Reno, NV, May 11, 2020 -- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the possible drain on hospital resources including both
low acuity and high acuity (or ICU) bed availability for COVID-19 infections, the local healthcare system enacted policies to postpone
all elective surgeries except semi-urgent and emergency conditions such as progressive neurologic deficit and life-threatening
situations. Spine Nevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute (SNMISI) has been very aggressive in supporting and implementing these
inpatient policies at all the major hospitals, including Renown, St. Mary’s, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Carson Tahoe, and the
outpatient Surgery Center of Reno. The tactics began on 03/16/2020 and continued until Monday, 05/04/2020. Thankfully, we have
seen a lower than expected infection and mortality rate in Nevada and, more specifically, in Washoe County. As a result, with the
advice of local healthcare officials and specific guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute of Health as
well as the American College of Surgeons, the Washoe County medical facilities have opened up and returned to performing elective
surgeries. Read the complete release here.
Reno, NV, April 16, 2020 -- Medical groups, medical providers, business professionals, community members and restaurants in Northern Nevada have stepped forward to help ensure frontline workers in the war against COVID-19 have energy for the fight. Rounds 4 Heroes and Feed Our Heroes (R4H + FOH) have a shared vision to support heroes on the frontlines and have joined forces to increase their reach and impact.
Dr. James Lynch, Founder and Chairman of Spine Nevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, explained, "our frontline workers deal with stress daily, and even more so now as they are on the frontlines of this public health crisis." Dr. Lynch organized Rounds 4 Heroes as a way to support our heroes on the frontlines. The project started with a conversation between Dr. Lynch and Rounds Bakery owner Anton Novak and has garnered overwhelming gratitude from frontline workers and the community. "Rounds Bakery has individually wrapped fresh breakfast and lunch items (including muffins, bagels, baked goods, yogurt, custom sandwiches, and wraps), a requirement during these times," exclaims Dr. Lynch. Read the complete release here.
Reno, Nevada--In order to better serve Northern Nevada communities, Spine Nevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute recently opened a new spine and musculoskeletal office in the Midtown area of Reno
The new office is located at 1699 S. Virginia Street, Suite 101.
It’s natural to have a Spine Nevada office in Midtown to meet the needs of consumers in Midtown Reno.
The Midtown office offers Physical Therapy as well as clinical office visits. The Midtown Reno area is flourishing and undergoing a major Virginia Street Project. This is noticeable in the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County $80-million investment in our community to create a connection between Midtown Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and further support economic development and improve livability in the Midtown area. Read more here.
Reno, Nevada (November 25, 2019) – Spine Nevada's Dr. Edward Perry will serve at Chief of Neurosurgery at Renown Regional Medical Center. During his tenure, Dr. Perry will make great efforts to ensure that each patient receives the best possible neurological specialty care. "We will strive to continue the advancement of new minimally invasive technology to provide exceptional outcomes for patients," explains Dr. Perry.
Dr. Edward Perry joined the SpineNevada team after completing fellowship training in Complex Spine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville in the Department of Neurosurgery. Fellowship training is the highest level of medical education in the U.S. Dr. Perry as well serves as Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine at University of Nevada, Reno. He serves as instructor and mentor to medical students and has on-going clinical research projects with several students at UNR School of Medicine. Meet Dr. Edward Perry here.
Reno, Nevada (October 14, 2019) – Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare, became a leader in the field of robotic guidance and navigation through the purchase of ExcelsiusGPS®. This revolutionary robotic navigation platform is the world’s first technology to combine a rigid robotic arm and full navigation capabilities into one adaptable platform for accurate trajectory alignment in spine surgery. ExcelsiusGPS® is Globus Medical’s advanced technology solution designed to enhance safety and improve efficiency for patients, staff and surgeons in the operating room.
"SpineNevada's practice philosophy and desire is to offer the best plan of care for each patient," says Dr. Shane Abdunnur, fellowship-trained spine neurosurgeon at Spine Nevada and Chief of Neurosurgery at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. "Being able to work with doctors in other disciplines at Spine Nevada and partner with Saint Mary’s in the use of the Globus robotic system, allows us to develop care plans to optimize surgical outcomes and enable patients to get back to active lifestyles as quickly as possible." Learn and watch more here.
