Summer 2017 Highlights from The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York

field of marigoldsSummer is a time for making memories. At The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York, our summer was particularly memorable, and we’d like to share some of our proudest moments with you. Here are the highlights:

Neurosurgery Residents Learn About Diagnosis From a Physical Therapist’s Point of View

The reputation of excellence at The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York stems from our teamwork philosophy and belief that great things happen when departments work together. Educating the next generation of neurosurgeons is one of our priorities, so professors of neurosurgery asked Dr. Evan Johnson, Director of Physical Therapy, to lead a practical lab for neurosurgery residents. The outcome? Residents had a unique opportunity to learn how to diagnose spinal conditions from a physical therapist’s perspective.

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Dr. McCormick’s Video Brings Attention to Rare Problem of Spinal Cord Herniation

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. So a video of Dr. Paul C. McCormick performing a surgical procedure for a rare spinal disease is of incredible value to others. In the video, Dr. McCormick explains each step and offers tips to other neurosurgeons who may perform such a procedure.

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Putting Some Muscle Behind Spinal Stenosis Surgery

Our neurosurgeons are always looking for ways to bring better care to patients. One way they do this is by conducting research. Dr. Alfred T. Ogden and his colleagues published a study in which they compared a traditional surgical approach with a newer approach to treat a particular cause of back pain. And what they found may surprise you.

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Users Say Spine Hospital Docs Are Their Top Choice

Our neurosurgeons are often recognized for providing exemplary care to their patients, but when patients say you are the best, that’s truly special. This year, patients chose all eight of our neurosurgeons for Vitals Patients’ Choice Awards. What an honor!

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Dr. Michael Kaiser Studies Surgical Interventions for Low-Back Pain
Low-back pain is a common problem and can hinder a person’s quality of life. Conservative treatments are tried first and may work, but for some patients, the pain persists. Whether to pursue surgery as the next step can be a difficult decision for both doctors and patients to make. To help with this decision, Dr. Michael Kaiser and his colleagues evaluated the effectiveness of two surgical treatments and published their findings.

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