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Patient Education Center

Educated Patients Have Better Outcomes!

Dr. Ochi has partnered with Spine Health in an effort to provide you, the patient, with a comprehensive, highly informative and useful resource for understanding, prevention  and treatment of your back and neck pain and their related conditions.

Spine Health offers accurate, complete and unbiased information you can trust.  You can review thousands of doctor written and doctor reviewed articles, indepth videos and helpful forums on back and neck pain and their related disorders.


Dr. Ochi will direct you to the appropriate articles / videos so that you may become better educated in regards to your condition and treatment options.


Use the links below to access the recommended educational information.

 Pain Conditions Health Center: The list below covers the most common back and neck conditions and areas of spine-related pain.  Each topic contains doctor written and reviewed articles and other beneficial information to help you understand each condition.

  • Arthritis and Osteoarthritis: Spinal arthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, is the breakdown of the cartilage between the facet joints in the spine, leading to lower back and/or leg pain.
  • Chronic Pain: Back pain that lasts longer than 3 months is considered unlikely to heal on its own and different treatment paths are considered in order to get pain relief.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease: Most patients with degenerative disc disease will experience low-level but continuous back pain that will occasionally intensify and can become severe.
  • Depression: Clinical depression often accompanies chronic back pain, or can lead to increased back pain, and needs to be included as part of an overall treatment plan.
  • Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a chronic muscular pain syndrome, which may first appear as back pain.
  • Herniated Disc: A herniated disc occurs when the inner gel in the disc leaks out and puts pressure upon a spinal nerve, often leading to leg pain or arm pain.
  • Leg Pain: When the nerves exiting the spine in the lower back are impinged, the pain may extend down the leg as a general pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness
  • Lower Back Pain: There are many conditions that affect the lower back; this section of Spine-Health provides general information about lower back pain and less common specific conditions.
  • Neck Pain: The neck can be afflicted with spinal stenosis, herniated disc, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and also by muscle strain, whiplash or other conditions.
  • Pregnancy and Back Pain: The bodily changes during pregnancy make back pain a common development. Certain treatments are recommended for most pregnant women to prevent back pain.
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: The joint between the base of the spine and the hip does not normally have much movement, but any change in the joint may cause lower back pain and/or leg pain.
  • Sciatica: The sciatic nerve exits the lumbar spine and carries information between the brain and the legs. When a lower back problem affects the sciatic nerve, pain can radiate down the leg and into the foot.
  • Scoliosis: An abnormal side-to-side curvature of the spine, known as scoliosis, develops mostly in adolescents, but can also be a byproduct of aging and arthritis.
  • Spinal Deformities: Besides scoliosis, there are other conditions which may cause a change in the normal structure of the spine.
  • Spinal Stenosis: Spinal stenosis is a condition in which parts of the spinal canals narrow and can lead to compression of a spinal nerve or the spinal cord along the spine.
  • Spinal Tumor: A tumor in the spine can cause pressure on the nerves similar to many other spinal conditions.
  • Spine Anatomy: Spinal anatomy is a complex construct of nerves, bones, ligaments, tendons, muscle and joints.  Learning about spinal anatomy helps to understand specific back pain conditions or symptoms.
  • Spondylolisthesis: Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra in the spine slips forward over the one below it, causing lower back pain and/or leg pain.  It most commonly occurs in the lower levels of the spine.
  • Sports and Spine Injuries: Certain sports and activities are likely to cause or worsen back pain due to repetitive motions and added strain on the spine.
  • Upper Back Pain:  Pain from the thoracic spine is less common than from the cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back). Muscular issues and joint dysfunctions are the most common problems in upper back.


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