CLINTECH CENTER FOR SPINE HEALTH
At the ClinTech Center for Spine Health, we believe in the power of regenerative medicine. There are many ways that we’re discovering the human body can help itself to heal. Some of them require a little help from doctors, but the tools the doctors are using come from the body. Using the cells that are already present in your body, we can redirect their healing areas to the area of your body that needs it the most. If your back is suffering from degenerative disk disease or chronic back pain, there may be something that we can do to help.
In Johnstown, the Clintech Center offers platelet rich plasma injections that can help relieve your back pain and slow or possibly reverse the effects of degenerative disk disease. If you have degenerative disk disease, and other medications or therapies haven’t worked for you, then maybe it’s time to recruit yourself as a donor for PRP so that we can then send your plasma to repair the degenerated disk or other problems in your back.more
If you’ve been having pain in your back for an extended period of time, and if medicines, physical therapy, and other therapies have yet to do the trick, then it may be time to consider something more serious. A spinal fusion. If that pain is in your lower back specifically, then lumbar fusion surgery could be an option for you. At the ClinTech Center in Johnstown, our orthopedic doctors and surgeons can identify your lower back issue and provide lumbar fusion if you have exhausted other options.
Having any kind of surgery comes with some risk, but we assure you the best care at the ClinTech Center for Spine Health. Recognized widely in the orthopedic community, our spinal surgeon, Dr. Fernando Techny, will do everything he can to make the surgery a success and enable you to move with less pain once again. Lumbar fusion is a serious surgery with a fair recovery time, but is relatively low risk in terms of results, with national statistics showing it to be around...more
Spinal Cord Injuries are Somewhat Common
Throughout the United States, it is estimated that roughly 12,500 spinal cord injuries occur per year. That is 12,500 that have to live with the daily struggles of a spinal cord injury including pain, limited mobility, and a decreased quality of life. Here at ClinTech Center For Spine, we are dedicated to helping as many people as possible recover from their spinal cord injuries, either through the use of therapy or surgery. Because this is our first blog post, we felt that it would be a good idea to go over some of the most common spinal cord injuries and shed a little light on the structure of the spine itself. We hope that by the end of this post you have a better understanding of how and why the spine becomes injured. Continue reading below to learn more.
Do You Know the Parts of the Spine?
Before we get into the most common spinal injuries, we felt that we should first go over the major areas of the spine. For most people, the spine is simply a long collection of bones that runs...more
Trust Dr. Techy for all of Your Spinal Health Needs
Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Clintech Center for Spine Health, we truly feel that our spine specialists are what makes our clinic stand out from the rest. While there is no doubt that there are a plethora of options when it comes to clinics geared towards spinal health, we feel that it is important for all of our customers to do their due diligence when it comes to vetting a particular spinal clinic for their needs. In today’s post, we wanted to focus on one of our spine specialists in particular, Dr. Fernando Techy. As our most senior spine specialist and the lead spine surgeon on our team, we feel that Dr. Techy brings a level of professionalism to our practice that cannot be replicated. Continue reading below to learn more of the reasons that Dr. Techy is the best choice for all of your spinal health needs in the Johnstown area.
Trust Your Spinal Health to the Experts
When it comes to the health of your spine and back, don’t you want a doctor that has a...more
Do You Know the Procedures That We Offer?
Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Here at ClinTech Center for Spine Health, our mission is to provide the best orthopedic services that we can for the residents of Johnstown. Dr. Techy, our in office orthopedic specialist has spent years honing his craft and staying up to date on the latest in the world of orthopedic and spinal health. As a result of this extensive training, we are able to offer a multitude of services at our clinic and, in today’s post, we thought it would be a good idea to go into a little more detail about the specific services that we offer. We hope that by the end of this blog you have a better understanding of the services that we offer and that you feel more comfortable in choosing Dr. Techy for all of your orthopedic needs. Continue reading below to learn more.
Orthopedic Health is our Passion
Orthopedic health is one of those things that most people take for granted until something goes wrong. When issues arise with your skeletal systems, the negative...more
Trust Dr. Techy for Your Orthopedic and Spinal Health Needs
Hello, dear reader, and welcome back to the ClinTech Center for Spine Health blog! If you have been keeping up with our blog, you are probably aware that we are running a short blog series on the different types of Procedures that Dr. Tech offers here at ClinTech Center for Spine Health. If you haven’t read our previous post, we suggest you do so now, however, if you would like to read this one first and go back to the other one later, that’s totally fine! For years, Dr. Techy has been helping patients find relief from their orthopedic and spinal health issues and now he is dedicated to bringing that same level of professionalism and care to the residents of Johnstown and the surrounding areas. When it comes to the health of your skeletal system, it important to choose an orthopedic specialist who is knowledgeable in a wide range of orthopedic related issues. Continue reading below to learn more about the types of procedures that Dr. Techy can perform.
