Mobi-C Disc Replacement: Mark’s Story

An Ironman triathlete gets back in the race with help from Dr. John Hamilton and Inova Neurosciences. Mark Fostek, 49, has been an athlete all his life. A former college baseball player, Mark took up running in his late thirties. In 2015, he discovered the triathlon, a sport that combines swimming, cycling and running –…

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When Tech is a Pain in the Neck

How to alleviate neck strain while using a computer and tech devices When it comes to using tech devices, many people are concerned about eye strain, and while that can be an issue, neck pain also tops the list for tech-related injuries. As the usage of smartphones and tablets increases — in 2018, about 2.7…

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Back from the Brink: Teamwork and Quick Action Save a Life

Larry Black looked forward to a quiet retirement – playing golf, spending time with his wife, and enjoying his large brood of children, grandchildren and new great-grandchild. But just 13 days after stepping down as Chief Magistrate for the 20th Judicial District of Virginia, Larry was in the Inova Loudoun Hospital Emergency Room (ER), fighting…

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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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A Weighty Issue

backpacks

An overloaded backpack can damage your child’s spine and your posture September 18 is AOTA’s National School Backpack Awareness day. It turns out that a weighty issue may be messing with our children’s spinal health — the ubiquitous backpack. To understand this, just slip on a heavy backpack and look in a mirror. Notice how…

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Better Visualization with ASTEC Engineering

3D printing

How Inova surgeons use 3D-printed models to improve patient care Innovation is at the heart of improving patient safety and outcomes. This passion for staying at the cutting edge of medical technology not only keeps Inova providers abreast of the latest and greatest, but also ensures patients receive the best care possible. One recent example…

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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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