10 Hip Pain Remedies

10 Hip Pain Remedies

It’s important to treat hip pain immediately to avoid issues in the future.  Below is a list of 10 hip pain remedies you can do to remedy the discomfort.  Continue reading to learn more about relieving hip pain.   Hip pain is a problem that plagues most people at some time in their lives. There are…

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Recent Physician-led Lecture Focuses on “Advancements in the Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tears”

Recent Physician-led Lecture Focuses on “Advancements in the Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tears”

General orthopedic surgeon and shoulder specialist Lucas Schnell, DO, spoke on the “Advancements in the Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tears” during the Center for Spine and Orthopedics latest virtual Continuing Medical Education (CME) lecture on March 17.  More than 60 physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, and physical therapists logged on to listen to Dr.…

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At-Home Treatment for Arthritis Knee Pain

Arthritis Knee Pain : What You Can Do At Home for Treatment

While there’s no cure for arthritis knee pain, physical activity and topical treatments may help relieve pain and promote mobility in the joint. Continue reading below to learn more about what you can do from home to alleviate arthritic knee pain. Arthritis causes inflammation in one or more joints. Pain, swelling, stiffness, and tenderness are…

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Remembering Fritz Magerl

Remembering Fritz Magerl

Michael E. Janssen wrote an article commemorating a former teacher, the late Dr. Fritz Magerl.  Continue reading below to learn more about Dr. Magerl and his influence.   As I begin to see the end of my spine surgical career in the distant future, it is easy to reflect on one of the most influential people…

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Center for Spine and Orthopedics Patient Testimonials

Center for Spine and Orthopedics Patient Testimonials

At Center for Spine and Orthopedics, we aim to provide the highest quality of care through surgical and non-surgical treatments.  We strive for improved patient outcomes to create a Center of Excellence with our compassionate team of specialists.  Read below for our latest patient testimonials and click here for more insight into the care provided…

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How to Relieve Hip Pain

How to Relieve Hip Pain

Hip pain relief can be achieved through a variety of treatment options ranging from practicing certain exercises to undergoing surgical procedures.  Continue reading below to learn more about the different methods used to relieve hip pain.  Hip pain can be caused by overuse or damage to the hip joint, cartilage, or surrounding muscles, and can…

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Improve Your Overall Mood and Health with Spine Exercises

Improve Your Overall Mood and Health with Spine Exercises

Did you know that you can improve your overall mood and health with spine exercises? Good posture relieves stress on the spine and promotes energy flow for mobility.  Continue reading below to learn more about how to keep your mind and body healthy with spine exercises. It is said that your spine is the window…

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What You Eat May Help Beat Back Pain

What You Eat May Help Beat Back Pain

Eating more fruits and vegetables while reducing the number of processed foods consumed has proven to lower inflammation levels in the spinal column.  Continue reading below to learn more about what you can eat to help beat back pain.   Could what you eat be contributing to your back pain? Maybe. Many foods have been shown…

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The Best Sleeping Positions to Help with Lower Back Pain

The Best Sleeping Positions to Help with Lower Back Pain

The best sleeping positions to help with lower back pain may surprise you. When it comes to this topic, Information on the internet can be misleading, so we’ve broken down the best sleeping positions and their benefits so you do not have to decipher fact from fiction. Sleep position modifications and other changes to day-to-day…

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Sciatica Pain During Pregnancy

Identifying and Managing Sciatica Pain During Pregnancy

While sciatica pain during pregnancy is rare, some underlying medical conditions may cause or mimic sciatica symptoms.  Short walks, heat & ice therapy, pregnancy-safe stretches, and exercise have the potential to alleviate pain and discomfort.  Continue reading below to learn more about identifying and managing sciatica pain. Lumbar radiculopathy, commonly called sciatica, is a term…

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Implementing 10 Easy Daily Habits to Prevent and Stop Back Pain

Implementing 10 Easy Daily Habits to Prevent and Stop Back Pain

Implementing 10 daily habits to stop back pain can help protect the spinal column from unnecessary age related strains.  Minor lifestyle changes can make all the difference in maintaining lifelong back health.  Continue reading below to learn more about techniques that can alleviate and prevent back pain.  Although determining the cause of back pain can…

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Tips and Tricks to Ease an Online Student’s Time at the Computer

Tips and Tricks to Ease an Online Student’s Time at the Computer

Remote learning has become the new normal for many students because of the pandemic. Regardless of whether a student was enrolled in an online learning course or started due to safety precautions, it is important to know that spine health concerns can arise. Preventing back pain caused by remote learning can be mitigated by different…

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Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year from CSO!

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year from CSO!

From our family to yours, the Center for Spine and Orthopedics is wishing everyone happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year! We are grateful for the support and loyalty we have received this year and look forward to seeing you all in 2021! In observation of the holidays, we will be closed on…

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Everything You Need to Know About Lower Back Pain if You Run

Everything You Need to Know About Lower Back Pain if You Run

Everything you need to know about lower back pain if you run can be broken up into four categories. Identifying symptoms, knowing the causes, treatments, and prevention are all vital information for avid runners. Don’t let lower back pain stop you from enjoying a nice run in the morning. Continue reading below to learn more…

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11 Tips for Living With and Managing Chronic Pain

11 Tips for Living With and Managing Chronic Pain

Living with and managing chronic pain can be difficult and you may not know where to start when it comes to mitigating your symptoms. Continue reading below to learn 11 tips that may help you manage your chronic pain. 1. Learn deep breathing or meditation to help you relax. Deep breathing and meditation are techniques…

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7 Tips to Keep Your Back Healthy During the Holiday Season

7 Tips to Keep Your Back Healthy During the Holiday Season

When people think of the holidays, they usually don’t associate them with back pain. Some holiday activities can cause back pain, but luckily there are steps you can take to prevent it. Continue reading below for 7 tips to keep your back healthy during the holiday season. Full holiday schedules keep everyone busy with shopping,…

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Center for Spine and Orthopedics!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Center for Spine and Orthopedics!

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, CSO has been reminded of how loyal our patients, staff, vendors, families, and friends have been and we are immensely grateful for the support of you all. We are so thankful you have chosen the Center for Spine and Orthopedics to be a part of your life! In observance…

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Pam’s Story: Lifting Her Arm and Living Again After PRP Injection

Pam’s Story: Lifting Her Arm and Living Again After PRP Injection

 Chronic pain can disrupt your life. Our goal at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics is to relieve your pain and restore function so that you can continue doing the things you love. After Pam Chavez received a PRP injection, the mobility range in her arm improved greatly. Continue reading below to learn more about…

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Qutenza - Now Available at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics

Qutenza: Treatment of Neuropathic Pain – Now Available at CSO

Qutenza, used for the treatment of neuropathic pain associated with diabetic neuropathy of the foot is now available at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics. Continue reading below for more information about the treatment as well as facts about neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Click here to contact us to schedule an appointment…

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Centinel Spine Clinical Study

Centinel Spine Clinical Study for Total Disc Replacement

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics is participating as investigators in the Centinel Spine Clinical Study comparing the safety and effectiveness of prodisc® products in the treatment of Two-Level Symptomatic Cervical Disc Disease (SCDD). Continue reading the press release below for more information. PRESS RELEASE Centinel Spine Clinical Study for Total Disc Replacement for 2-Level…

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6 Ways to Prevent Sports-Related Back Pain and Injuries

6 Ways to Prevent Sports-Related Back Pain and Injuries

As things slowly start to return to normal, you may be excited to finally gather and participate in sports again. The last thing you would want is to be sidelined because of a sports-related injury. Continue reading below for 6 ways to prevent sports-related back pain! When the penalty flag goes down to signal an…

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How Different Sleeping Positions Affect Your Body and Overall Health

How Different Sleeping Positions Affect Your Body and Overall Health

Sleep is vital for a sound body and mind, but different sleeping positions can affect your body and overall health in contrasting ways. Continue reading below to find out more about how each sleeping position affects your health. Sleep is incredibly important to your overall health and wellbeing and that’s why it’s important to examine…

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September is National Falls Prevention Month

We have all experienced falls and are fearful of our loved ones being injured due to a fall. The risk for a fall and a subsequent injury is heightened among the older population. Since September was National Falls Prevention Month we have compiled a list of exercises that will reduce the risk of falls by…

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7 Moves That Will Get You Ready for Ski Season

Ski season is just around the corner and it is time to get in shape to hit the slopes. Having mobility and strength is important whether you are snowboarding or skiing. Below we are providing 7 moves that will help you get ready! Winter is just around the corner, and if you want to get…

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12 Tips to Avoid Lower Back Pain While Raking Leaves

The seasons are changing and soon people everywhere will be dusting off their rakes to clean up their yard, but did you know the way you rake up leaves could be causing you back pain?  Below are 12 tips to help you avoid lower back pain while raking leaves. Keep reading to find out more!…

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4 Tips to Make Your Virtual Classroom Safe for Your Spine

CSO is offering 4 tips to make your virtual classroom safe for your spine. Virtual learning has left some kids creating their own classroom at home. While some of these setups may be comfortable, they may not be safe for their spine and neck. Read below to learn more about how to set up your…

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Backpack Safety Tips for Back to School

Kids are going back to school, and it is important to know some of the best safety tips for supporting their back and posture when carrying a backpack. Below are some important tips to remember to protect your child’s posture and back as they carry heavy books around. Read below to find out more about…

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CSO Welcomes Spine Fellow Clay Dorenkamp, DO

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics welcomes Dr. Clay Dorenkemp to our team! Dr. Dorenkemp is an orthopedic surgeon who recently began a year-long spine fellowship here at CSO. Keep reading to learn more about his background and call us today at 303-287-2800 to schedule an appointment with one of our trusted doctors. The Center…

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Five Amazing Sleep Tips for Back Pain

If you’re struggling to sleep due to back pain, don’t worry! There are a number of things you can do to help reduce your pain and get a better night of sleep. In this article, you’ll learn about 5 tips to help minimize back pain when going to bed. Read below to learn more. Did you…

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How to Garden Without Hurting Your Back

We all want our gardens to be clean and beautiful during the spring and summer, but it can be hard to keep up with when you’re struggling with persistent back pain. Below are some tips on how to take on gardening activities without straining your back. Keep reading for more on how to relieve back…

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Hormone Replacement Therapy Now Available to Optimize Recovery After Surgery

BioTE® Medical bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) with pellets is now available at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO) for patients desiring to optimize their recovery after surgery. BHRT is a natural alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapy. If you are planning to undergo major surgery or suffer from the symptoms of hormone imbalance,…

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The Best Stretch You Can Do For Your Lower Back (and Your Golf Swing)

Many golf lovers may find it difficult to get the perfect golf swing. This could likely be a result of lower back pain, caused by sitting for extended lengths of time. Read the article below to learn about an effective stretch that is used to relieve back pain and improve your golf game. Golfers need to…

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CSO Welcomes New Spine Surgeon Jacob Rumley, DO

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO) is pleased to welcome our new spine surgeon, Dr. Jacob (Jake) Rumley. Dr. Rumley will join CSO’s Spine Team on July 13th. He is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship-trained in spine surgery. He specializes in total disc replacement, degenerative disc surgery, disc arthroplasty, laminectomy, microdiscectomy, spine injury,…

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How To Protect Your Spine At Amusement Parks

There are hundreds of rollercoasters throughout North American amusement parks. Although they can be fun and exciting, every year, thousands of injuries occur. To find out how to protect your spine at amusement parks, check out the article below.  How Roller Coasters Can Lead To Injuries While riding a roller coaster is exciting, there’s nothing…

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How to Prevent Back Pain When You’re Traveling

Neck and back pain can ruin a vacation experience. As your travel plans may increase during the summer months and you are planning to travel with family and friends, don’t let back pain ruin your trip! Find out a few tips below that you can use to help prevent back pain when traveling. Few things…

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Dr. Michael Janssen Wins Most Likely to Turn Your Day Around

On June 15, board-certified spine surgeon, Michael Janssen, won ‘Most Likely to Turn Your Day Around’ on North Suburban Doctor’s Day. The founder of the Center for Spine and Orthopedics was among the first surgeons in the nation to perform total disc replacement (TDR). He has performed more than 1,000 complex TDR surgeries and trained…

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Four Simple Ways to Help You Develop Your Posture

Poor posture is a common and easy habit to fall into. Although good posture is often overlooked, it’s crucial for maintaining the health of your back and the function of your body. To find out four simple ways to help you develop your posture, check out the article below. Posture is easy to overlook, but…

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How to Prevent Back Pain When Working From Home

Many people have changed their work environment due to the outbreak of COVID-19, leading to increased back pain. This is because people are sitting in positions they presume are comfortable and safe for their back. Read the article below for more information on how to prevent back pain when working from home, while also maintaining…

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Lower Back Love | Yoga For Back Pain

Yoga is great for back pain but is also known to help with body care, awareness, and mindfulness. Below, is a video that some of the staff here at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics have used to help with the areas that contribute to low backaches and pain, as well as provide preventative care!…

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Meet Dr. Oscar Noel | Building Trust and Sharing Decisions With Patients

“To develop trust requires a conversation,” says Dr. Oscar Noel, a Denver-based orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Noel focuses on shared decision making with his patients. “If I fully convey to you what’s going on, then you can make decisions based on that.” Patients choose Dr. Noel because he’s honest and treats people conservatively for as long…

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Thank You to Our Patients & Staff for Your Donations!

