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.
Golf Rehabilitation and Fitness with Dr. Graham Claytor
If you live or work in the Carolinas, you probably either play golf or have a friend or loved one that plays. Golf is an excellent sport for children and retirees alike and a popular activity for competitive exercisers that don’t want to strain their bones and muscles in high-impact sports. However, golf can also lead to its fair share of aches and pains, so today’s episode focuses on preventing and treating golf-related injuries.
On this episode of Back Talk Doc, our host Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia welcomes Dr. Graham Claytor, Director of the Physical Therapy at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, to explore his golf rehabilitation and fitness programs. While Dr. Claytor admits physical therapy wasn’t a childhood dream, a combination of family and educational experiences ignited his passion for patient work.
Health Care and Spirituality, with Dr. John Welshofer
While the idea of spirituality can be off-putting for some, a growing number of physicians believe spirituality can play a significant role in our physical and emotional health. On this episode of Back Talk Doc, our host, Sanjiv Lakhia, speaks with Dr. John Welshofer, a physician that believes in integrating faith and spirituality into the healing process. Always a science-minded person, Dr. Welshofer became interested in medicine after a severe car accident left a close friend paralyzed from the waist down. (2:17) After his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation, he regularly dedicated his time to medical mission trips, where he served in communities that lacked health care.
Physical Therapy and Health Tips for Patients with Back Pains, With Dr. Eleanor McMillan
Do you frequently suffer from back pain and don’t know the right way to treat them? Or do you think your home exercises are making the pain worse? Patients often mistake the difference between being physically active versus going to physical therapy to treat a specific injury, causing them to worsen the pain and fail to properly recover from herniated discs or muscular back strains.
In this episode of Back Talk Doc, our host Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia, welcomes Dr. Eleanor McMillan, a physical therapist who loves to exercise and enjoy a healthy lifestyle; she’s also helped numerous patients recover from painful back injuries. Dr. McMillan shares the virtues of physical therapy and how it can help you regain control of your life when suffering from back pain.
Innovations in Spine Surgery with Dr. Chris Holland
Although advancements in technology have made many things possible in medicine, particularly in the surgical aspect, robotics is still somewhat a relatively new concept. This sector is gaining traction in the market, but you won’t find robots in most hospitals in the U.S.
In this episode of Back Talk Doc, Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia is joined by neurosurgeon Dr. Chris Holland to explore surgical robots utilized in spine surgery. Chris goes in-depth into what surgical robots are, how these work, and how they’re adopted in the OR for neurosurgery or spine surgery. He emphasizes that these devices are not like what you would see in sci-fi movies. Rather, they comprise of a multi-articulating arm and an instrument at the end that performs a function.
Introduction to Spinal Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery with Dr. Dom Coric
Replace defective joints in the knee and hips is not unheard of and there’s a big chance that you or someone you know has had this surgery done. But can this type of procedure be done to address issues in the spinal region?
In this episode of Back Talk Doc, Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia is joined by Dr. Dom Coric, who is an expert in spine trauma, spine surgery, and in particular, spinal arthroplasty. They dive deep into all aspects of artificial disc replacement surgery in the neck and lower back. Dom describes what happens during this type of procedure, which involves replacing the structural problem with an artificial disc, instead of the normally used spacers, rod screws, plates, etc. He also talks about the types of artificial discs that are typically used, how they have evolved through the years, and the differences between those that are utilized for the neck versus the lower back.
What’s the Point? Acupuncture vs Dry Needling
Aside from clinical treatments for back pain and pain in general, acupuncture and dry needling are increasingly becoming part of treatment plans prescribed by physicians. However, there are misconceptions about these two interventions, with people often interchanging one for the other.
In this episode of Back Talk Doc, Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia goes into a discussion on dry needling and acupuncture and the significant differences between these two treatment options. It’s not so much as which is more effective than the other, but rather which intervention is the best course of action for your specific issue.
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I wish this information and easy to understand explanation of Back pain was available30 years ago.
But, not too late. Looking forward to hearing more from you DOC. Thanks
Back Talk Patient
Dr. Lakhia is very knowledgable and informative. He provided great information in an understandable and relatable way. I look foward to future episodes.
Extremely Helpful! Great Advice!
Absolutely Amazing! This is the best back advice I’ve ever had.