening the core muscles and keeping the head directly over the shoulders are just some guidelines how to keep a healthy posture. Maintain this even when walking.

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Sit comfortably

An office chair that mirrors the natural curve of the spine and keeps one sitting straight is an ergonomic office chair. Placing the feet flat to the ground and maintaining the 90-degree angle position of the knees, hips, and elbows is the proper sitting position. Keeping the head in neutral position provides a better view and reach of one’s desk and prevents possible neck problems.
Workplaces must be made safe and comfortable for employees and employers alike. Ergonomic offices keep workers inspired and healthy.

Dr. Joseph Yazdi is an accomplished neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques, motion preservation through total disc replacement, and chronic pain management by placement of dorsal column stimulator (DCS, or SCS) in selected patients. Dr. Yazdi holds clinic at Tesson Heights Orthopaedic & Arthroscopic Associates, P.C. For similar updates, subscribe to this







Monday, June 12, 2017

How Can Osteoporosis Affect The Spine?

Osteoporosis has been, for the past years, a large cause for concern in the medical industry as it has afflicted over 44 million Americans. The term literally translates as “porous bones,” and it is a degenerative condition characterized by some bones’ loss of density and strength. The subsequent weakness leads to increased risks of breaks and fractures.


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The medical condition can cause degeneration in any bones in the body, including arms, legs, hips, and more. But the most common part of the body that osteoporosis affects is the vertebrae of the spine.

Unfortunately, osteoporosis is also called the “silent thief” because it develops and progresses without any evident symptoms or causing any pain. When it targets the spine, the vertebrae slowly weakens and can eventually cause vertebral compression fracture, where some of the bones crack, collapse, or flatten. These can result in a loss of height and a curvature of the spine, which, in some extreme cases, can disrupt the function of internal organs.



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It is important to note that the damages in the human body caused by osteoporosis cannot be reversed. Thus, there should be a proactive effort in the care of the spine to prevent the onset of osteoporosis.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Yazdi specializes in the management of chronic spine pain. He currently holds practice at Tesson Heights Orthopaedic & Arthroscopic Associates, P.C. Learn more about his work by following this Twitter account.



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Weight and back pain: Knowing the connection

It is already common knowledge that being overweight or obese can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and various cardiovascular ailments. What people do not know much about is that excess weight is also linked to back pain. According to the American Obesity Association, around a third of people who are classified as obese have experienced some form of pain in the back, particularly the lower part. 

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Some of the connection between having extra weight and back pain are the following: 

Muscle and ligament strain 

Every kilogram above what is considered healthy weight contributes to the straining of muscles and ligaments located at the back. Not only does this cause musculoskeletal and joint-related pain, but it also causes the spine to become tilted and stressed unevenly, leading to the loss of support in the spine and an unnatural curvature of the spinal column. 

Herniated disc Because there is too much pressure on the back due to excess weight, the discs and other spinal structures become damaged, resulting in a herniated disc. Similarly, pinched nerves and piriformis syndrome is also a possibility when the excess weight is pushed into the spaces between bones at the lower back. 

Osteoarthritis Based on studies, individuals who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 25 are more prone to suffering from osteoarthritis, or the wear and tear of joints. This can cause pain and stiffness, which limits the patient’s ability to function properly. 

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Joseph Yazdi, M.D., specializes in treating chronic spine pain with expertise in minimally invasive surgical techniques, motion preservation through total disc replacement, and placement of dorsal column stimulator for chronic pain management. Click here for more articles about this medical field.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Diagnosing And Treating Spondylolisthesis

The spinal column contains 33 vertebrae that are interlocked and stacked on top of one another. When one vertebra slips forward relative to an adjacent vertebra, spondylolisthesis occurs.

There are many possible reasons for the spine condition, such as a congenital defective joint in the spinal column, an accident or trauma that has caused severe damage to a joint, stress fracture due to overuse, infection, or arthritis.

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While spondylolisthesis is more common in older adults because of wear and tear of the spine, it can also affect younger individuals who participate in sports or other physical activities, including gymnastics, weightlifting, and others.

Its symptoms include pain, numbness, or weakness in different areas, such as the back, buttock, or legs. When the leg or back is bended or used, the pain generally worsens. There are also rare cases where the patient suffers loss of bladder or bowel control.

The condition then can be diagnosed through X-rays or other image scanning methods to determine which vertebra has slipped out of its place.

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Treatment of spondylolisthesis usually involves just pain relievers and physical therapy, depending on the grade of the condition. However, there are instances when surgery is needed to apply decompression or fusion.

