Chronic back pain usually affects your lower back, also called the lumbar spine. Physicians define “chronic” back pain as daily pain for more than three months. The pain can be intense enough to affect all aspects of your life – from work to sleep. That’s why prevention is so important. The good news is that there are many ways you can help keep chronic back pain at bay – permanently. By Dr. Marshal Peris, FAAOS, Co-Director of the Orthopedic & Spine Institute, Spine Surgery Section, Northern Westchester Hospital
You probably know more today about concussions than you did a few years ago. By publicizing the head injuries of super-star athletes, the media has raised awareness of the seriousness of concussion. And that’s a good thing. But you may not know about the potential long-term dangers of not receiving care from the right specialist– the one provider trained specifically in the ways brain function affects cognition, behavior and emotion. In other words, a neuropsychologist. Here, I explain why involving this specialist from the first suspicion of concussion is vital to recovery. By Chari Hirshson, Ph.D., neuropsychologist at Northern Westchester Hospital.
Bunions Don’t Have to Be a Bumpy Ride
A bunion is a bump on the inner aspect of the foot at the base of the big toe. If you’ve never experienced a bunion, you might think that this bump is an enlarged bone or even a growth, but it’s not. A bunion is actually a normally-shaped bone that has drifted into an abnormal position. As part of the deformity, the big toe becomes crooked, pointing more and more toward the second toe. Painful bunions can make routine activities like walking or even standing extremely uncomfortable. Here, Dr. Kurt Voellmicke, Director of Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital discusses what causes bunions and empowers you with treatment options for this potentially debilitating foot condition.
If you or someone you love suffers from chronic severe pain and no methods have brought relief, you need to know about a surgical procedure that can significantly reduce or even eliminate pain. Here, I inform you about spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain. The procedure could change your life. By Dr. Alain C. J. de Lotbinière, CM, FACS, FRCSC, Medical Director of the Cancer Treatment & Wellness Center and Co-Medical Director of the Gamma Knife Center, Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH).
Suddenly, with no warning, you feel terrible pain shooting from the base of your neck, through your shoulder, down your arm and into your fingers. You’re not aware of doing anything to set it off. What’s happening? By Dr. John M. Abrahams, FAANS, Chief of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the Spine Surgery Section of the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital.