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Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every day. Chances are you, or someone you love is suffering or will suffer from back pain at some point. You do not have to suffer in silence. Help is here. Back Talk Doc is a podcast brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, where providing personalized, highly-skilled, and compassionate spine care to the Charlotte, NC area has been our specialty for over 75 years. And now, it’s time to understand the cause of back pain and learn about options to get you back on track! On Back Talk Doc, Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia will help you find answers to some of the most common questions about back pain and spine health. As a Physiatrist at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, Dr. Lakhia is an expert in finding non-surgical treatment options for back and spine problems. The podcast features interviews with neurosurgeons and spine specialists along with episodes where Dr. Lakhia covers an array of different issues such as back pain, neck pain, spine surgery, spine injections, and concussion testing. If you would like to know more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back issues, go to BackTalkDoc.com. To make an appointment, contact Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine at 1-800-344-6716 or visit CarolinaNeuroSurgery.com.

Back Talk Doc Sanjiv Lakhia - Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every day. Chances are you, or someone you love is suffering or will suffer from back pain at some point. You do not have to suffer in silence. Help is here. Back Talk Doc is a podcast brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, where providing personalized, highly-skilled, and compassionate spine care to the Charlotte, NC area has been our specialty for over 75 years. And now, it’s time to understand the cause of back pain and learn about options to get you back on track! On Back Talk Doc, Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia will help you find answers to some of the most common questions about back pain and spine health. As a Physiatrist at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, Dr. Lakhia is an expert in finding non-surgical treatment options for back and spine problems. The podcast features interviews with neurosurgeons and spine specialists along with episodes where Dr. Lakhia covers an array of different issues such as back pain, neck pain, spine surgery, spine injections, and concussion testing. If you would like to know more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back issues, go to BackTalkDoc.com. To make an appointment, contact Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine at 1-800-344-6716 or visit CarolinaNeuroSurgery.com.

    Releasing Pain and Trauma with David Berceli, PhD

    Releasing Pain and Trauma with David Berceli, PhD

    In a bomb shelter under attack in the Middle East, Dr. David Berceli, PhD observed what would become the foundation for much of his work. As mortar shells assaulted the shelter’s exterior, David observed as young children shook in terror and adults sat, stoic and unmoving.
    “We train ourselves out of these endogenous rhythmic movements of the human body that actually are designed to help us reduce stress or release trauma,” David observed. “By trembling, those two year olds were actually healthier than the adults who simply froze that mechanism and didn't allow their body to discharge the excited [energy] that was being created by the mortar shells.”
    This was the match that lit the flame for David, who then decided to dedicate his life to helping people deal with trauma, specifically in mass quantities. This led to the creation of the Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®), a series of exercises that stimulate the body to release deep muscular patterns of stress, tension, and trauma. This system of exercises initiates the body’s natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating to release tension and calm the nervous system.
    In this episode, Dr. Lakhia and Dr. David Berceli discuss all things trauma and how to release that through the body’s natural response to trauma and stress.

    💡 Featured Expert 💡 Name: David Berceli, PhD
    What he does: As an international author, presenter, and trainer in the area of trauma intervention, stress reduction, and resiliency and recovery training, David specializes in recovery with large populations. He is the creator of a revolutionary set of tension and trauma release exercises and the author of three books about releasing tension through therapeutic body tremors.
    Company: https://traumaprevention.com/ (TRE® for All, Inc.)
    Words of wisdom: “The tremor mechanism does not just heal what's going on in you now; it actually goes back in time inside your body to find those patterns that you completely learn to live with, or forgot you even had, or didn't even know you had. And it can undo all those patterns to bring your body to this present moment in its healthiest pulsating state that it can achieve.”
    Connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-david-berceli-78406b13/ (LinkedIn)
    Subscribe and Contact👉 If you enjoyed this episode of Back Talk Doc, check out our recent episode, https://www.backtalkdoc.com/back-pain-relief-with-foundation-training---back-talk-doc-podcast-episode-48.html (Back Pain Relief with Foundation Training).
    🔎 For more information on Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia and the podcast, visit https://www.backtalkdoc.com/ (BackTalkDoc.com).
    🎧 https://pod.link/1486857278 (Subscribe) in your favorite podcast app.
    Back Talk Doc is brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, with offices in North and South Carolina. To learn more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back and spine issues, go to backtalkdoc.com. To schedule an appointment with Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, you can call us at 1-800-344-6716 or visit our website athttps://www.cnsa.com/ ( carolinaneurosurgery.com).

