Dr. Paul Jett, physiatrist was presented with the 2017 Hope Award on May 6, 2017 at the Spine Health Foundation annual fundraiser, Derby Day.
The Hope Award symbolizes excellence in accomplishing the mission of the Spine Health Foundation and is offered to an individual who has selflessly provided his or her time to help fulfill our goals of helping others get back to life.
Dr. Jett is one of only about 10,000 physiatrists in the country. The field, also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation, addresses multiple medical needs, such as spine rehabilitation, non-operative spine and orthopedic care and musculoskeletal health.
"A big part of our care involves the spine," Dr. Jett said. "We attempt to isolate the pain generator causing the problem in someone's back - sometimes it's more than one - and treat it through a non-operative approach as much as possible."
Other elements of care available from a physiatrist are nerve conduction studies and interventional spinal procedures, such as epidural steroid injections. Dr. Jett said he can also work with speech, occupational and physical therapists to assist stroke and other neurological patients.
Dr. Jett said pain management from a rehabilitation approach is focused on wellness. So he encourages his patients to eat well, obtain an appropriate amount of sleep and not smoke. Dr. Jett's decision to become a physician can be traced in many ways to his parents' careers as a social worker and teacher. Through their choices, he learned the value of helping people and knew that would play a role in deciding what type of work he would choose.
Dr. Jett enjoys taking care of care of his patients, and strives to learn about each one and educating them about their health.
"I want my patients to know I'm here for them and will do what I can to help them," Dr. Jett said. "I consider myself as much of a coach as a physician. I will offer solutions but also set realistic expectations based on where the patient is in the disease process. I also encourage my patients to become involved in their own care because that will help them."
Dr. Jett graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky and completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation in North Carolina. He received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee.
He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.
--A portion of this content is from Wellmont.org 05/10/2017
Dr. Michael Gleiber to serve as honorary chair for The Spine Health Foundation's upcoming fundraiser, Derby Day
March 7, 2017, Becker's Spine Review-- Michael Gleiber, MD, of West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Concierge Spine Surgery will serve as honorary chair for Johnson City, Tenn.-based The Spine Health Foundation's 2017 Derby Day fundraiser in Bristol, Va.
Dr. Gleiber said, "Since 2011 The Spine Health Foundation has been instrumental in the lives of many uninsured and/or under-insured individuals in need of care for debilitating spine conditions."
Dr. Gleiber credited SHF's founder, Carol Conduff, spine surgeons and companies such as Medtronic, Globus, K2M and DePuy Synthes with creating over 900 opportunities for disadvantaged people to gain access to top-quality spine care.
The Spine Health Foundation has provided health needs to members of the working poor regardless of insurance situation. Since 2011, SHF has provided 38 spine surgeries for people in need. Fundraiser proceeds benefit the organization's mission to help disadvantaged individuals gain access to specialized spine care.
We give thanks to everyone who donated their time and resources to help fulfill our mission in 2016.
May the light of love shine on you and your family during the holidays and always. We are grateful for your support and wish you a season filled with joy!
The Spine Health Foundation, Inc.
The Spine Health Foundation, Inc. is honored to be awarded one of the first Top-Rated Awards of 2016 from GreatNonprofits!
When you start to drink a cup of hot coffee or tea and feel the heat of the water registering on your lips do you just go ahead and drink the liquid or, sensing that it is too hot, you cool it down before you drink?
If you wait until it is tolerable you have listened to your body; avoided burning your lips, tongue and mouth and have successfully participated in the relationship you have with your brain and body.
By participating in this simple situation you have saved your body from having to do extensive tissue restoration and repair; and have saved yourself from feeling excruciating pain!
That exact same pain mechanism is at work in all other parts of your body. When you ignore a quiet nudge that you have a problem in your back or neck, a pain down your leg or your headaches that is the body saying to you to stop and take steps to correct the problem and, if necessary, have the cause of the pain analyzed. (You'll know that your body is telling you that by your symptoms either increasing in volume or by persistence).
Chiropractic focuses on the restoration of function and assures that your brain and body are fully connected. Because when you have full function you do not have symptoms.
Enduring symptoms? Your body is talking to you!