Spine Injuries Come From Many Causes
Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Here at ClinTech Center For Spine Health, Dr. Techy is dedicated to helping all Johnstown area residents with issues relating to the spine. As most people are already well aware, the spinal cord is a pretty important component to the human body and is responsible for making sure that all the parts of the body are able to communicate with each other and the brain. Injuries to this area of the body can be devastating for multiple reasons and, in our opinion, avoiding spinal cord injuries is something that every person should strive to do. In today’s post, we are going to go over some of the most common ways that people receive spinal cord injuries in the hope that all of our readers will be better informed about high-risk activities in relation to their spinal health. Continue reading below to learn more.
Don’t Put Your Spine in Dangerous Situations
Life is dangerous. Every single day, millions of people are put in situations that, if one thing were to go...more
Your Spine Needs Your Help
When you get down to it, our bodies are like our vehicles. Our consciousness is contained within this fleshy vessel of bones, muscle, and tissue and, barring some major advancement in the field of robotics or medicine, we only get one body to work with. As such, it is important that you take care of your body to the best of your ability in order to make sure that you are comfortable well into old age. An injury to the spinal cord can be one of the most devastating injuries that a person receives in their lifetime and here at ClinTech Center For Spine Health, our spine surgeon, Dr. Techy, wants to help as many people as possible with their injuries. However, while Dr. Techy is passionate about helping people, he would also like for people to avoid spine injuries altogether. In today’s post, we are going to pick up where we left off last time and continue to cover some of the most common ways that people injure their spine. Read on to learn more.
Do You Partake in High-Risk Activities?
As a spine...more
What Can Spinal Injection Do For You?
Here at ClinTech Center for Spine Health, we want to help as many people as possible find relief from spinal health issues. When a person’s spine is injured, life becomes difficult. While the average person doesn’t think about it too much, spinal issues don’t just affect the spine. The human spine is responsible for serving as a hub for the rest of the body. All of our thoughts, feelings, and impulses first travel through the spine and, when something is wrong with the spring, the rest of the body responds. In today’s post, we wanted to go over spinal injections, a treatment that we offer at our Johnstown clinic. Many of our patients have found relief through our spinal injections and, after this blog, we hope that you will see the benefits that this treatment offers. Continue reading below to learn more.
A Happy Sping is a Healthy Spine
Although they may sound scary, ,spinal injections have been utilized by millions of Americans in order to find relief from chronic spinal pain. These...more
Kyphoplasty Can Offer Long Lasting Pain Relief
Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Here at ClinTech Center For Spine Health, Dr. Techy is dedicated to staying up to date on the latest spinal health procedures and, more importantly, is passionate about making sure that each and every one of his clients fully understand the procedure before any work is done. When it comes to the health of your spine, it is always important to make sure that you carefully consider the treatment options that are laid out in front of you. Depending on your situation, certain procedures could be more beneficial than others and, believe us when we say you want to choose the absolute best option that you can. In part one of a two part blog series, we are going to go over kyphoplasty, what it is, what it does for our patients, and the things you should consider before trying this treatment option. Continue reading below to learn more.
What is Kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive, orthopedic procedure that is used to stabilize spinal...more
Kyphoplasty Offers Pain Relief in Johnstown
Hello, dear reader, and welcome back to our blog! Here at ClinTech Center For Spine Health, we are well aware of the effects that pain can have on a person’s day to day life. While pain is a natural part of being a human, alerting us to dangerous situations that could potentially result in injury, chronic pain is something that no one should have to live with. Chronic pain is not something a person can simply get over. For many people, the only relief they can find for chronic back pain involves taking copious amounts of prescription pain relievers, a solution that, when you get down to it, isn’t really a solution at all. While unfortunate, finding long lasting relief from chronic back pain often requires a person to undergo some sort of surgery to fix whatever issue is causing them pain. As a spine surgeon, Dr. Techy is dedicated to helping as many people as possible find relief from their pain. One of the procedures utilized here at ClinTech, balloon kyphoplasty, is the subject of today’s blog. Continue reading...more
Coloradoans love winter sports! It's no wonder, with the majestic Rocky Mountains just minutes from our doorsteps and some of the best skiing in the world just an hour away. Our Colorado ski resorts see millions of visitors every year (more than 13 million some years!), but with all of those visitors to the snowy slopes, there are bound to be a few injuries. Some of those injuries can be severe, especially if they affect your neck and back. If you love to go snowboarding or skiing and live for the first day of the season, it's important that you take steps to protect yourself from injury so you don't have to make an appointment with our spine surgeon in Johnstown later on. Here are some tips to help you stay safe out on the slopes.