    • 47 min
    Back Pain Relief with Foundation Training

    Back Pain Relief with Foundation Training

    Sometimes, the greatest struggles can bring forth the greatest innovations.
    That is certainly true for Dr. Eric Goodman, DC, the founder of http://foundationtraining.com (Foundation Training). As a young man in chiropractic school, his severe back pain from multiple disc herniations became unbearable.
    “I had about a year left of chiropractic school when my back got bad to the point that I was like, ‘I don't want to be a chiropractor,’” Dr. Goodman tells Dr. Lakhia. “Driving hurt, standing hurt, sitting hurt, and laying hurt. You're just out of options.”
    It was in experimenting with his own pain in motion that he was able to develop Foundation Training, a combination of exercises and breathing techniques that helps with anything from basic daily movements to athletics.
    Josh Brigham became a devotee of Foundation Training from his own spinal issues. Now a trainer and owner of http://adaptclt.com (Adapt CLT,) he uses Foundation Training to bring others the same relief he’s experienced.
    He says a video about decompression breathing that he saw at his first Foundation Training event changed how he thought about breath. “It was just real easy to make that concept live inside of you,” Josh said. “And that's how it was introduced to me. And it never went away.”
    In this episode, Dr. Lakhia, Dr. Goodman, and Josh discuss all things Foundation Training — how to get started, and why changing how you bend and breathe can change your pain.

    💡 Featured Experts 💡Name: Dr. Eric Goodman, DC
    What he does: As a trained (but not practicing) chiropractor, Dr. Goodman used his education as a springboard to understanding how to strengthen the spine. He developed his series of Foundation Training exercises as a way for people to take their spine health into their own hands.
    Company: https://www.foundationtraining.com/ (Foundation Training)
    Words of wisdom: “The ability to understand what your body is doing, as it's doing it, is probably the most important skill of chronic pain relief through lifetimes.”
    Connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-goodman-dc-658b0123/ (LinkedIn) | https://ftstreaming.com/ (Foundation Training Streaming )| https://www.instagram.com/foundationtraining/ (Instagram) | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOkRpabTWz-G5dRqsABppDQ (YouTube)
    Name: Josh Brigham
    What he does: Josh found Foundation Training following a cervical spine injury that was treated with an artificial disc replacement. He now trains others in restoring their own spinal health at his Charlotte-based Adapt CLT.
    Company: https://adaptclt.com/ (Adapt CLT)
    Words of wisdom: “We want people to move and to do the things that they enjoy, whatever that movement looks like. But if you're not doing it connected, you're not going to be doing it well.”
    Connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/josh-brigham-1834a6105/ (LinkedIn) | https://www.instagram.com/adaptclt/ (Instagram)

    Subscribe and Contact👉 If you enjoyed this episode of Back Talk Doc, check out our recent episode, https://www.backtalkdoc.com/back-pain-relief-through-posture-and-movement-with-esther-gokhale---back-talk-doc-podcast-episode-45.html (Back Pain Relief Through Posture and Movement, With Esther Gokhale. )
    🔎 For more information on Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia and the podcast, visithttps://www.backtalkdoc.com/ ( BackTalkDoc.com).
    🎧 https://pod.link/1486857278 (Subscribe) in your favorite podcast app.
    Back Talk Doc is brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, with offices in North and South Carolina. To learn more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back and spine issues, go to backtalkdoc.com. To schedule an appointment with Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, you can call us at 1-800-344-6716 or visit our website athttps://www.cnsa.com/ ( carolinaneurosurgery.com).

