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A Lutheran Hospital Patient Story
Management of Back and Neck Pain
Web Chat with Deborah Venesy, MD
Archived health chat from Friday, August 24, 2012
On any given day, almost two percent of the entire United States work force is disabled by back pain. In people younger than 40 years old, back pain is the most common reason for the inability to perform daily tasks. It also is the direct cause of enormous health care expenses.
Deborah Venesy, MD, has been with Cleveland Clinic since 1999. She completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Ohio State University Hospitals, Columbus, Oh, after graduating from medical school at Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Oh. Dr. Venesy is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Her specialty interests include electromyography, evaluation and management of back and neck pain, management of occupational conditions and illnesses, neck and back disorders, and rehabilitation of neuromuscular disorders.
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Back Pain: When Surgery is Appropriate
Web Chat with Russell DeMicco, DO
Archived health chat from Friday, February 17, 2012
Most back problems can be taken care of with nonsurgical treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medication, ice, heat, osteopathic manipulation, spinal injections, and physical therapy. When conservative treatment options do not provide relief, back surgery may be an option. However, it does not help every type of back pain. Back surgery is typically only needed in a small percentage of cases.
Russell DeMicco, DO, is a medical spine specialist with the Center for Spine Health and sees patients at Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center and Cleveland Clinic main campus. His specialty interests include the evaluation and management of back pain in adults and adolescents, non-operative spine care and musculoskeletal medicine, and interventional spine procedures. He has been on staff at Cleveland Clinic since 2003 and is also certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
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Osteopathic Manipulation for Back and Pelvic Pain
Web Chat with Fredrick Wilson, DO
Archived health chat from Friday, January 14, 2011
Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) is a system of evaluation and treatment designed to achieve and maintain health by restoring normal function to the body by balancing body structure with manipulation. Manipulation is the therapeutic application of manual pressure or force. Oftentimes, structural problems in the spinal column can affect the nerves that radiate out to the various organs, thus contributing to disease.
Fredrick Wilson, DO, is Director of the Cleveland Clinic Solon Center for Spine Health. Dr. Wilson is an osteopathic medical specialist who treats patients with back and neck pain. He uses traditional conservative medical treatments and incorporates osteopathic spinal manipulation when appropriate. He has been on staff at Cleveland Clinic since 1997 and has been the Director of the Solon Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health since 2000. He is part of the teaching faculty for Cleveland Clinic medical spine fellows and internal medicine residents. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine for the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he teaches medical students, interns, and residents.
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Pain in the Neck! Management and Treatment Options for Cervical Spine Disorders
Web Chat with Thomas Mroz, MD
Archived health chat from Friday, July 10, 2009
Neck pain and symptoms caused by cervical (neck) spine disorders are very common among adults. In fact, studies show that nearly 50 percent of adults have evidence of degenerative changes in their cervical spine by age 50. The different parts of the cervical spine, including the muscles, bones, ligaments and joints, are normally well balanced and able to handle the stresses and strains of daily movement. However, when injury to the cervical spine occurs, the neck can be a significant source of pain and discomfort.
Thomas Mroz, MD is a board-certified spine surgeon in Cleveland Clinic's Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurological Surgery and the Center for Spine Health.
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My Aching Back! Medical Management of Back Pain
Web Chat with Daniel Mazanec, MD
Archived health chat from Monday, November 10, 2008
Ninety percent of American adults will experience an episode of back pain during their lifetime. In people under the age of 40, back pain is the most common reason for inability to perform daily activities. Fortunately, there are many nonsurgical treatments available for patients including medication, pain management, acupuncture or physical therapy.
Daniel Mazanec, MD is an expert in the evaluation and management of back pain.
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