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July 22, 2010

Segment 1:

Dr. Joseph Cheng

Finding Relief for Neck and Back Pain

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Joseph Cheng, M.D. is the Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Program and Co-Director of the Comprehensive Spine Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  85% of Americans will have back pain in their lifetime.  It can be caused by a variety of different ailments.  Dr. Cheng explains these causes, available treatments, and why a comprehensive treatment center is important in finding the right treatment plan.

To learn more about low back and neck pain, please visit:

Segment 2:

Dr. Matthew McGirt

Providing Better Treatment for Spine Patients

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Matthew McGirt, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of Clinical Spine Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Clinical spine research measures patient outcomes, focusing on pain, disability, and quality of life to determine whether were treating patients the absolute best we can. Dr. McGirt explains this innovative research as well as new treatment options for scoliosis, spinal degeneration and even failed spine surgery.

Segment 3:

Dr. Clint Devin

Minimally Invasive Spine Treatment and Cervical Myelopathy

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Clint Devin, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. There is a lot of new technology and what seems like new, innovative or minimally invasive ways to treat spine problems, but how effective are they? Dr. Devin will address these procedures, as well as a condition called cervical myelopathy, which is often confused with unsteadiness related to aging.

Segment 4:

Dr. Oran Aaronson

Arm/Leg Numbness Can be Spine Related; Physical Therapy for Back Pain

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Oran Aaronson, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Arm or leg numbness, tingling or burning lasting more than a week can be spine related and should be checked out.  Dr. Aaronson explains the symptoms and treatment options for cervical and lumbar radiculopathy. Also hear Darrell Lee, physical therapist for the spine team, explain the benefits of physical therapy in reducing back pain.

To learn more about this, please visit our Health Library topic on Radiculopathy.