    • 51 min
    Back (Pain)…to the Future. Spine Biologics with Dr. Peter Bailey

    Back (Pain)…to the Future. Spine Biologics with Dr. Peter Bailey

    Regenerative medicine has great potential. It empowers the body’s own healing mechanisms to cure injuries that would normally require surgery or other invasive measures.
    In this episode of Back Talk Doc, Dr. Peter Bailey discusses his work in regenerative spinal care.
    Research on regenerative spinal care is steadily progressing, despite a lack of funding. Most companies fund research into drugs rather than regenerative medicine, so progress has taken time and dedication. In spinal care, regenerative treatments can improve patient pain. For this to be effective, the cause of the pain must be accurately diagnosed to ensure that the proper treatment plan and target area are selected.
    Regenerative spinal care is best at targeting disc pain in ways that physical therapy and surgery cannot. “The disc is the largest structure in the body that does not have its own blood supply,” said Dr. Bailey. “When we injure a disc, it doesn't heal up very well. It creates an environment that, over time, predisposes the disc to further degenerate.”
    Dr. Bailey primarily treats disc pain with platelet-rich plasma. In this method, platelets from the patient’s body are injected into the spine. Platelets are the body’s first responders to injury. By giving the injured area more platelets, the body’s healing responses are increased enough that the spinal injury can be healed well.
    Regenerative medicine on its own is not enough. Dr. Bailey recommends accompanying the treatment with physical therapy and exercise to prevent re-injury of the spine.
    Excited to learn more? Tune in to this episode of Back Talk Doc to discover more about regenerative spinal care.
    Read the Full Show Notes on our website https://www.backtalkdoc.com/podcast.html (BackTalkDoc.com).

    💡 Featured Expert 💡Name: Dr. Peter Bailey
    What he does: As a physiatrist at Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, Dr. Bailey is pioneering the field of regenerative spine care.
    Company: https://www.cnsa.com/ (Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates)
    Words of wisdom: “If you have a patient who is younger to middle age, who has kind of a bad-looking disc, a surgeon doesn't really want to operate on that. Surgical outcomes for axial back pain are not that great. So it’s a great tool to have for that segment of the population that offers hope for the management of back pain, when it seems like other options aren't available. As far as the future goes, it's definitely going to be critical.”
    Connect: https://www.cnsa.com/providers/peter-w-bailey-md (Website) | https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-bailey-a7279554/ (LinkedIn)
    Subscribe and Contact👉 If you enjoyed this episode of Back Talk Doc, check out our recent episode https://www.backtalkdoc.com/back-pain-relief-through-posture-and-movement-with-esther-gokhale---back-talk-doc-podcast-episode-45.html (Back Pain Relief Through Posture and Movement, With Esther Gokhale).
    🔎 For more information on Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia and the podcast visithttps://www.backtalkdoc.com/ ( BackTalkDoc.com).
    🎧 https://pod.link/1486857278 (Subscribe) in your favorite podcast app.
    Back Talk Doc is brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, with offices in North and South Carolina. To learn more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back and spine issues, go to backtalkdoc.com. To schedule an appointment with Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, you can call us at 1-800-344-6716 or visit our website athttps://www.cnsa.com/ ( carolinaneurosurgery.com).

    • 28 min
    Fact vs Fiction: Back Rehab with Dr. Stuart McGill

    Fact vs Fiction: Back Rehab with Dr. Stuart McGill

    For Dr. Stuart McGill, surgery should be the last resort.
    In fact, for many patients who don’t properly address their pain, surgery is, at best, a temporary option. Consider this: following a disc hernia procedure, many patients, including those Dr. McGill sees, usually fall back into old habits and run the risk of re-injuring their damaged spine. “So you are going to have to change the way that you move [and] become more efficient in purposefully stimulating the adaption that you need in your body to become robust again,” he says.
    The problem, Dr. McGill says, is that most orthopaedists don’t do a full exam of the whole patient to find the source of the pain. That can take two to three hours.
    “The assessment, if it's thorough enough, will always give you the answer,” says Dr. McGill. And that answer is rarely putting a patient under the knife. Other solutions, which can often include long-term therapies, will get to the source of the pain and lead to long-term healing “95% of the time,” he says.
    Dr. McGill knows what he’s talking about: he has literally https://www.backfitpro.com/books/back-mechanic-the-mcgill-method-to-fix-back-pain/ (written the book on the mechanics of back pain), how to assess it, and published award-winning research on spine biomechanics. Also, as a distinguished Professor Emeritus at University of Waterloo, he is considered one of the world’s leading biomechanists.
    On this episode of Back Talk Doc, Dr. McGill joined Dr. Lakhia with special guest https://www.cnsa.com/providers/john-m-lesher-md-mph (Dr. John Lesher), MD, MPH, of Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates to talk all about spine biomechanics: from the benefits of a technique experts refer to as “virtual surgery,” to the mechanics of strengthening exercises for back pain.
    Read the Full Show Notes on our website https://www.backtalkdoc.com/podcast.html (BackTalkDoc.com).
    
