Expert Blog

13Jan

Are you living with back pain?

Join Michael Chang, MD for a free seminar to get the facts and understand your options.

Tuesday, January 24th
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Scottsdale Shea Medical Center
9003 E. Shea Blvd., Brady Conference Center, Scottadale

Posted in Expert Blog, Michael Chang MD

09Sep

Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation

A new minimally invasive treatment option is available for those who suffer from chronic pain due to complex regional pain syndrome in their groin, hip, knee or foot. This unique FDA approved approach to pain is dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation. Neurostimulation stimulates the DRG – a cluster of nerve cells in the spine – that directly targets the area of the body where the pain occurs. DRG modifies the pain signals being sent to the brain which results in a reduction of pain. Similar to a spinal cord stimulator, the DRG neurostimulator also has a temporary device for a trial period to determine its effectiveness.

Farhad Mosallaie, DO is one of a select few interventional pain management providers in Arizona to be trained on this new procedure. Watch the video below to learn more. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mosallaie to see if you are a candidate for this procedure. Get back to living your life – you deserve it!

Posted in Expert Blog, Farhad Mosallaie, DO

29Aug

Sonoran Spine Expands to Phoenix October 2016

Sonoran Spine is expanding to Phoenix to offer a convenient clinic location for the southwest valley. In October 2016, Robert Waldrop, MD and Bridget Barron, PA-C will begin seeing patients at:

9305 W. Thomas Rd., Suite 555
Phoenix, AZ 85037

We will be sharing space Arizona Spine Care. To schedule an appointment call 480-962-0071 or request an appointment.

Click here for a map and directions to our new office.

Posted in Expert Blog

11Jul

Mountain View grad overcomes scoliosis, wins scholarship

The Groves Report ran an article on one of the Sonoran Spine Research and Education Foundation scholarship recipients in the July issues. Read more about Taylor Hall overcoming scoliosis and find out why she was selected to receive financial support to attend University of Arizona this fall.

Read Article (PDF)

Posted in Expert Blog

29Jun

Sonoran Spine Congratulates Daniela Pal, PA-C

Congratulations Daniela Pal, PA-C on completing her Fracture Liaison Service Certificate through the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Daniela is our osteoporosis expert at The Bone Health Center at Sonoran Spine. To learn more or schedule an appointment with her visit:

sonoranspine.com/spine-services/bone-health-center

Posted in Expert Blog

22Jun

Arizona Students Receive Scholarships from Sonoran Spine Research and Education Foundation

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Taylor Hall
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Mirela Ananieva

In honor of National Scoliosis Awareness Month in June, the physicians at Sonoran Spine and the Sonoran Spine Research and Education Foundation are honoring two young ladies with college scholarships.

Mirela Ananieva from Phoenix and Taylor Hall of Mesa received this year’s SSREF scholarships. Both recipients have dealt with spine problems since they were young. Diagnosed prior to middle school, Ananieva has learned to deal with her spinal curvature challenges through an active lifestyle. Mirela has successfully overcome her obstacles from scoliosis. She is an accomplished competitive figure skater and attends Arizona State University Barrett Honors College pursing her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition. Her dream is to become a surgeon and use her skills to make a difference in people’s lives.

Hall underwent a spinal fusion in 2015 under the direction of Sonoran’s Michael Chang, MD to correct idiopathic scoliosis. Six months post-surgery and two inches taller, Taylor feels stronger than she has ever been. Her outlook on the future is positive. She is eager to begin her freshman year of college at University of Arizona and major in creative writing. She states, “my imagination never left as I grew older and I now have the opportunity to make what has only been in my mind and in my writing, a reality.” In addition to writing, Taylor has dreamed about becoming a pilot, another dream she is going to make a reality.

The 2016-17 scholarship recipients were chosen based on several different criteria including; the way their lives had been impacted by a spinal deformity, how they were able to live a productive and functional life in spite of their physical challenges, the student’s overall grade point average and their ability to impact the community through volunteer services.

“Our interest in patients with spinal disorders and spinal deformity doesn’t end with successful treatment,” said Dr. Dennis Crandall, Sonoran Spine founder. “Our goal is to help assure our patients have full and functional lives. That is why the SSREF established this scholarship fund. We want to assist students who are Arizona residents, have undergone surgery for, or overcome a spinal deformity and who want to go to college at one of our top state universities.”

