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Is Spine Surgery the Answer to your Back Pain?

Corey Wallach, MD, is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, board-certified in orthopaedic surgery. He serves as the medical director of the Inova Spine Program at Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. Back pain is an interesting beast. It’s incredibly common: As many as 90% of people will experience back pain in their lifetimes, and…

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New Treatment Options Are Changing the Landscape for Prostate Cancer Patients

Jeanny B. Aragon-Ching, MD, is the clinical program director of genitourinary cancers at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. She is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine and has a special interest in caring for patients with prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers. Prostate cancer is an extremely common disease. More than 3 million…

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The Vaping Epidemic: Get the Facts

B. Jill McCabe, MD, Katie MacDonald, MSN, CPNP and Erin Rovelli, RN, BSN serve patients at the Children’s Emergency Room at Inova Loudoun Hospital – Loudoun County’s only emergency facility solely dedicated to caring for children and adolescents. It is also the county’s first and only sensory-friendly ER. Katie is also a pediatric nurse practitioner for Inova Urgent Care. Specialized pediatric…

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Preventing Suicide

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Here are important tips for identifying behaviors and helping to stop suicide. By Tammala Watkins, LCSW, Director, Inova Behavioral Health Access Services, Inova Health System Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 34. Suicide can be prevented when people are educated about some…

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage: Is it Right for You?

When you hear the words “manual lymphatic drainage” do you think of massage? Probably not. But manual lymphatic drainage is actually a type of massage that offers many health benefits. The licensed massage therapists at Inova Medical Spa are specially trained to perform this technique for cancer patients and others. The lymphatic system helps eliminate…

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Changing Seasons = Changing Skin

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Danielle Augustino, RPA-C, is a Certified Registered Physician Assistant with more than 10 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery. She is trained to safely and effectively treat all skin types and has advanced training in dermal fillers, BOTOX®, ablative/nonablative lasers, IPL/BBL photorejuvenation and laser hair removal. Danielle works at the Inova Medical Spa in…

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Low Back Pain: Is the Sacroiliac Joint to Blame?

Andrew Fanous, MD, is a board-eligible neurosurgeon. He has a special interest in surgical management of spine disorders and tumors. It’s an uncomfortable fact of life: About 8 in every 10 people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. That pain can be debilitating and interfere with work and other daily activities.…

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