    💡 Featured Expert 💡Name: Dr. Stuart McGill, PhD
    What he does: Dr. Stuart McGill is one of the world’s most renowned spine biomechanists. He is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, where he published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and award-winning research in the field of low back biomechanics. He is also the author of several books, the most recent being https://www.backfitpro.com/books/back-mechanic-the-mcgill-method-to-fix-back-pain/ (Back Mechanic) (2015).
    Company: https://www.backfitpro.com/ (BackFitPro)
    Words of wisdom: “The way to stay pain-free is, one day a week, rest. Don't do anything. That's the day that your body adapts. So all the stimulation that you've done all week long, let it adapt.”
    Connect: https://www.backfitpro.com/about-us/ (Website) | https://twitter.com/drstuartmcgill?lang=en (Twitter)
    Subscribe and Contact👉 If you enjoyed this episode of Back Talk Doc, check out our recent episode https://www.backtalkdoc.com/back-pain-relief-through-posture-and-movement-with-esther-gokhale---back-talk-doc-podcast-episode-45.html (Back Pain Relief Through Posture and Movement, with Esther Gokhale).
    🔎 For more information on Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia and the podcast visithttps://www.backtalkdoc.com/ ( BackTalkDoc.com).
    🎧 https://pod.link/1486857278 (Subscribe) in your favorite podcast app.
    Back Talk Doc is brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, with offices in North and South Carolina. To learn more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back and spine issues, go to backtalkdoc.com. To schedule an appointment with Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, you can call us at 1-800-344-6716 or visit our website athttps://www.cnsa.com/ ( carolinaneurosurgery.com).

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Back Pain Relief Through Posture and Movement, With Esther Gokhale

    Back Pain Relief Through Posture and Movement, With Esther Gokhale

    What if back-pain relief was just a few steps away? Esther Gokhale’s work with posture and movement finds that just changing the way you sit, stand, lie down, and walk can eliminate your back pain.
    Esther grew up in India helping her mom treat orphaned babies and she studied biochemistry at college. Later, she became a licensed acupuncturist. So when her own pain and herniated disc issues emerged, it motivated Esther to study how people move.
    “There were some seeds already sown in my brain that ‘there's something going on with people who live close to the ground that makes sense and that works.’ And so when this horrible thing happened to me, it resonated for me to study techniques that changed the way you use your body,” Esther says.
    Esther developed and trademarked the Gokhale Method, an eight-step plan to adjust your back’s curvature and movement from an S or C-shaped curve to a J-shaped curve. Esther found this technique by studying the common thread between ancient cultures and today’s primal cultures:
    “If you go to your museums and you look at the Greek statues, they're doing exactly what these Ubong guys are doing, they look the same. And so why would that be? Well, the simplest explanation is that it is natural. That's why they converge on the same form. And we in modern times have just lost our way.”
    In this episode, Dr. Lakhia and Esther talk through modern and ancestral movements, and what you can do right now to start moving more primally and, ultimately, relieve your back pain.
    Read the Full Show Notes on our website https://www.backtalkdoc.com/back-pain-relief-through-posture-and-movement-with-esther-gokhale---back-talk-doc-podcast-episode-45.html (BackTalkDoc.com).
    💡 Featured Expert 💡Name: Esther Gokhale
    What she does: Esther used her crippling back pain during her first pregnancy to propel her interest in vanquishing back pain for all. Her Gokhale Method focuses on using posture and movement to bring the body back to a state of pain-free living.
    Company: https://gokhalemethod.com/ (Gokhale Method Institute, Inc.)
    Words of wisdom: “You often develop your passions in response to some humongous challenge that you're faced with. And if you manage to be successful in getting past that, you have acquired a lot of knowledge, skill, and insights.”
    Connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/esther-gokhale-8908a67 (LinkedIn) | https://shop.gokhalemethod.com/products/8-steps (Book)
    Subscribe and Contact👉 If you enjoyed this episode of Back Talk Doc, check out our recent episode, https://www.backtalkdoc.com/power-of-compounding---back-talk-doc-podcast-episode-43.html (Power of Compounding).
    🔎 For more information on Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia and the podcast, visithttps://www.backtalkdoc.com/ ( BackTalkDoc.com).
    🎧 https://pod.link/1486857278 (Subscribe) in your favorite podcast app.
    Back Talk Doc is brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, with offices in North and South Carolina. To learn more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back and spine issues, go to backtalkdoc.com. To schedule an appointment with Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, you can call us at 1-800-344-6716 or visit our website athttps://www.cnsa.com/ ( carolinaneurosurgery.com).

