Los Angeles Minimally Invasive Spine Institute Blog

When do you need to see a spine specialist?

Published: Jun 22, 2015

Dr. Rappard discusses when you might want to see a spine specialist for your back pain and neck pain. Reasons to see a specialist include severe pain that is not improving, a personal injury case or whiplash injury, neck or back nerve pain, such as...

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My doctor recommended a lumbar fusion. Are there alternatives?

Published: Jun 22, 2015

A spinal fusion surgery is an extensive procedure that requires a rejection of any future consideration of less invasive alternatives. Often, a spinal fusion is offered before less invasive alternatives can be considered. Dr. Rappard discusses what some...

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Dr. Rappard answers questions about endoscopic discectomy

Published: Jun 22, 2015

Endoscopic discectomy is a high-tech minimally invasive procedure to treat back pain and sciatica. Dr. Rappard discusses the endoscopic discectomy procedure, compares it to laser surgery and talks about the rapid recovery of the procedure.

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The 4 Pillars of Treating Chronic Spinal Pain

George Rappard MD discusses the 4 key pillars of spine care. The 4 pillars are physical therapy and chiropractic care tailored to your condition, appropriate selection of medical therapy, pain injections targeting your specific pain source and, as a last result, minimally invasive motion and stability preserving spinal surgery performed as an outpatient procedure. Through effective use of the first 3 pillars only about 5% of our patients need to go on to have back surgery or neck surgery.

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