Article by Dr. Ed Peeks
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Johnson City, TN 37604
You may have bent the wrong way while lifting something heavy, or may have a degenerative condition i.e. arthritis. Whatever the reason, you're experiencing low back pain (LBP) it can be difficult to overcome. 1 in 4 Americans will say they've recently had LBP. We can all say we've had it or will have LBP sometime during our lifetime.
If the pain becomes chronic or lasts for 3 months or more, or you are experiencing numbness, weakness or tingling in your legs, your condition could be serious. In this case, always contact your physician. But for routine or mild low back pain, here are a few easy tips to try at home to relieve discomfort.
#1 Chill it. Ice is best in the first 24 to 48 hours after an injury to reduce inflammation. After 48 hours, it's okay to switch to heat if you prefer. Whether using heat or ice -- take it off after about 20 minutes to give your skin a rest. If your pain continues, call your physician.
#2 Keep moving. We are meant to move. Continue your daily activities i.e. light housework, going to work, walking the dog. Once you're feeling better, return to your regular cardio exercise routine exercises i.e. swimming, bicycling, and walking. The key is not to over do, but gently work back into your regular activities slowly and carefully.
#3 Stay strong. LBP can return. It's important to support your lower back when lifting or exerting your back more than usual. Proper posture will help to align your spine. Talk with your doctor to determine the right exercises for you that will strengthen the muscles and support your abdomen and low back. Avoid exercises that add additional strain to your low back like abdominal crunches.
#4 Stretch. If you have an office job, make sure you get up from your desk every 20 minutes or so to move around and gently stretch your neck, back and legs. Remember Proper Posture!
#5 Think ergonomically. Insure your desk and computer are properly positioned so you don't have to hunch forward to see your computer monitor or extend too far for your mouse. Your desk chair should support your lower back and be the proper height so your feet can fully touch the floor.
#6 Watch your posture. Poor posture adds additional pressure on your low back. Pay close attention to your posture when lifting heavy objects and never bend from the waist. Use your legs and bend from your knees.
#7 Wear low heels. Shoes with heels less than 1 inch allow for proper and stable posture. This will help to reduce the pressure and stress on your low back.
#8 Stop Smoking. Smoking causes a myriad of health issues including osteoporosis which can lead to a brittle bones making your spine more susceptible to compression fractures. Research shows that smokers are more likely to have LBP as compared to nonsmokers.
#9 Maintain Proper Weight. Excess weight adds additional stress to your spine. Determine your healthy weight and take measures to manage your caloric intake, eat a healthy diet and exercise.
#10 Try an OTC Pain Reliever. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin), and naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn) can help reduce back pain. Acetaminophen(Actamin, Panadol, Tylenol) is another over-the-counter option for pain management. Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist about any interactions over-the-counter pain relievers may have with other medications you are taking. People with a history of certain medical conditions (such as ulcers, kidney disease, and liver disease) should avoid some medicines.
Today, we are happy to report another person is receiving life-changing spine surgery through The Spine Health Foundation, Inc. !
Since February 2011, SHF has provided approximately 800 medically-related resources including 33 spine surgeries. At SHF we advocate on behalf of our recipients to gain access to the specialized spine care they need to get past the pain and get back to life! These accomplishments are made possible by our participating providers dedicated to our mission, our generous contributors and amazing volunteers.
Our mission is changing lives for the better! This change impacts our recipients, their families, their employers and our communities!
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Lidocare is manufactured, packaged and shipped to stores in the United States of America. The majority of patches available to consumers are outsourced to countries overseas like: China, Japan, etc.
As We Give Thanks This Season, it’s especially important to recognize and thank the medical professionals who work tirelessly to save lives and improve the quality of lives of their patients, all year long.
In the last week, 3 SHF recipients underwent spine surgeries needed to help them regain the quality of life, they once knew.
We give thanks and recognition to these committed SHF participating providers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to restore hope for SHF recipients in our community this past week and throughout the year.
Blue Ridge Neuroscience Center – Dr. Ken Smith
East Tennessee Brain & Spine Center - Dr. David Wiles
Neuro-spine Solutions, P.C. -- Dr. Morgan Lorio
Since 2011, SHF has provided over 600 medically-related resources including 28 spine surgeries for medically underserved individuals in our region. We attribute these successes to our wonderful team of participating providers, sponsors, corporate partners and our amazing volunteers.
Together, we are making a difference in the lives of our recipients, their families and our communities! Thank YOU for supporting our mission and helping people Get Back to Life!