    • 49 min
    The Brain-Pain Connection with Dr.David Schechter

    The Brain-Pain Connection with Dr.David Schechter

    Dr. David Schechter didn’t always buy into the idea of the mind-body pain connection. As a medical student, he relied on conventional and traditional approaches to pain management.
    But that was before he developed knee pain that felt almost impossible to resolve. He tried mechanical therapy and strengthening exercises as is typically recommended, but nothing seemed to work. So he approached an NYU physiatrist for help: Dr. John Sarno, who became one of America’s most famous back pain doctors.
    Dr. Sarno told Dr. Schechter that his pain was psychosomatic. “That really threw me for a loop,” Dr. Schechter said. “It was not what I was expecting to hear.”
    But it worked. And Dr. Sarno’s theory of Tension Myositis Syndrome, or TMS — that the mind creates pain in order to suppress traumatic events or subconscious thoughts and feelings — has been supported by independent research showing how the brain reacts differently to chronic and acute pain.
    It’s an idea that has unfortunately come with social stigma: patients who suffer from TMS worry that the pain is “all in their head.”
    But psychosomatic pain is real, Dr. Schechter says, and understanding how our brain impacts our physical bodies is the first step to accurate treatment and recovery.
    Dr. Schechter joins us on episode 44 of Back Talk Doc to discuss the research behind mind-body medicine and the mind-body methods that best help address pain.
    “It's a more effective way to treat a particular type of symptom, typically chronic pain,” he says. “And it's a better way to define it. If you make the correct diagnosis, you're more likely to move forward with the correct treatment program.”
    Read the Full Show Notes on our website https://www.backtalkdoc.com/podcast.html (BackTalkDoc.com).
    💡 Featured Expert 💡Name: David Schechter, MD
    What he does: Dr. David Schechter is a physician in Culver City, California with a medical degree from New York University. He specializes in sports medicine with a particular focus on non-surgical approaches and https://www.mindbodymedicine.com/ (mind-body medicine). Dr. Schechter is the author of several books including https://www.amazon.com/MindBody-Workbook-Program-Awareness-Disorders/dp/1929997051 (The MindBody Workbook).
    Company: https://www.schechtermd.com/ (David Schechter, MD) (private practice)
    Words of wisdom: “If you're afraid of failure, if you're afraid to not get there those opportunities may not ever become available. So don't be afraid to fail. Try it, and if it doesn't work out, learn from it and move on. And do even better next time.”
    Connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dschechter/ (LinkedIn)
    Subscribe and Contact👉 If you enjoyed this episode of Back Talk Doc, check out our recent episode https://www.backtalkdoc.com/all-about-radiofrequency-ablation-for-spinal-arthritis-with-dr-stephanie-plummer---back-talk-doc-podcast-episode-42.html (All About Radiofrequency Ablation for Spinal Arthritis with Dr. Stephanie Plummer.)
    🔎 For more information on Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia and the podcast visithttps://www.backtalkdoc.com/ ( BackTalkDoc.com).
    🎧 https://pod.link/1486857278 (Subscribe) in your favorite podcast app.
    Back Talk Doc is brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, with offices in North and South Carolina. To learn more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back and spine issues, go to backtalkdoc.com. To schedule an appointment with Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, you can call us at 1-800-344-6716 or visit our website athttps://www.cnsa.com/ ( carolinaneurosurgery.com).

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Oscar watcherabby ,

Excellent

Excellent podcast with truly helpful information that makes a priority of connecting with listeners. Thank you for making this podcast, it is a godsend!

DS Mtp ,

Best Podcast

Always enjoy these podcasts. Very informative and understandable for patients. Thank you for doing these.

Stephanie R. Ganter DDS, MS ,

We need more of this!!!

I met Dr. Lakhia through our time taking a 2 year Integrative Medicine Fellowship out of the University of Arizona School of Medicine. He is a wealth of knowledge and I continue to learn from him. Love that he is doing this podcast. Latest episode I’ve listened to is with the amazing Dr. David Schechter. Mind body medicine and stress reduction is key in effectively managing chronic and resistant pain. As a periodontal and implant surgeon in Dallas, Tx I manage and treat chronic inflammatory oral conditions including several mucocutaneous diseases, chronic inflammatory periodontal disease, and V3 neuropathies. Keep doing what you’re doing Sanjiv!!

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