Tips for Avoiding Winter Sports Injuries to Your Back and NeckExercise in the offseason.
One of the best ways to protect yourself from injury is to ensure your body is in good physical condition before you hit the slopes. Don't let the warmer weather be your excuse to stop getting...more
It's estimated that nearly 80% of American adults will experience an episode of back pain during their lifetime. For most of those people, the pain will resolve itself with at-home care after a few weeks. For others, though, the pain may not go away on its own and end up requiring treatment from a spine or orthopedic specialist. Thankfully, there are a number of treatment options available for back and neck pain that may work for you, depending on what's causing your pain and the severity of it. One of those treatments could be radiofrequency ablation.
What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation, also known as RFA, uses radio waves to interrupt the pain signal traveling from the nerves in your spine to your brain. This is done by heating the nerve through an electrical signal, which affects the tissue and decreases the nerve's ability to send messages to the brain. Because your brain won't process the...more
When it comes to spine health in Johnstown and Northern Colorado in general, ClinTech Center for Spine Health is led by Dr. Fernando Techy, a premier specialist in the field. His wealth of experience pervades our center for spine health in Fort Collins from top to bottom. So no matter who you interact with when you come to see us, you can be confident that you will be conversing with a team member who is dedicated to one thing - providing high-quality, innovative spine health care.
We have cutting-edge equipment and tools to complement our passion and experience. As such, we are able to offer a host of spine treatments with Dr. Techy at the helm. Below you will find a brief explanation of each of our spinal services - from bulging disc treatment to stem cell treatment to decompression surgery, we’ve got you covered!
Biologics has become a more common use in orthopedic and spine care over the past few years. The pioneering, regenerative treatment can be...more
Having chronic back pain is no way to go through life. It can take away the joy of exercise, athletics, and even less physically strenuous activities you once were able to partake in without a second thought. Not only that, but chronic back pain can affect quality of sleep and can even be a near-constant distraction, robbing folks afflicted with it of the ability to focus during conversations, work, and the like.
Here at ClinTech Center for Spine Health in Johnstown, CO, we offer our patients comprehensive, cutting-edge spinal treatments ranging from cell-based therapies in the field of regenerative medicine to spine surgery and spinal and joint injections. With our unique blend of experience, innovative techniques and equipment, we have a commitment to addressing the root cause of pain rather than simply the symptoms themselves.
One of those aforementioned innovative techniques is called radiofrequency ablation, or RFA. We are proud to announce our newest treatment, and...more
Here at ClinTech Center for Spine Health, we have a mission to provide comprehensive spine health for folks of all ages, up and down the Northern Colorado Front Range. Based out of Johnstown, CO, we are just a short drive away from residents who live in Loveland, Berthoud, Greeley, Fort Collins, Longmont, Denver, Windsor, Boulder, and beyond.
With spinal treatment services ranging from spine surgery to joint injections to regenerative medicine to radiofrequency ablation and beyond, we are able to help people who perhaps have become hopeless with regards to their daily pain. We frequently treat people who have chronic pain that they had thought was unresolvable. Likewise, some of these folks have been through multiple spinal surgeries with none of them yielding the positive results they had hoped for. We are proud to offer our patients cutting-edge spinal treatments here at ClinTech Center for Spine Health. As you’ll read in some of the testimonials listed below, we are able to help when others are not. That is a huge reason we have become a mainstay among spinal healthcare...more
At ClinTech Center for Spine Health, we offer specialized treatments and procedures to offer the back relief you’re looking for. However, sometimes these practices simply do not offer the amount, or kind of relief some of our patients are looking for.
