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Dr. Fred Sweet Presents at Annual Scoliosis Research Society Meeting
Posted on: December/11/2014

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Dr. Fred Sweet of Rockford Spine Center earned an opportunity to present results of a study he conducted earlier this year at the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Annual Meeting & Course. More than 1,300 people attended the SRS annual meeting, which took place September 10-13, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Dr. Sweet continues to study the effectiveness of a technique he devised to lower infection rates following surgery and decrease the amount of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Current standard of care requires that patients be given an intravenous antibiotic prior to surgery to prevent infections. The surgeons at Rockford Spine Center have demonstrated that placing a powder version of the drug directly into the wound is more effective at reducing infection rates. In fact, the rate was lowered from a national average of 2.4% to 0.2%.

The method also aids in the effort to curb the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria, which President Obama recently signed an executive order to create a task force to combat this issue.

Click below to view the press release

 

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Rockford Chamber Healthcare Update Video
Posted on: December/08/2014

Dr. Michael Roh participated in a panel discussion about the state of healthcare in Rockford at the 2014 Rockford Chamber Healthcare Luncheon. If you missed the event, you can watch the video at the below link.

2014 Rockford Chamber Healthcare Update Video


Rockford Chamber Voice Recaps Healthcare Luncheon Featuring Dr. Roh
Posted on: December/03/2014

Dr. Michael Roh participated in the 2014 Rockford Chamber Healthcare Industry Update luncheon. The Rockford Chamber recapped the event featuring Dr. Roh as part of a panel of local specialists.

Click here to read the December issue of the Voice


Dr. Sweet Discusses RSC's Method to Lower Infections on WIFR
Posted on: December/02/2014

Dr. Fred Sweet shared Rockford Spine Center's innovative method to reduce surgical infections and antibiotic resistant bacteria on WIFR-TV. Dr. Sweet says we are running out of medications to fight the new strains of bacteria that are continually developing. A new method to lower surgical infections created in Rockford can also aide in fighting antibiotic resistant bacteria. Dr. Sweet recently shared this story on WIFR-TV.

Click here to watch the 5pm story on WIFR-TV

Click here to watch the 10pm story on WIFR-TV


Dr. Walker Offers Tips on When to See a Doctor for Neck & Back Pain
Posted on: November/24/2014

Dr. Marie Walker has published an article on ExpertBeacon that shares the dos and don'ts of seeing a doctor for back and neck pain. Many people struggle with the decision of seeing a physician, thinking the pain will go away on its own. Dr. Walker shares her expertise in an effort to help you make the decision that is right for you.

Click here to read the article.


Dr. Roh Featured at Rockford Chamber Healthcare Luncheon
Posted on: November/17/2014

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Dr. Michael Roh was a featured panelist at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Industry Update luncheon on November 20, 2014. The event focused on the important role specialty group practitioners play in the local healthcare landscape. Dr. Roh engaged in dialogue about trends and impacts in healthcare as well as discussed the local healthcare industry and its relationship to the broader business community. Dr. Roh highlighted the level of care available to patients in Rockford - across the healthcare spectrum.


Dr. Sliva Voted Winner in "What Rocks" Poll
Posted on: November/06/2014

The Rockford Register Star released its annual What Rocks in the Rock River Valley poll and Dr. Christopher Sliva was voted favorite spine surgeon in the region.

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Click here to see the full list of What Rocks winners.


Rockford Health System Recognizes RSC for Role in Awards
Posted on: October/30/2014
Rockford Memorial Hospital thanked Dr. Fred Sweet and the team at Rockford Spine Center for its partnership in offering award-winning spine surgeries at the hospital. RMH has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery. Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide. RMH also received the Healthgrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award for the third year in a row. That award is given to hospitals that rank among the top 10 percent in the nation for spine surgery. For nine years in a row, RMH has received a five-star rating for spinal fusion surgery.

Rockford Spine Center performs many of its surgeries each year at RMH and is proud of its partnership with the hospital and its surgical teams.
 
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Dr. Fred Sweet (far right) is pictured with Rockford Health System CEO Gary Kaatz (on the left) and Donna McDaniel who oversees the operating room department at RMH.

