Latest update from our client, Dr. Matthew D. Hepler about How to Choose the Best Spine Surgeon?

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders reports that almost 80% of Americans will endure back pain that needs some form of treatment. When you have back pain you want it to stop, and you want it to stop now. Whether it’s sudden pain from a disc herniation or chronic pain from a prior injury, you deserve a specialist who can identify and treat your spine condition in a timely, competent, and efficient manner.

Who are you going to trust with your spine?

Read on for our pointers on how to choose the best spine surgeon in South Florida.

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How to Choose the Best Spine Surgeon?

 

Latest blog post from our client, Dr. Matthew D. Hepler about 3 Work From Home Habits to Avoid Back Pain

Many people have been given the privilege of working from the comfort (and safety) of their homes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, the ability to work from home is considered a luxury, yet it can also be accompanied by a number of challenges. One of these is falling into bad habits that can lead to back pain.

Below, we’ll share a few tips on how to avoid damaging your back when working on your laptop at home.

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3 Work From Home Habits to Avoid Back Pain

 

Check out our client, Dr. Matthew D. Hepler latest blog post about Thoracic Kyphosis

If you look at yourself in the mirror, you will notice that the spine is not a straight line when viewed from the side. It has a natural S-shaped curvature that gives it flexibility and support. The curved parts of the spine also allow it to act as a spring that absorbs shock.

The outward curve in the thoracic spine (where the ribs are attached) is called kyphosis, and it normally ranges from 20-45 degrees.

In essence, kyphosis is normal. The exaggerated outward curvature is medically known as hyperkyphosis, and it measures more than 50 degrees. However, since kyphosis is the term commonly used to refer to hyperkyphosis, we will be using this term in this article.

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Thoracic Kyphosis

 

News just in from our client, Dr. Matthew D. Hepler about Here’s Why Back Pain With Fever Should Not be Taken Lightly

Back pain, as common as it is, has many different causes. Most of them are mechanical in nature and caused by an undue amount of stress or strain on the back muscles.

But if the back pain is accompanied by fever and bladder or bowel problems, it could be due to a rare disorder caused by an infection in the epidural space.

What is a Spinal Epidural Abscess?

In Spinal Epidural Abscess, there is the accumulation of pus in the epidural space, which can compress the spinal cord. It is often accompanied by an underlying infection.

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Here’s Why Back Pain With Fever Should Not be Taken Lightly

 

Check out our client, Dr. Mathhew D. Hepler latest blog post about Life after spinal fusion

If you are contemplating undergoing spine surgery, specifically a spinal fusion, then you may be wondering what kind of quality of life you can expect afterward. The purpose of this blog post is to shed some light on this.

What is a spinal fusion?

Put simply, a spinal fusion is an operation that creates a solid union between 2 or more vertebrae. In order to better understand this, it can help to first take a look at the anatomy involved (below).

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Life after spinal fusion

 

Latest update from our client, Dr. Matthew D. Hepler about 3 things you should know about sciatica

Sciatica, if you’ve ever suffered this you will know how debilitating it is. If you are living in pain with this condition, please keep reading, there is help out there.

What is sciatica?

In simple terms, sciatica is a term to describe symptoms caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve. The most common symptoms are leg pain, tingling, or weakness that travels down your lower back and into one of your legs. Radiculopathy is another term used for this condition. If the sciatic nerve becomes impinged or trapped, then problems may occur.

The main causes are herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis. Sciatica can be diagnosed using medical history, physical examination, and imaging studies. There are several treatments to consider. Non-surgical therapies, which may be physical therapy, therapeutic injections, or medication. Alternative therapies may also be of use.

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3 things you should know about sciatica

 

Latest update from our client, Dr. Matthew D. Hepler about How to Ensure a Back Pain-Free Quarantine?

Staying home is crucial during this quarantine period to avoid the risk of getting coronavirus. As much as it’s a good idea to remain indoors in this pandemic, there are also some consequences to staying home as activities are limited, forcing you to be sedentary.

A sedentary lifestyle is bad for your back and could trigger back pain. Dr. Hepler, our spine surgeon in Fort Lauderdale, recommends the following simple measures to ensure a back pain-free quarantine:

How to Ensure a Back Pain-Free Quarantine?

 

Check out our client, Dr. Matthew D. Hepler latest update about Are You Doing These 3 Unhealthy Quarantine Practices That Damage The Spine?

Are you stuck at home because of the quarantine, or forced to work-from-home in a cramped space? According to our spine surgeon in Palm Beach County, being sedentary during this quarantine can have a negative impact on your physical health. Aside from increasing the risk of lifestyle diseases, it can also hurt your spine.

With the threat of COVID-19 at everyone’s door, we need to be extra careful not to develop another health problem. Our orthopedic spine surgeon in Fort Lauderdale warns of the unhealthy practices that patients might have been doing while in quarantine, which may actually damage the spine.

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Are You Doing These 3 Unhealthy Quarantine Practices That Damage The Spine?

 

Latest update from our client, Dr. Matthew D. Hepler about Don't Catch the Sitting Disease When Staying at Home

Do you have the sitting disease? Experts coined this term to refer to an overly sedentary lifestyle. If you’ve been staying at home for a long period, you’re at risk of developing the sitting disease.

It is a known fact that having a sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. You are also more likely to develop osteoporosis compared to physically active people.

According to our spine surgeon in Boynton Beach, slouching on the chair, which is more likely to happen the longer you stay seated, can lead to unhealthy stretching of your spinal ligaments and straining of the spinal discs. This can speed up the wear and tear on the spinal discs and lead to spinal problems in the future.

In this uncertain time of a public health crisis, where most people are advised to stay at home or to work from home, here are three ways to avoid it.

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Don’t Catch the Sitting Disease When Staying at Home

 

News just in from our client, Dr. Matthew D. Hepler about Thoracic Kyphosis: When Is Surgery Necessary?

Thoracic kyphosis occurs when there’s an excessive curve of the thoracic spine, producing a hump in the mid back and a forward stooping posture. According to the journal Neurosurgery, this condition may be experienced by 20 to 40 percent of the elderly, especially among women between the ages of 50 to 70.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the majority of cases do not require treatment but some patients may prefer to wear a back brace and do regular exercises for posture improvement.

However, our spine surgeon in Palm Beach County explains that for thoracic kyphosis patients who experience worsening curvature, increasing pain, or decreasing function surgical treatment can reliably correct the curve and restore posture and function.

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Thoracic Kyphosis: When Is Surgery Necessary?