To address this, we are also trained spine surgeons, practiced in a variety of methods that aid those who require spinal surgery. After a full physical and spine health assessment and other treatment options have been considered, ClinTech might suggest spine surgery as a helpful next step forward. One of the surgery options we offer is cervical fusion. Today we’ll examine what this surgery is, why it’s performed, and how it can help.
Why Is Cervical Fusion Necessary?
Most chronic and intense neck pain is the result of changes or injuries that occur in the discs that make up the cervical spine and the joints between each of those vertebrae. For most patients, a surgical procedure is not necessary, but in cases where non-operative options have not made a...more
If you’re dealing with chronic or severe pain in your neck, back, or extremities, you’ll do nearly anything to find pain relief. One of the most effective options you have is to see an orthopedic specialist. An orthopedic specialist can help you find the relief that you need through pain management plans, rehabilitation practices, and other services. To find out more about orthopedic surgeons, read on. When you’re done, make sure to contact ClinTech Center for Spine Health to see how they can help you with your back pain.
What is Orthopedics?
Orthopedics is the study of the of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and skin. Together, these elements make up the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system allows you to move, flex, bend, work, and be active. An orthopedic specialist is trained to help keep all of these parts healthy and functional so you can live your best life now.
While orthopedic specialists are familiar with all parts and elements of the body, many specialize in one specific area. In the case of ClinTech, our staff...more
Stem Cells have been in the news for the last several years because of their incredible versatility. While many people have heard of them, they may not fully understand what they are, and how they can be useful in orthopedic care.
Fortunately, the orthopedic doctors at ClinTech in Johnstown are specialists in stem cell therapies and treatments and have a profound and complex understanding of these incredible cells.
At the most basic understanding, stem cells are the foundation upon which all of the organs, tissues, and blood in the body is made from them. Stem cells are important because they can transform into other types of cells that can repair and regenerate damaged and diseased tissues. Stem cells can replace themselves and are essentially a renewable resource in the body. Because of this, stem cells are referred to as “regenerative cells.”
Three Major Types
Stem cells can be found in three major types:
Adult Stem Cells
The cells in the human body are made up of adult stem...more
The use of stem cells in cell-based therapy treatments has been the focus of intense study and fascination since the 1990s. Often, this attention is focused on treating diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and heart disease. While it’s important to find cures for these diseases, stem cells are also extremely effective in treating the effects of chronic pain in parts of the body, the back, and spine especially. Researchers are finding exciting new uses for cell-based therapies in addressing back pain in patients.
ClinTech in Johnstown is part of these exciting research programs, and our orthopedic doctors are proud to offer our patients these new cell-based therapy treatments. Find out more about how these therapy options might help you manage your chronic back and spine pain.
What Stem Cells Do
Our last blog discussed what stem cells are, and how they serve as regenerative cells that can be used to repair damaged or diseased...more
ClinTech in Johnstown offers incredible treatment options for those suffering from chronic or extreme back and neck pain. Our orthopedic specialists are leaders in care and research. While we love seeing our patients and the progress they make, ideally we’d never see them at all! To keep yourself from having to schedule a visit with our spine surgeon, here are some quick tips for maintaining a healthy spine. If you follow these, we hope you’ll enjoy the quality of life you deserve, and that we’ll only have to see you if you’re suffering from terrible spine problems.
Give Your Spine A Rest
We all know about the restorative properties of sleep. Hundreds of studies have all affirmed what we already know, a good night’s sleep can do wonders for your mind and body. But you may not know that your sleeping position can have an effect on the health of your spine. Our regular activities and tasks throughout the day put pressure and stress on our spines. Sleeping provides us an opportunity to relieve that pressure. To do this effectively, you’ll want a mattress...more
In part one of this blog series, ClinTech gave you a few quick tips on how to maintain proper spinal health. Today, we’ll cover a few more. The health of your spine is more important than you may realize. Having a healthy spine allows you a higher quality of living, one that is free from aches and pain and limited mobility. If you currently have a healthy spine and want to keep it that way, read this blog to learn more.
Take A Load Off
This common phrase means to take a seat, but in this case, we mean the opposite. Sitting can actually have a major impact on our spine if we sit for too long or don’t sit with good posture. The discs in your lower spine carry three times more weight than they do while you’re standing. This means that sitting for long periods of time can cause back pain, or make an existing condition more severe. Slouching and hunching while sitting can also aggravate your lumbar discs as well. To avoid these issues, we...more
ClinTech Center for Spine Health in Johnstown has already written two blog posts about how to maintain a healthy spine, but we could write many, many more. There are so many ways you can live a life that is easy on your spine. If you’re looking for more tips, Our orthopedic specialists have put together another blog just for you!