RSC Physical Therapist Shares Tips on WQRF-TV
Posted on: October/30/2014

Rockford Spine Center Physical Therapist Phil Oliveri discusses the role of physical therapy on WQRF-TV during Physical Therapy Awareness Month. Oliveri also demonstrates some simple exercises people can do every day to increase flexibility and mobility.

Click here to watch the video.

 


RSC to Host Free Community Spine Care Seminar
Posted on: October/23/2014

Neck or back pain, sciatica, or pinched nerves can take over your life. Often times resulting in a feeling of hopelessness. Want to learn more about what treatments work without the hassle of making a doctor’s appointment? Dr. Fred Sweet is hosting a free community spine care seminar at Rockford Spine Center. This event is free and all are welcome. Dr. Sweet will discuss common spinal problems, treatment options and answer your questions. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, November 6
5:30 to 7 p.m.

Rockford Spine Center
2902 McFarland Road
#300
Rockford, IL 61107

Please RSVP to Hollie at 815-316-6873.


RSC Surgeons Named to 240 Spine Surgeons to Know List
Posted on: October/14/2014

Rockford Spine Center’s three partners have been featured on the 2014 Becker’s Spine Review 240 Spine Surgeons to Know list published last week. Dr. Michael Roh, Dr. Christopher Sliva and Dr. Fred Sweet are the only spine surgeons from Rockford on the list and among 23 listed from Illinois.

Click here to view the entire list.

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Dr. Walker Voted Favorite Among Medical Residents
Posted on: September/18/2014

Rockford Spine Center Physiatrist Dr. Marie Walker has been voted as favorite preceptor for the second year in a row by the University of Illinois College of Medicine family practice residents. The recognition was for the 2013-2014 school year.

Third year family practice residents rotate each month through roughly 12 medical specialties. At the end of each year the residents vote for their favorite preceptor, or mentor. Dr. Walker has been a required orthopedic rotation for three years. The residents see patients under Dr. Walker’s guidance. She teaches them about orthopedic and spinal conditions and they learn how to perform injections.

“I’m honored the residents appreciate my teaching and that they look forward to this rotation,” said Dr. Walker, Rockford Spine Center. “Being involved in this program is extremely rewarding for me. When you’re teaching people who are excited and really want to learn, it’s fun.”

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RSC Offers Backpack Safety Tips
Posted on: September/17/2014

Wednesday, September 17 is National School Backpack Awareness Day. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, each year there are thousands of backpack-related injuries treated at hospital emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and clinics. Overloading backpacks or carrying them on one shoulder can strain the back, neck or shoulders.

Rockford Spine Center offers the following tips to keep your kids healthy and safe this school year.

  • It is recommended that a loaded backpack should never weigh more than 10% of the student’s total body weight (for a student weighing 100 pounds, this means that the backpack should weight no more than 10 pounds).
  • Distribute weight evenly by using both straps.
  • Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. Shoulders and necks have many blood vessels and nerves that can cause pain and tingling in the neck, arms, and hands when too much pressure is applied.
  • Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly on the child’s back. A pack that hangs loosely from the back can pull the child backwards and strain muscles.
  • Wear the waist belt if the backpack has one. This helps distribute the pack’s weight more evenly.
  • The height of the backpack should extend from approximately 2 inches below the shoulder blades to waist level or slightly above the waist.

Dr. Sweet Touts Quality of Healthcare in Chamber Voice
Posted on: September/17/2014

Dr. Fred Sweet has a guest column in the September 2014 issue of the Rockford Chamber Voice. He discusses the excellent quality of healthcare available in the Rockford community.

Click here to read the column


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Soaks Rockford Spine Center
Posted on: August/21/2014

Our beloved patient Mark, who has been diagnosed with ALS, challenged Dr. Marie Walker and Cindy Nyquist to the ALS ice bucket challenge. They happily accepted the challenge - and the sequence of ice water dumping began. Check out the below videos featuring Dr. Fred Sweet and several members of the RSC team. We think this is a great cause and promotes awareness for a devastating disease!

Click here to watch Dr. Walker and Cindy

Click here to watch Dr. Sweet

Click here to watch Lucy and Val


Dr. Walker Discusses ALS on Rockford TV Stations
Posted on: August/21/2014

Dr. Marie Walker discussed ALS and its prevalence in Northern Illinois on WTVO-TV and WIFR-TV. Rockford appears to have a concentration of cases higher than most areas.

