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Avera Medical Minute: Spine Research Study

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Dr. Carlson shows what the DIAM would do. Dr. Carlson shows what the DIAM would do.

How many times have you uttered the words, "OH MY ACHING BACK" ? Walking around downtown Sioux Falls it didn't take us long to find people with bad backs. The Orthopedic Institute is hoping a new research project they are participating in will help with the nagging lower back pain so many of you deal with everyday. The Spine Stabilization Study is our Avera Medical Minute.

We Midwesterners are known for our work ethic and often times that back breaking work leads to bad backs.  Douglas Pilzer says, "I have a lot of pain in my lower back." We found him sitting outside the Minnehaha County Administration Building collecting petition signatures. He says he has to sit. His back couldn't take standing for 8 hours.

Chad Zorr says, "I have shooting pains down the back of legs." He hurt himself at work 15 years ago and still deals with knee buckling pain. He says, " Yeah, the pain is always there. It never goes away but my dull pain is someone else's shooting excruciating pain. I've grown used to it."

For Matt Olson also has lower back pain. It goes with the territory for his job. He moves heavy equipment for a living. He says, "It varies. Last spring I had some lower back pain but I went to a chiropractor and it was taken care of."

All of them have gone to a chiropractor with some success, but the Orthopedic Institute along with the Avera Research Institute may be able to help long term. They have been asked by Medtronic, Inc.to participate in a Spine Stabilization Study. Dr. Walter Carlson is the lead surgeon and investigator. Dr. Carlson says, "If you had back pain that has not been responding to say medications, exercise, physical therapy or other types of conservative or non-operative type of care this could be for you. "

Dr. Carlson would insert a DIAM which stands for Device for Inter-vertebral Assisted Motion between one vertebra and another. He says they have had great success with this type of minimally invasive treatment in Europe, Asia, Korea and Japan. He says, " It's very easy to put in and not close to the spinal cord. It's an outpatient procedure. The risk to you is small and if it proves to be helpful it's going to be a big deal.".

They are looking for people between the ages of 18 and 70.  You have to have lower back pain without using surgery in the past to alleviate it. There will be no cost to you.

For an appointment call the Orthopedic Institute 605-322-3064 or visit the Avera Research Institutes's Website for more information www.avera-research.org



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