Posted in Expert Blog

02Mar

Tips to Keep Your Spine Healthy

A healthy spine is essential to a healthy life.. Approximately 80% of the population experiences spinal pain at some point in their lives. People who are overweight or obese, people who smoke and/or lift heavy objects and people who have suffered injuries to their spine are more likely to experience back pain that requires medical attention.

Our spine specialists will help to keep your spine healthy. By following simple routines associated with posture, lifting, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle you can help keep yourself and your back in good shape.

Below are seven suggestions for protecting your spine when undertaking everyday tasks:

  1. Diet and Exercise. Extra weight puts strain on the spine. For every 10 pounds you lose, it relieves 40 pounds of pressure from your spine. It also can slow the degenerative process so you have a healthier spine as you age
  2. Lifting. When lifting something, use your leg muscles, not back or upper body muscles. If the item is heavy, push it rather than pull it or get someone to help you. Also, avoid twisting movements while lifting.
  3. Reaching / Bending. When reaching for an object above shoulder level, stand on a stool. Never bend over at the waist to pick up items from the floor or other surface. Instead, bend at the knee, lifting with your leg muscles or kneel down on one knee and lift with the other foot flat on the floor.
  4. Sitting. Keep your knees slightly higher than your hips and your head straight up and back. Avoid slouching while maintaining the natural curve of your spine.
  5. Standing. When standing, keep one foot slightly in front of the other and bend your knees slightly, taking pressure off your lower back.
  6. Carrying. When carrying heavy objects, keep them close to your body and use your arm and leg muscles rather than your spine and back.
  7. Sleeping. If you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees to help reduce the pressure placed on the back. Never sleep in a position that stresses your spine.

Posted in Expert Blog

07Dec

Interventions for Scoliosis

Scoliosis refers to the lateral curve of a spine – instead of being straight; the spine has an 'S' or 'C' shape. It is also associated with rotation, which may result in the ribs being more prominent on one side, causing one shoulder to sit higher than the other, or a hunched appearance. There are several different causes of scoliosis. It can develop in utero when only one side of the vertebrae develops, or two are fused. Osteoporosis, tumors, infection, and other conditions can weaken bony structure, resulting in one-sided vertebral collapse: this looks scoliotic but has a pathological cause. Scoliosis may be associated with arthritic change, shifting spine position (spondylolisthesis) or swelling, which can threaten the spinal cord. With bladder and bowel function at risk, surgery for spinal decompression may become urgent.

Young children with a scoliosis will often be fitted with braces in the hope that their condition does not worsen as they grow. However, despite hands-on therapies, pain medication, and exercise, severe scoliosis may eventually require surgical correction.

Surgical techniques for scoliosis have become less invasive in the last 50 years. Roughly 27,000 of these surgeries are performed each year, but no two of these will be exactly alike. Depending on the shape and location of the curves, the surgeon may go in from the front of the spine or push the back muscles aside, in order to work, on the posterior parts of the spine. Dennis Crandall, MD, the founder and Medical Director of Sonoran Spine, pioneered a surgical hardware system and technique for treating scoliosis, known as the Crandall Method, and referenced by orthopaedic surgery's highly respected manual: Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics.

Just because a spine isn't straight, doesn't mean it isn't working. Sometimes mild scoliosis develops over time that does not require surgery. As long as function is restored, pain may resolve. Equally, a spine that is not completely straight after surgery will still function markedly better, with less pain.

 

Posted in Expert Blog

01Dec

Reducing the Cost of Spine Care: Key Thoughts From 4 Spine Surgeons Featured

Dr. Jason Datta is featured in this article from Becker's Spine Review

Treating back pain and other spinal conditions can cost more than $200 billion annually in the United States, with $90 billion in direct costs. There are several factors contributing to the ever-increasing cost of care, including hospital costs, device costs, pharmaceuticals and post-surgical care.

Read full article from Becker's Spine Review:
Reducing the cost of spine care: Key thoughts from 4 spine surgeons Featured

 

Posted in Expert Blog, Jason Datta MD

02Nov

The Importance of Spinal Health

Spine health is one of those things that people don't notice until it's gone. We are our bodies, the core of that body is the skeleton, and the core of the skeleton is the spine. The spine has several functions and spinal problems, even subtle ones, such as the loss of the normal spinal curves, can affect any or all of these functions and the other parts of the body that depend upon them.