Click here to watch the story on WTVO.

Click here to watch the story on WIFR, which also includes the RSC team accepting the ice bucket challenge.

 


Rockford Spine Center Expands Physical Therapy Team, Hires Kim Alexander
Posted on: July/22/2014

Rockford Spine Center has expanded its physical therapy department with the addition of Kim Alexander, ATC, PT, MPT. Alexander joins physical therapist Phil Oliveri and PT assistant Amy Peterson in providing physical therapy services to Rockford Spine Center patients. Alexander will be responsible for assessing patient needs, building treatment plans, guiding patients through recovery and ensuring continuity of care.

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RSC Surgeons Awarded Compassionate Doctor Awards
Posted on: July/17/2014

Rockford Spine Center is pleased to announce all four of its physicians have been awarded the Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award for 2013. Spine Surgeons Dr. Michael Roh, Dr. Christopher Sliva and Dr. Fred Sweet, along with Physiatrist Dr. Marie Walker, earned the distinction for the third consecutive year.

 

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Dr. Roh Shares Dos and Don'ts of Scoliosis in Expert Beacon Article
Posted on: June/30/2014

Approximately one in 50, or 6 million people, have scoliosis in the U.S., 10 percent of those affected are children. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during an adolescent growth spurt. Dr. Michael Roh wrote an article for Expert Beacon that highlights some dos and don'ts for parents to consider if their child suffers from scoliosis.

Click here to read the article.


Scoliosis Screening Awareness Story on WREX-TV
Posted on: June/26/2014

June is Scoliosis Awareness Month. Dr. Christopher Sliva with Rockford Spine Center shared the importance of early intervention with scoliosis and how to recognize the signs. A story appeared on WREX-TV in Rockford, IL on June 24, 2014.

Click here to watch the story.


June is National Scoliosis Month: 30-second Screening Can Save Years of Pain
Posted on: June/16/2014

Approximately one in 50, or 6 million people, have scoliosis in the U.S., 10 percent of those affected are children. June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month and the doctors at Rockford Spine Center want to help raise awareness about this disease and why screenings are critical. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during an adolescent growth spurt. Only 26 states mandate school scoliosis screenings. Illinois is not one of them. The National Scoliosis Foundation wants parents, teachers, coaches and children to be aware of the signs of scoliosis.

Click below to learn more about the signs of scoliosis.

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Rock River Times Shares Arthritis Month Tips
Posted on: May/27/2014

Rock River Times shared Rockford Spine Center's tips for Arthritis Month Awareness.

Click here to read the story.


Jaime Patch Promoted to Nursing Supervisor
Posted on: May/22/2014

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Rockford Spine Center announced the promotion of Jaime Patch, LPN to nursing supervisor. In her new role, Patch is responsible for overseeing the nursing staff while continuing to manage Dr. Fred Sweet’s clinic, coordinating patient care, and educating and preparing patients for tests and procedures.

Read the full press release below to learn more about Jaime. Congratulations Jaime!

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Dr. Walker Shares Arthritis Tips on WREX
Posted on: May/15/2014

Dr. Marie Walker shared her expertise for a story on WREX-TV highlighting National Arthritis Awareness Month.

Click here to watch the story.


Rockford Spine Center Promotes Arthritis Awareness Month
Posted on: May/15/2014

Arthritis affects 46 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States. The month of May is National Arthritis Month – a time dedicated to inform and educate patients to the treatments available for arthritis, or joint inflammation. Rockford Spine Center, a facility dedicated exclusively to spinal care, is taking this opportunity to share some tips regarding spinal arthritis.

While the likelihood of getting arthritis typically increases with age, it can impact people of all ages. Some people suffer from arthritis because their anatomy makes them more prone to the condition and others can get arthritis from severe accidents.

Dr. Marie Walker offers the following tips on when to seek help:

  • If you notice pain, tingling or weakness in the arms, hands, legs or feet
  • If the pain is consistent and worsens over time
  • If you’re unable to walk and/or conduct daily activities
  • If your overall quality of life is affected
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