Dr. James Lynch was a keynote presenter at the 3rd International Meeting on WEIGHT-BEARING MRI, his presentation was on Competitive Advantages of Weight-Bearing MRI in Surgical Planning. The Esaote G-Scan Brio is a weight-bearing MRI. This InMotion MRI allows the technology to image you in both the supine (flat on your back) position and the standing position. The MRI table actually rotates from the horizontal position to a vertical position which allows pictures to be taken while the neck and low back are in a weight bearing state. Studies reveal 20-30% larger or more frequent findings with WEIGHT-BEARING INMOTION MRI imaging than traditional non-weight bearing MRI.
Dr. James Lynch is the CEO and Founder of Spine Nevada and IXE Healthcare Group. Dr. Lynch is one of a handful of spine surgeons with three fellowships in the specialty of spine surgery. He has been a consultant neurosurgeon in the Reno area since 2000 after completing his neurosurgery residency at Mayo Clinic and spine fellowships at Queens Square in London and Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Meet Dr. Lynch and watch Dr. Lynch's Keynote here.
James J. Lynch, MD, FACS, FAANS, Board Certified Spinal Neurosurgeon, Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon, presented a Keynote address at the Annual Becker's Spine and ASC conference on June 15, 2019.
Photo of Scott Becker, JD, CPA with Dr. James Lynch at the Becker's Spine and ASC conference.
Dr. James Lynch is the CEO and Founder of Spine Nevada and IXE Healthcare Group. His presentation was entitled, “Establishing a Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Ortho / Neuro/ Primary Network- The 5 Critical Tenets.” He brings insights to the topic from 25 years of experience as a board-certified spinal neurosurgeon specializing in complex spine surgery, cervical disorders, degenerative spine, spinal deformities, trauma, tumor infection and minimally invasive spine surgery. Learn more and watch the Keynote here.
James J. Lynch, MD, FACS, FAANS, Board Certified Spinal Neurosurgeon, Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon, and a Director of Spine Services at Regent Surgical Health, will share a keynote address at Becker’s 17th Annual Future of Spine + The Spine, Orthopedic & Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference, slated for June 13-15 in Chicago.
A partner with Regent in the Surgery Center of Reno, NV, Dr. Lynch has been performing minimally invasive spine surgery techniques since 2002 and performs more than 500 spine surgeries per year in both hospital and outpatient center settings. He is recognized as an expert in cervical spine disorders and performs over 200 cervical spine fusions a year.
Dr. Lynch will speak on “Establishing a Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Ortho / Neuro/ Primary Network- The 5 Critical Tenets.” He brings insights to the topic from 25 years of experience as a board-certified spinal neurosurgeon specializing in complex spine surgery, cervical disorders, degenerative spine, spinal deformities, trauma, tumor infection and minimally invasive spine surgery. Read more here.
RENO, NV (October 3, 2018)-- SpineNevada, a regional leader in
comprehensive spine and musculoskeletal (MSK) care, is proud to
announce its recognition as one of the Top 15 providers to work in
Modern Healthcare’s 2018 National Best Places to Work in Healthcare
program. The complete ranked list of 2018 winners is available here.
Spine Nevada was the #1 Private Practice and #1 Spine Center on
Modern Healthcare’s list. Read the complete release here.
Dr. Edward Perry of Spine Nevada presented at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (#AANS) / Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (#NREF)'s Senior Residents' Course on MIS and Emerging Spinal Technologies course last week. The conference was held at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Perry lectured on the Titan Spine nanoLOCK® Surface Technology: Utilizing Nanotechnology to Improve Clinical Outcomes Following Interbody Fusion Surgery.” It was a dynamic educational opportunity for the attendees. Congratulations to Dr. Perry, we are pleased to have you on our TEAM!! Learn more about Dr. Perry, please click here.
