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!
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rock River Times shared Rockford Spine Center's tips for Arthritis Month Awareness.
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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!
Dr. Marie Walker shared her expertise for a story on WREX-TV highlighting National Arthritis Awareness Month.
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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:
Dr. Fred Sweet discusses the importance of physical activity for good spine health - especially if you sit for most of the day - with WREX-TV anchor Aaron Wright.
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Dr. Michael Roh is one of nine spine surgeons to discuss the importance of patient satisfaction and ways to raise and maintain it. The article appeared on Becker's Spine Review online.
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Dr. Fred Sweet is featured in Becker's Spine Review online in a weekly series. Ask Spine Surgeons is a weekly series of questions posed to spine surgeons around the country about clinical, business and policy issues affecting spine care. Dr. Sweet spoke about how health insurance exchanges may impact spine practices.
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Rockford Spine Center Physical Therapist Phil Oliveri is quoted in an article about stretching mistakes on the national health website www.health.com.
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The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons states that back pain is the most costly healthcare problem in the workplace other than the common cold. It is the second leading cause of missed work days, equating to 40 percent of all absences or viewed another way, accounts to 83 million missed word days. Dr. Christopher Sliva wrote an article for Expert Beacon that offers tips on how to alleviate back pain now to save time, money and discomfort down the road.
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Many of us will experience some form of back pain in our lifetime. Some cases are more severe than others and there are a variety of causes. A well-known trigger to back pain can be your work environment. Dr. Fred Sweet drafted an article for Expert Beacon that outlines tips for making your workspace more spine-friendly.
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Dr. Fred Sweet and patient Bonnie Johnson discuss the succcess of a new procedure Dr. Sweet created to treat severe spinal deformities. Bonnie is pain free and living her life again after getting Transforaminal Anterior Release.
Click here to view the story on the Rockford Register Star site.
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics begin on February 7. The world’s greatest athletes take center stage highlighting exciting winter sports from downhill skiing and snowboarding to ice skating and hockey. It’s no doubt many people will want to get out and try these sports for themselves after watching the Olympics…and we certainly have the weather for it. While the Olympians make it look easy – many of us have not been training a lifetime. We need to be mindful of injuries that can happen with winter sports.
Rockford Spine Center is pleased to announce Dr. Fred Sweet and Dr. Michael Roh have been recognized as Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors. All doctors awarded with this recognition are nominated by peers, then reviewed and screened by a doctor-directed research team.
Becker's Spine Review featured Dr. Michael Roh as a Spine Surgeon Leader to Know. Dr. Roh shared an exciting area of growth in his practice.
"One distinct area where my practice has grown is in the field of minimally invasive and outpatient spine surgery," said Dr. Roh. "Because many modern spine surgeries can be accomplished through tiny incisions with minimal pain, more and more patients are willing and able to go home on the day of surgery and recover in the comfort of their own home, which improves patient comfort and decreases healthcare costs. Furthermore, because these smaller surgeries can often be completed within 20 to 40 minutes, surgeons can run multiple operating rooms to improve efficiency and increase surgical volume without spending all day and night in the hospital."
Rockford Spine Center is pleased to announce all four of its physicians have been awarded the 2013 Patients’ Choice Award. 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. Of the nation's 830,000 active physicians, only 5% are accorded this honor by their patients.
Rockford, IL (November 12, 2013) – Rockford Spine Center is pleased to be named once again to the Rockford IceHogs medical network. Dr. Michael Roh, Dr. Christopher Sliva, Dr. Fred Sweet and Dr. Marie Walker will serve among the secondary medical network as the team’s orthopedic spine specialists. This is the second year that Rockford Spine Center has been a member of the team’s medical network.
Bonnie Johnson started the Gymnastics Academy of Rockford in 1977. Saying Bonnie leads an 'active lifestyle' is an understatement. She is a mother, grandmother, wife, entrepreneur, coach, pilot, and all around go-getter! But a few years ago, life turned upside down.