Obesity and Back Pain

by Dr. John Roberts V, MD 15. July 2014 12:32
The data released by the America Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Obesity Study is sobering: 38 states have obesity rates over 25%, and only one state, Colorado, has an obesity rate below 20%. As recently as 20 years ago not a single state had an obesity rate over 15%. To frame it slightly ... [More]

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Beware Weekend Warriors - Dr. John Roberts

by Dr. John Roberts V, MD 22. June 2014 07:00
You wash the cars, mow the lawn, perhaps spend a little recreation time at the pool with the kids. If the kids are in luck, you might even spend a few minutes launching them through the air into the water. Monday morning arrives, you drag yourself out of bed and head to work. You bend over to pick u... [More]

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Look Before You Leap

by Dr. John Roberts V, MD 15. June 2014 13:00
It’s that season again. Pools are open, ponds and lakes are warming up; it’s time for a swim. But the age worn adage is more important than ever. Never, and I mean never dive into murky water. You must know how deep it is and what lurks below the surface. Neck injuries make up 2% of spin... [More]

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Patient Heal Thyself

by Dr. John Roberts V, MD 13. June 2014 08:53
The supersizing of America is no laughing matter. In fact, nothing is as sobering as when one sees their true Body Mass Index (BMI) written down in their medical record. As a spine surgeon, I believe obesity may now be the single greatest causative factor in the chronic back pain that bothers so man... [More]

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The Unsung Hero of the Back

by Dr. John Roberts V, MD 13. May 2014 06:05
Nestled between our vertebrae is the unsung hero of the vertebrate spine: the disc. Much is known about the disc but there is little discussion about it. It is primarily a cartilaginous structure with a soft, pulpy center that is surrounded by bands of tissue that become progressively stiffer as you... [More]

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