At the 16th Annual Becker's Spine Conference, James Lynch, MD, fellowship-trained spinal neurosurgeon and founder of SpineNevada, discussed how independent orthopedic and spine practices can survive in an increasingly competitive market. Patient education was a focus of Dr. Lynch during his keynote presentation. "To give patients a high value, high satisfaction experience, we need to be teaching patients they don't need to go to the emergency room for a cut finger, and we need to get them to focus on getting care in the right facility. In all this reform, we lost sight of getting patients to focus on primary care, and that's the most important thing."
Nate G., a reviewer of the presentation stated, "James Lynch’s keynote session was highly entertaining and he had some intriguing ideas for adding ancillaries. It was great seeing the work and successes that they have realized at SpineNevada." Dr. Lynch's keynote was also a topic of a recent Becker's Spine article, to read more, please click here.
05-30-2018 - (May 30, 2018) Reno, Nevada --SpineNevada, a regional leader in comprehensive spine and musculoskeletal care, is proud to announce its recognition by Modern Healthcare’s 2018 Best Places to Work in Healthcare program. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring ranked lists of all the winners along with the October 1 issue.
To read the complete release, please click here.
11-06-2017 - (November 6, 2017) Reno, Nevada --In order to better serve Northern Nevada communities, SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute recently opened a new office in South Reno.
The new office is located at 825 South Meadows Parkway, Suite 103 in Reno, in a free standing building shared with South Meadows Dental. Services available at the spine and musculoskeletal office include a medical clinic with physical medicine physicians and nurse practitioners as well as an InMotion Open MRI, a weight-bearing and tiltable MRI specifically designed for imaging the spine and musculoskeletal body parts. This is SpineNevada's 2nd office to offer the InMotion Open MRI, the first weight-bearing MRI was introduced in 2015 at the Sparks office on Vista Blvd. To learn more, please click here.
11-01-2017 - (November 1, 2017) RENO, NV --SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, a center of excellence for spine and musculoskeletal treatment in Northern Nevada, is pleased to announce the recognition by Modern Healthcare to the national listing of Best Places to Work in 2017. The center was ranked #2 overall in the providers and insurers category presented by Modern Healthcare. SpineNevada garnered the top, #1, private practice spot on this year's Best Places to Work list among providers and insurers. This is the center's 3rd consecutive year on the list. To learn more, please click here.
RENO, NV (March 22, 2017)-- On March 7, Dr. James Lynch became the first surgeon in Nevada to use Titan Spine’s nano surface technology for ALIF and XLIF procedures. The Titan Spine surface promotes differentiation into bone-forming cells. This increases bone production around the implant site and increases the potential for a faster and more robust fusion. In addition, the cellular process set in motion by the Titan Spine nano surface technology compells the body to produce and regulate its own BMP at the key stages of the fusion process. This supports new bone growth without requiring the use of external BMP. To read more, please click here.
RENO, NV (March 2, 2017)--SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute is pleased to release that the multidisciplinary spine center has been
recognized in Becker’s Hospital Review’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare | 2017” list. The list recognizes organizations committed to fulfilling
missions, creating outstanding cultures and offering competitive benefits to their employees. This is SpineNevada’s second consecutive year to
achieve this recognition. To read the complete release, please click here.
On February 23, 2017, a SpineNevada Fellowship-Trained Spine Surgeon, Dr. Edward Perry, performed the MLX (Medial Lateral Expandable) Lumbar Interbody Fusion on a male patient using the NuVasive MLX system at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, NV. This is the first time this system has been used in Nevada and second case in the United States. "The MLX cage maximizes the surface area for interbody fusion, which is
the entire purpose of interbody implant placement, and it's engineering
reduces complications of implantation. It is the best merging of
mechanical and biologic functioning on the market today," Dr. Perry explained just hours after the procedure. To read the complete release, please click here.
The spine surgeons featured in this Becker's article entitled "21 Smart Spine Surgeons with Gifted Business Minds" excel outside of the operating room, driven by their entrepreneurial spirit into the business of medicine. Founder of SpineNevada, Dr. Lynch has positioned himself as a minimally invasive spine surgery and outpatient spine surgery expert. A partner and director of Regent Surgical Health's Spine Services, Dr. Lynch helps the company develop ambulatory surgery centers and hospitals. To read the complete article, please click here.
