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Ann's Spine Story
Ann shares, "I was having trouble walking more than 10 minutes at a time and I couldn't pick up any of our grandbabies due to the pain. Dr. Schwender said, "I can help you and it’s not your fault, you didn't do anything to cause this in your spine." That meant so much to me! This team of professionals really does care and I feel blessed by God to have been led to this doctor and his team. It's fantastic to LIVE again!"
Meet the Provider Video - Dr. Benjamin Mueller
Get to know spine surgeon Dr. Benjamin Mueller. Dr. Mueller shares, "I do not take for granted the trust that is put in me. The choice of what’s best for the patient is ultimately up to the patient. My role is to provide as much information as I can to help you by explaining the options, risks, and benefits and to collaborate with you and your family in making the best decision possible, whether that is surgery or not."
Helpful tips to consider while preparing for your surgery
Having surgery is a big deal. It is okay to be nervous. Here are some tips from social worker Leslie Weide that may help you as you plan for your hospital stay and recovery.
Karen's Spine Story
Karen is a 70-year-old retired nurse who lived with neck and arm pain for over 35 years. After a life changing surgery with Dr. Schwender, she is no longer in pain and is now swimming and playing pickleball 6 to 8 hours every week!
Rick's Spine Story
Rick is an active 65-year-old Registered Nurse who enjoys hunting, fishing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling and motorcycle riding. Last year he started to have back pain and discomfort that was getting in the way of his job and all of the activities he enjoyed. After trying many conservative options such as chiropractic care, physical therapy and injections, Rick met with Dr. Carlson and his team. Together it was decided that the best course of action would be surgery. After a successful surgery in December, Rick is now back to work at his nursing job, and this summer he looks forward to working on his Mustang and taking his motorcycle out for a ride!
How to Manage Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can make the ordinary tasks of daily living extraordinarily difficult. It can take away your ability to work, enjoy life and be active. It's a problem that can overwhelm your life, causing fatigue, anxiety and depression. But there are steps you can take to manage chronic pain.
How Smoking Harms your Bones
Smoking can weaken your spine and raise your risk for fractures and broken bones. Quitting can help protect your spine and your overall health!
Back Stretches to Add to Your Daily Routine
Back pain is a common health concern and often times our daily routine can lead to a backache. Adding a daily back stretching routine can be beneficial to your spine and your overall health. These six stretches could be added to any part of your day to improve flexibility, relieve tension, and help to build strength.
Don't let holiday shopping be backbreaking
It's a well-known fact that holiday shopping can be hard on your wallet. But it's less well known, perhaps, that it can also be hard on your back. Read on to learn a few simple tips that can help save your spine.
Tianna's Spine Story
In her story Tianna shares, "I credit TC Spine with my happier outlook because I’m finally now pain free! I can’t believe I lived with that much pain for so long and thought it was "normal."
The Importance of Posture, Balance and Flexibility
Good posture, balance and flexibility are very important to focus on as we age. Follow these suggestions to retain your stability and range of motion so you can enjoy better mobility and a healthier life.
Strengthening Exercises for Hockey Players
Ice hockey helps strengthen all areas of the body, but the focus is truly the legs and the core. It’s important to have a strong core to help support your spine. This blog will go through some common ice hockey exercises that you can use to help bring your game to the next level, and ultimately help to keep your back free from injury.
Meet the Provider Video - Dr. Eduardo C. Beauchamp
Get to know spine surgeon Dr. Eduardo C. Beauchamp. Dr. Beauchamp shares, "No matter the age, it’s important to build trust. I understand this can be scary. But we’re a team. I’m here to provide the information you need to make the best decisions for your health."
How to Sleep Better with Back Pain
Quality sleep can help prevent or reduce back pain, and knowing what to do to help improve sleep when you have back problems can help cope with pain, recovery and healing. Nurse Practitioner Aimee LaMere shares some great tips for a better night's sleep!
Meet the Provider Video - Dr. Amir A. Mehbod
Get to know spine surgeon Dr. Amir A. Mehbod. In his video Dr. Mehbod states, "Being a doctor isn't just about treating someone's pain by looking at their MRI scan. It's about treating the whole human being - getting to know them - educating them about their options - and coming to a decision together about the best course of action."
Text Neck: Causes, Symptoms and Prevention
Do you spend a lot of time hunched over your cell phone or tablet? If you are feeling neck pain, you may be experiencing Text Neck. Physician Assistant Cate Pandiscio explains the causes and symptoms of Text Neck, and offers suggestions of what you can do to prevent developing this condition.
Safely Incorporating Weightlifting for Core Strength
Building a strong core will support your spine and will help reduce the severity and frequency of back pain episodes. Physician Assistant Martha Magnuson shares some weightlifting techniques to help you safely strengthen your core!
Meet the Provider Video - Dr. Joseph H. Perra
Get to know spine surgeon Dr. Joseph H. Perra. In his video Dr. Perra shares, "I discovered my interest in medicine during college, but I knew my calling was the spine when I did a scoliosis surgery during my residency. I was inspired by the immediate gratification of aligning the spine and changing someone's life for the better."
How to reduce back pain from arthritis
Minor lifestyle modifications and low intensity exercise and/or a formal physical therapy program are important mainstays in the management of arthritic back pain. Read on to learn more helpful tips to reduce your back pain from arthritis.
Meet the Provider Video - Dr. Kevin J. Mullaney
Dr. Mullaney states, "We treat you as an individual, not just an x-ray or MRI image. We care about you and do everything we can to put you on the road to recovery. And we do that together. I was raised to be straightforward, so you'll always hear the truth. Whether or not you need surgery, I want you to understand all of your options."