In the past week, we have received donations of gloves, gowns, and masks from our patients and staff. Thank you first to our patients, Duane Knapp for donating 2 boxes of gloves and Duane Corbus for donating 1,500 gowns. And thank you also to one of our own Jacque Carbone, APNP, who made and donated…

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7 Tips To Make Your Work-From-Home Space Better for Your Back

Working from home is becoming very common around the world. Below we are providing 7 tips to make your work-from-home space better for your back. These tips can help you stay comfortable, while also staying efficient. Read the article below to find out more. If you’re working from home, you might find that your makeshift…

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Telemedicine Now Available at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to embattle millions of Americans, physicians are seeking new and innovative ways to care for their patients. At the Center for Spine and Orthopedics, our physicians are doing just that and are now offering telemedicine appointments to provide care right in patients’ own homes. This will allow continued health care…

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Coronavirus Update: Actions We Are Taking to Ensure Your Safety

At the Center for Spine and Orthopedics, your health and safety are our top priorities. As your provider, we want to give you an update on the actions we are taking to ensure your safety as well as some information on receiving care at our practice. Our office is currently open during our regular business…

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Colorado Summer Science Camps with SERF!

The Scientific Education and Research Foundation is excited to offer Colorado summer science camps! There will be three different camps according to age group. Discovery, for 2nd to 5th graders, will allow campers to get involved with hands-on activities while learning about animals, space and more! Explorer for 6th to 8th graders will have similar…

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The Disc Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

Michael Duggan came to CSO after recurring back pain was having an impact on his life. Michael’s father, Ron, was also experiencing pain as well, and both, with the help of Dr. Michael Janssen, had same-day spine surgery to relieve their acute back pain. Read below for more on Michael and Ron’s story. For more…

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The Physical Benefits of Yoga

The physical benefits of yoga are endless! Yogas healing power is known to improve the overall health of many individuals. Some of the benefits of yoga include increased flexibility, easing tension in the lower back and relieving pain. Read the article below for more information regarding yoga and its many benefits! Yoga promotes physical health…

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Danielle Diorio’s Story: Snowmobiling a Month After Neck Surgery

Danielle Diorio came to CSO with neck pain last year. After talking to Dr. Janssen, our well-renowned spine surgeon, she received her diagnosis and treatment. Her turn around time was incredible, and she was exercising within the next week! Read below for more on Danielle’s story. For more information on the treatments we offer at…

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Nine Tips on How to Stay Safe on the Ski Slopes

Skiing is exciting, especially in the mountains of Colorado. Safety is always important not only while skiing but while participating in other sports, to prevent breaks, fractures, and back pain. Below are 9 tips for ski safety on the slopes. If you or someone you know has injured themselves contact us here. The adrenaline rush…

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Happy Holidays from CSO!

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics sends you warm wishes for the Holiday Season and happiness in the New Year! We thank you for your utmost support and loyalty this past year, and we look forward to seeing you in 2020! In observation of the holidays, we will be closed on December 24th, 25th, the…

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CSO Country Christmas Party

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics Country Christmas Party was a success. We had a blast dressing up in our western attire. Check out the photos below to see some of the excitement and the decorations that really made the party one to remember. Happy Holidays from CSO!

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4 Tips to Prevent Back Pain

Back pain can be extremely painful but don’t let it put your holiday festivities on hold. Read below for 4 tips to prevent back pain not just during the holidays but all year round. For more information on treatments visit our website or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 303.287.2800. Americans are no strangers…

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Happy Thanksgiving From CSO!

As we enter the season of giving and thankfulness, we are reminded daily how thankful we are of our loyal patients, staff, vendors, families, and friends. We are so thankful you have chosen CSO to be a meaningful part of your life and we appreciate your support of Center for Spine and Orthopedics! In observance…

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Sleep Disorders Predict Increased Healthcare Visits for Low Back Pain

Research has recently found that sleep disorders lead to increased healthcare visits for lower back pain. Lower back pain is significantly associated with pain intensity, disability, and a history of sleep disorders. Read the article below to find out more. For more information on treatments visit our website or to schedule an appointment, contact us…

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Owen’s Journey – A Health One Story

At 13, Owen’s case of scoliosis left him incapable of walking for long periods of time, which in turn made his health decline. This also left Owen unable to perform typical tasks like running and singing in the choir. Dr. Michael Janssen, founder and Spine Surgeon here at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics helped…

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9 Posture Exercises Everyone Needs

Posture is very important! Sitting all day, slouching over, and not standing straight can put a strain on your back. This can be painful and not very attractive. Below we are giving you some posture exercises to help get your posture back. At CSO, we encourage patients to seek care if experiencing any sort of…

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Chappell’s ‘Surreal’ Return From Back Surgery

Many are raving about Kevin Chappell’s incredible comeback from back surgery. After consulting several doctors, he made the decision to have a microdiscectomy and laminectomy at the L5-S1, which is where the lumbar spine ends and the sacral spine begins. Not only is he out of recovery, but Kevin shot a 59 at his first…

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Dr. Michael Janssen Lectures at Spine Course on “Advances in Motion Preservation of the Spine”

Spine surgeon Michael Janssen, DO, lectured on the latest advances in motion-preserving spine surgery techniques at the “Advances in Motion Preservation of the Spine” course on October 5. The course was hosted by the Seattle Spine Foundation.  Dr. Janssen’s topics included: History, Development and Testing of Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty Cellular Regeneration Strategies for Disc Nucleus…

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The Skier’s Back: Tips for Preventing Back Pain

Center for Spine and Orthopedics is excited to announce an upcoming event to prevent back pain whether it be from skiing, running or even working out. Join us October 24th, from 6-7PM at the Erie Recreation Center for a free physician-led lecture to learn ways to prevent back pain from putting your ski season on…

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Back Pain: Reduce Soreness and Joint Inflammation With This Essential Oil

Back pain is common and usually improves within a few weeks. While painkillers are one common form of treatment, some experts recommend essential oils to reduce soreness. CSO encourages several methods of non-surgical pain management and one possible way to manage acute pain is with peppermint essential oil. However, we always advise you consult with…

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Can A Standing Desk Help My Back Pain?

Studies have shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time can lead to back and neck pain, weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A standing desk may decrease some of these ailments. Read the article below to see how you could benefit from a standing desk:  You might…

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An Overview of Orthopedics

Many people are unaware of what Orthopedics consist of. In this field, doctors specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and therapy of conditions affecting bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and nerves in patients of all ages, from newborn babies to the elderly. Read the article below to get a better understanding of what Ortho consists…

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The Advanced Technology of I Factor Osteobiolgics

Dr. Janssen the founder of Center for Spine and Orthopedics teamed up with Cerapedics to create an informative video of bone graft technology in spine surgery for disc disease and neck pain. Dr. Janssen was among the first surgeons in the nation to perform total disc replacement (TDR). Watch the video below to find out…

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CSO Welcomes New Orthopedic Surgeon Oscar Noel IV, DO

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO) is pleased to welcome our newest orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Oscar Noel IV. Dr. Noel will join CSO’s Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Team on Tuesday, September 3. His specialties include sports medicine; arthroscopic surgery; joint replacement of the knee, hip and shoulder; general orthopedics; and orthopedic trauma care. Originally…

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Carol Ellis | Freedom from Shoulder Pain With PRP

Carol Ellis, a patient at Center for Spine and Orthopedics came in after saddling horses and lifting bags of grain took a toll on her shoulders. After previously having rotator-cuff surgery, She decided she did not want surgery again, but instead plasma-rich platelet therapy. Read her story below to find out more about her experience.…

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Say “Good Night” to Neck Pain

Sleeping can play a role in musculoskeletal pain which can be a cause for neck and shoulder pain. So what is the best sleeping position for neck pain? Read the article below to find out what you can do to minimize your risk of musculoskeletal pain. As with so many things, when it comes to…

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5 Yoga Poses to Ease Lower Back Pain

In a recent article, we talked about mindfulness and how you can use mind tricks to control your pain. This week, we are giving you 5 easy yoga poses that can help ease your lower back pain. Since the lower back tends to be a sensitive area, working on yoga can help ease pain and…

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6 Ways to Use Your Mind to Control Pain

While there are many ways to control pain, a lot of them include medication. However, people often forget about several techniques that may help control pain by using the mind. With the tips in this article, you can find ways that may help reduce your pain without taking medication. Drugs are very good at getting…

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Lumbar Spine Anatomy and Pain

At Center for Spine and Orthopedics, we offer many different options to treat back pain including lumbar spine surgery. However, although an estimated 70 to 80 percent of people experience low back pain at some point in their lives, most do not need surgery to relieve their pain. The time to consider surgery is when…

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Happy Independence Day

The team at Center for Spine and Orthopedics wants to wish you a Happy Independence Day! We are extremely thankful to have all of you, our clients and friends, to support us. If you plan on being adventurous this holiday, make sure to take precautions to minimize back pain and avoid injuries! Travel safely, enjoy…

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Aspire Trial | A New Alternative for Spinal Fusion

A New Alternative for Spinal Fusion Degenerative disc disease (DDD) and treatment options Degenerative disc disease (DDD) occurs when your discs degenerate (break down) and cause pain. As you age, the discs can lose flexibility, elasticity, and shock absorbing characteristics. When all that happens, the discs change from a supple state that allows fluid movement…

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Your Surgeon’s Childhood Hobbies May Affect Your Health

With technology becoming increasingly popular, it seems to take a toll on what is really important. Art and other hands-on activities help with the development of hand eye coordination. This becomes important when it comes to surgeons and the surgeries they perform. Read the article below to learn more about the effects of the decline…

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Ten Ways to Please Your Knees

Here at Center for Spine and Orthopedics, we try to give you tips to reduce the level of pain you may be experiencing. By following these ten steps, you may be able to reduce pain in your knees, as well as improve other pain areas as well. For more information, call our office at (303)…

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Harry Bearringer: Back to Camping and Fishing After Shoulder Surgery

Harry Bearringer loves the outdoors, particularly camping and freshwater fishing. In April 2018, Harry was working on his RV. The battery was dead, and as he lifted the almost 70 pound device from the vehicle to his workbench, he heard what sounded like a wooden pencil breaking. “It hurt very badly,” says the retired construction…

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Tom Hannan’s Story: No More Pain After Injections

A big, silver Dodge Ram truck raced through an intersection at 70 miles per hour, hitting a black Kia automobile, which in turn slammed into the driver’s side of the Lexus that Tom Hannan was driving. Fortunately, the Kia made contact just past the passenger door. Otherwise, Tom’s injuries would have been far worse. Though…

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Medical Student Spencer Cahalan Presents ‘Bioethics in a Pain Patient’

Kansas City University third-year medical student Spencer Cahalan presents on “Bioethics in a Pain Patient” to clinicians and staff at the Center of Spine and Orthopedics (CSO) on May 16, 2019. Spencer will complete the final day of his month-long rotation with CSO pain management specialist Dr. Paul Leo on May 17, 2019. This was…

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Spine Surgeon Michael Janssen Presents to 500 Asian Surgeons in China

Michael Janssen, DO, spine surgeon, recently spoke on complex cervical spine conditions at the AO Spine Advanced Seminar – Cervical Spine on April 27-28 in Chengdu, China. Dr. Janssen presented the latest clinical and surgical information on cervical disk replacement and cervical deformity surgical procedures to more than 500 Asian surgeons. Dr. Janssen was among…

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Larry Smith’s Story: Bedridden to Driving

Larry Smith was bedridden when he first visited Dr. Paul Leo in the spring of 2000. His pain began with a running injury that led to plantar fasciitis, later triggering fibromyalgia. The condition initially started in his feet and later spread to his hands. By the time he saw Dr. Leo, he could only sit…

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Ed Stewart’s Story: From Back Pain to Back in the Boat

In August 2017, after completing a Speedboat Poker Run, Ed Stewart was getting out of his speedboat when he realized he could not walk. Friends wheeled him into his hotel in a wheelchair. Pain shot down Ed’s right leg. Having had a left knee replacement, he thought that his right knee was the problem this…

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National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day — Photo Gallery

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics celebrated “National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” by inviting employees to bring their children to the office for a packed day of learning about all aspects of operating a medical practice, including patient care. The day started with a pancake breakfast and team building activities, followed by a…

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The Death of Lasers in Spine Surgery?

The experts at Center for Spine and Orthopedics will, most often, initially recommend conservative treatment since functional restoration can be achieved with non-surgical intervention in up to 80 percent of cases. In other cases, when surgery is clearly required, our experts will use the least invasive surgical procedure available to achieve your desired outcome. Read…

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Free Physician Lecture — Option to Manage Your Chronic Pain

FREE LECTURE! Dr. Paul Leo to Speak on an Option to Manage Your Chronic Pain   Living with chronic pain can be emotionally and physically difficult. If you’ve tried treatment options without long-term relief, and if chronic pain is keeping you from doing the activities you enjoy, join Dr. Paul Leo for this free lecture…

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Patient Care & Individual Experiences

Our staff at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics focuses on each patient being the ‘center’ of care, and all that we do revolves around them. Our skilled physicians, trained staff, state–of–the–art medical facility are all designed to put patient care first. We are always pleased to hear back from our patients about their experience…

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10 Tips to Speed Recovery After Exercise

Last week, we learned about how repetitive action can cause muscular and bone stress. The experts at Center for Spine and Ortho would like to remind our patients that recovery after exercise is key to avoiding injuries and should be an essential part of the workout routine. Read below for 10 steps to speed recovery…

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The Truth About Sports That Require Repetitive Overhand Motions

Overhand throwing places extremely high stresses on the shoulder. In throwing athletes, these high stresses are repeated many times and can lead to a wide range of overuse injuries. Although throwing injuries in the shoulder most commonly occur in baseball pitchers, such as Rockies’ pitcher Mike Dunn, they can be seen in athletes who participate…

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Expertise of Fellowship-Trained Podiatrist Available to Treat Bunions

At the Center of Spine and Orthopedics, our goal is to help you achieve the highest level of function as quickly as possible, so that you can, once again, enjoy your favorite activities. Bunions are a condition when a misalignment of bones in the foot can make the simple activity of walking, extremely painful. Dr.…

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Strengthen Your Back With Abdominal Workout Tips You Can Do Anywhere

Strong and healthy muscles help with mobility and help ward off injuries caused by falls. Abdominal workouts strengthen not only the core muscles that they target but also help with maintaining good spine health. A strong core helps with better posture which can have a positive effect on alleviating back pain. Read below for tips…

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Schedule an Appointment with CSO Shoulder Specialist, Denver

Shoulder pain can be a debilitating injury that restricts movement and participation in regular activities. There are a myriad of causes for shoulder pain ranging from an external injury to internal causes like a pinched nerve, arthritis or gallbladder and liver disease. The Center for Spine and Orthopedics specializes in treatment of shoulder pain. If…

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What makes my joints stiff in the morning?