The CR Johnson Healing Center is a 2,800 sq/ft work out facility located at the office of the High Fives Foundation. The center is open seven days a week and offers healing services such as personal training, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and Pilates. It houses some specialized technology that can help an athlete walk again, including a bicycle that uses electrical stimulation for paralyzed people to pedal.
Athletes often begin their therapies at specialty centers like SpineNevada. Dr. Lynch is the Medical Director for High Fives Foundation. SpineNevada physical therapists, Thais Mollet, PT, DPT and Torrey Schweickert, PT, MSPT, provide rehabilitation services to HFF athletes. After recovering to a point, athletes are encouraged to continue advancing their recovery with sessions at the CR Johnson Healing Center.
In 2016, SpineNevada recognized and fulfilled a need for additional equipment at the CR Johnson Healing Center. The new FreeMotion equipment displays the SpineNevada logo. To learn more about CR Johnson Healing Center and High Fives Foundation, please click here.
10-07-2016 - (October 7, 2016) RENO, NV - SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, a center of excellence in Northern Nevada, has been named to Modern
Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2016. The spine center was ranked #35 of 100 in the national recognition presented by Modern Healthcare. In addition, SpineNevada was the #1 spine practice and the #1 practice in the small provider / insurer category (25-249 employees).
“It’s a special privilege to have been named to Modern Healthcare’s
Best Places to Work list for the second consecutive year,” said
SpineNevada Founder and CEO James J. Lynch, MD. “We strive to
develop a culture focused upon teamwork and mutual respect—
we believe this is key to a successful organization. It’s a great
pleasure to share this national recognition with each SpineNevada
team member. When you invest in a positive work experience for
the clinical staff, positive patient satisfaction will follow.” To view the complete list in alphabetical order, please click here. Read the complete press release here.
Congratulations to the USA Track Cycling Team for winning 2 Silver Medals in Rio!! Spine Nevada's own Thais Mollet, PT, DPT traveled to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with the USA Track Cycling Team. While in Rio, Thais helped the Track Cycling Olympic athletes stay in top form and injury free. Read more about Thais Mollet, PT, DPT, and the 2016 USA Track Cycling team at the Summer Olympics, please click here.
Earlier in 2016, Thais Mollet, PT, DPT traveled to the London UCI Track World Championships. She has helped treat team members leading up to the championships and Olympic games. The competition in 2016 was the first time in American history, male or female, that USA team pursuit secured the World Champion status.
The spine surgeons recognized in the Becker's Spine Review list excel outside of the operating room also and are driven by their entrepreneurial spirit into the business of medicine. Congratulations to Spine Nevada's Dr. James Lynch, recently recognized as one of "21 Smart Spine Surgeons with gifted business minds!" Read more, please click here.
07-19-2016 - (July 19, 2016) RENO, NV - SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, a center of excellence in Northern Nevada, has been named to Modern
Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2016. SpineNevada was the only spine center in Nevada recognized with this honor.
In June at the 14th Annual Becker's Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago, Dr. James Lynch together with three other spine surgeon leaders discussed independence and the healthcare landscape. During the panel, Dr. Lynch emphasized the importance of differentiating the spine practice to both patients and payers. Demonstrate you are "doing something different and you have a commodity and not just a surgical service," said Dr. Lynch. Read more about the panel discussion, please click here.
06-11-2016- RENO, NV -- Reno 1868 FC unveiled its official team jersey kit during a special ceremony at halftime of tonight’s United Soccer League match between Real Monarchs SLC and Sacramento Republic FC at Greater Nevada Field. SpineNevada becomes the inaugural title jersey sponsor for Reno 1868 FC as the Northern Nevada-based comprehensive spine center of excellence has signed a multi-year partnership with the United Soccer League club. The SpineNevada physicians will serve as the official te am physicians for Reno 1868 FC. The multidisciplinary center is based in Reno with additional facilities in Sparks and Carson City.
Read the complete release, please click here.
03-23-2016- RENO, NV - SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute is pleased to announce the center has been recognized as one of Becker's Hospital Review's Great Places to Work in 2016. The Northern Nevada center is one of five Physician Practices / Medical Groups selected for the honor.
