sonospine blog

A surgeon’s guide to spine health

Our society is used to warning signs – sirens, engine lights and smoke alarms. The body sends warnings too, but instead of flashing lights, we often experience neck or back pain.

Spine surgeon Dilantha Ellegala, MD, said these are signs of bigger health issues. “Back and neck pain is the canary in the coal mine,” Dr. Ellegala said. “Today it’s your back and your spine. Tomorrow it can be your heart or diabetes. This is your body telling you, ‘it’s time to change your lifestyle.’”

Dr. Ellegala empathizes with individuals suffering with chronic pain. He uses exercises and healthy nutrition to mitigate pain from a kayaking injury. His secret to spine health? Exercise and weight loss. “I may be a spine surgeon, but this is about getting our patients healthy,” Dr. Ellegala said.

Excess weight puts pressure on the spine, leading to back pain and often, spine surgery. “Surgery is always the last option. The real goal is to maintain a healthy weight through the right diet and exercise and avoid surgery altogether,” Dr. Ellegala said.

We don’t keep our cars on the road with an engine light staring us in the face. If your body is telling you something, listen and take corrective action.

For more information about spine health, visit SonospineSurgery.com or call 855.982.1591.

By clicking the button, you will leave the sonospinesurgery.com website and will be redirected to upload your MRI to our provider.

Our Practitioners’ MRI review is an informational review of the MRI images and/or report that you provide to us. , This is not a form of diagnosis, treatment, correction, prevention or medical care. As such, the Practitioner’s MRI review should not be used as a determinant factor in any person’s physical or other health care, health treatment or health maintenance. No information provided by or through the Practitioner’s MRI review should ever be considered a substitute for any professional health care services, and you should consult with one or more appropriately licensed, registered and certified physicians, surgeons or other health care professionals for the same. In arranging for a Practitioner to provide an MRI review, neither Sonospine® nor that Practitioner assumes any responsibility whatsoever, nor shall Sonospine® or such Practitioner in any event or under any circumstances be liable in relation to your decision concerning your health care, health treatment or health maintenance, including without limitation any actions that you choose to take as a result of the Practitioner’s MRI review. A diagnosis and a final determination of whether you may benefit from treatment at Sonospine® can only be made after you have been physically examined in person by one of our Practitioners.