The experts at Center for Spine and Orthopedics stress the importance of movement and activity for good joint health. Read below for an article that answers a common question about joint and muscle stiffness. We hope the tips and advice given will help you to be at your healthy best. Ask the doctor Q. Why…

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How Can I Prevent Tech Neck?

The experts at Center for Spine and Orthopedics want you to focus on a healthy approach to spine health. We recognize how lifestyle and habits can impact spine health. Read below for a news article that explains how technological devices and their usage can affect spine and neck health and how you can prevent additional pain.…

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5 Everyday Life Hacks for Straightening Your Spine

The experts at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics have specialities in minimally invasive surgical procedures. Read below for information that patients can use everyday to straighten their spine and help minimize back pain.  How many times have you heard someone tell you to “stop slouching” or “straighten up?” While the spine has a natural curvature,…

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Part 3: 5 Lifestyle Steps for Better Bone Health

The last two weeks we looked at the role that nutrition and lifestyle changes play in improving and maintaining better bone health. This week, let’s see how your doctor can help you understand bone health and address any concerns you may have. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our experts. Bone Health Step…

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Part 2: 5 Lifestyle Steps for Better Bone Health

Last week, we learned the vital role nutrition plays in slowing down the progression of osteopenia or osteoporosis. This week we will look at two simple lifestyle changes that can help you improve and maintain better bone health. Bone Health Step 2: Weight-Bearing Exercise Calcium supplements and osteoporosis medications can stop bone loss. Diemer explains. “But the body…

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5 Lifestyle Steps for Better Bone Health

The progression of osteopenia or osteoporosis can be slowed down by taking some critical steps to maintain and improve your bone health. This week, we will look at the first of a three part series to the five steps to maintaining better bone health. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our expert physicians. According…

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Total Knee Replacement — Frequently Asked Questions

The experts at Center for Spine and Orthopedics are experienced in total knee replacement surgery and dedicated to our patients overall quality of life. If you feel you could benefit from knee replacement surgery, read the article below and contact our knowledgeable team to get started on your treatment. If your knee is severely damaged…

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4 Concrete New Year’s Resolutions for Chronic Pain Relief

New Year’s is the perfect time to make lifestyle changes to reduce your chronic pain. It can be difficult to stick to vague, lofty goals. Instead, resolve to build specific, realistic habits into your daily routine. Here are 4 concrete resolutions to help you experience improved health and pain relief: 1. Walk 10,000 steps a…

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from CSO

As 2018 comes to a close, and 2019 quickly approaches, we want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for helping make 2018 one of the best yet, here at Center for Spine and Orthopedics. With a year full of successful recoveries and treatments, we are extremely thankful to have…

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Please Welcome Liz Tonniges

New med student, Liz Tonniges arrived at CSO on Monday, December 3 and will leave us just before the holidays on December 21, 2018. She is our newest student from Rocky Vista University (RVU). Liz grew up in a small town in Nebraska.   She earned her masters degree in nutrition and health sciences, and received a…

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Meet CSO Med Student, Andrea Perloff

Please join us as we welcome Andrea Perloff to CSO. Andrea is currently a 3rd year med student from Kansas City University. In the past, Andrea has been involved with the Peace Corps. She entered our office with eagerness to expand her knowledge and continue to broaden her medical career. Andrea will be with us until…

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Yoga Postures to Reduce Back Pain

Yoga Postures to Reduce Back Pain

Yoga, as long as it has not been advised otherwise by the specialist, can help to improve the health of your spine and relieve back pain. Many positions will allow you to lengthen the spine and thus create space between the spinal discs, relieving pressure that can be exerted on them.

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CSO Wishes You a Happy Thanksgiving

As we enter into the holiday season, we first celebrate Thanksgiving and are reminded of how grateful we are for our loyal patients, vendors, families and friends. We are thankful you have chosen us to be a part of your life and we appreciate your support of Center for Spine and Orthopedics! In observance of…

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The Difference Between Applying Heat & Ice For Back Pain

The Difference Between Applying Heat & Ice For Back Pain

A quick guide that explains when to ice, when to heat, when not to, and why. There is so much confusion about this issue. It’s a shame because therapeutic icing and heating — cryotherapy and thermotherapy — are rational, cheap, easy, safe self-treatment options for many common painful problems.  Ice is for fresh injuries, and heat is for…

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Comprehensive Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Non-Operative Treatments: Comprehensive Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Our physiatrists at Center for Spine and Orthopedics offer a variety of diagnostic and non-operative pain management options, including ultrasound-guided injections, generative medicine, therapeutic neural blockade and acupuncture. These may be prescribed in combination or alone. Our physicians also work in partnership with local physical therapists and other professionals to offer comprehensive pain management treatment. Spinal Injections…

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Dr. Michael Janssen Candidate for President-Elect at North Suburban Medical Center

Center for Spine and Orthopedics founder and highly experienced board certified spine surgeon, Dr. Micheal Janssen, has been nominated for the North Suburban Medical Center 2019-2020 board of medical staff officers. He is a candidate for medical staff president-elect, with voting taking place the last week of October. Read Dr. Janssen’s vision statement for his…

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Join CSO to “Love Your Spine”

CSO is joining the rest of the world to celebrate World Spine Day tomorrow, October 16th! We encourage you to join the movement and get involved, sharing your own stories on social media using #LoveYourSpine and tagging @CenterforSpineandOrthopedics on Facebook and @CSD9005 on Twitter!  ———— Following the global success of last year’s World Spine Day,…

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International Spine Fellow from Bangladesh Studies Advanced Surgical Techniques Under Dr. Michael Janssen

International spine fellow Dr. Sharif Ahmed Jonayed studied the latest techniques in spinal surgery under CSO founder, Dr. Michael Janssen, during a month-long fellowship in September at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics. As a spine surgeon and assistant professor at The National Institute of Traumatology & Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dr. Jonayed has a special interest…

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Meet Dr. Paul S. Leo, Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician

Dr. Leo has recently joined the CSO team as our newest Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician. He has practiced in community hospitals, level 1 trauma centers, pain clinics and teaching programs. He uses a multimodal pain management approach which combines therapies, medications and interventional procedures. With years of education pursuing his medical degree…

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Spine and Wine, Bones and Brats Social

Dr. Michael Janssen organized a social networking event for physicians, providers, administrators and VIP guests for our annual Spine and Wine, Bones and Brats social. The event was Co-Sponsored by Health Images who is known for diagnostic imaging services throughout the Denver area. Guests enjoyed reserve wines, micro brews, hors d’oeuvres, brats and a blind…

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CSO — 5 Stretches To Ease Your Lower-Back Pain

CSO — 5 Stretches To Ease Your Lower-Back Pain

When you’re dealing with the aches and oftentimes debilitating soreness of lower-back pain, there’s a good chance all you want to do is stay in bed. Yet research published in JAMA found that any kind of exercise—whether it’s core strengthening, aerobic exercise, or stretching—is the best way to ease pain and reduce the risk of another back pain attack. The…

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Complex Spine Surgery Returns Young Teenager to an Active Life

At only 13-years of age, Owen DeLaCastro had been suffering for many years from a worsening spinal deformity, termed “Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis” (AIS). Owen was having increasing trouble walking long distances and he was unable to run or exercise due to chronic back pain. His overall health was declining and his scoliosis was beginning to…

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Dr. Schnell Treats Player at BHS vs. PVHS Varsity Football Game

The rivalry game between Brighton High School (BHS) and Prairie View High School (PVHS) is always a highly anticipated event that students and the local community look forward to each year. Kicking off the first game of the season, both teams played a competitive game under the lights as Prairie View hosted the game at…

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CSO Welcomes New International Fellow Dr. Mustapha BenAziz

Please join us as we welcome Dr. Mustapha BenAziz from Gabes, Tunisia in Northern Africa as an international fellow for Center for Spine and Orthopedics. Dr. BenAziz is a specialist doctor that works in Orthopaedics & Traumatology at the Hospital in Gabes, Tunisia.   He is also a University teacher at the Faculty of Medicine of Sfax, Tunisia. He…

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Register NOW For The Diabetic Foot Problems & Wound Care Seminar!

Register NOW For The Diabetic Foot Problems & Wound Care Seminar!

Date: Thursday, August 9 Time: 1-2 pm Location: Thornton Senior Center — 9471 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton Speaker: Eric Kuhlman, DPM, Foot and Ankle Surgeon Sixty percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy (nerve damage), a complication of diabetes that may first appear as tingling or numbness in your feet and toes. Over time, it may cause…

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Patient Testimonial — The Center For Spine And Orthopedics

Dear Dr. Janssen and The Center for Spine & Orthopedics, How can I begin to thank you for giving me my life back? I endured five months of excruciating non-stop neck pain from one ruptured disk next to another severely herniated disk. I couldn’t hold my neck up. I can now empathize with people in…

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Consider Practicing Tai Chi For Reducing Chronic Back Pain

Consider Practicing Tai Chi For Reducing Chronic Back Pain

New guidelines released by the American College of Physicians suggest that an ancient Chinese martial art can be an effective defense against back pain! Read the article, below, for more information!  Tai chi combines slow, gentle movements with deep breathing and mental focus. It’s one of several nondrug measures—including yoga, chiropractic care, and massage—that the new guidelines recommend back-pain sufferers…

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Don't Forget To Register For The Diabetic Foot Problems & Wound Care Event!

Don’t Forget To Register For The Diabetic Foot Problems & Wound Care Event!

Date: Thursday, August 9 Time: 1-2 pm Location: Thornton Senior Center — 9471 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton Speaker: Eric Kuhlman, DPM, Foot and Ankle Surgeon Sixty percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy (nerve damage), a complication of diabetes that may first appear as tingling or numbness in your feet and toes. Over time, it may cause…

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How To Master 5 Yoga Poses to Ease Lower Back Pain

How To Master 5 Yoga Poses to Ease Lower Back Pain

With yoga becoming a more renowned practice across the world, it has helps thousands do away with persistent back pain! Check out the article, below, for poses to help release pressure in the lower back! The lower back, or the lumbar region, can be an area that often gets sensitive for most of us at some…

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Swimming To Help Alleviate Lower Back Pain

Swimming To Help Alleviate Lower Back Pain

Swimming is a great way to cool off during the hot summer months, but many people find that recreational swimming also can help ease back pain! Check out the article, below, for more information on why it’s important to become familiar with a pool!  An advantage to exercising in a pool is that the buoyancy…

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Orthopedic Spine and Neck Surgery is a Family Affair

For many years, the DeLaCastro family was a family plagued by neck and spine problems. Mother Dana Klaus, father Jon DeLaCastro and son Owen each had their own orthopedic conditions or injuries to the spine – Jon had suffered spine and neck trauma from a car accident, while Dana had a degenerative disc condition and…

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Center For Spine And Orthopedics — Frequently Asked Questions

Center For Spine And Orthopedics — Frequently Asked Questions

As a new patient, we at Center for Spine and Orthopedics want to make every patient’s experience the best it can be. Frequently, questions come up that many patients before you have asked. Our commitment to our customers is to provide you with the information when you need it. If you are looking for a…

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How To Approach Summer Activities That Can Lead to Back Pain

How To Approach Summer Activities That Can Lead to Back Pain

There’s so much to do when summertime hits, from family vacations to sports activities to gardening and yard work. But too often we start the summer with enthusiasm only to be sidetracked by crippling back pain. Read just some of the helpful tips, below, so you can enjoy a summer free of back pain! Avoid…

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Tips To Help Prevent Back Pain When Playing Golf

Tips To Help Prevent Back Pain When Playing Golf

The spring season is the perfect time to enjoy the beautiful weather and work on improving your golf game! However, it is surprisingly easy to injure your lower back as a result of not spending enough time warming up or using improper form. Check out this article that is full of tips and tricks to…

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FREE Physician Seminar — Common Shoulder Conditions

Is shoulder pain preventing you from enjoying your favorite activities or even holding your grandchildren? You could have a rotator cuff injury or other serious shoulder condition. Come hear a leading, fellowship-trained shoulder surgeon discuss the signs, symptoms and treatment for serious shoulder injuries. Dr. Lucas Schnell will also discuss ways to prevent shoulder problems.…

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CSO Physician Highlight: Dr. Lucas Schnell, Shoulder Specialist

