Surgery Questions, Concerns, and Safety

You come in for your visit with one of our surgeons and they recommend a surgical procedure to address your neck or back pain. This can be a relief at first, but then new worries and emotions can set in. Plenty of concerns may race through your mind and cause some anxiety and stress. We completely understand, and we are always here to help guide you through these emotions.

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Getting the Waste out of Healthcare — Dr. Richard Kube on Price Transparency

Dr. Kube recently conducted an interview with Becker’s Spine Review, a publication for orthopedic and spine surgeons and surgery center administrators, on the transparency of healthcare pricing. Read below for Dr. Kube’s involvement with the Free Market Medical Association and how he is helping change the healthcare industry!
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Subtle Discrepancies Between the Lower Extremities May Cause Back Pain

The human body is a pretty symmetrical structure. This is even truer in regards to the musculoskeletal system. The right leg usually equals the left leg in length, and they both try to keep the pelvis nicely squared and parallel to the ground. This maintenance of symmetry is important for efficient function of the spine and pelvis in the gait cycle (walking and running). They are very important supporting structures involved in weight transmission. Asymmetry or deformity may cause unequal distribution of muscle forces. These forces can cause tilt in the pelvis and compensatory changes in the spine to adjust to the deformity. Read more…


What to Know Before, During and After your X-Rays, Scans and Tests

Sometimes scheduling an x-ray, MRI, discogram, bone density test, CAT Scan, or PET scan can be very nerve-wracking as a patient may not know what to expect. To help ease your mind, our radiographer has put together a diagram of why your doctor may have ordered a particular test, how to prepare and what to expect. This is a great resource and easy to understand which has helped many of our patients. As always, if you have any specific questions prior to your appointment, please feel free to contact us and a member of our staff will be happy to assist you! Read more…


How Spine Surgeons Keep Healthy

Dr. Richard Kube was recently featured from a panel of Spine Surgeons discussing how they achieve their personal goals with regard to health and wellness.

Richard Kube, MD. Founder and CEO of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute (Peoria, Ill.): Like any other habit, it starts with the first day. It is said that any activity you perform for more than 28 consecutive days becomes a habit. I prioritize my health over other options. I think most folks can curtail digital media consumption, whether it is TV, cell phones, social media, gaming and etc. Avoid excess in those areas and prioritize your day by getting up early and exercising. Utilize healthy meal choices. If those are not readily available to you then pack your own lunch. I watch little TV, I’m not on Facebook and I don’t own a gaming system. I do go to the gym most days and I do tend to eat healthy. It is how I start every day. It is too easy to find excuses and prioritize other activities at the end of a day. If health is important, it should come first; hence start the day with that in mind.

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