Practice Proper Lifting Technique
Yes, we’re all impressed by how much you can squat at the gym, but if you’re not lifting properly, your racks of weights might leave you wracked with pain. When you lift anything, be it a box of documents off the floor, or a piano that you’re moving with friends, keep these proper moving techniques in mind.
First, estimate the weight of the object that you’re about to move, and make sure that there is a clear and obvious path to where you plan to put the object....more
The facet joints play a crucial part in supporting the spine and the general flexibility of the body. However, many people are not even aware of them until they have a facet joint problem. This condition, known as facet syndrome, can cause debilitating pain that makes it impossible to participate in daily activities that used to be simple. In order to more fully understand this condition, read on to learn everything you need to know about facet syndrome.
What is Facet Syndrome?
Facet syndrome is a condition that falls under the umbrella of osteoarthritis and impacts the facet joints of the spine. In general, this is an age-related condition, so it is most common in people older than 50. Osteoarthritis is the result of joint cartilage aging, becoming brittle and thin, which can, in turn, inflame the joints because they are coming into closer contact with one another. This is especially problematic for the spine because the amount of weight this area of the body must support daily. It’s typical for facet syndrome to not be noticeable immediately, but...more
At ClinTech, we are always looking for new innovations in orthopedic and spine care in order to give our patients the highest level of care. We are happy to offer regenerative medicine to promote healing, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has been gaining more recognition in recent years as more and more professional athletes have been using it to treat their injuries. To understand what PRP is, you must first understand the components of the blood. Blood is composed of plasma (the liquid part of blood), red cells, white cells, and platelets. Platelets are imperative for clotting blood, but also host hundreds of growth factors, a type of protein that is essential for healing. PRP involves taking the patient’s blood and separating out the platelets from the other blood cells and increasing their volume through centrifugation. The enhanced platelets are then combined with the blood again to be injected into the patient.
The lumbar spine, also known as the low back, is composed of a variety of interconnected bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and nerves that work in tandem to support the weight of your body. While the complexity of this system helps you with flexibility and strength, it also leaves your lower back vulnerable to pain and injury. If you are experiencing low back pain, there are several potential causes. In this blog, we will go over the causes of lower back pain, as well as the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.
Causes of Low Back Pain
Low back pain is most commonly caused by soft-tissue injuries, such as intervertebral disc damage, nerve root compression, and improper spinal joint movement. The most common cause of acute low back pain is a pulled muscle or ligament.
Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain
A low back strain or sprain can happen very suddenly or it can evolve over time. A strain occurs when a muscle is stretched too far, tearing it and causing damage. A sprain is essentially the same issue, but it affects...more
Low back pain can be completely debilitating. Because of the integral role it has connecting the upper body and lower body, there is a lot of pressure on the back to support your system. As an integral part of your strength, flexibility, and mobility, when your low back hurts, it can make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, let alone move about your daily life. Therefore, if you are experiencing back pain, you want to promptly address it. Fortunately, there are a variety of interventions out there that have helped individuals with lower back pain get back to normal. The specific treatment that will work for you might not be the same as someone else you know, which is why a lot of your treatment may involve trial and error. In this blog, we will go over all the most prevalent treatments for this condition.
Self-Care for Lower Back Pain
When you first experience low back pain, you’ll want to try self-care measures as your first line of defense. Here are the most common methods for self-care of low back pain:
Across the U.S., more than 28 million people experience musculoskeletal difficulties. These problems often cause major disruptions in people’s lives, preventing them from fully engaging in work, relationships, and hobbies. Many turn to prescription medication or even illegal drugs to cope with the discomfort, only causing further issues as they try to manage debilitating pain. Whether it’s back, knee, or shoulder pain, strains, or sprains, it’s no wonder many people are wondering: do I need to see an orthopedic doctor? At ClinTech Center for Spine Health, we’re proud to be Johnstown’s first choice when it comes to orthopedic issues.
What is an Orthopedic Doctor?
First things first, you need to understand what an orthopedic doctor does. Orthopedic specialists are physicians who specialize in musculoskeletal ailments. An orthopedic doctor will use both surgical and non-surgical strategies to treat certain issues, such as sports injuries, spine or joint deformities, tumors, degenerative diseases, infections, and trauma.