Dr. Lucas Schnell joined CSO’s sports and orthopedic department in 2015 and has been a great addition to our team. With rave reviews from our patients, as well as community members who attend his informational seminars, we are proud to have Dr. Schnell as a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Shoulder Specialist at CSO. As…

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Welcoming New Patients at Center for Spine and Orthopedics

Sometimes your first appointment at a new medical practice can be overwhelming… meeting new people, discussing your past medical history, revealing your current medical concerns, etc. However, the caring staff at Center for Spine and Orthopedics goes above and beyond to help make you feel comfortable, starting with your very first visit. We will take…

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Dr. Janssen Selected Guest Speaker at the 2018 AOSpine Advanced Cervical Spine Seminar

Dr. Michael Janssen, of Center for Spine and Orthopedics, was the international spine surgeon invited to be the guest speaker at the 2018 AOSpine Advanced Cervical Spine Seminar in Shanghai, China. He was asked to give multiple key note presentations on Complex Cervical Spine Deformities, Multilevel Cervical Spinal Stenosis, and demonstrate advanced surgical techniques in…

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Radiofrequency Ablation Providing Lasting Relief

Center for Spine and Orthopedics is committed to treating our patients with the best possible care that each individual patient requires. While sometimes surgery is the best option for ultimate pain relief, we also offer non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments that can help with different areas of pain. Radiofrequency Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure…

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For Many Athletes, Lower Back Injuries are Common—but Also Treatable

With a lot of attention this year on the 2018 Olympics, along with the annual excitement of March Madness, NFL drafts and the kick-off of Major League Baseball, there has been a lot of conversation about lower back injuries in athletes. Participants of all ages are at a higher risk for injuries in both contact…

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Honoring CSO Physicians on National Doctors Day

On National Doctors Day, we celebrate the physicians at CSO for their expert care and compassion to our patients. With worldwide recognition, our doctors are very committed to their patients, their work and their community. From working long hours, staying on top of medical industry technology, performing life changing surgeries and everything in between, our…

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7 Tips to Alleviate Back Pain on Your Road Trips

Whether you are traveling for Easter, enjoying a spring break trip with your family, or planning your summer vacation, this is a busy time of year with more road trips and more time spent in the car. The article below covers 7 tips to help manage your back pain while you travel so you can…

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CSO Recognized for Outpatient Total Disc Replacement Procedure

In a list released last month by Becker’s ASC Review, Dr. Michael Janssen was recognized as a leading spine surgeon who performs outpatient total disc replacements in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC). Health care facilities like CSO, offer patients the convenience of having surgeries and procedures performed safely outside a hospital setting. We are honored…

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CSO Physician Lecture: A Pain in the Foot — March 2018

Date: Thursday, March 29 Time: 1-2 pm Location: Thornton Senior Center — 9471 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton Speaker: Eric Kuhlman, DPM, Foot and Ankle Surgeon Is pain or stiffness in your foot or ankle limiting you from doing the activities you enjoy? If so, arthritis may be the cause. Left untreated, this pain can grow worse…

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Ancillary Services Now Available at Center for Spine and Orthopedics

Tired of driving from place to place and waiting an hour or more for lab work, diagnostic imaging or other ancillary services? Now, you don’t have to! The Center for Spine and Orthopedics offers many of these services right here on our main campus. From x-rays, labs and durable medical equipment to advanced imaging and…

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CSO Recognizes Debbie Lucero as Associate-of-the-Month

Debbie Lucero, Physician Legal Liaison and Credentialing Manager, has been named the Center of Spine and Orthoepedics’ Associate-of-the-Month for January. Debbie joined CSO in 2001, starting as a receptionist at CSO’s front desk. The individual nominating Debbie wrote: “Debbie has been with the office for several years. She makes sure that CSO physicians are current…

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CSO Welcomes New Rocky Vista Medical Student

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics welcomes Emily Elliott, a third year medical student at Rocky Vista University. Emily will be studying under Dr. Lucas Schnell during her clinical rotation at CSO through February 23. Her interests also include OB/GYN, internal medicine and dermatology. Emily, who is from Littleton,  is married and has an Australian Shepherd.…

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Plan Ahead — 2018 CSO Physician Lecture Schedule Released

The 2018 physician lectures have been posted on the CSO website and are open for early registration! Two of our well known surgeons, Eric Kuhlman, DPM and Dr. Lucas Schnell, will be speaking on specialty topics at various locations throughout the community. We encourage current patients and non-patients to attend these informational lectures, where you…

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Dave Charlebois’ Story — Pain-free One Day After Spine Surgery

Last January, while clearing the snow from his roof, Dave Charlebois was learning on a ladder with one foot on the gutter when he suddenly slipped and tumbled nine feet to the ground. Having fallen between the ladder and the gutter, he landed on his left heel—the same heel that he had previously fractured while…

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Merry Christmas from Center for Spine and Orthopedics

As you are busy with last minute shopping, cooking, baking and enjoying what this season has to offer, Center for Spine and Orthopedics wants to wish you peace, joy, and all the best this Christmas. May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you joy that lasts throughout the year! In…

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CSO “Roaring 20’s” Christmas Party

While our commitment to our patients is our #1 priority, the staff at Center for Spine and Orthopedics also likes to have a great time! We had so much fun celebrating the holiday season with CSO employees and friends during our “Roaring 20’s” Christmas party. Our casino night was a big hit with live Craps…

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CSO Announces Karrie Martinez as Associate of the Month

This week, the Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO) announced Karrie Martinez, Scheduling/Medical Records Team Leader, as the practice’s Associate of the Month. Karrie joined the practice and department in November 2014. She was promoted to team leader in 2017. CSO physicians and staff voted to honor Karrie for this recognition after one of her…

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Announcing CSO Associate of the Month AnaMaria!

AnaMaria Buscietta, Medical/Personal Assistant, was recently announced as the Center for Spine and Orthopedics’ Associate-of-the-Month. AnaMaria joined CSO in September 2001, initially serving at the front desk. Later, she became Dr. Janssen’s personal assistant and handles his personal matters as well as running his clinic and scheduling his surgeries. The individual who nominated AnaMaria wrote:…

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Happy Thanksgiving from CSO

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics would like to wish our patients, friends and families a very Happy Thanksgiving! We have a lot to be thankful for and each of you are included as we are grateful for your continued support of CSO. In observance of the holiday, our office will be closed on Thursday,…

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Lucas Schnell — Center for Spine and Orthopedics

Dr. Luke Schnell Joins Kreckman and Harris on Altitude Radio

Dr. Luke Schnell, Orthopedic Surgeon and Shoulder Specialist for the Center for Spine and Orthopedics, joins Nate and Ryan to break down why Paxton Lynch’s shoulder sprain still hasn’t quite healed completely, even though Lynch was injured all the way back in the preseason.

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Mike McDonald’s Story — Climbing Mt. Everest After Knee Surgery

Colorado outdoorsman, Mike McDonald, was ice climbing in Colorado Springs to prepare for an ascent of Mt. Everest in fall 2002 when his crampon loosened, causing him to slip. McDonald tore the cartilage in his left knee. After the accident, he was in constant pain and could hardly walk, even with crutches. The mountaineer went…

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Steve Guthrie’s Story — Pain Relief Surgically and Non-Operatively

Steve Guthrie’s chronic neck pain began back in 2000 when a large gust of wind suddenly got hold of the camper trailer he was hauling over Vail Pass. Though he tried to regain control, Guthrie’s camper and truck swerved sideways, crossing over the highway and then rolling down an embankment. Guthrie sustained a broken rib…

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Announcing CSO Associate of the Month, Jane Gustafson!

Jane Gustafson, Back Office Supervisor, has been named Associate-of-the-Month for October at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO). Jane, who joined CSO in January 2015, was nominated and voted upon by fellow associates and physicians. The individual nominating Jane wrote: “I nominate Jane for the Associate-of-the-Month Award. Jane came to the Center for Spine and…

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Last Chance to Register — Free Physician Lecture

Don’t miss your chance to register for this FREE event hosted by Center for Spine and Orthopedics and Dr. Eric Kuhlman, DPM. This lecture will contain valuable information about relieving foot pain, from options including both, non-surgical and surgical treatments. If you are currently experiencing pain, you do not want to miss this event as…

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Sport Injuries, Back Injuries, and Back Pain

During the fall, many kids are involved with various sports including football, soccer, lacrosse and many more! Some adults will also engage in organized leagues or get involved in pick-up games such as kickball, softball or backyard football and soccer. While we encourage exercise and know that participating in these activities is very beneficial for…

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Honoring the Fallen at Red Rocks Stair Climb

Honoring the Fallen at Red Rocks Stair Climb

CSO’s Ruth Beckham, NP, was amongst the thousands of Coloradans who gathered to honor 9/11 victims and firefighters at this year’s Red Rocks stair climb. “I did this for my son-in-law who is a firefighter,” says Ruth. “I was amazed to watch the firefighters with all of their gear on hiking up the steps of Red Rocks in honor of “the fallen.”

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Dr. Michael Janssen Listed as Spine Surgeon to Know

At the Center for Spine and Orthopedics, our goal is to help our patients achieve the highest level of function possible so they may return to work and their favorite activities as soon as possible. Our own Dr. Michael Janssen was recently listed as ‘Spine Surgeons to Know’ by Becker’s Spine Review, a publication for orthopedic and spine surgeons and surgery center administrators.

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Announcing CSO Associate-of-the-Month, Samantha Vue

Announcing CSO Associate-of-the-Month, Samantha Vue

Samantha Vue, Medical Assistant, was announced as the Center for Spine and Orthopedic’s Associate of the Month on September 1st. Sam, who joined CSO in February 2014, was nominated and selected by fellow associates and providers. The person nominating Sam wrote: “I nominate Samantha. She is always bubbly, bright and positive and is always more…

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Free Physician Lecture on Foot & Ankle Pain! October 12th, 2017

Free Physician Lecture on Foot & Ankle Pain! October 11th, 2017

Dr. Eric Kuhlman, a Fellowship-Trained Foot and Ankle Surgeon, will explain common causes of foot and ankle pain and your surgical and non-surgical options for pain relief Wednesday, October 11th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Erie Community Library. Dr. Kuhlman will also be offering free foot evaluations following the lecture.

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Healing Hands Therapy For All Found In Music

Healing Hands: Therapy For All Found In Music

Could music possibly be the answer to reducing anxiety and other illnesses? Check out the article, below, to learn why music is an important outlet for those who suffer from hindering illnesses!  Music plays an important role in the daily life of many people. Some rely on music to get them through their morning routine,…

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Announcing CSO Associate of the Month Marci Youngren!

Announcing CSO Associate of the Month Marci Youngren!

Marci Youngren, Medical Assistant, was recently announced as the Center for Spine and Orthopedics’ Associate-of-the-Month for July! Marci, who joined us in 2012, was nominated and selected by fellow associates and CSO providers. Those nominating and voting for Marci wrote: “Marci amazes me with all of her creative endeavors. The Doctor’s Day party blew everyone…

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Greg Newell's Story — Short Recovery After Total Disc Replacement

Greg Newell’s Story — Short Recovery After Total Disc Replacement

Last summer, the pain in Greg Newell’s neck felt as if someone was sticking a knife in his neck from the inside out. “The pain came and went, and I began getting used to it,” says the 57-year-old owner of Bridgeview Marina in Osage Beach, Missouri. Newell was also having difficulty swallowing, but decided not…

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Non-Operative Treatments — Your Options At Center For Spine And Orthopedics

Non-Operative Treatments — Your Options At Center For Spine And Orthopedics

At Center for Spine and Orthopedics, we offer a variety of diagnostic and non-operative pain management options, including ultrasound-guided injections, generative medicine, therapeutic neural blockade and acupuncture. Comprehensive Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation — For Managing Chronic Pain  These procedures mentioned above may be prescribed in combination or alone. Our physicians also work in partnership with local physical therapists…

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Free Physician Lecture: What Can I Do About Chronic Back Pain? — Thornton, CO

Free Physician Lecture: What Can I Do About Chronic Back Pain? — Thornton, CO

No matter the cause, back pain can make many everyday activities difficult to do. The good news is that there is hope! Learn about non–surgical treatment options for back pain from Dr. Matthew McAuliffe, a fellowship–trained physiatrist at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics. — Tuesday, July 18 1 – 2 pm, Thornton Senior Center, 9471 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton, CO.

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Announcing CSO Associate of the Month Lisa Schumacher!

Announcing CSO Associate of the Month Lisa Schumacher!

Lisa Schumacher, EMR Specialist/Administrative Assistant, was recently announced as Associate-of-the-Month at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO). Nominated by three of her co-workers, these are some of the great things they had to say about Lisa: “The main component of Lisa’s job seems to be putting out fires as they arise, and she always…

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Center for Spine and Orthopedics Welcome International Spine Fellows

Center for Spine and Orthopedics Welcome International Spine Fellows

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics team is excited to welcome International Spine Fellows Dr. Yu Jiang and Dr. Peng Xu! Dr. Yu Jiang of Beijing, China and Dr. Peng Xu of Shanghai, China, joined the Center for Spine and Orthopedics on June 5 and will complete a four-week fellowship. They will study American spine…

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Dr. Michael Janssen Speaks on Minimally–Invasive Surgery

In this featured video, the Center for Spine and Orthopedic’s Dr. Michael Janssen talks about the importance of considering minimally-invasive surgery. Another term Dr. Janssen prefers to use when referring to this type of procedure is optimally invasive surgery. He expands on the benefits of such, involving minimal overall impact while still addressing the issues that a patient is facing.

