Hoag Becomes First Hospital on West Coast to Offer Advanced Minimally-Invasive Robotic Navigation Platform for Spine Surgery

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute (PFNI) today announced it is the first on the West Coast to utilize the Mazor X Stealth™ Edition Robotic Guidance Platform, the most advanced robotic-assisted, minimally invasive spine surgery ...

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Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag Adds First Machine-Vision Image Guided Surgery Platform to New Brain & Spine Fully Integrated Operating Room Suites

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF., April 25, 2019 — In an incredible leap forward for surgical outcomes and patient safety, Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag today announced the addition of the 7D Surgical System for spinal procedures. This system uses the same technology found in self-driving...

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Dr. Ozgur Featured on Spectrum News, Highlighting Medical Mission Work

Dr. Ozgur’s medical mission work has been featured on Spectrum News. Please click the link below to see more. View Article...

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Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund Humanitarian Award

Dr. Ozgur is honored to have been awarded a Humanitarian award from the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund! Here are some pictures from the event honoring his medical missions in Palestine....

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Rehab For Spinal Cord Injury

One common misconception about a spinal cord injury is that there is no coming back from it. While some injuries may leave a person paralyzed for the rest of their life, other injuries can improve after specialized rehabilitation. You’d be surprised to see how much fight people have in them after ...

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Dr. Burak Ozgur Discusses the Expanded Commercial Release of the Clutch® Interspinous Process Device

Spinal Elements’ Clutch is the only interspinous process device designed to maintain active compression against the spinous processes to resist loosening and migration May 24, 2018 12:07 PM Eastern Daylight Time CARLSBAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spinal Elements, a spine technology compa...

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Dr. Burak Ozgur Volunteers in Palestine, Changes Lives Forever

It is Thanksgiving morning and Dr. Burak Ozgur, a Newport Beach neurosurgeon, walks ancient streets to perform 21st-century medical miracles. In moments, Ozgur will enter a hospital on the West Bank. He is armed with medical supplies that he’s brought from the United States. Soon, he will do exact...

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Artificial Disc Replacement Over Fusion Surgery

When two neighboring discs of the vertebrae become compressed, wear out, and produce unimaginable pain and numbness, artificial disc replacement surgery can be a better option than traditional fusion surgery. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery published a report that outlines a two-year post-surg...

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Artificial Disc Replacement: Effective and Safe According to the California Technology Assessment Forum

Medscape, an Internet source for the latest medical news, clinical trial coverage, drug updates, and more, recently released an article in which the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) was asked to review the safety and efficacy of artificial disc replacement surgery for neck pain treatmen...

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Artificial Disc Replacement

Reducing back pain and improving mobility can be achieved through conservative methods such as medication, physical therapy, and steroid injections. However, when these methods do not improve pain symptoms, more aggressive approaches will certainly be considered. An artificial disc replacement, also...

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Comprehensive Neurosurgery Spine Program Launches at Hoag

Burak Ozgur, MD., chief of service of the Neurosurgery Spine Program at Hoag Neurosciences Institute, has helped to launch the Neurosurgery Spine Program at Hoag Hospital, spring of 2014. The program consists of a dedicated multidisciplinary team of spine specialists including, physical therapists, ...

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Dr. Burak Ozgur Wins SuperDoctors® 2016 for Neurosurgery for 4th Consecutive Year

Southern California Neurosurgeon Burak Ozgur, MD, one of the founders of ONE® Brain & Spine Center® and widely recognized as a leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, is recently named for the fourth year in a row to the Super Doctors® 2016 for Neurosurgery list to be published in this mo...

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Pituitary Tumors and Treatments

Living with pituitary tumor or disorders can be very challenging because an excess or deficiency of any of the hormones can adversely affect the body’s functioning. Pituitary disorders often require medical attention from a pituitary center specialist. The pituitary gland is involved in the growth...

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Spine Specialists: Neurosurgeon vs. Orthopaedic Surgeon

We are often asked by our patients with spine conditions which one is the better option to do their spine surgery, a neurosurgeon or an orthopaedic surgeon? At ONE® Brain & Spine Center®, both our neurosurgeon and orthopaedic surgeon may be considered as both are highly-trained and experien...

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Dr. Burak Ozgur Wins 2015 Super Doctors Award For Third Year

Southern California neurosurgeon Dr. Burak Ozgur has been named to the Super Doctors list for 2015. He has been bestowed the prestigious award for three years in a row based on peer recognition and professional achievements. “It is incredibly humbling to be recognized by my fellow surgeons and phy...