Neurosurgeon Joseph Yazdi, M.D. specializes in treating different medical conditions in the spine. Aside from his medical practice, he has also held teaching positions at Hahnemann University Hospital, the Musculoskeletal Research Center at Globus Medical Inc., and the Saint Louis School of Medicine. Visit this website to read more about Dr. Yazdi’s medical expertise.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Leading Causes Of Failed Back Syndrome

While the treatment for spinal problems today has become so much better than the way it was in the past, the whole industry is still a work in progress. This is a natural consequence of the whole complexity of the human spinal cord.

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Today, studies and exploratory measures have not ceased, just to serve the industry in the best way possible. Failed back syndrome is a typical condition that manifests itself after spine surgery, mostly characterized by symptoms of pain. There are several causes as to why spinal surgery fails to reflect a successful repair.

In some cases, the pain is due to improper preoperative pain selection. This means that surgeons may err in attributing pain to anatomic lesions in the spine, which they use to identify a pain pattern. This is not always accurate.

Recurrent disc herniation is also a culprit. Typically, this shows a substantial relief from pain, followed by a sudden recurrence of leg pain. The simplest explanation is that the symptoms for recurrent disc herniation occur acutely.

There is also such a thing as technical error due to spine surgery. The expertise to perform operations on the spine is very critical. Not too many spine surgeons have vast experience in such cases, precisely because they rarely occur.

By far, the best solutions are still provided by the medical experts who have a lot of exposure in practice, as assisted by cutting-edge diagnostic equipment. When it comes to matters of the spine, patients simply have to choose very carefully whose hands they will leave their fate into.

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Joseph Yazdi, M.D., holds clinic at Tesson Heights Orthopaedic & Arthroscopic Associates, P.C. Dr. Yazdi spent both his internship and residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, where he also taught. For more on spinal health, visit this blog.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Can Scoliosis Affect Athletic Performance?

Scoliosis is a condition that is often feared by many, especially those who are physically active. Mostly idiopathic (or with unknown causes), scoliosis appears mainly in female teenagers. But can scoliosis really affect one’s sports performance?

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Those with scoliosis may experience difficulty in moving than those with healthy spines. It can be a problem as mobility and flexibility play a big part in strenuous sports activities. Some individuals with scoliosis struggle to perform their best when it comes to athletics.

There are certain sports where scoliosis can cause health problems or injuries for the athlete. While it’s not necessary for individuals to quit a sport entirely, young athletes especially should be careful when training. Long-distance running can compress the spine, hyperextend the mid-back, or unevenly work the spine. This is why a lot of runners with scoliosis often complain that they experience difficulty in breathing and back pains as they perform tasks.

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But even if other physical activities should be limited, it should not be a hindrance for teenagers to stop doing sports altogether. After all, the right amount of physical movement can play a big role in successful scoliosis treatment.

Joseph Yazdi, M.D., is a physician at Tesson Heights Orthopaedic & Arthroscopic Associates, P.C. Read more about spinal health by visiting this blog.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Slipped Disc Explained

Slipped disc, otherwise known as herniated disc, is a condition that has plagued many aging people all over the world.The curious part in this is that the problem usually develops over time and happens in the thick of wear and tear action.
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A slipped disc can occur at any part of the spine, from the neck to the lower back, the lower back having a higher incidence of issues among most individuals. As an intricate network of nerves and blood vessels, the spine can fall victim to the added pressure that a slipped disc can place on the nerves and muscles surrounding it.

When any of the outer rings along the line of the spine tears or weakens, the inner portion tends to slip out, thus the term slipped disc.This can also be compounded with awkward motions such as lifting heavy objects that can cause strain on the lower back. The more frequent an individual has to do this kind of movement, the greater becomes the risk of having a slipped disc.

Overweight people are also at risk for having this, because their discs are required to support more weight. It also follows that people who live sedentary lifestyles and thus develop muscle weakness also put themselves at greater risk for the occurrence of a slipped disc.

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Once it hits you, the impact of a slipped disc can range from excruciating pains or paralyzing numbness. Either way, this calls for everyone to become more responsible in caring for their spines.

Joseph Yazdi, M.D.,currently holds practice at Tesson Heights Orthopaedic & Arthroscopic Associates, P.C., having spent both his internship and residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, where he also served in a teaching position. He has also worked at Toledo Clinic and Hospital Sisters Health System.Read more about spinal health here.