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FREE Physician Lecture — PRP for Chronic Tendon Injuries

FREE Physician Lecture — PRP for Chronic Tendon Injuries

During the past several years, much has been written about platelet–rich plasma (PRP) and its effectiveness in treating injuries. Many famous athletes—including Tiger Woods and tennis star Rafael Nadal—have received PRP for various problems, such sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries.

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Medical Student David Zurita Returns to CSO

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine student David Zurita joined the Center for Spine and Orthopedics for a second orthopedic rotation from April 24-May 5. David earned his bachelor of science degree in biology from Kansas State University and plans to specialize in orthopedics.

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It’s Spring & Flip-Flop Weather - What Can You Do About Bunions?

It’s Spring & Flip-Flop Weather – What Can You Do About Bunions?

As the winter sports season draws to an end and summer approaches, flip-flop season springs into fashion. During this time of the year, people tend to become keenly aware of their foot’s overall structure and appearance. An astonishing 23 percent of Americans between the ages of 18-65 suffer from a bunion, making it one of the more common foot problems.

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Dr. Michael Janssen Recognized as Spine Surgeon to Know by Becker's Spine Review

Dr. Michael Janssen Recognized as Spine Surgeon to Know by Becker’s Spine Review

Becker’s Healthcare is the leading source of cutting-edge business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders. Their portfolio includes five industry-leading trade publications: Becker’s ASC Review, Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality, Becker’s Spine Review, Becker’s Hospital Review, and Becker’s Dental Review. Every year, Becker’s Spine Review releases a list of the Top Spine Surgeons…

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Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy: Does It Work?

Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy: Does It Work?

Platelets are kind of like a group of construction workers. When a tear or cut in tissue occurs, the platelets work to create a scaffold, bringing those tissues back together and creating collagen and scar tissue to heal the torn and damaged tissue.

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Michael E. Janssen Guest Lecturer at International Masters Spine Course in Shanghai, China

Michael E. Janssen Guest Lecturer at International Masters Spine Course in Shanghai, China

The Center for Spine and Orthopedic’s own Dr. Michael E. Janssen recently had the honor of speaking as the guest lecturer at the International Masters Spine course in Shanghai, China earlier this month! “I was honored to be invited as the guest lecturer of the International Masters Spine course in Shanghai, China. It was a full course of surgeons from around China. I had the opportunity to reunite with many of our past surgeon fellowships that we have trained in Denver over the past 20 years,” reflects Dr. Janssen.

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CSO Welcomes New Medical Students!

CSO Welcomes New Medical Students!

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics welcomed two new medical students on March 27. They are Luke Mosel, a third-year medical student from Rocky Vista University, and Alair Newman, a medical student at Kansas City University.

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The Center for Spine and Orthopedics Welcomes Newest Physician Eric C. Kuhlman

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics Welcomes Newest Physician Eric C. Kuhlman

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Kuhlman is a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon trained extensively in the latest advances in conservative and surgical care of the foot and ankle. He completed an Advanced Surgical Reconstructive fellowship at the Professional Education and Research Institute in Roanoke, VA, in June 2016 and will join CSO on April 3.

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Welcoming New Medical Student Marina Mesiha

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO) welcomes new Rocky Vista University medical student Marina Mesiha, who will be with CSO from February 27–March 24. Marina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences with honors from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.  She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading dystopian/utopian…

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Non–Operative Treatments for Chronic Pain Available at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics

Non–Operative Treatments for Chronic Pain Available at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics offers comprehensive physical medicine & rehabilitation for managing chronic pain. Our physiatrists offer a variety of diagnostic and non-operative pain management options, including ultrasound-guided injections, generative medicine, therapeutic neural blockade and acupuncture. These may be prescribed in combination or alone. Our physicians also work in partnership with local physical…

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Spine & Back Pain — Diseases and Conditions

Spine & Back Pain — Diseases and Conditions

Each segment of your spine is crucial to the well–being of your entire spine and spinal cord since each part’s strength depends on the other vertebrae and discs to function properly. Constant stress, repetitive or acute injuries and various conditions, such as arthritis, can cause pain. Pinpointing the source of your pain and understanding your…

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Amanda Gonyea’s Story Pain-free After Spinal Fusion

Amanda Gonyea’s Story: Pain-Free After Spinal Fusion

Sword fighter Amanda Gonyea spent a year seeing physicians who said that her chronic back pain was caused by excess weight. The 48-year old woman lost 150 pounds, but the pain did not go away. A friend recommended that she visit the Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO). “I came to CSO for my left foot…

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Bill Allen’s Story Free from Neck Pain after Total Disc Replacement

Bill Allen’s Story: Free from Neck Pain after Total Disc Replacement

Bill Allen works 70 hours per week in his lawn care business, building retaining walls and operating heavy equipment. Though he doesn’t recall a specific incident that triggered his neck pain, he knows that it started last spring. “It felt like I’d pinched a nerve on the left side of my neck, and I couldn’t…

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Physician Assistant Lindsay Shillinglaw Joins CSO

Lindsay Shillinglaw, PA-C, joined the Center for Spine and Orthopedics in January and is assisting Dr. Michael Janssen. Lindsay has a master’s degree in medical sciences with an emphasis on surgery and is a member of the American Association of Physical Assistants. Lindsay hails from the South. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, community…

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Dr. Schnell of The Center for Spine and Orthopedics Featured on CBS4's Health

Dr. Schnell of The Center for Spine and Orthopedics Featured on CBS4’s Health

Dr. Schnell of the Center for Spine and Orthopedics was recently featured on CBS4’s Health Watch segment! Check out the video, above, to learn more about how to address shoulder pain. About Dr. Schnell Originally from Colorado, Dr. Schnell joined CSO’s sports and orthopedic team in 2015 after completing a shoulder fellowship at the St. Francis…

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Charlotte Wichael's Story: Pain Relief with Platelet Rich Plasma

Charlotte Wichael’s Story: Pain Relief with Platelet Rich Plasma

Following a community Tai Chi class last April, Charlotte Wichael’s ankle became progressively sore. “We were doing a lot of ankle movements,” recalls the Arvada resident. “My ankle got more and more sore after that class.” By the end of April, Wichael could no longer walk and rarely left home. By July, the pain had…

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CSO Surgeons Highlighted in 2016 Top Spine Surgeons To Know List

CSO Surgeons Highlighted in Top Spine Surgeons To Know List

Becker’s Spine Review showcases Center for Spine and Orthopedics’ surgeons in their latest release of top spine surgeons to know! Read more about the CSO surgeons included on the list, below. Michael E. Janssen, DO (Center for Spine and Orthopedics, Thornton, Colo.). Dr. Janssen founded the Center for Spine and Orthopedics in the early 1990s after completing two fellowships in spine surgery — one at the Lakewood (Colo.) Orthopedic Clinic and another in St. Gallen, Switzerland — and an orthopedic residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

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CSO Welcomes Dr. Matthew McAuliffe

CSO is pleased to welcome our newest physician, Dr. Matthew McAuliffe, a native of Aurora, Colorado. Dr. McAuliffe, a board certified physiatrist, joined CSO on January 4, after completing an Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine fellowship under Marko Bodor, MD, Inc. in Napa, CA.

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Richard Baiotto’s Story: Degenerative Disc Disease

Richard Baiotto’s Story: Degenerative Disc Disease

Setting up stages all over the world for bands, such as the Rolling Stones, Metallica, Aerosmith, Carrie Underwood, and Katy Perry, had taken a toll on Richard Baiotto’s back. Roller blading and a car accident also accelerated the degeneration in his spine. Despite chronic back pain for several years, Baiotto kept working. In his profession,…

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Holiday Seasons Greeting 2016 From Center For Spine and Orthopedic

Happiest Holiday Wishes From the Center For Spine and Orthopedics

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year! The team at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics sends warm wishes to you and your family for a happy, healthy, and restful Holiday Season. Happiness is more a state of health than of wealth, so during this holiday season, we wish to thank all of…

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Dr. Mark Foster’s Story: Pain-free After Total Disc Replacement

Dr. Mark Foster’s Story: Pain-free After Total Disc Replacement

After a day of boogie boarding on Kauai, where he had moved nine months ago, Dr. Mark Foster woke up in a lot of pain. “I don’t remember any specific incident at the beach,” says the 42-year old primary care physician, “but by the next morning I could tell that the old disc injury in my neck had flared up.” During the next two weeks, he developed progressive pain in his neck, as well as numbness and weakness in his left arm. “The pain made it so I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t concentrate at work, and could barely turn my neck, which made driving difficult,” he says. “But what really frightened me was my left arm, which just felt dead,” he says. An MRI showed a herniated disc pushing on his spinal cord. Because there are no neurosurgeons or spine surgeons on Kauai, the former Littleton resident flew to Denver to see a neurosurgeon friend in the metro Denver area.

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Celebrating the Holidays!

Celebrating the Holidays!

CSO providers and staff celebrated the holidays at The Palm in downtown Denver last Saturday night during the Parade of Lights. A magician entertained guests before sitting down to a delicious dinner, after which physicians recognized the staff for their years of service. Congratulations to Karrie Hurt for 20 years of service; Debbie Lucero for…

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CSO Welcomes Surgical Fellow Kate Weisenborn

CSO Welcomes Surgical Fellow Kate Weisenborn

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics welcomes new physician assistant/surgical fellow, Kate Weisenborn. Kate graduated from Denver University with a bachelor’s degree in biology/cell physiology and a double minor in physics with an emphasis on medical physics and in chemistry. Previously, Kate studied in New Zealand for eight months.

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Welcoming Medical Student Cecilia Nguyen

Welcoming Medical Student Cecilia Nguyen

Rocky Vista medical student Cecilia Nguyen began a rotation with CSO December 5, and will remain with the practice through December 23. Born and raised in Colorado, Cecilia attended Lakewood High School. Prior to medical school, she worked in a cardiovascular and pulmonary research lab as well as a FISH lab at the Cancer Center.…

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Carol’s Story: Low Back Pain & Cervical Spondylosis

Carol’s Story: Low Back Pain & Cervical Spondylosis

Carol Ellis has trained horses, taught barrel racing clinics and competed in barrel racing for more than 40 years. As a self–employed business owner, she works hard, teaching from March through October. She also competes three to four weekends a month from February through November. Now, at age 69, she’s still not ready to quit…

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center for spine and ortho welcomes medical student alex roussos orthopedics spinecare denver colorado

CSO Welcomes Alex Roussos

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO) welcomes University of Kansas medical student Alex Roussos. Originally from Chicago, Alex is a third-year medical student who will complete a spine and orthopedic rotation at CSO from November 28 through December 23. Previously, Alex earned a Master’s Degree in physiology from the University of Michigan and a…

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Happy Thanksgiving From Center For Spine and Orthopedics

Happy Thanksgiving From Center For Spine and Orthopedics

All of us at Center For Spine and Orthopedics want to wish both our patients and our community a wealth of reasons to celebrate gratitude during the Thanksgiving holiday. During this season of Thanksgiving, we recognize our good fortune in serving a community that is nationally recognized for its commitment to good health and a…

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Ken Kirtley’s Story: Relief from Chronic Low Back Pain

Ken Kirtley’s Story: Relief from Chronic Low Back Pain

Ken Kirtley’s Story In 2008, prior to retiring from the United States Air Force after 25 years, Ken Kirtley was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis as the source of his chronic low back pain. At that time, he decided not to have surgery. “The procedure was much more invasive then,” Kirtley explains. For the next eight years,…

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Debra’s Story: Torn Rotator Cuff

Debra’s Story: Torn Rotator Cuff

Following a car accident, Debra Gabaldon’s shoulder pain was so bad that she could no longer tend her tomatoes or play with her 10 grandchildren. However, within three months after Dr. Schnell performed shoulder arthroscopy, an outpatient procedure, Debra was able to do everything she could do prior to her injury, from cleaning her home…

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CSO Announces New Reunion Clinic

CSO Announces New Reunion Clinic

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO) is now accepting new patient appointments for Dr. Luke Schnell and Dr. Anton Zaryanov at their newest location in Reunion. Dr. Schnell, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder conditions, is available Friday mornings, starting December 9. Dr. Zaryanov, an orthopedic spine surgeon, will be available one Friday morning…

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CSO Welcomes Medical Student Jay Thompson

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics welcomes Rocky Vista University medical student Jay Thompson, who is doing a rotation with CSO from October 31–November 18. Jay grew up in Boulder and attended the University of Washington, where he was a member of the rowing crew team. 

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CSO Welcomes Dr. Xiaobing Jiang

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO) welcomes our latest fellow, Dr. Xiaobing Jiang, who comes to us from China. Dr. Jiang will be working with spine specialists at CSO from November 1–25.

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Top Tips for Chronic Neck Pain Relief

Top Tips for Chronic Neck Pain Relief

Neck pain is a common complaint, especially in a society that revolves around technology. Improper posture when utilizing such devices, among other reasons, often results in neck pain that can worsen with time. You may feel like you’ve tried every treatment available to find relief from chronic neck pain, but here are three simple tips…

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The Center for Spine and Orthopedics Welcomes Matthew Moynihan

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics welcomes Rocky Vista University medical student Matthew Moynihan, who will be at CSO from September 26-October 21. Matthew is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and earned his bachelor of science degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He speaks French and Bahasa Indonesian and…

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Degenerative Spondylolisthesis as Explained by Dr. Michael Janssen of Center for Spine and Orthopedics

Degenerative Spondylolisthesis as Explained by Dr. Michael Janssen

Check out the video, below, featuring our own Dr. Michael Janssen explaining Degenerative Spondylolisthesis. In the interview, he explains the anterior approaches to as Degenerative Spondylolisthesis. Additionally, he expands on how the disease is managed, as well as how we, at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics, treat the disease.