Support – our spine holds us up and transfers the weight of the torso to the pelvis, hips and legs. Muscles attach to it; internal organs hang from it, and the rib cage – with ribs articulating on the spine as well.

Stability – because the spine is a highly articulated structure made strong by immensely strong postural muscles, it can give stability while the limbs are active – a fixed structure may be strong in one position, but an articulated one can adapt to allow for throwing a ball or standing on one leg. Stability is also dependent on coordination and control – stretch sensors around the joints add to information from the eye and the ear, allowing our bodies to work as a coordinated whole, whatever the action of the limbs or head.

Movement – locomotion would not be possible without good spine function. Any pain or stiffness that detracts from our ability to move around will trigger anxiety on a primal level.

Shock absorption – the natural curve of the spine in adults, as well as the intervertebral discs create a spring system which allow us to walk and run without immediately damaging ourselves. As we age and lose the elasticity of the discs and if we lose our natural spinal curves through poor posture or too much sitting, or suffer degenerative disc disease we are likely to find ourselves in need of spine care.

Neurological integrity – the spinal column has a hollow arch of bone, which, with all the vertebrae stacked one on top of the other, provides a flexible but protected channel for the spinal cord and nerve roots. All the neurological signals traveling from brain to body (except the cranial nerves) are passing along this bony canal. We know that we need nerves to power our muscles – but nerves going to and from the spine also play a crucial role in the body's ability to perceive the environment and react appropriately, that includes the internal environment: how blood flows around the body, how the body senses and regulates gut activity, breathing, bladder and bowel.

Think of it this way: all the vital organs are there to provide for the musculoskeletal system. When we have pain or spasm, it's incredibly exhausting because dysfunction is less efficient and therefore makes higher demands on the body. At our clinic, we understand how something often dismissed as 'only back pain' can have a massive impact on quality of life. At Sonoran Spine, we provide expertise and excellence in conservative treatment of musculoskeletal problems specifically addressing pain issues and restoring functionality.

Posted in Expert Blog

29Oct

Sonoran Spine Welcomes Jelena Macanovic, FNP-C

JelenaMacanovicSonoran Spine would like to welcome Jelena Macanovic, FNP-C to our spine team. Jelena will be working with Dennis Crandall, MD and will see patients in Tempe.

Posted in Expert Blog

22Oct

Thank You To Our Medical Assistants

Happy Medical Assistants Recognition Week. We all thank you for your hard work and dedication to patient care and Sonoran Spine!

medicalassistantsweek blogThe medical assistants at Sonoran Spine are the best. They represent each provider and do so with professionalism and pride. Many of our staff have been here a long time and some have completed their RN training while with us and gone on the work as nurses, which makes us very proud. Their experience and compassion make them stand out as tops in their field. Thanks for all you do for Sonoran’s patients!

- Susan Dylo, Practice Administrator


I am honored to work with such an amazing group of medical assistants. The care and compassion I see from the MA’s to our patients is by far above and beyond any office I have been to or will ever be.

When I have the opportunity to walk the halls and hear our patients speak with my team on a first name basis and see the gratefulness in their words for everything they do for them makes every day at work a special day.
Thank you all for all you do! I am truly honored to be a part of this team!

- Laura Rawson, Back Office Manager

Posted in Expert Blog

16Oct

Sonoran Spine Welcomes Bryce Hilmo, PA-C

Sonoran Spine Welcomes Bryce Hilmo, PA-CSonoran Spine would like to welcome Bryce Hilmo, PA-C to our spine team. Bryce will be working with Jason Datta, MD and will see patients in Gilbert and Tempe.

Posted in Expert Blog

15Oct

A message from our PA-C, Amy Baumann

To my Sonoran family,

Today I make a sad farewell from Sonoran Spine. Working here over the past year has been nothing short of an amazing experience and I have learned so much. Each and every one of you made an impact on my time here and I am forever thankful. Coming to work every day was very enjoyable and I really do consider Sonoran my second family.

You will all be dearly missed.

Best wishes,
Amy Baumann, PA-C

Join us in wishing Amy the best of luck with her new adventure. We appreciate your time and dedication to Sonoran Spine and our patients!

Posted in Expert Blog

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