Coping with COVID: An Alternative to the Tie for Physicians

I am debuting a new post-COVID fashion statement: The necktie has been around since the 17th Century, when the cravatte was introduced as part of French military uniform, and has been changed, updated, and modified several times since then to the necktie as we know it today. One big problem with the necktie, at least…[read more]

The 4 Most Often Missed Diagnoses in the Spine

Doctor and Patient

As a spine surgeon in an academic institution, I see a lot of the challenges that people face in trying to manage their back, neck, sciatica, pinch nerve, imbalance or other neurologic problems that may be referable to their spinal system.  Frequently, I get patients to see me because nobody else has been able to identify what their…[read more]

Running & Spinal Health

Runner

Having treated a large number of athletes of all shapes and sizes from the “fit but fat” to the weekend warrior to the professional athlete, the impact of exercise on spinal health, anatomy, and recovery after spinal surgery cannot be underestimated. Core strength (the combination of abdominal and low back muscles to stabilize the center…[read more]