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Common Reasons Motion Causes Back Pain

Common Reasons Motion Causes Back Pain

Our spines are remarkable—they’re made up of incredibly intricate systems of bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles that all work together to enable us to move in all directions. But there’s a downside to all of this movement. Over time, it can cause wear-and-tear related damage that may lead to pain and stiffness. Understanding how movement…

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Doctor Michael Janssen Visits New Privately–Funded Hospital in Tianjin, China

Doctor Michael Janssen Visits New Privately–Funded Hospital in Tianjin, China

Check out this reflection on Doctor Michael Janssen’s incredible trip to Tianjin, China to visit a growing privately–funded hospital! Recently, Center for Spine and Orthopedics’ very own spine surgeon, Dr. Michael Janssen, had the opportunity to travel to Tianjin, China to visit with a few colleagues and experience a newly–built, incredible 1,800 bed hospital that…

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Knee Surgery Enables Mother-Daughter to Get Moving Again

Knee Surgery Enables Mother-Daughter to Get Moving Again

Patricia Senn was only 13 when she had bilateral knee surgery in California. Although osteoarthritis of the knee ran in her family—her mother had double knee replacements—being a girls’ fast pitch softball player since age 5 didn’t help. After surgery, Senn returned to softball but her knees grew worse, and she was forced to quit the sport at age 18.

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Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of joints and may cause pain, swelling and stiffness, making it difficult to do everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the knee. It is a degenerative, “wear-and-tear” type of arthritis that occurs most often in people 50…

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Total Knee Replacement (Knee Arthroplasty)

Total Knee Replacement (Knee Arthroplasty)

If your knee has been severely damaged by arthritis or an injury, it may be hard to perform simple activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. Individuals with knee arthritis may even feel pain while sitting or lying down. If nonsurgical treatments, such as medications and using walking supports, do not help, it may be…

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Spotlight on Physician Assistant Rachel Cengia

Spotlight on Physician Assistant Rachel Cengia

An Active Member of the Orthopedic Community The North American Spine Society recognized the Center for Spine and Orthopedics’ very own Rachel Cengia, PA-C, for contributing articles and reviewing content for KnowYourBack.org. Rachel serves on NASS’ Patient Education Committee and was recently interviewed for NASS’ online newsletter. To Read the Review, Click Here. 

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CSO Supports Relay for Life!

CSO Supports Relay for Life!

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO) was one of four sponsors who supported this year’s Relay for Life in Thornton on August 6, 2016. The event was a huge success, as it raised more than $25,000 for the American Cancer Society.

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Center for Spine and Orthopedics Welcomes New Fellow

Center for Spine and Orthopedics Welcomes New Fellow

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO) welcomes our newest fellow, Dr. Oluwole Olugbeniga Ige, from Ondo State, Nigeria. Dr. Ige, a fellowship trained spine surgeon, is Chief Medical Director of the Ondo State Trauma and Surgical Centre and one of the only spine care leaders in his area.

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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis as Explained by Dr. Michael Janssen of Center for Spine and Orthopedics

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis as Explained by Dr. Michael Janssen

Check out one of the latest interviews with our own Dr. Michael Janssen, as he explains Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. In the interview, he explains the new and advanced technology that has shaped modern approaches to treating Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Additionally, he expands on how the ailment is managed, as well as how we, at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics, treat it.

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Sandra’s Story: A Torn Rotator Cuff

Sandra’s Story: A Torn Rotator Cuff

Sandra Dorrance-Torres tore her rotator cuff last October when she missed a step and grabbed hold of a railing. After that, she couldn’t dress herself or brush her hair. Worst of all, she could no longer play with her grandchildren. After rotator cuff surgery by Dr. Lucas Schnell, she made a 100 percent commitment to follow her surgeon’s orders and had an exceptional outcome. “It takes commitment from the surgeon and the patient to produce great results,” says Dr. Luke Schnell, a fellowship-trained shoulder surgeon.

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Exercise Aids in Back Pain Relief

Movement nourishes and repairs the discs, muscles, ligaments, and joints in your spine. Active exercise also helps incorporate the needed nutrients into and around the disc spaces throughout your spine.

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What is Spinal Stenosis?

In the medical field, stenosis means the abnormal narrowing of a body channel. When combined with the word spinal, it defines a narrowing of the bone channel occupied by the spinal nerves or the spinal cord.

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Lumbar TDR as Explained by Dr. Michael Janssen of Center for Spine and Orthopedics

Lumbar TDR as Explained by Dr. Michael Janssen

Check out the video, below, featuring our own Dr. Michael Janssen explaining Lumbar TDR. In the interview, Dr. Janssen explains Lumbar Disc Replacement-type surgeries, recent research, and publications about the procedure, as well as outcomes as seen at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics.

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Center for Northridge Grand Opening

The Center at Northridge Grand Opening

The Center at Northridge celebrated the grand opening of its beautiful new facility on April 28. Cutting the ribbon are (right photo, L-R) Dr. Mike Janssen; Robin Botnick, PA; Dr. Rob Smith; and Dr. Chris Isaacs.

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FDA Trial on P-15 published in the Spine Journal

FDA Trial on P-15 Published in the Spine Journal

The FDA Trial on P-15 took over a decade to complete and was recently published in the January publication of Spine Journal. The Scientific Summary of Bone Graft Material was also recently finished as well and is currently in the review process for the International Journal of Spine Surgery.

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Tips to Utilize Exercise in Easing Back Pain

Tips to Utilize Exercise in Easing Back Pain

Whether you’re a corporate desk jockey or a major league baseball player, chances are you’ve experienced back pain that impacted job performance. It’s one of the most common reasons for missing work, and according to a report recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine, more than 80% of us will experience at least one bout of acute low back pain in our lifetimes.

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SI Joint Pain

SI Joint Pain

The sacroiliac (SI) joint can be a source of back pain for many patients. The joint is composed of the sacrum (bottom portion of the spine) and the iliac crest (part of your pelvis). The joint does not have a broad range of motion like other joints in the body.

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Psychological Distress May Be Linked to Shoulder Pain, Disability

Psychological Distress May Be Linked to Shoulder Pain, Disability

Investigators used bivariate and multivariate analyses to identify demographic factors and psychosocial factors that correlated with shoulder pain and disability. According to results from the bivariate analysis, there was a medium correlation between SPADI scores and PCS, PHQ-2 and PSEQ scores.

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Dr. Michael Janssen Speaks, Operates In Guatemala

Dr. Michael Janssen Speaks, Operates In Guatemala

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics’ own Dr. Michael Janssen was the expert speaker at an AOSpine Symposium in Guatemala, as well as operated at three different hospitals there. Check out some of the stellar feedback he received from Mario Bran — Clínica Especializada en Columna Vertebral.

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One Third of Adolescents Suffering from Back Pain

One Third of Adolescents Suffering from Back Pain

Statistics show that close to one in three adolescents report back pain, according to new findings published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Maintaining proper posture, good core muscle strength, and flexibility, as well as regularly exercising and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle can help reduce the risk of back problems.

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Fellowship Report

Check out this wonderful first-hand account and review by a recent Fellow, Dr. Yuan Feng, who worked with our own Dr. Janssen! “I really want to express my appreciation to AO Spine for the opportunity to finish my fellowship of Spine Education And Research Institute in Denver.”

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Sciatica Pain, Symptoms, and Causes

Sciatica Pain, Symptoms, and Causes

Sciatica refers to pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which originates in the lower spine as a combination of several nerves from the low back region. The nerve branches from the spine to the left and right buttocks and then travels down the back of the legs, at about the middle of the thighs, to the feet.

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What's Causing your Low Back Pain?

What’s Causing your Low Back Pain?

Lower back pain seems hard to treat because it can come from a variety of factors. The back is the nexus of a complex system with interconnected muscles, tendons, fascia, discs, and bones.

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Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Dr. Janssen Published in Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Exemption Study outlines our own Dr. Michael Janssen’s recently completed a 10-year spine clinical research project. The article was just published in the November edition of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery! Check out a portion of the commentary from the publication.

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Keep Back Pain Away This Thanksgiving

Keep Back Pain Away This Thanksgiving

With the holiday season officially just days away, it’s important to remember to watch your back while traveling to see your loved ones! Check out these top tips to keep back pain at bay while enjoying the holiday season.

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Tips on How to Reduce Back Pain

Almost everyone experiences a backache at some time or another, and some have it more or less continually. Pain in the back may be caused due to a disorder in the functioning of any structure in the back – the vertebrae, intervertebral discs, the ligaments or muscles of the back.

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Office Yoga To Ease and Prevent Back Pain

Office Yoga To Ease and Prevent Back Pain

Taking breaks at work with yoga is seen as one of the most effective ways for employees to relieve stress and even become refreshed and refocused. The Chair Cat-Cow Stretch involves a deep-breathing exercise of inhales and exhales from your chair.

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Top Yoga Poses To Alleviate and Prevent Back Pain

Top Yoga Poses To Alleviate and Prevent Back Pain

Over half of Americans report bad back pain symptoms each year. A plethora of causes lead to this incredibly common ailment, but there are small steps that can be implemented to daily routines to help both prevent, and ease back pain.

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5 Common Habits to Correct to Prevent Back Pain

5 Common Habits to Correct to Prevent Back Pain

Experts say that up to 80% of the population suffers from back pain, which explains why it’s one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. The causes of back pain are varied, but daily habits people adopt can aggravate muscles and nerves.

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Top Tips to Reduce Back Pain at Work

Top Tips to Reduce Back Pain at Work

Good posture isn’t something you do, it’s the by-product of not pulling yourself out of natural balance/alignment. Bad posture is what is caused by continuing this bad habit.

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Introducing Dr. Lucas Schnell

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics is thrilled to introduce the newest member of our team, Dr. Lucas Schnell! Dr. Schnell received his Bachelor of Science from Dakota State University and proceeded to attend Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences before completing an internship and an Orthopedic Surgery Residency at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

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Keeping Back Pain at Bay During Your Daily Commute

Thousands of people deal with chronic back pain every day and sitting for extended lengths of time can exacerbate it. If you suffer from back pain and have to drive fairly long distances to get around town, or if you like to take seasonal road trips, follow these tips to help reduce your back pain while driving.

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Top 5 Workout Tips for People Suffering from Back Pain

Top 5 Workout Tips for People Suffering from Back Pain

If we look at it from an anatomical standpoint we realize the hamstring muscles and the iliopsoas muscles are shortened from the many hours of sitting and this causes strain on the lower back. For lower back pain relief please do the following poses daily or at least after your workout.

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Top Tips to Turn Good Posture into Less Back Pain

Top Tips to Turn Good Posture into Less Back Pain

Most of us get back pain at some point in our lives. One surprisingly simple strategy can go a long way to alleviating back pain: Paying attention to your posture. Harvard Medical School gives these imagery and exercise tips to improve your posture.

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How To Combat Your Child's Back Pain

How To Combat Your Child’s Back Pain

In fact, between 30 percent to 50 percent of children have complaints of back pain that may be caused by something you would have never even considered — their backpacks! Overloaded backpacks in particular, can cause detrimental changes to posture and result in back pain or even numbness and tingling in the arms and legs.

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CSO Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center Location to Begin Seeing Patients

CSO Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center Location to Begin Seeing Patients

The Center for Spine and Orthopedics is pleased to announce we will begin seeing patients at our newest satellite location at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, located on E 19th Avenue, beginning Wednesday, August 12th! We are excited to welcome our patients at this site, and for the opportunity to continue to work with and serve the Denver community.

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How Your Child's Backpack May Be Causing Back Pain

How Your Child’s Backpack May Be Causing Back Pain

We know that along with the back-to-school craze August is known for comes paperwork and homework galore. But what could those countless forms and heavy books mean for your students when placed in a backpack? Could they be causing back pain in your student?

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Myths About Back Pain

Myths About Back Pain

It might be a sharp stab. It might be a dull ache. Sooner or later, 8 out of 10 of us will have back pain, and myths about back pain are almost as common. Let’s set the record straight about what you may have heard.

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Top Exercising Tips for Reducing Back Pain

Top Exercising Tips for Reducing Back Pain

We know suffering from back pain is hard to overcome, so here are some top exercising tips for reducing back pain. If you suffer from chronic low back pain, you may think that rest is the best remedy. But for most people with back pain, being active is far better.

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Top Tips To Beat Back Pain

Top Tips To Beat Back Pain

Many people are wary of taking prescription pain medicine to alleviate back pain, and seek relief through over-the-counter medication and physical therapy. However, there are a few other tools one can utilize to be rid of back pain.

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Back Pain In Men: A Closer Look

Back Pain In Men: A Closer Look

Despite our best efforts to make modern life safer and more enjoyable, it appears there’s no fighting Mother Nature. In conducting a study of 2,127 UK adults, The British Chiropractic Association found that more men experience back pain now than ever, and the aches are hitting us younger.

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Top 5 Exercises To Beat Bad Back Pain

Even those who don’t fall into those categories feel back pain from bad mattresses, poor walking posture, standing too much, sitting too much, repetitive golf or tennis swings, and the list goes on. I guess once you start to consider it, the answer as to why it’s more and more common seems obvious. So what’s the solution?