Everyone knows that eating a healthy diet is imperative for living a healthy life. From the time we are very young, we learn about the importance of nutrition. Many of the advice is pretty practical; for example, eat healthy foods if you want to feel healthy. Unhealthy foods, such as French fries, donuts, and candy, are more likely to make you feel sick and have a long-term, negative impact on your health over time. You need to be getting certain nutrients through your diet so that your body can function optimally. Your nutrition impacts all parts of your body, and the spine is no exception. When you follow a healthy diet, you can rest assured that your spine is getting the nutrients it needs to function optimally. When you are eating for a healthy spine, there are certain nutrients you need to keep in mind.
It’s probably not a shock that calcium makes this list. You know from the “Got Milk?” advertisements that calcium is important for bone health, and in fact, calcium is the single most important nutrient for the health of your spine....more
It may sound silly to do exercises in order to strengthen your spine. After all, your spine is composed of bones and cartilage, not muscles. How are you supposed to strengthen it through exercise? While you cannot actually make your spine itself stronger, the bones are really only one part of the equation of spine health. In reality, the muscles that surround the spine, known as the erector spinae, play an essential role in the strength of your spine. This supporting muscle group starts at the base of your head and runs down the length of your entire back, and you use them all the time in daily tasks. By focusing on strengthening the muscles that support the spine, you can reduce your chance of injury significantly. There is a reason why strengthening these muscles and the core are essential elements of any back rehabilitation.
If you are experiencing back pain, it’s important that you seek medical attention from an orthopedic specialist before starting an exercise routine. However, if you are just trying to focus on strengthening your back, here are some exercises you can...more
You may have associations of posture with strict teachers at school telling you to sit up, or your mother scolding you at the dinner table. Everyone knows that good posture makes you look more presentable and confident, but you may not realize just how crucial it is for your spine health. As spine specialists, we are always thinking about posture. How can we help our patients have the best spine health possible? That’s why we have compiled this list of tips to help you maintain proper posture when you’re sitting, standing, and lying down.
What is Posture?
Your posture is the way you hold your body when you’re standing, sitting, or lying down. Your posture is good when your body parts are properly supported by muscle tension against gravity. If it weren’t for your posture (and the muscles that support it), you would fall to the ground.
We maintain posture without even thinking about it. Our muscles do it for us subconsciously according to how we are used to holding ourselves. Good posture is mainly supported by the back muscles and hamstrings....more
It’s very common for people to have fear of the doctor, and if you’re set to have spine surgery soon, it’s understandable if you’re feeling nervous about meeting with your spine surgeon for the first time. This can make it challenging to describe your experience in an accurate way, but it’s important to be able to give your surgeon a complete picture of your condition. That’s why it’s best to prepare yourself the best that you can.
Tips for Talking to Your Spine Specialist
- Think of answers ahead of time. Below, we have outlined some questions that you may hear from your spine specialist. Take the time to write out the answer to all of them ahead of time so you are prepared. Also make sure to write down any questions that you might have for your doctor as well.
- Be comprehensive but brief. You want to give your doctor an accurate picture and include all of the important information. That being said, be as concise as you can.
- Be honest. If you don’t give your doctor a full picture of...
Low back pain can be completely debilitating. Around 80 percent of adults will experience low back pain at some point in their lives, and for many, this pain doesn’t go away with time. Many of our patients who come into our spine surgery center come due to low back pain, and many times, these symptoms pop up due to SI joint problems. To learn more about SI joint pain, read our FAQs below.
What causes low back pain?
Many people will experience low back pain at one point or another in their lives. For some, this is a short-term issue, but others experience chronic low back pain for an extended period of time. There are many different potential causes of low back pain due to the intricate nature of all the different structures of the lower back. Some problems could include a slipped disc, sciatica, hip problems, arthritis, osteoporosis, and a misaligned spine. The SI joint can also contribute significantly to low back pain.
Where is the SI joint located?
The sacroiliac (SI) joint is located on the bottom of the spine and...more
In our previous blog, we gave a list of questions we commonly hear about the SI joint. In this blog, we will go over one of our treatment options for SI joint pain, the iFuse implant system.
How do I know if the iFuse implant system is right for me?
