2022 Gift List for Back Pain
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by Sanjiv Lakhia - Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
1w ago
Holiday shopping season is upon us, and there’s something out there for everyone. Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia reflects on the guests that decked the halls of Back Talk Doc in 2022 and compiled a list of the top ten gifts for people with back pain.  The list is inspired by discussions with guests, including Dr. David Schecter and Esther Gokhale, and addresses a range of prices and applications. Finding the perfect gift is tough, so Back Talk’s top ten list helps strike the balance of something that lights up your loved ones’ faces while not depleting your budget or inflicting more back tension.  ..read more
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Back Pain Relief with Spinal Cord Stimulation
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by Sanjiv Lakhia - Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
1M ago
Physicians strive to find ways for their patients to live healthy, active lifestyles, and that is what attracted Dr. Dave Eichman to the specialty of spinal cord stimulation.  In this episode of Back Talk, host Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia and his guest, Dr. Eichman, cover what makes a patient a good candidate for the treatment, what to expect from it, and some potential pitfalls.  “The unique ability to test the device before committing can help patients feel more confident in their choice. “[Once] you've had the surgery done, there's no going back. But with the stimulator, there's a five-to-s ..read more
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Neuropathy and Its Many Facets with Dr. Ki Jung
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by Sanjiv Lakhia - Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
4M ago
Have you ever sat in one position too long and had your foot fall asleep? And when you stood up, you felt a prickling or tingling that was almost painful? Or have you ever rolled over in the middle of the night and found your hand was numb? Each of these occurrences are considered positive symptoms of neuropathy — they are the presence of an abnormal sensation. What exactly is neuropathy and what causes it? On this episode of Back Talk Doc, host Sanjiv Lakhia is joined by his new partner at the Carolina Surgery and Spine Association, Dr. Ki Jung, MD to discuss neuropathy and its many facets.&n ..read more
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The Vagus-Trigeminal-Pain Connection with Sharik Peck, PT
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by Sanjiv Lakhia - Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
6M ago
Imagine relearning how to walk — and learn — in your senior year of high school. For this episode’s guest, Sharik Peck, that was reality.  Mr. Peck’s battle with chronic pain began when he was only two years old. As a young child, he fractured his second cervical vertebrae. Years later, he crushed multiple spinal vertebrae in his thoracic region. Finally, he experienced a vertebral artery dissection that forced him to relearn how to walk and learn. Instead of allowing his injuries and pain to defeat him, Mr. Peck used them as inspiration. His goal was simple: Help others who experience li ..read more
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Releasing Pain and Trauma with David Berceli, PhD
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by Sanjiv Lakhia - Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
7M ago
In a bomb shelter under attack in the Middle East, Dr. David Berceli, PhD observed what would become the foundation for much of his work. As mortar shells assaulted the shelter’s exterior, David observed as young children shook in terror and adults sat, stoic and unmoving.  “We train ourselves out of these endogenous rhythmic movements of the human body that actually are designed to help us reduce stress or release trauma,” David observed. “By trembling, those two year olds were actually healthier than the adults who simply froze that mechanism and didn't allow their body to discharge the ..read more
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Back Pain Relief with Foundation Training
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by Sanjiv Lakhia - Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
8M ago
Sometimes, the greatest struggles can bring forth the greatest innovations.  That is certainly true for Dr. Eric Goodman, DC, the founder of Foundation Training. As a young man in chiropractic school, his severe back pain from multiple disc herniations became unbearable. “I had about a year left of chiropractic school when my back got bad to the point that I was like, ‘I don't want to be a chiropractor,’” Dr. Goodman tells Dr. Lakhia. “Driving hurt, standing hurt, sitting hurt, and laying hurt. You're just out of options.”  It was in experimenting with his own pain in motion that he ..read more
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The Brain-Pain Connection with Dr.David Schechter
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by Sanjiv Lakhia - Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
11M ago
Dr. David Schechter didn’t always buy into the idea of the mind-body pain connection. As a medical student, he relied on conventional and traditional approaches to pain management. But that was before he developed knee pain that felt almost impossible to resolve. He tried mechanical therapy and strengthening exercises as is typically recommended, but nothing seemed to work. So he approached an NYU physiatrist for help: Dr. John Sarno, who became one of America’s most famous back pain doctors. Dr. Sarno told Dr. Schechter that his pain was psychosomatic. “That really threw me for a loop,” Dr. S ..read more
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Power of Compounding
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by Sanjiv Lakhia - Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
11M ago
Bryana Gregory works at a compounding pharmacy, an option that many physicians in traditional medical circles have never considered. But compounding could be the key to recovery and better long-term health for some patients. Rather than seeking only to relieve pain, compounding pharmacists take a holistic approach to a patient’s health to create personalized treatments. “It’s like back in the day, when we used to have apothecaries, and see doctors and pharmacists behind the counter mixing up medications that were customized for the patient,” Bryana says. “Compounding pharmacy is more of an ind ..read more
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All About Radiofrequency Ablation for Spinal Arthritis With Dr. Stephanie Plummer
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by Sanjiv Lakhia - Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
11M ago
Have you ever been told you have “Uncle Arthur,” more commonly known as arthritis? This ailment affects so many that either you or someone you know likely has pain from arthritis. With so many ways for a back to hurt, how do you tell if your back hurts from arthritis? Back pain from arthritis is a somewhat different affair than disc pain or structural pain. Instead of the pain radiating, it stays fairly localized to the facet joints, which Dr. Lakhia refers to as “the knuckles of the spine.” Back Talk Doc guest Dr. Stephanie Plummer walks through a specialized treatment that she performs calle ..read more
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Fact or Fiction: The Truth About Lumbar Spinal Injections
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by Sanjiv Lakhia - Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
1y ago
Lumbar spinal injections can help reduce back and leg pain and are a highly requested treatment at our offices. But there are also plenty of misconceptions about them. Can epidurals be a first-line treatment for low back pain? How well can they help us determine a source of pain? Can injections heal discs? We brought on Dr. Joseph Zuhosky, who recently joined our team at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, to get answers to these questions and more. Along the way, we hope to alleviate some myths and points of confusion about spinal injections. Joe gives us his recommendations for whe ..read more
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