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How Personality Is Linked To Back Pain

How Personality Is Linked To Back Pain

“The demonstration of an attentional bias to threatening information could explain why defensive high-anxious individuals are more likely to show persistence in the pain management system,” the study explained.

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The Hidden Pain In Your Golf Game

The Hidden Pain In Your Golf Game

Back pain is all too common in the game of golf, and sometimes the source can be difficult to find and address.The sacroiliac joint (SI joint)—the spot where the spine connects with the pelvis—is estimated to be the culprit in roughly 30 percent of back-pain cases.

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Comfrey Plant Said To Ease Back Pain

Comfrey Plant Said To Ease Back Pain

Scientific studies now showing that lotions made from the comfrey plant can aid in easing back pain, osteoarthritis, ankle sprains, and more! The Claim: Lotion made from the flowering comfrey plant is a natural way to ease muscle and joint pain.

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Can Stress Lead To Back Pain?

Can Stress Lead To Back Pain?

We perceive pain to be a physical phenomenon, so we seek out a physical cause . Unfortunately, in doing so, we may be missing the most common reason for chronic back pain, and all other pain experiences, as well.

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Avoid Back Pain This Spring With A Massage

Avoid Back Pain This Spring With A Massage

Anytime is a great time for a professional, therapeutic, relaxing, restorative and healing massage. Transitioning from winter into spring is the perfect time for a massage, giving your body, and your mind, an opportunity to relax, renew, refresh and reconnect.

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IDE for Cervical Total Disc Replacement Paper Accepted By JBJS

IDE for Cervical Total Disc Replacement Paper Accepted By JBJS

Dr Michael Janssen is the first author on a the longest follow–up paper on IDE for Cervical Total Disc Replacement, titled Seven-Year Follow-up of the Food and Drug Administration Investigational Device Exemption Study of the ProDisc®-C Total Disc Replacement versus Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion for Single Level Symptomatic Cervical Disc Disease. This paper was accepted for publication to the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

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Yoga Stretches To Ease Back Pain

Yoga Stretches To Ease Back Pain

A lot of studies have shown the power of the ancient practice of yoga, which emphasizes stretching, strength, and flexibility, to relieve back pain as well as sciatic nerve pain. In fact, several studies have found that yoga can be more beneficial for back pain when it comes to improving back function.

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AOSpine China Fellowship

AOSpine China Fellowship

This report was prepared by Bitao Lv. He was granted with a 4-week fellowship (7 April 2014 – 2 May 2014) and trained under the supervision of Michael Janssen, of the Center for Spine and Orthopedics, at The Scientific Education and Research Institute, Thornton, Colorado, USA.

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Beat Back Pain While Driving Prevent Back Pain While You're Behind the Wheel

Beat Back Pain While Driving: Prevent Back Pain While You’re Behind the Wheel

This vibration of the spine pushes on the discs between your vertebrae—the cushions that act as shock absorbers and allow spinal movement—which can cause mechanical damage to the disks, Hedge says. “There is evidence that the combination of these factors, coupled with the design of the car seat itself, can increase the chance of back problems for some people.” (And roughly 80 percent of guys share those problems.

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Five Reasons We All Experience Back Pain

Five Reasons We All Experience Back Pain

Experts estimate that as many as 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. While the pain can be debilitating, most are able heal by themselves however, many have to turn to alternative options for treatment.

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Top Back Pain Triggers And How To Prevent Them

Top Back Pain Triggers And How To Prevent Them

The World Health Organization reports that, at one point or another, roughly 10 percent of the global population experiences a bout of back pain. However, medical experts haven’t yet come up with a truly effective way to prevent it.

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Top Daily Bad Habits Are Tied to Back Pain

Top Daily Bad Habits Are Tied to Back Pain

If you’re among the 31 million Americans with an aching back, here’s an important message from your spine: Stop hunching! Get that bowling ball out of your purse, backpack or other tote; put out that cigarette; and change positions frequently. New research confirms that modern life habits are a major trigger for the most common…

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Yoga Can Ease Your Back Pain: 5 Ways to Relief

Yoga Can Ease Your Back Pain: Top 5 Ways to Relief

Those who suffer from back pain understand that there is no quick fix. Whether the pain comes on suddenly or is a routine nagging part of your day, it seems like nothing will make it go away fast enough. Back pain interferes with your activities of daily living and can make it difficult to put…

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Recent Reviews for the Center for Spine and Orthopedics

Where would we be without our patients? Ensuring that each and every person that walks through the doors of the Center for Spine and Orthopedics has a pleasant experience, and leaves feeling physically better, or emotionally uplifted with a plan established is incredibly important to the team here at CSO. Check out some the reviews…

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Center for Spine and Orthopedics

Center for Spine and Orthopedics Extends Hours

The Center For Spine and Orthopedics (CSO) of Denver (Thornton), starting January 15th 2015, is extending their hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday. Coming on the heels of the recent name change, the long-standing and internationally respected Spinal Disorders Practice has developed a new extended hours policy. Many of…

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New Years Resolutions To Kick Back Pain Bad Habits

New Years Resolutions To Kick Back Pain Bad Habits

Nobody likes back pain. Sometimes back pain cannot be helped. No matter what you do or what treatments you undergo the pain remains. These cases are frustrating for healthcare providers and even more frustrating for the patient. Sometimes however, back pain can be prevented and is actually caused by bad habits we have. By changing…

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Is Santa Setting Himself Up For Back Pain?

Is Santa Setting Himself Up For Back Pain?

Santa Claus is coming to town, but will he be slowed down by chronic back pain? “Santa spends long periods of time hunched over naughty and nice lists, lifting gifts that are simply too heavy and using improper lifting techniques, making him a prime candidate for a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis or other chronic…

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3 Tips to Get Rid of Back Pain

3 Tips to Get Rid of Back Pain

Relieving lower back pain should not be approached using the “band-aid” method: focusing on the exact site of the chronic pain as the source of the problem. Here are three ways to kill lower back pain that you may not have thought of before. 1. Foam Roll Your Hip Flexors Tight hip flexors can be…

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Tips to Lessen Back Pain

Tips to Lessen Back Pain

Ergonomics is the design of our environment with the goal of making it more efficient and comfortable. Given that we spend two-thirds of our time at the workplace and in bed, it makes sense to discuss how we can improve these environments to lessen back pain. Media outlets run stories on how back pain can…

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5 Tips to Intelligently Train Through Lower Back Pain

5 Tips to Intelligently Train Through Lower Back Pain

If you have clocked enough hours under the bar, you know that lower-back injuries can easily derail your strength training. But if you’re in the pre-season, you don’t always have the luxury of taking time off from training. When that’s the case, intelligently programmed back-friendly modifications are a necessity. Here are five strategies to train…

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Happy Thanksgiving, From the Center for Spine and Orthopedics

Happy Thanksgiving, From the Center for Spine and Orthopedics

At this time of Thanksgiving, we pause to count our blessings. The friendship and confidence all of our patients have shown in us is overwhelming and heart-warming. For all of these things, we are deeply thankful. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving, and save travel to all. Additionally, we’d like to take this time to announce that our partner and preferred Natural Healing Post-Op Center, the Saratoga Resort and Spa has been nominated for the Saratoga / Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Of The Year! We ask that all who feel compelled to do so, please vote for Saratoga Resort and Spa, and share the poll with your friends.

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Texting Can Put More Than 50LBS Of Pressure On Your Spine!

Texting Can Put More Than 50LBS Of Pressure On Your Spine!

Stand up straight! Peering down to check your texts could lead to wear and tear in your back. The average person is hunched over texting for two to four hours a day. Stand up for good health by paying attention to your texting habits. Bending your head at a 60-degree angle to send and receive…

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Low Back Pain In High School Athletes

Low Back Pain In High School Athletes

Most adults at some point throughout their life will develop low back pain. In fact, the chance is fairly high with most studies putting the likelihood at 80 percent. The incidence of low back pain in adolescents has been estimated to be in the range of 15 to 20 percent. This rate increases depending on…

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The Painful Effects Of Smoking: Chronic Back Pain

The Painful Effects Of Smoking: Chronic Back Pain

If you want to avoid chronic back pain, put out the cigarette. A new Northwestern Medicine study has found that smokers are three times more likely than nonsmokers to develop chronic back pain, and dropping the habit may cut your chances of developing this often debilitating condition. “Smoking affects the brain,” said Bogdan Petre, lead…

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3 Ways to Prevent Exercise-Related Back Pain

You may expect to feel the effects of walking or running in your feet, knees, or shins, but when your back and shoulders hurt at the end of the day, it might not occur to you that exercise could be to blame. Unfortunately, though, the impact from running or walking can affect you all the…

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Relieving Upper Back Pain

The hot spot: Upper back The problem: We’re all trying to decrease the amount of time we spend in our seats. Few desks are optimally configured for standing while working with the top of the screen at or below eye level, leaving many standers hunched over with back pain. “For every inch your head inclines…

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Is My Back Pain Caused by a Pinched Nerve or Degenerated Disc?

Is My Back Pain Caused by a Pinched Nerve or Degenerated Disc?

When back pain is caused by a spinal disc problem, the source of the pain is either from a nerve being irritated by a protruding disc, or it is from the disc space itself. Differentiating between the two can cause confusion among patients, as doctors may use different terms to identify the source of pain.…

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Gentle Yoga Poses Therapeutic For Back Pain

Gentle Yoga Poses Therapeutic For Back Pain

Everyone knows that yoga is good for stretching and relaxing and even spiritual practice, but research is now showing that it can also be good for pain — especially those nagging pains that traditional medicine can’t seem to deal with. Chronic low-back pain is often the bane of doctors, who have few effective treatments for…

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Nutrients For Back Pain

Nutrients For Back Pain

Tips for preventing and managing back pain Back pain is extremely common. Most adults experience at least one episode of back pain in their life. Some people recover fully, however others are left in chronic pain, or recurring pain. This can make day to day activities incredibly painful or impossible, and can be a cause…

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Is My Lower Back Pain From Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?

Is My Lower Back Pain From Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?

The causes of lower back pain are often difficult to diagnose. One relatively common cause of lower back pain that seems to be overlooked is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. The sacroiliac joint (also called the SI joint) connects the sacrum – the triangular shaped bone at the bottom of the spine – with the pelvis on…

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Music May Ease Your Chronic Back Pain

Music May Ease Your Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain is one of the most common and frustrating conditions that afflicts mankind. Despite the advances in modern medicine over the past 2 centuries, this vexing complaint frustrates both patients and their doctors by its seeming lack of response to multiple interventions. Over the past decade many providers have tried to help these…

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7 Tips To Improve Your Core & Heal Your Back Pain

If you have back pain, you are not alone. Back pain is common in all age groups and levels of fitness. Maybe you’ve heard that strengthening your core can help alleviate back pain, so you take a Pilates class or you do daily planks. Both are great, but most people only focus on the transversalis…

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How To Ease The Pain Of Sciatica With Yoga

Up to 40 percent of adults have experienced sciatica pain. Check out this wonderful compilation of Yoga poses that help ease the pain of Sciatica, all coming from a patient who lives with Sciatica. Sciatica is a real pain in the butt — and, sometimes, in the leg and foot. That’s because the sciatic nerves,…

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How to Avoid Back Pain While You Train

Steer Clear of Back Injuries While You Work Out! Picture it: you’re in the gym, you’re working hard, you’re getting in the heavy weights, and before you know it…. Something hurts. A lot. You reach for your back – because, all of a sudden, it’s super difficult to hold yourself upright – and you put…

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US School Children At Risk from Heavy Backpacks

Parents take note — when back to school shopping this year, there is one essential item that requires very special attention: your child’s backpack. Backpack weight is becoming an increasing problem, and studies show that heavy backpacks can lead to both back pain and poor posture, noted the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). In fact, in…

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Recent News and Reviews From the Center for Spine and Orthopedics

It is with great pride The Center for Spinal Disorders shares that our own Dr. Christopher Isaacs was nominated, and proceeded as a semifinalist, for the Doctor of the Year award at North Suburban Medical Center! This truly is an honor for Dr. Isaacs, as nominations are made by staff members, not other physicians. Please…

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How to Treat and Prevent Lower Back Pain Caused By Running Injuries

Back issues can result from all manner of activity and inactivity. While some runners experience lower back pain, it may more often be a result of sitting hunched in front of a computer screen all day than from that 5 miles you ran before work. In fact, research published in the journal Spine, which surveyed…

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These 5 Yoga Moves Will Save You From Back Pain

The key to preventing back pain is to strengthen your core and release tension and tightness in the muscles around your upper and lower back. Plus, back pain can often be the result of stress. Yoga will help you relax and unwind mentally and these poses will continue to keep your core strong, your back…

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Jogging and Back Pain Prevention

Jogging is a popular method of exercise to help maintain cardiovascular fitness and overall health; however, it is also an activity that could lead to back pain. Jogging places a great deal of stress through your back muscles, vertebrae and discs. If steps are not taken to minimize this stress, it could lead to the…

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Cycling Pain-Free May Be As Simple As A Properlly Fitted Bike

The sights and sounds of summer are here, and cyclists — whether competitive or recreational — are back on their bicycles and enjoying the outdoors. It is important to understand that bikes, like our shoes, require a good fit to get the most enjoyment out of them without discomfort or injury. A bike fit is…

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Frequent Exercise With Bracing Aids Low Back Pain

