Astronomy

Biology

Chemistry

Computer Science

Earth Science

Engineering

Math

Medical

Microbiology

Neuroscience

Optics

Social Science

Physics

*****

Español

Sign-up for FTK Bulletin

Medical
  

Tracking Back Pain

ATLANTA (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Ever have a nagging pain in your back that just won’t go away? Twenty–six million Americans suffer from frequent back pain. It’s the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45. But sometimes, one of the biggest challenges is just figuring out where the pain is coming from. A new device could help doctors detect back pain right at the source.

You need Flash Player 8 or higher to view video content with the ROO Flash Player. Click here to download and install it.

Robin Fernandez loves her dogs, but for more than two years, she couldn’t walk, bend or throw a ball without pain from degenerative disc disease.

“I couldn’t walk I couldn’t go very far. I couldn’t take my dog for a walk around the block,” Robin Fernandez, Back pain sufferer, told Ivanhoe.

Her little friend Page had serious back problems too.

“She couldn’t walk either so we were kind of in the same boat,” Fernandez added.

Before Fernandez had surgery, her spinal surgeon wanted to take a look at her back with a new kind of X-ray.

“It would be like live shots of how my back moved,” Fernandez explained. Fernandez and another patient, Rudy Portillo, were part of a clinical trial at Florida Orthopedic Institute, testing the KineGraph vertebral motion analyzer or VMA.

While on a moving platform, the system takes live, real time, moving X-rays of the spine using a fluoroscope to help identify where the spine is moving abnormally.

The machine tracks motion patterns, recording abnormalities on a graph. “Once you understand how the motion occurs then you’re able to determine which type of motion preservation device you can utilize best for that patient,” Antonio Castellvi, M.D., Spine Surgeon at Florida Orthopedic Institute told Ivanhoe.

Now that both Fernandez and Page have had back surgery to fix their problems, life is a lot more active.

“She doesn’t walk as far as I do, but yes we’re both able to walk and get around fine,” Fernandez said.

The two friends are happy to be up and on their way. The goal is to help diagnose back problems more accurately, and use motion analysis to tailor treatment protocols to each patient’s specific needs, from physical therapy or surgery.

Click here to Go Inside This Science or contact:

Florida Orthopedic Institute
Research Office
(813) 253-2068


This Month's TV Reports
Saving The Big Cats

If we’re not careful, lions and tigers could die out in our lifetime. The big cats are at the top of the food chain and without them, other species could come under attack. Find out what you can do to make sure the king of the jungle survives humankind.

 

Saving The Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are one of the earth's oldest creatures. For millions of years they’ve thrived, but now they’re facing extinction. We track the turtles and ways to save them.

 

Saving The Great Apes

The great apes are our closest genetic relatives. We share 97 percent of our DNA, but we’re also the biggest threat to their survival. See how you can protect our closest cousins.

 

The Most Energy Efficient Building In America

Twenty percent of the country’s energy is consumed in office buildings, and most of that is just for lighting. We’ll go inside the greenest building in the U.S, and possibly the world

 

Project Bud Burst

Evidence of spring is everywhere, but is it also evidence of climate change? Find out how thousands of citizens are doing research just by watching their own backyard.

 

The Winning Bet: Large Losses, Small Wins

The Internet is partly responsible for a huge increase in the number of poker players worldwide. But not everyone is winning, we’ll show you how to win more and lose less, with the secrets behind online poker.

 

Parkinson’s: Do Race Or Income Matter?

Parkinson’s disease affects a million Americans and 10 million people around the world. We’ll show you what roles race and income may play in the care of patients.

 

Tracking Back Pain

Twenty-six million Americans suffer from frequent back pain, and one of the biggest challenges is figuring out where the pain is coming from. Doctors now have a new device that could help detect back pain right at the source.

 

Regaining Strength After Stroke

Each year more than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke. A severe stroke can rob a person of their ability to speak, and move. Now patients can regain faster and better…even a decade after their stroke.

 

Detecting Autism Through The Eyes

Experts have a difficult time diagnosing an autism spectrum disorder before the age of two, but detecting autism in infants may be all in the eyes! We’ll show you what doctors can now see earlier than ever before.

 

Pudgy Pooch & Fat Feline: There’s An App For That!

Keeping your pet healthy is important, but many pet owners aren’t sure how much is too much to feed Fido. See how keeping track of your pet’s health is now at your fingertips.

 

Kitchen Chemistry

What do Wolfgang Puck or Top Chef Richard Blais have in common? These chefs put pizzazz on the dinner plate using molecular gastronomy. We’ll go into the kitchen to show how chemistry adds flare to our food.

 

Prior Reports
A joint production of Ivanhoe Broadcast News and the American Institute of Physics.
  Ivanhoe Broadcast News
2745 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789
(407) 740-0789
http://www.ivanhoe.com

American Institute of Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 19740-3843
(301) 209-3100
http://www.aip.org/dbis
  P.O. Box 865
Orlando, Florida 32802
scitech@ivanhoe.com
 
  © 2011 Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Inc.  
DBIS