OC Healthcare News and Directory is a quarterly publication by Healthy Media, Inc. This publication is dedicated to the belief that the most significant way to create and maintain a healthy society is by educating and informing the public, while promoting an environment of cooperation and involvement between healthcare providers and patients. Our goal is to empower the public so that they are able to make well-informed and wise decisions about their healthcare providers.
There is a segment of the public that seeks information from healthcare professionals in order to be more informed, regardless of whether or not they are in need of care. Healthcare professionals can and must contribute to this effort to educate the public. In this way, people are more in command of the situations that affect their health, and an environment of preventative healthcare will flourish.
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According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, more than 65 million Americans suffer from back pain every year and it is also the most common reason for doctor visits, after cold and flu symptoms. In this issue, our featured article is about “back pain” caused by slipped or ruptured discs, also known as herniated disc.
Dr. Lali Sekhon, MBBS PhD FRACS, from Royal North Shore Hospital in Australia, has contributed an article exclusively to OC Healthcare News & Directory on “Artificial Cervical Disc Surgery.” Dr. Lali Sekhon has served as an editor for the Journal of Neurochemistry, Acta Neurochirurgica and Spine Journal, and has received over 20 honors and awards including the Young Neurosurgeon’s Award from the World Federation of Neurosurgeons and the 2000 Outstanding Clinical Research Award from the Cervical Spine Research Society.
Artificial cervical disc surgery has been available in Europe for more than 10 years, but remains experimental in the U.S. awaiting Food and Drug Administration’s approval. Until this surgery becomes available in the U.S., you may still consider current surgical procedures widely being performed by neurosurgeons or spine orthopedic surgeons. Most doctors consider the surgery as a last treatment option after all conservative methods of treatment have been exhausted. One of the most commonly used non invasive techniques is pain management, which has shown successful results.
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