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Back to the Footwork He Loves
Fred Tallaksen is a performer and choreographer with 35 years in the industry and four Emmy nominations under his belt. But for more than a decade, between dancing and drumming and teaching others to step to the beat, he hid terrible pain that threatened to end his career-until spine surgery at Cedars-Sinai got his back, back on track.
Tallaksen’s pain came from spondylolisthesis, a condition where one of the vertebrae-the bones in the spineTiffany Perry, MD-collapses and the bone above slips forward onto it. According to Tiffany Perry, MD, assistant professor of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai and Tallaksen’s physician, the resulting pressure on nerves can cause severe back pain, leg pain or numbness.
"Spondylolisthesis can be a glacial process, developing over many years," Perry said. "It doesn’t disrupt some patients’ lives, but for patients like Fred, who are very active, the pain c
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AAAHC Publishes Updated Certification Handbook for Advanced Orthopaedics
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), the industry leader in ambulatory health care accreditation, announces the release of updated Standards for its three-year Advanced Orthopaedic Certification Program. The Certification Handbook for Advanced Orthopaedics, v42, provides a roadmap for the program, originally launched in 2018 and created by an expert panel of professionals in orthopaedic and complex spine procedures.
With an overarching goal of improving quality outcomes and patient care, these Standards are also streamlined for ease of implementation. The updated Handbook introduces new terminology and Standards architecture, as well as a revised references/notes section to include applicability and provide clarity to the Standard. Further enhancements include a crosswalk that offers a high-level overview of changes to the requirements to help users identif
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Certified Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists Featured in New Real Stories Video Ads
Six new stories from certified audiologists and speech-language pathologists about clients, patients, and students they’ve helped in transformative ways are being released as part of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Real Stories public service announcement (PSA) campaign.
Launched a year ago, the television and radio PSA campaign has reached more than 48 million people to date. Until today, the campaign ads featured real stories of care conveyed by actors. In the new ads, however, ASHA member audiologists and speech-language pathologists themselves share their stories. They are being released today so they can be shared widely for the national celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month (May) as well as throughout the year.
The ads include accounts of . . .
A busy patent attorney who had a
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Tips for Nurses to Help Prevent Back Pain
Nursing is unquestionably grueling work, with these healthcare heroes spending shifts moving patients, lifting equipment, and bending over beds, stretchers and wheelchairs. Is it any wonder nurses are stricken with lower back pain more than any other profession, including heavy industrial jobs? But nurses can take proactive steps to avoid potentially disabling injuries affecting their backs, says Dr. Kaliq Chang, of Atlantic Spine Center.
While low back pain affects 8 in 10 adults in the United States at some point, the condition is even more common among nurses, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As an occupation, nursing is most at risk from lower back pain, with as many as 90% of nurses reporting the problem, the NIH says.
“Research has indicated that nursing is the job that requires the most heavy lifting, and this single activity is the most significant risk f