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Michigan Head and Spine Institute Newsletters

Each quarter, the physicians of Michigan Head and Spine Institute provide a newsletter containing the latest news and updates on the practice and practices and research in Neurosurgery and Physiatry. If you're not receiving our e-newsletters yet, sign up today!

Are you looking for an easy way to schedule an appointment with a specialist with the Michigan Head & Spine Institute (MHSI)? Maybe you want a quick and easy way to fill or refill your prescriptions? The MHSI website is easy to navigate and allows you to do all of this, and more. Just visit www.mhsi.us from your computer or mobile phone and get in touch!doc_photo

If you need someone from MHSI to get in touch with you, you’ll receive a response within one business day. How’s that for fast! And your personal information is safe and secure – we’ll never sell your email address and will always maintain your privacy.

Maybe you just want to hear what other patients say, educate yourself on a spine condition or the latest treatments? Just visit  the education library where you can view videos and read the latest news in the neurosurgery field.

146927018With the snow season fast approaching, remember snow shoveling causes more than 11,000 emergency room visits each year. Now is a good time to inspect your snow shovel. Newer snow shovels ease the stress on your back with a longer pole, new poles are adjustable, and curved which can decrease the amount of bending needed. A smaller blade may be better than a large one, this prevents you from picking up too much snow at a time.

Here are some tips to keep your back healthy:

1. Dress Appropriately - not only will this help keep you warm, but having the proper footwear will keep your feet grounded reducing the risk for slips. And use gloves to help you keep a better grip on the shovel. 

2. Warm Up - shoveling snow is as hard as some other exercises, such as running, so make sure you warm up your muscles before you go out. Try some jumping jacks to loosen up.

3. Use your legs - to avoid added pressure on your spine, lower yourself with your legs, not your back.

4. Alternate sides - throwing the snow only to one side may cause soreness, switch it up, throw snow from your right and left side. Avoid tossing snow over your shoulders. 

5. Lift correctly - remember to try to push the snow as much as possible, and not lift unless you have to. If you do have to lift - begin by standing with your feet about hip width apart and keep the shovel close to your body. Bend from the knees (not the back) and tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the snow, twisitng movements cause back strain. 

6. Relax! - once completed take a hot shower to relax your muscles and stretch. Doing so will prevent too much soreness the next day.

Remember, if you do incur an injury, use ice in 20 minute intervals to reduce the swelling and, if your personal medical situation permits, take ibuprofen. If you hear a "pop" or "snap", it's time to see a doctor. Remember, toughing it out might be the wrong decision. Schedule your appointment online

iStock 000020409388SmallAre you looking for an easy way to schedule an appointment with a specialist with the Michigan Head & Spine Institute (MHSI)? Maybe you want a quick and easy way to fill or refill your prescriptions? The MHSI website is easy to navigate and allows you to do all of this, and more. Just visit www.mhsi.us from your computer or mobile phone and get in touch!

mhsi screenHealthcare consumers are savvy.  They search the internet for many of their answers or to understand what the medical terminology, diagnosis, symptoms or prognosis might be.  Many of MHSI physicians conduct research as part of their work to bring patients better treatment options.

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Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder recently signed legislation that repeals the State’s motorcycle helmet law. This new legislation could have a dramatic effect to increase the number of traumatic brain injuries and deaths suffered by Michigan motorcyclists.

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Current patients can now request to schedule or change an appointment through the patient portal and request prescription refills.