Once it is determined that the source of your pain is the SI joint, you can discuss with your doctor your options. You might be a good candidate if your low-back symptoms are below the L5 vertebra, there are no neurological problems, and if your doctor is able to determine that your pain originates from the SI joint by maneuvering it. Your spine specialist may need to give an injection to confirm the diagnosis by assessing whether or not it relieves your pain.
What is the iFuse implant made out of?
The iFuse implant is made out of titanium rods that are roughly the size of your little finger. Titanium is lightweight but strong and often used for medical device implants.
How does the iFuse implant system work?
The implants feature triangular cross...more
As the leading orthopedic specialists in Johnstown, we see many patients who have arthritis. Often times, depending on the type of arthritis, we can offer joint injections to ease pain and treat the symptoms of this condition. If you are experiencing joint pain or stiffness, it’s possible that you have arthritis. While this is a painful condition, now more than ever there are a variety of treatments that can help manage the symptoms and give you hope.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that affects the joints. While it is commonly associated with older age, it can impact anyone from young children to seniors. In general, it is characterized by stiffness and pain in the joints that makes movement difficult. While arthritis can cause pain that makes it difficult to participate in daily activities, there are new treatments that make it easier than ever to cope. Medication, exercise, and lifestyle changes can improve arthritis symptoms in most cases.
How Common is Arthritis?
Arthritis is an incredibly common condition, impacting one in...more
Does your back hurt? Do you experience back pain throughout the day and into the night? At the ClinTech Center for Spine Health, we provide care to patients who are looking for a last resort solution to their back and neck problems. Unfortunately, many of our patients have tried nearly everything to remedy their discomfort and pain, but nothing has worked for them.
When they come see Dr. Fernando Techy, an orthopedic specialist, at our clinic, they are desperate for pain relief, and we strive to serve them with exemplary service and years of surgical experience. After a full physical and spinal assessment, Dr. Techy will diagnose and suggest the next move forward for you. Schedule your spine consultation today. In the meantime, read this post to learn more about the frequently asked questions about lumbar fusion surgery.
What Is Spinal Fusion?
Spinal fusion surgery...more
When you hear that you may need spinal surgery to relieve or remedy back pain, your heart sinks into your stomach. It’s a disheartening recommendation to hear from an orthopedic specialist. You may have tried nearly everything, but you feel as though there has to be some other option that doesn’t involve surgery.
In fact, many of the patients who visit ClinTech Center for Spine Health in Johnstown are searching for a last resort option. They’ve tried everything, and this is there final attempt to relieve their back pain. You’re not alone when it comes to spine surgery. Your orthopedic doctor will consult with you and recommend the best possible surgery to help you find pain relief.
In this post, we answer some of the most common FAQs surrounding lumbar decompression surgery. Read on to learn more!
What Is Lumbar Decompression Surgery?
Lumbar decompression surgery is a spinal surgery to treat compressed nerves in the lower spine (lumbar)...more
Lower back pain can plague your life. If you don’t feel discomfort or pain consistently, then it can arrive unexpectedly and steal attention away from your spouse, children, or friends. In some cases, lower back pain is the result of a herniated disc. The discomfort that follows a herniated disc can range from non-existent to excruciating. Depending on the individual and the disc, the motivation to remedy a herniated disc can vary, too. That’s why in this post your orthopedic specialist in Johnstown wants to share what a lumbar microdiscectomy is and how it can help you find pain relief.
Why Is Lumbar Microdiscectomy Surgery Recommended?
For most patients, pain is the primary motivator for surgery. They’ve tried all other options, and they simply want to find relief. Here are some of the common reasons patients go see their orthopedic specialist for surgery:
- Discomfort, numbness, or pain in their lower back, buttocks, or...
As spine surgeons in Johnstown, we meet many people who struggle with poor bone health. This is an issue because your spine is only as strong as your bones. If you are experiencing bone deterioration, you are not able to be as healthy or heal as quickly as you would like. That’s why we offer kyphoplasty to our patients with bone health issues. If you are concerned about your bone health, contact us to learn more about these services. In the meantime, here are some tips for healthy bones.
