Reading the Body’s Roadmap

Reading the Body’s Roadmap

In an age of break-neck technological and biomedical innovation, would it surprise you to know that we really are not sure where back pain comes from? To neurosurgeons there is an enormous difference between back pain (pain from the buttocks up) versus leg or sciatic pain (from the buttocks down). The different presentation implies a…

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MBSP Statement Regarding the CDC Guidelines for Opioid Prescription

MBSP Statement Regarding the CDC Guidelines for Opioid Prescription

We applaud the CDC for taking steps to curb the abuse epidemic by publishing its recommendation for prescribing opioids medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care. There is growing consensus in the medical community that opioid medication should not be unimodal therapy (the one and only treatment) to treat pain. In fact, there is very…

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Head Games

Head Games

Fumble: Have we dropped the ball on concussion? By Gary Dix M.D., MBA, Neurosurgeon Have you seen ‘Concussion’ starring Will Smith? Released late last year, this movie details the NFL’s attempts to invalidate Dr. Bennet Omalu’s findings on concussion and its link to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE, a progressive degenerative disease associated with repeated…

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