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Dr. Ozgur “does miracles”

Retired Firefighter, Ray Macken, says Dr. Ozgur “Does Miracles” Burak Ozgur, M.D., is the neurosurgeon Ray Macken had been waiting for. For years, Ray, 71, didn’t talk about his back pain. A firefighter in the days when firefighters didn’t have much job security, Ray figured that if he compl...

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Innovative Invention Helps the Paralyzed Make Music

Last year certainly finished off with a bang with the invention of the “Brain Box”, a device that enables people with locked-in syndrome or other severe disabilities to make music by using their eyes. Brazilian-born composer Eduardo Reck Miranda is the man behind this astounding device that moni...

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Your Posture and Strides Help Fight Low Back Pain

Low back pain and the common cold are very similar. They hit almost every adult at some point and they leave you out of work and out of energy. Unfortunately, there is no one-time recovery pill that instantly takes the pain away. Instead, treatments and therapies are offered. Naturally, we all want ...

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Woman’s Golfer Takes Number One Spot Despite Having Scoliosis

Its unbelievable to hear that of the vast majority of scoliosis cases, there is no identifiable cause. The telltale curved spine and body leaning are virtually unexplained. For patients with scoliosis, the spine deformity can cause severe back pain and altered functions of internal organs. Offering ...

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What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is typically utilized to relieve pressure on a pinched nerve of the spine. Achieved both surgically and non-surgically, spinal decompression is often used to treat chronic back pain, disc herniation, sciatica, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis. For surgical interven...

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Watch Out for Fungal Meningitis

Fungal meningitis paves a long road to recovery. According to the CDC, this rare infection is the result of the spread of a fungus through blood to the spinal cord. People with weak immune systems, such as those suffering from AIDS or cancer, are at a higher risk of contracting the meningitis, but t...

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Vertebral Compression Fracture

A compression fracture in the back indicates a broken vertebrae. Referred to as vertebral compression fractures, this condition can be caused by osteoporosis, injury to the back, bone spurs or tumors, or a spine disease. If a vertebral compression fracture is not immediately treated, surgical interv...

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Treating Spear Tackler’s Spine

Spear tackler’s spine is an injury to the portion of the spine just below the head (cervical spine). The name is derived from a football injury where two or more players run into each other using their heads on impact. The condition causes a narrowing of the spinal cord canal and can be very serio...

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Regional Nerve Blocks

Before the introduction of local anesthesia surgeries were seldom performed, and when they were, they were extremely painful. Fortunately, medical improvements have advanced over decades and local anesthesia now provides a reversible loss of sensation to a specific region to the body. This process r...

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Regular Physical Activity Can Reduce Risk of Stroke

A new study suggests that regular physical activity may reduce the risk of stroke. According to research from the American Heart Association, approximately 9,000 of the 27,000 study’s participants were inactive (exercising once a week or less) and 20 percent more likely to experience a stroke. At ...

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TLIF Spinal Fusion

Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) back surgery is the approach to a spinal fusion that works to stabilizing the vertebrae and the disc, with the goal of reducing pain and nerve irritation. Different from an XLIF or ALIF, a TLIF spinal fusion is applied through the posterior (back) portio...

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Spondylolisthesis and Physical Therapy

The condition can be a mouth full. One of the most common causes of low back pain, spondylolysis, is a stress fracture in a bone (vertebrae) of the spinal column. Phonetically pronounced spon-dee-low-lye-sis, the disease weakens the bone and manipulates the alignment of the vertebrae. If the weakene...

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Spinal Decompression Therapy for Low Back Pain

Low back pain will affect 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. Those people who sustain pain for longer than six weeks know how debilitating and disruptive it can be to their everyday lives. There are a number of different treatment options for patients with chronic back pain. Some ...

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Spinal Cord Injury Prevention

Spinal cord injuries can cause long-term effects that may end up leaving a person paralyzed if not immediately treated. Our lives are constantly on fast-forward with activities and tasks that may have harmful results. ONE Brain and Spine Center offers treatments and surgeries for spinal cord damage,...

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Slowing Down Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease that not everyone develops, but for those who do, can sometimes catch them off guard. This bone disease is more prevalent in women over the age of 50, and approximately one in three women will develop some form of an osteoporosis fracture in their lifetime. The...

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Show Your Spine Some Love, Too!

A balanced and nutritious diet is probably the most important factor to living a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen are essential choices for fighting off infectious diseases and maintaining organ functionality. This includes our spine. If you think about it...

