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Because of Dr. Flotte I can walk pain free

Posted on 08/01/2015

Dr. Flotte preformed a Lumbar Laminectomy on me on June 25, 2015. I was so nervous to say the least. But everyone was s o warm, excepting and understanding. Him and his staff were absolutely AWESOME! They probably don’t really realize how much I appreciate what they have done for me. I am so grateful and would use him again in a heart beat as well refer him. Because of him I can walk pain free….. that is such a blessing. I’m overwhelmed with joy as well as my family…. Thank you keep up the GREAT WORK!

~ Freda D.

5 Ways to Avoid Text Neck

Posted on 07/22/2015

“Text Neck” is not just a problem for teenagers who spend hours upon hours a day on their phones. Adults who spend hours at work checking their phones or reading over the top of their glasses are placing added stress on their spine. There are simple things you can do while at work or school to stabilize your neck and improve your posture.

Look With Your Eyes
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Your eyes have quite a wide range of motion, look down at your phone with your eyes rather than bending over or hunching your neck. You can see your phone just as well and you won’t get a stiff neck.

Chest is Best
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Hold your phone up at chest-level, rather than down in your lap. This will reduce the angle you bend your next and take off some of that added weight from your 12 pound head.

Stand up
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Standing up while you work has numerous benefits. It will improve your posture and keep your circulation moving.

Get Back on the Horse
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If standing up all day causes you other problems, try straddling your chair like you are riding a horse. This will force your pelvis forward rather than allowing your back to slouch in your office chair.

Hold the Phone
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The best and simplest way to avoid “text neck” is to use your phone less. This is obvious, but no one ever wants to take the obvious course.

If you are experiencing recurring or severe neck pain, talk to a CNI neurosurgeon today and schedule an appointment to see how you can avoid the hunchback lifestyle.

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Biking for Back Pain

Posted on 07/13/2015

Your weekend bike getaway could be causing you back pain in unexpected ways. In order to keep your lower back strain free, your hips have to be stable. If you see someone cycling with their hips swaying from side to side, they are likely causing their back strain. Here are some easy precautions to take the next time you hit the pavement.

Check your fitting

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Take your bike to a professional shop and have them adjust it to your body size. Be sure to mention your back pain (and any other ailments) so they can help you pick a position that is right for you.

Try a Stationary Bike

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It may not be the most glamorous adventure, but a stationary bike can be less jarring to your spine. The rough terrain of mountain biking, or even riding through poorly paved streets, can jolt pain up your back at the slightest bump in the road. If you really like that outdoor feel, put your bike in front of a window or the television and watch La Tour de France.

Lean Forward

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Depending on your back ailments, leaning forward may be more comfortable for you. Consider fitting your bike with a set of handlebars that allow for comfortable forward leaning.

Lean Back

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If you’re the reclining sort, try a reclining or recumbent bike. Reminiscent of a paddle boat, these new bikes are better for those who are more comfortable in a reclining position, but still love to get out on the road.

Absorb the Shock

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There are tons of additions you can make to your bike to enhance the smoothness of your ride. Look at seats and seat covers, handlebar covers, gloves, and shock absorbers on the front forks.

Add a Pre-Cycling Workout

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Doing simple plank exercises will help improve your core muscles to support your lower back. Stretching out your hamstrings will improve your flexibility. Your body is always changing, so make sure to regularly adjust your riding position if it becomes painful.

Talk to a CNI neurosurgeon today and schedule an appointment for more detailed information about how to take care of your back and still enjoy your favorite hobby.

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Resources:
http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-reduce-lower-back-pain-from-cycling
http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/sports-and-spine-injuries/bicycling-and-back-pain
http://www.bicycling.com/training/health-injuries/7-steps-pain-free-cycling

5 Swimming Exercises to Help Back Pain

Posted on 06/24/2015

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Pool exercises can improve flexibility, agility, balance, and cardiovascular fitness. Here are some simple exercises to try at home, or at your local pool, to help ease back pain, in a sweat-free way.

 

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While standing on one leg, stretch out the other leg while one hand holds onto the side of the pool. This exercise will strengthen and stretch your leg, hip, and lower back muscles.

 

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Walking forward and backward in chest-high water works your leg muscles, while exerting limited impact of the knees or hips. Turn your casual pool stroll into aquatic power walking by adding hand float or light weights. Alternate walking and jogging gently in place for a more intense workout.

 

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With the help of a therapist or a floatation device, float on your back and make paddling motions with your arms and legs to strengthen those muscles, with low impact on your back.

 

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Stand on one leg while raising your other knee to hip level. Place a pool noodle under your raised foot, so the noodle forms a “U.” Hold as long as you can, up to 30 seconds, then switch legs.

 

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In deeper water, loop 1-2 noodles around your back and rest your arms on top of the noodle for support in the water. Move your legs as if you are riding an invisible underwater bicycle.

 

Before starting any pool exercise program, always check with your physical therapist or physician to make sure pool exercises are right for you. Find out more about how a CNI neurosurgeon may be just the thing you need to alleviate your back pain. Click here to schedule an appointment today.

 

Resources:

http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/water-therapy-exercises

http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail.aspx?cid=a66e86a1-470c-468a-9c9f-d818fb789bfa#.VWzBO2TBzRY

 

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