The Becker's Healthcare editorial team selected this year's list based on the organizations workplace excellence, as well as benefits offerings, wellness initiatives, and efforts to improve professional development, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance and a sense of community among employees. To learn more about the recognition, please click here.
Reno, Nevada--The Reno Bighorns and SpineNevada hosted a Charitable Jersey Night on Friday, February 5 to benefit the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation.
The Bighorns hosted the Idaho Stampede on February 5 at the Reno Events Center.
Bighorns players wore custom Bighorns/SpineNevada jerseys. The in-game auction featured the custom mountainscape jersey with the top 10 overall bidders receiving the jerseys the following week.
High-Fives Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life altering injuries.
Read the RGJ Good News article here. To learn more about High Fives Foundation, please click here.
Reno, Nevada--Dr. James Lynch (shown in photo) explains the importance of surgical headlight selection, “As a spinal neurosurgeon, optimal illumination of the surgical field is extremely important. The powerful light of the TKO (Technical Knock Out) Chrome model cordless headlight provides the required luminous intensity for complex and minimally invasive spine surgeries.”
Dr. Lynch is an early adopter of the latest in high tech illumination technology, he is now using the TKO Chrome model cordless headlight in the clinical setting. He was an early pioneer and adopter of TKO Freedom cordless headlight for the operating room 4 years ago.
Dr. Lynch has also added a GoPro - HERO4 Session Camera to the top mount of the TKO for intra-operative video recordings of his surgical procedures. Learn more about Dr. Lynch here and MIS at Spine Nevada here. Learn more about Dr. Lynch and minimally invasive surgery at SpineNevada here.
Reno, Nevada--Dr. Edward Perry, a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon at SpineNevada, is the first surgeon in Nevada to perform a multilevel minimally invasive surgery (MIS) Oblique Lateral Interbody Fusion (OLIF) for degenerative lumbar spine disease.
The OLIF procedure was performed by Dr. Perry using O-arm stealth guidance technology that minimizes the incision size and allows precise implant placement. Following the OLIF, Dr. Perry completed a necessary posterior fusion using the O-arm in July 2015.
Within 8 weeks, Thomas was back to work as a high school football coach and nearing complete pain relief.
In contrast to traditional spine surgery, the OLIF technique (Medtronic®) allows the specially trained surgeon to avoid interrupting the psoas muscle — in turn eliminating related nerve injury within the muscle. Image below demonstrates the lumbar curve correction provided by the OLIF procedure, from a 23 degree curve pre-surgery to a 36 degree curve post-surgery. Learn more here.
Reno, Nevada--Dr. James Lynch was recently named to Becker's Spine Review's listing of "Spine Surgeon Leaders to Know" in 2015.
James Lynch, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon, performing more than 500 spine surgeries annually in hospital and outpatient surgery centers. He is recognized for his expertise in spine surgeries in ASCs.
Specializing in complex spine surgery, cervical disorders, degenerative spine, spinal deformities, trauma, tumor infection and minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Lynch also performs endoscopic spine surgery techniques.
A fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Lynch is also a part of the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Society of Lateral Access Surgery. He is also committed to reducing implant costs, and is a board member of the Orthopaedic Implant Company. Please click here to learn more about Dr. Lynch.
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On August 21, 2015, Modern Healthcare released the annual Best Places to Work recognition. SpineNevada is proud to announce it is among the 100 companies recognized in the list. SpineNevada was the only spine center in Nevada to be included in Modern Healthcare's 2015 list. Please click here to read the complete press release.
The ranked order will be announced in October, please check back for more details. The Modern Healthcare 2015 Best Places to Work list can be viewed here in alphabetical order. Earlier this year, SpineNevada was awarded 1st Place in the 2015 Northern Nevada Best Places to Work program.
Jacob “Jake" Schick shares his harrowing experience in this short film, but continues to demonstrate an inspirational and unbridled optimism about his future despite his losses.
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05-01-2015 - (May 1, 2015) RENO, NV - At the Best Places to Work award ceremony on Thursday, April 30, 2015, SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute was awarded First Place in the Best Places to Work Small Business category. Congratulations to the entire Spine Nevada team!! Read more here.