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Shocking Causes of Back Pain and Simple Tips for Relief

The fast-paced American lifestyle is filled with heavy workloads, tight deadlines, and accident-prone dispositions. The National Institutes of Health reports that eight in ten people will suffer from a back injury or back pain at some point in their lives. For many, these accidents or pain symptoms ...

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Scheuermann’s Kyphosis

Kyphosis refers to the profound outward curve of the thoracic spine. The spine has a normal “C” curve to its shape, and becomes manipulated when a person has bad posture and a hunched back. If the thoracic spine becomes more than a 40-40 degree curve, it is considered deformed. Slouching and poo...

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Sailing Simulator for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

The Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland announced in November that the results of their study showed that a sailing simulator improved the results of patients with spinal cord injuries. The researchers theorized that because of the study’s success, that this therapeutic stimulation co...

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Research on Brain Freeze Could Lead to Chronic Headache Relief

The nearing of the ice cream truck jingle is ever more present as summer closes in on the spring season. Children and adults across the nation are giving in to those sugary temptations. That first cone of the summer can hardly all fit in your mouth at once but your ice cream desire doesn’t have th...

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Relieving The Pain Of Cervical Spinal Stenosis

According to a recent report, over nine million Americans suffer from neck pain due to the spinal cord being compressed by the narrowing of the space surrounding it. With that many people suffering from this condition, the surgeons at One Brain and Spine Center in Irvine, California are dedicated to...

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Is Injection Therapy a Good Option For Your Low Back Pain?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, lower back pain is the leading cause of disability. Not only nationally, but also globally, the world faces back problems on a day-to-day basis. From work related injuries, to exercising, low back pain is increasingly affecting our lives. The Unite...

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Dynamic Stabilization: An Alternative to Spinal Fusion

Traditional surgery for any painful spine condition has been spinal fusion. This procedure is used to stabilize spondylolisthesis (unstable spine) and prevents any further manipulation, disc degeneration, and pain. Many people find significant success after a spinal fusion, but there are several ris...

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Introducing ONE Brain & Spine Center

ONE Brain & Spine Center is the newest multi-disciplinary medical practice in Irvine, California. Burak M. Ozgur, M.D. is the physician at this state-of-the-art spine and brain clinic. Dr. Ozgur is a neurosurgeon who focuses his practice on a conservative, minimally invasive approach to spine su...

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Keeping a Clear Head With ONE

Waking up to a throbbing pain on one side of your head is anything but pleasing. Migraines can attack at anytime throughout the day and night, but most frequently arise in the morning. A staggering 36 million Americans suffer from migraines. According to the Migraine Research foundation, this is a o...

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Knowing the Difference: Benign and Malignant Tumors

The diagnosis of any kind of tumor brings worries and doubts. Often times, the word ‘tumor’ gets interpreted as ‘cancer’ and equivocally frightens patients. There are two kinds of tumors or growths that people may be at risk of growing: benign and malignant. One Brain and Spine Center offers...

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Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty

A kyphoplasty is a surgery that helps relieve back pain from spinal compression and restores spine shape. The procedure involves filling injured vertebrae to improve the mobility of the spine. A vertebroplasty is a similar medical procedure. Bone cement is implanted into the collapsed vertebrae to r...

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Kyphosis: What it is and How ONE Can Help

Kyphosis may not be a household term, but it is definitely familiar to people with certain back problems. This condition, commonly referred to as hunchback syndrome, is a type of curve in the thoracic spine (the upper back region). Naturally, the spine has a slight curve to help absorb shock and sup...

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Living with Chronic Pain

Headaches, joint pain, back pain, fatigue: no one wants to live with these symptoms, especially if they’re going to last longer than six months. Chronic pain physically and mentally strains a person’s body and can breed other health problems. Whether the pain originated from an injury/ trauma, o...

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Lumbar Microdiscectomy

The surgeons at ONE Brain and Spine Center take a conservative approach to spine treatment. Before considering surgery, the physicians and medical staff try physical therapy and other nonsurgical actions to relieve back and spine pain. If these options are not working as rapidly or as affectively as...

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Medical Tourism and How ONE Can Help Patients Globally

Medical tourism is just that: touring patients. People are able to travel in and out of the country for medical treatments that are unavailable in their network of physicians. ONE Brain and Spine Center offers the ability for patients from around the world to travel to their facility and set up cons...

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Migraines Could be The Result of a Brain Abnormality

We have been asking questions about headaches and migraines for centuries. Are they related? Where do they come from? Do loud noises make them worse? While researchers and physicians worldwide have answered most of these questions, there is still much mystery to this occurrence. The medical team at ...

