• The FUSION Word

    Phoenix Spine is pleased to provide our blog readers with the following entry written by Board Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Dan Lieberman. His unique perspective and insight will help you understand how DVR (Direct Visual Rhizotomy), a new “ultra minimally invasive” spine procedure can help you live pain free, without the risks and complications of traditional

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  • Smoking and Back Pain

    Smoking and Back Pain

    There is no shortage of information on the health risks of smoking. But can smoking actually affect your back pain? For smokers, the lifetime risk of developing a spinal fracture is increased by 32% in men and 13% in women. Smoking can negatively affect back pain in quite a few ways. Some of them may

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  • Stress and Back Pain: Cause or Effect?

    Stress and Back Pain

    Back pain and stress can become a painful cycle. Back pain can cause stress and that stress- if not dealt with quickly- can lead to even more back pain. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States estimates that stress accounts about 75 percent of all doctors visits. Back Pain Causes Stress

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  • The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

    Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

    For many years, there was only one widely accepted strategy to treat chronic back pain: traditional invasive spinal surgery. However, advances in modern technology over the past few decades have provided us with tools and techniques that allow physicians to treat back pain much more efficiently.

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  • Holiday Hacks That Wreck Your Back

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    We sat down with Dr. Richard Teff, one of our neurosurgeons, to ask about the injuries he commonly sees over the holidays, and his ideas on how to avoid them. In addition to his practice focused on spine surgery, Dr. Teff has worked as a trauma surgeon covering emergency rooms for many years — so

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  • Narcotic Painkillers: Not Worth The Risk

    Narcotic Painkillers

    As media coverage continues to focus on the growing epidemic of drug abuse and addiction to opioid medication, it is important to take a deeper look at the root cause of these potentially deadly situations. Despite misconceptions, the downward spiral of addiction to narcotics often starts with a visit to the doctor, resulting in a

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  • Open Enrollment: What to Look for To Make Sure You’re Covered

    Insurance Open Enrollment

    During open enrollment time, you may be faced with a large variety of different health insurance plans to choose from. Our patients frequently ask us for advice on what the best insurance to ensure they will be able to access the best care. We have a simple answer: whenever possible, choose the plan that gives

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  • A New Alternative to Fusion Surgery: Direct Visual Rhizotomy

    Alternative to Fusion

    If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from pain in your low back, you should know that there may be a solution. In most cases, mechanical back pain is caused by problems with a facet joint. It’s often called arthritis of the spine. The traditional treatment for this problem is radiofrequency ablation

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  • The Secret to Preventing Back Pain: Exercise

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    Back pain is like a horrible house guest: it comes in uninvited, disrupts everything, stays too long, and has a nasty habit of coming back. Back pain is no different than a lot of other diseases, like diabetes or heart disease. Seventeen percent of people having low back fusion surgery in the US this year

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  • What Your Doctor Can Do to Minimize Your Risk of Infection

    Doctor Preventing Infection

    While there is a lot of hype about infections from surgeries, the real risk of getting an infection from surgery is less than one percent. Fear of infection should not prevent you from having the spinal surgery you need to get back in the game. There are clear steps your doctor can take to minimize

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