Treating Lower Back Pain; Motivating Your Fitness Journey

Episode 15.18 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.

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Segment One: Lower Back Pain

Dr. Kern Singh MD, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, discusses the common causes, prevention and treatment for lower back pain; minimally invasive procedures for less damage to soft tissue, less pain, better recovery & outcomes; importance of core strength and back extension exercises; when to visit the doctor.

Dr. Singh is Associate Professor & Co-Director of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at Rush University Medical Center. He has an international reputation in the area of minimally invasive spinal surgery and frequently teaches minimally invasive techniques to neurosurgeons and spinal surgeons from around the world and most recently was an invited guest lecturer to Saudi Arabia. He is also extensively involved in designing new minimally invasive spinal instrumentation for cutting-edge spinal surgery.

Dr. Singh is known for his excellent outcomes and his use of cutting-edge procedures. He is an award-winning researcher and has published his findings in major medical journals (more than 200 publications, presentations and book chapters). He most recently won awards for his research including Best Paper at the North American Spine Society (NASS) and Society of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery (SMISS) International Meetings in 2013.

He frequently trains surgeons who observe his newly advanced surgical techniques inKern Singh, M.D. the operating room. He is also the principal researcher in several FDA clinical trials involving cervical disc replacements and motion-preserving spinal technology. Dr. Singh is listed in Becker’s Orthopedic Spine and Pain Management as one of the nation’s Top 100 spine surgeons and specialists. He was also awarded the “Top 10” Doctor Award, Most Compassionate Doctor, and Patient’s Choice Award from Vitals.com.

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Segment Two: Tips to stay Motivated on Your Fitness Journey

Carissa Muzzy, Physical Therapist from ATI Physical Therapy discusses how to stay motivated to build a fitness program with long term fitness habits; carving time from a busy schedule, discipline, defining goals, respect your limitations, slow entry and steady progress, using smaller blocks of time, shorter workouts; finding activities that are enjoyable and a workout buddy for a commitment to training and allowing time to see your positive changes.