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Moving Towards Advancements in Movement Disorders

An estimated 6.3 million people worldwide have Parkinson’s disease or some form of movement disorder. This neurological condition, unfortunately, has no cure, but is continuously researched and tested for new therapies and drugs to reduce symptoms and ultimately find a cure. ONE Brain and Spine Ce...

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A Multifaceted Healthcare Plan at ONE

Meeting and treating patients has become a much more intimate experience for everyone. The family, the patient, and the physician play important, engaging roles when it comes to patient care. The physicians and medical staff that make up ONE Brain and Spine Center use professional etiquette and appr...

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Multilevel Fusions

A spinal fusion, also referred to as spondylodesis, is a surgical procedure that specializes in joining two or more vertebrae together. The primary objective is to eliminate pain caused by abnormal functioning vertebrae. A surgeon uses bone tissue to fuse the vertebrae together. At ONE Brain and Spi...

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Neck Surgery Could Alleviate Chronic Headache Pain

Have you ever heard of a surgery healing a condition having no relation to the origin of the problem? We hear about people getting Botox to help alleviate their head pain or acupuncture to heal practically any ailing concern. In August 2009, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) found that pe...

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New Implantable Neurostimulation System

Medtronic, Inc., a medical device technology developer and manufacturer, introduced an implantable neurostimulation system to treat chronic back and/or limb pain in August 2013. This spinal cord stimulator is the first of its kind and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for safety a...

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New Test Predicts Lifeline of Scoliosis

According to the American Chiropractic Association, nearly 5 to 7 million Americans are affected by scoliosis. Usually appearing during a child’s growth spurt period, scoliosis is caused by an irregular and debilitating curvature of the spine. After years of research, most cases of scoliosis are u...

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Obesity Weighs Down on Back Pain

The spine works in the epicenter of the human body. It provides support, protection, and mobility for different elements that help us move around. Naturally, we need to provide the same support and coverage for the spine, and that begins with managing a healthy weight. The American Obesity Associati...

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ONE Improves Patient Centered Care

Patient centered care is not a new thing. Emerging in the early 50s, this kind of health care became instantly popular and embraced by physicians more and more each day. Health Services Research conducted a study that examined relationships between physicians and patients and the levels in which eng...

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Osteoporosis: Affecting Men and Women Alike

Osteoporosis is a degenerative condition that causes bones to weaken and sometimes break. Many people believe osteoporosis to be a “woman’s disease,” but according to the National Institutes of Health, 2 million American men were diagnosed with the disease and 12 million more are at a high ris...

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Osteoporosis and the Spine

The International Osteoporosis Foundation says that 8.9 million people worldwide experience annual fractures from osteoporosis, equally an osteoporotic fracture roughly every three seconds. Women over the age of 50 are at a higher risk of experiencing such injury than men. Because our bones fall vic...

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Osteoporosis: What Not to Eat

When it comes to all the foods we should eat, most of us know what to look for. Anything rich in calcium, vitamin D, and other bone-building nutrients can help fight the development of osteoporosis. Foods such as fish, flaxseed, and nuts should be introduced into your diet, if they aren’t presentl...

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Pinpointing Back Pain

Nearly 80 percent of the adult population will experience some form of back pain. This unbelievable number has many Americans worried and taking serious precautions. The experienced medical staff at ONE Brain and Spine Center has helped patients along the road to recovery from back pain. Together, D...

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Predictions For the Future of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries

Minimally invasive surgeries have been available for years now, but the trend in this surgical intervention has really seemed to become more popular these past couple of years. Some surgeons believe in sticking with traditional open surgeries, but more and more spine surgeons are seeking to incorpor...

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Dr. Ozgur Honored With Award

Dr. Burak Ozgur has recently been awarded with the prestigious Compassionate Doctor Certification for 2012, joining an elite 3% of all phyisicians in the United States to recieve this award. A component of the Patients’ Choice award program, the Compassionate Doctor Certification is decided throug...

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Dr. Ozgur Chosen As Patient’s Choice Physician By The American Registry Board!

A big congratulations to Dr. Ozgur for being chosen as a Patient’s Choice physician by the American Registry board! American Registry recognizes excellence for the nation’s top performers. Physicians, lawyers, business owners, and every career in between are rated and ranked for their outstandi...

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Cutting Edge Technology That Could Replace Back Surgery

Finding out that you need back surgery is never a fun conversation. A traditional procedure could have a recovery time anywhere between two to six weeks. Rigorous physical therapy compiled with medication therapy can be tedious and may sometimes feel hopeless. Fortunately, patients with spinal steno...