Eat Your Veggies
Your mother wasn’t just trying to make you miserable: you need to eat your veggies. Vegetables are very beneficial to your bones for a variety of reasons. First of all, they are great sources of vitamin C, which prompts your body’s cells to form bones. Vitamin C is also an effective antioxidant, which may protect bones from damage. There is also a link between a diet rich in vegetables and higher bone density. Bone density is essential to the amount of minerals (like calcium) in your bones, and...more
The holidays are a time of excitement and busyness. Between finding gifts for everyone on your list, decking your halls, and making your travel plans, chances are, you aren’t spending much time reflecting on your spine health. However, it’s a good idea to take some preventive steps now to ensure that you don’t experience distracting back pain when you’re trying to spend time with your loved ones. If you’re traveling this holiday season, you’re at particular risk for developing or aggravating spine problems. That’s why we have put together this list of pro tips to help you travel safely and soundly this holiday season.
Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, it’s important to take regular breaks from sitting. Sitting for long bouts of time is bad for your spine, and can lead to back and neck pain. Moving helps your spine by promoting circulation, reducing stress on the structure, and easing fatigue. If you’re driving, make sure to take frequent breaks to stretch your legs. If you’re traveling by plane, try to book an aisle...more
When you suffer from back pain, many things that should be simple are causes of stress, such as sleep. You may be exhausted and really need a good night’s sleep, but find it difficult to find a sleep position that is comfortable. It may also be difficult to get in and out of bed without debilitating pain. This becomes a vicious cycle, because you need sound sleep to heal. Sleep is essential for our overall health, so it’s important to find ways to manage your back pain and get restful sleep. Here are some tips for helping you get a good night’s sleep, despite your pain.
Find the Right Position
One of the biggest challenges of sleeping with back problems is finding the position that is going to be most comfortable for you. If you’re a side sleeper, put a pillow between your slightly bent knees. If you sleep on your back, put a pillow under your knees, or a small rolled-up towel under your low back. It’s best to avoid sleeping on your stomach, which creates a lot of stress for your back, but if you must, try putting a pillow under your stomach to...more
As orthopedic specialists in Johnstown, we are always sure to be diligent about spine surgery recovery. One of the integral parts of your recovery plan will be managing pain medication. It’s normal to anticipate some pain while your body heals from surgery, so we always want to make sure you can do this as comfortably as possible with the aid of medication. However, the misuse of pain medication can lead to serious complications, which is why it is important for you to take certain safety precautions during your recovery.
Common Medications for Back Pain
When coping with back pain after your spine surgery, there are several different medication options that your doctor may prescribe.
Over the Counter
- Acetaminophen. Acetaminophen dampens the signals from the body to the brain to inhibit you from feeling pain.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs target inflammation in the body, which in turn, reduces pain.
In most cases, a...
You may be overwhelmed by the prospect of recovering from spine surgery. You have been anticipating your surgery for quite some time and through consultations with your spine surgeon in Johnstown, you know that you likely won’t be completely back to normal right away.
If you’re intimidated by the spine surgery recovery process, know that you’re not alone. Like anything, it’s best to take it one day at a time and educate yourself as much as possible. In this article, we will go over what you can expect after spine surgery, and how you can best take care of yourself to recover well.
Listen to Your Spine Surgeon
What exactly you will and will not be advised to do will be dependent on your specific surgery, but regardless of specific instructions, the first and most important rule of recovery is to listen to your surgeon’s advice. If your spine surgeon tells you not to exercise for three weeks, do not exercise for three weeks, even if you feel fine. Pushing yourself too far will only set you back in your recovery.
Take recovery step by step....more
Bone health is extremely important, especially when it comes to making sure your body holds up to the stress of aging. Without proper bone health, your mobility can start to decline prematurely. Unfortunately, a loss of mobility is the first step towards many more health problems, but no need to worry — ClinTech Center for Spine Health is here to help.
There are plenty of factors that go into whether or not your bones are healthy. There are key vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed of course, but there’s also proper exercise and risk factors to consider. All of these factors need to be considered if you’re concerned about your bone health and density. The information here is just the start to good bone health, so be sure to check back with our blog or visit the ClinTech Center in Johnstown for an expert opinion!more
Joints are an essential part of the orthopedic system. They connect our bones together and allow movement, and when they start to deteriorate, a wide range of mobility issues can arise. That’s why you need to make sure you’re taking care of them. Joint tissue is one of the most difficult things to replace in the human body outside of major organs.
At the Clintech Center for Spine Health in Johnstown, we believe in providing our clients and the wider community with the tools and information they need to make the right decisions for their orthopedic health. Part of that mission is to enlighten people to the idea of taking preventative health measures. Let’s talk more today about what joints are and how you can take care of them in your everyday life.more