Frequent exercising and bracing seems effective for long-term prevention of recurrent low back pain (LBP), according to a study published in the June 1 issue of Spine. Assen Romanov Aleksiev, MD, PhD, from the University Hospital Aleksandrovska in Sofia, Bulgaria, randomized 600 patients with recurrent LBP to strengthening exercises (150 patients; age, 42.5); flexibility exercises…

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5 Tips for Flying Back Pain Free

With Summer vacation season upon us, many people are starting to worry about how to manage the pain associated with a long flight. Here are a few tips for to help you fly back pain–free! Move Sitting in the same position for a prolonged period puts a great deal of stress on your spine, so…

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7 Simple Fixes For Back Pain

Back pain, especially lower back pain, is an ailment that will affect more than 85 percent of Americans at some point. For those that suffer from chronic back pain, looking for natural ways to alleviate pain is much preferable to living on pain meds. Often, these painkillers don’t offer much relief and only treat the…

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10 Ways to Manage Low Back Pain at Home

10 Ways to Manage Low Back Pain at Home

Perhaps you bent the wrong way while lifting something heavy. Or, you’re dealing with a degenerative condition like arthritis. Whatever the cause, once you have low back pain, it can be hard to shake. About one in four Americans say they’ve had a recent bout of low back pain. And almost everyone can expect to…

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Food for Thought: Diet and Nutrition for a Healthy Back

As most patients are well aware, good nutrition and a balanced diet are important components of overall health. What may surprise people with back problems is that diet, nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight also play a major role in the back – including preventing many problems and healing from injuries. The bones, muscles and…

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How to Reduce Lower Back Pain From Cycling

Back pain can be one of those things that just ruin your enjoyment of anything. It seems that once a person has experienced back pain, it can frequently recur and a number of responses can be adopted such as: — Withdrawal from activity (I can’t do that because I have a weak back) — Putting…

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Improve Your Posture And Decrease Back Pain

Despite the incredible engineering of the human body, bad posture can lead to back pain. The human body has evolved very little in the last million years, and is basically constructed for the way humans lived prior to the industrial age. When the body is allowed to function as it’s been designed to, movement is…

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Snowy Mountain Brewery Race Boat: Superboat International Race #1 April 2014

Superboat International Race #1 2014 Season Winner: 2 Time World Champion Snowy Mountain Brewery #14 April 13, 2014 Port Charolotte, Florida Sponsors: Marker 17 Marine; Wilmington, NC www.marker17marine.com Center for Spinal Disorders, Denver, Colorado www.centerforspinaldisorders.com Saratoga Resort and Spa, Saratoga Wyoming www.saratogaresortandspa.com Snowy Mountain Brewery; Saratoga Wyoming www.snowymountainbrewery.com

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Snowy Mountain Brewery Race Boat – Pathway to a World Championship

Pathway to an offshore World Championship. This is a collection of the performance of the 2013 Outerlimits SV-29 Carbon Fiber Race Boat. The pilots ( “Doc” Janssen, Brian Forehand, Maddie Janssen, Mark Tuck & Dan Davies ) showcased an undefeated 12month season including: LOTO Shootout, Superboat International Races( in Clearwater-National Championship, Key West World Championship…

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Snowy Mountain Brewery Outerlimits Original Debut

Doc Janssen, Denver’s Spine Surgeon, Owner and Racer’s All New 29′ Outerlimits Super Vee Lite. Rigged by Offshore Racer Brian Forehand of Marker 17 Marine in Wilmington NC and Doc’s partnership with Snowy Mountain Brewery in Saratoga, WY has brought this boat to the forefront of the marine industry. Special thanks to Harris Devane, Chase Boat driver

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Cerapedics Announces Positive Results From IDE Clinical Trial

Cerapedics is dedicated in the development of a novel osteobiologic  (i-FACTOR™) that uses a unique platform of a peptide attachment factors, to enhance bone incorporation. The team at the Center for Spinal Disorders (Denver), were the lead investigators of this US FDA clinical study. Dr Michael Janssen (world renowned, board certified spine surgeon), lead FDA…

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10 Remedies for Pregnancy Back Pain

Is your back starting to talk to you—but not in a nice way? Try one of these approaches to ease your pain and feel strong and comfortable in your body again. According to the American Pregnancy Association, between 50 and 70 percent of pregnant women experience back pain at some point during their pregnancy. But,…

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Swimming to Treat Back Pain

Swimming is an activity that exercises the entire body. It’s also an activity that many people find helpful for easing back pain. One benefit of aquatic exercise is that the buoyancy of the water helps lessen the stress on joints. People who have difficulty tolerating even low-impact exercise on land often report no difficulty doing…

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Bad Sleeping Habits Leading To Back Pain?

Have you ever considered changing your sleep habits to relieve lower back pain, neck pain, or other general aches and pains? If not, it’s time you did. Your sleep position and pillow choice could be the very culprits of your daily discomfort. If you follow these four tips, you could put an end to your…

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Center for Spinal Disorders Surgeon On HealthWatch

A Board Certified Spine Surgeon here at the Center for Spinal Disorders, was recently featured in the HealthWatch PSA Series by CBS. The ad reviews one of the many causes of back pain, the SI-joint (sacroiliac joint), as it’s often mistaken for pain rooted in the spine, and is slotted to hit the air beginning…

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7 Ways To Ease Your Low Back Pain

With half the country digging out from ice and snow, this seemed like a good time to talk about your back. Your lower back especially is a very vulnerable area, prone to injury, particularly as we age. The wear and tear of living eventually weakens the skeletal structure, causing bone loss and disintegrated or displaced…

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Ease Lower Back Pain With A Yoga Therapy Ball

With yoga therapy or tennis balls, lower back pain can be eased with gentle rocking motions. Lower-back pain is one of the most common adult complaints. Here’s a way to roll away some of the tension in this area. What it does The yoga therapy balls grip the skin as they roll, digging and loosening…

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Saratoga Valley Chamber Of Commerce Awards Doc Janssen

Doc Janssen was recently recognized and presented with the Prestigious “Doing It Right” Award from Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce! He has received a certificate for his Lifetime Achievement Award and support to the community (see right), and will be featured on local electronic signage, as well as a showcase inclusion in the monthly newsletter.…

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6 Ways to Prevent Back Pain When Sleeping

Not being able to fall sleep is bad enough, but when you’re unable to snooze because of excruciating back pain, you’re likely to be extra cranky next day. Plus, a lack of sleep can cause weight gain, make you more susceptible to colds and other illnesses, and can also shorten your life. Here are some…

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Exercise and Physical Therapy For Low Back Pain

The Role of Physical Therapy Physical therapy with a trained professional may be useful if pain has not improved after 3 – 4 weeks. It is important for any person who has chronic low back pain to have an exercise program. Professionals who understand the limitations and special needs of back pain, and can address…

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4 Tips To Ease Back Pain & Improve Spine Health

Erasing chronic back pain may be as simple as making small lifestyle adjustments. Suffer from chronic back pain? You’re not alone: Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans, and we spend about $600 billion a year in treatment and lost productivity costs, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. Back pain is…

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Six Common Mistakes That Can Worsen Your Back Pain

If you are suffering from back pain for the first time, we have some advice. Avoid the following mistakes to help ensure you don’t cause more harm than good when managing your back pain. Mistake #1: Ignoring your pain for too long While it’s true that low back pain usually gets better within a few…

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Patient Back On The Slopes After Disc Replacement

We adore hearing from patients who have been able to return to their normal activities, better than before, post surgery. In the case of this patient, he suffered for years from pain extending from his neck down to his arm. To relieve the pain and improve the patient’s quality of life, Dr. Janssen performed an…

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7 Tips For Back Pain Relief During Pregnancy

Back pain during pregnancy is a common complaint — and it’s no wonder. You’re gaining weight, your center of gravity changes and your hormones are relaxing the ligaments in your pelvis. Often, however, you can prevent or ease back pain during pregnancy. Consider these seven ways to achieve back pain relief during pregnancy. No. 1:…

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Safe Snow Shoveling To Protect Your Back

Since snow season has arrived, it’s time to arm yourself with a shovel and salt to dig through the snowdrifts and icy walkways. However, if you’re prone to back injuries, you may want to consider hiring someone to remove the snow while you sit back and enjoy drinking a cup of hot cocoa. So how…

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Happy Holidays from the Center for Spinal Disorders

Talk about a whirlwind of a year! As 2013 comes to a close, we can’t help but reflect on how successfully busy the past 12 months have been, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you to all of our wonderful clients, readers, and friends for helping make this year one of the best yet…

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5 Common Causes of Back Pain in Women

Dr. Diego Guerrero, FL, has identified five common causes of back pain in women. Here are ways to treat these issues and how you can prevent future back pain. Muscle or ligament strain is one of the most common reasons for back pain in women. It affects all ages and is caused by strenuous lifting.…

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Dr. Michael E Janssen Presented with Life Time Achievement Award for Spine Surgery

AOSpine is the largest group of international spine specialists in the world, a community of spine surgeons generating, distributing, and exchanging knowledge to advance science and the spine care profession through research, education, and community development. With this collaborative approach, AOSpine is advancing spine care worldwide. This week, our very own Dr. Michael E Janssen attended…

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Is Your Purse Causing Back Pain?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, half of working Americans admit to having back pain. What’s more, our nation as a whole is spending at least $50 billion each year to remedy that pain. One culprit? Our heavy purses. When You Carry A Heavy Purse… Your natural gait is thrown off. “One of the consequences…

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How To Prevent Back Pain At Work

We all know that sitting in front of a computer all day is bad for you. Poor posture whilst working on a keyboard for long hours will result in stiffness and back pain. So here are a few stretches you can do to help loosen your neck and shoulder muscles, without the need for equipment. Neck…

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Eliminating Thanksgiving Back Pain

Instead of avoiding the kitchen, now is the perfect time to plan a way to control pain while you cook. Make or stage dishes ahead of time Sit down and look at your meal plan. Break it down into things that can be made ahead of time and things that can be staged before the…

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Study finds high rate of lower back injuries in young athletes

Study Finds High Rate Of Low Back Injuries In Young Athletes

Lower back injuries are the third most common injuries suffered in athletes under the age of 18, according to a study presented by Loyola University Medical Center sports medicine physician Neeru Jayanthi, MD. Many injuries are severe enough to sideline young athletes for one-to-six months, and put them at future risk for long-term back problems.…

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Doc Janssen and Snowy Mountain Brewery Team Win World Championship Title

Speed On The Water has done an awesome job covering the 33rd Annual Super Boat International Key West World Championship week! They recently published an article featuring our very own Michael “Doc” Janssen, and the performance of the Snowy Mountain Brewery Offshore Race Team at the event. Check out a portion of the article below,…

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5 Healing Ways to Approach Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a nearly ubiquitous problem in North America, usually either due to physical exertion (or lack thereof) or misplaced stress. Yoga is a powerful healing practice for lower back issues, and its benefits can be enhanced if you bring focused intention and a wellness-based mindset to the mat. Here are five simple…

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Dr. Michael E. Janssen Delighted to Defend Super Boat International World Title

Completed in mid-2012, the 29-foot Outerlimits V-bottom Snowy Mountain Brewery made short work of the Superboat V offshore raceboat field during last year’s Super Boat International World Championships in Key West, Fla. It was the second new dominant V-bottom—the first was a 30-foot Fountain called Watch Your Back—owned and driven by Dr. Michael “Doc” Janssen,…

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Physical Therapy Benefits For Back Pain

After an episode of low back pain has lasted between two and six weeks, or if there are frequent recurrences of low back pain, it is reasonable to consider back pain exercises and physical therapy for back treatment. (Some spine specialists consider back exercise and physical therapy sooner, particularly if the pain is severe.) In…

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Low Back Pain Tied To Flat Feet According To New Study

Women who walk with flat feet are 50 percent more likely than those with normal or high arches to have low back pain, a new study suggests. “The key takeaway from the study is that if women have low back pain, it may not be just the back,” said senior author Marian Hannan of the…

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Planking — Silly Photo Trend, or Trick To Ease Back Pain?

Tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain, from lower back pain to knee problems to migraines. The pain can debilitating and often lasts for months — and it takes a toll on your body. While medicine can alleviate symptoms, there are alternative methods to get at the underlying cause. Back Pain More than…

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Low Back Pain During Pregnancy

What’s causing my back pain? You can probably blame your growing uterus and hormonal changes for your aching back. Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting strain on your back. It may also cause back pain if it’s pressing on a…

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iPads causing back pain epidemic?

It sounds like the latest gadget from Apple. But ‘iPosture’ is being blamed for an alarming level of back pain among 18 to 24-year-olds. The term is being used to describe the stooped body shape adopted by those texting, emailing or playing games on their iPad or smartphone. About 84 percent of those aged 18…

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Dr. Michael E. Janssen Contributes To Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Congratulations to our very own Michael E. Janssen, DO, on the recent publication of the article and research study, “Efficacy and Safety of Surgical Decompression in Patients with Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy”, of which he was co-author, in the Sept. 18, 2013 issue of Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery! Below you may find a portion…

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Breathing Exercises and Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a common problem with most people from all walks of life. The low back pain isn’t always related to lifting heavy objects; it can be as a result of bad posture and rigorous training on the field. People with chronic low back pain breathe a little differently than those without pain.…

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4 Surprising Cures for Back Pain

There are tons of treatments aimed at alleviating back pain. According to the latest research, these are the methods that really work. Yoga Taking 12 weeks of classes led to greater improvements in function for adults with chronic low back pain versus receiving conventional care (like meds or physical therapy), research published in the Annals…