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Dysphagia and Artificial Disc Replacement

One of the most undesirable side effects after an anterior cervical spine surgery is dysphagia. Dysphagia occurs when a patient has difficulty swallowing. Doctors often disagree on whether it is a symptom or a condition in itself. Derived from the Greek work dys, meaning bad, and phago, meaning ‘e...

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Exercise Program For Spinal Injuries Could Improve Motor Reflexes

A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health announced that a training program that adjusts the body’s motor reflexes could help improve mobility for people who are living with an incomplete spinal cord injury. The training requires patients to suppress a “knee-jerk like” reflex from...

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Future Advancements in Spinal Fusion Surgeries

A spinal fusion is typically pursued when a patient is unable to find relief from other treatments for spine pain. Abnormal or faulty vertebrae usually cause degenerative conditions that may require this surgery, or other deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis. At ONE Brain and Spine Center, Dr....

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Get Involved With ONE

Patient centered care is not a new thing. Emerging in the early 50s, this kind of health care became instantly popular and is embraced by physicians more and more each day. Health Services Research conducted a study that examined relationships between physicians and patients and the levels in which ...

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Hoag Memorial Hospital Implements Secure-C Cervical Artificial Disc Treatment

When Edna Zitko of Orange County California noticed she was dealing with chronic neck pain and debilitating spine numbness, she turned to Dr. Burak Ozgur for an expert evaluation. Dr. Ozgur, Chief of Service for the Neurosurgical Spine Program at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital, and Zitko discus...

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The Importance of Second Opinions

Second opinions may leave a patient feeling confused and overwhelmed, but wouldn’t you rather have more than one viewpoint about your health? When it comes to invasive surgery, or any kind of surgery for that matter, it is important to get the most information you can. The surgeons at ONE Brain an...

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Improving Neck Strength to Reduce Head Injuries in Sports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that around 173,285 of emergency room visits in the United States is sports-related, including concussions. Traumatic brain injuries can develop from excessive head trauma, and contact sports are no stranger to them. The medical team at ONE Brain an...

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“Burners” and “Stingers”

If you have ever played football, wresting, lacrosse, or hockey you may be familiar with the terms “burner” and “stinger.” Not the result of touching a hot surface or a bee sting, a burner is an intense pain due to the nerves in the neck and the arm being stretched or compressed. Contact spo...

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Breathing Exercises for Optimal Spine Health

Traditional spine surgeries may leave several complications that can greatly impact the outcome of the surgery. Minimally invasive techniques and technologies have substantially improved these risk factors, but still roughly 59 percent of spinal injuries are “incomplete,” according to Randy D. T...

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Back Pain Patients May Be Getting The Wrong Treatment

According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, pain patients are among the majority of individuals who receive improper treatment. The number of people reporting back pain is rising and new technologies and therapies are being created to better treat these injuries without surgical interv...

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Artificial Disc Replacement: When Other Therapies Fail to Provide Results

As the most basic forms of treatment, physical therapy and medication are options to relieve back and/or neck pain. When conservative treatments fail to show results, patients often turn to a spinal fusion surgery. However, two 2011 studies show that spinal fusion surgery may not be the best choice....

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Artificial Disc Replacement: When Other Therapies Fail to Provide Results

As the most basic forms of treatment, physical therapy and medication are options to relieve back and/or neck pain. When conservative treatments fail to show results, patients often turn to a spinal fusion surgery. However, two 2011 studies show that spinal fusion surgery may not be the best choice....

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Artificial Disc Replacement Over Fusion Surgery

When two neighboring discs of the vertebrae become compressed, wear out, and produce unimaginable pain and numbness, artificial disc replacement surgery can be a better option than traditional fusion surgery. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery published a report that outlines a two-year post-surg...

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Nutrients For Optimal Spine Health

Good nutrition and a well balanced diet are vital for all sorts of health benefits. Maintaining a healthy weight and sticking to a nutritious diet are essential for good back health. Whether you suffer from chronic back pain or are healing from a past back injury, eating the right foods can be suppl...

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Disc Conditions From Degenerative Causes

One of the most common, and sometimes unavoidable, causes of disc problems is age. As we get older, the discs in our spine weaken and become more susceptible to herniation. When a rupture occurs, whether from lifting or trauma, the jelly center of the disc space leaks into the spinal canal. The chem...

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Alternatives to Kyphoplasty

Every physician or surgeon will tell you that the earlier a patient schedules an appointment, the better chances of achieving significant improvements will occur. If a patient has an irregular spinal alignment along with debilitating pain symptoms, compression fractures may be imminent. To avoid sur...

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