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spineuniverse.com June 11, 2008
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Is Radiofrequency Rhizotomy the Answer for Neck Pain?
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Question:
Could you please explain radiofrequency rhizotomy?  I have spinal arthritis in my neck, and I feel like I’ve tried all the “usual” treatments.  Now my doctor recommends rhizotomy.  Do you think it will be the treatment that helps me live pain free?
—Atlanta, GA

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Answer:
It’s hard for me to say if this will be the treatment that will bring you pain relief.  However, I can say that in my years of doing rhizotomies as a pain management specialist—I’ve performed as many as 2,000 of these operations over the last decade—I have seen significant pain improvement in the majority of my patients...
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John J. Fitzgerald, MD This Week's Expert:
John J. Fitzgerald, MD
Pain Management Specialist
Center for Pain Management
Indianapolis, IN
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DIAM Clinical Trial
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Spinal surgeons around the country are now enrolling candidates for this clinical trial. This clinical trial will study the safety and effectiveness of the DIAM™ device for treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD) at a single level between L2-L5.

The DIAM™ Spinal Stabilization System clinical trial is for patients with moderate lumbar (low back) degenerative disc disease. Men and women between the ages of 18 and 70 years with moderate low back pain secondary to lumbar degenerative disc disease at one level may meet selection criteria. Patients selected to participate in this trial will either undergo posterior (rear) spine surgery to implant the DIAM™ device or receive non-operative treatment.

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Cervical Spine Surgery

Think about this:  when a surgeon operates on your neck (cervical spine), he or she is very close to your windpipe and major blood vessels, let alone your spinal cord.  Wow, that makes cervical spine surgery one delicate procedure…

Learn what kinds of surgery you can have for neck pain—plus read about potential complications...Read More

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Cervical Spine Surgery
Learn about available surgical options for your cervical spine.
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Your Medicine Cabinet: Is It Safe?
Keep your Medicine Cabinet Safe
Follow these steps to keep your medicine cabinet safe..

Your medicine cabinet isn’t supposed to be harmful; it’s supposed to be helpful.  Go through this checklist to make sure you’re being safe:
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Throw out any expired medication.
2. Throw out any left-over prescription medications you no longer need.
3. Make sure the cabinet is locked if you have children in the house.
4. Read this article for more medication safety tips


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