Ali Moshirfar, MD, is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery. He is a member of the Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of spine surgery at Inova Loudoun Hospital. Tina Poore, MSHA, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and manager of acute care rehabilitation and the joint/spine service lines…

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Ronald C. Childs, MD, is a board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon and medical co-director of the Inova Spine Program at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Spinal fusion is a common surgical procedure to treat spine pain and instability by fusing together the painful vertebrae that have degenerated or are unstable. The procedure has been around for decades,…

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Seeing Is Believing O-arm Mobile Surgical Imaging System helps lessen radiation exposure and improve spine surgery results In February, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital (IMVH) added a new element to their award-winning surgical program: a spine surgery imaging system for the operating room called the O-arm. Manufactured by Medtronic, the O-arm is the gold standard of intraoperative spinal imaging…

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Brian J. McHugh, MD, is a neurosurgeon with dual fellowship training in orthopedics and neurosurgery.  As a neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal deformities, I want to help patients and their families understand their options for treating scoliosis. On March 14, I’ll be discussing treatment options for scoliosis in children as part of Inova’s free “Ask…

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No More “Pain in the Neck” (or Back) Back pain affects more than 26 million Americans and is the main cause for disability among people under 45. Because the spine is integral to just about every activity, unrelieved pain can significantly reduce a person’s quality of life. At Inova Spine Institute (www.inovaspine.org) at Inova Loudoun Hospital, a…

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