Reno, Nevada, March 2, 2015 -- Dr. Edward Perry was the second surgeon to use the O-arm Surgical Imaging System at Renown Regional Medical Center. The O-arm, as the term implies, circles the operating table, and provides 3D images of the spine to the spine surgeon before and during the spine surgery.
The guidance of the O-arm system allowed Dr. Perry to perform a successful revision spine surgery. Dr. Perry removed failed hardware from a previous spine surgery performed by another surgeon and completed a stabilizing lumbar spinal fusion. The procedure was successful and the patient left the hospital happy.
The O-Arm Surgical Imaging System provides surgeons with real-time 3D images and 2D images. The technology allows surgeons to more precisely perform complex spine surgeries and revision surgeries while using a minimally invasive incision. Please click here to learn about the O-arm technology in Reno.
SpineNevada is a regional center of excellence for back and neck conditions based in Northern Nevada with offices in Reno, Sparks and Carson City. The center includes board-certified physical medicine physicians, along with fellowship-trained spinal neurosurgeons and spine specialized physical therapy. Please click here to learn more.
Reno, Nevada, February 3, 2015 -- Dr. James Lynch has been recognized to Becker's ASC Review's listing of the most influential physician leaders in the ambulatory surgery center industry. Dr. Lynch is the founder of SpineNevada. He serves as the chairman and director of spine programs at the Surgery Center of Reno.
Becker's ASC Review features general business, legal and clinical guidance on topics relevant to outpatient surgery including joint-ventures, development and expansion, and regulatory and compliance issues; as well as analysis and insight for specialties including bariatrics, orthopedics and spine, gastroenterology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, ENT and anesthesiology. Please click here to view the complete listing of influential physician leaders in the ASC industry.
Reno, Nevada--SpineNevada uses written protocols that emphasize a nonsurgical approach first, and surgery is held as the last resort. As quality experts note, unless you have data, you simply have no business talking about quality. A true multi-disciplinary spine center should emphasize conservative
treatment options first like therapy and pain-relieving spinal injections
to lessen the need for spine surgery, which should form a downward
Stairway to Success as shown in this chart. This stairway documents
that the more you emphasize NON-surgical treatment options, fewer
patients will need to resort to surgery for relief of symptoms. Unlike
most providers of back and neck pain, a spine center typically receives
the most complex patients. One in three new patients coming to
SpineNevada had previous back surgery elsewhere. More than half of
all new patients had serious neurological symptoms like pain radiating
beyond a knee or elbow, or numbness in a leg or arm — which typically
implies a disc-related problem. Even so, 80% of patients recovered from
pain symptoms without surgery. Please click here to view SpineNevada's 2014 Clinical Outcome Report Card.
Reno, Nevada--Fallon's Josh Mauga overcomes injuries with the help of SpineNevada Physical Therapy, proves he belongs in NFL
Josh Mauga didn't want to believe it, but he knew his NFL career could be over.
The Fallon High and Nevada Wolf Pack alum had just been cut by the New York Jets. He had just had back surgery. He was back home in Reno. And his phone wasn't ringing with interest from other NFL teams. Injuries had dogged him for the past seven seasons and a thought entered his mind. "This could be it," Mauga thought. "My career could be over." Click here to read the complete story on RGJ.com.
Reno, Nevada--SpineNevada recently featured in Neurosurgery Market Watch as a successful specialty private practice in a fast-consolidating healthcare marketplace.
In an era when specialty practices are getting
snapped up by hospitals and health systems
at nearly the speed of light, many independent
practices are having a tough time keeping the
wolves away from the door—whether the preying
entities are prospective purchasers or simply
the specter of declining revenues.
Not so for SpineNevada. The Reno-based
neurosurgery group, established a decade ago
and given a “face-lift” by virtue of the recent
opening of its dedicated Minimally Invasive
Spine Institute, a nationally credentialed center
of excellence, is not just hanging on. It’s making
the most of a turbulent market by engaging in
strategic, proactive growth.
“Most neurosurgery groups that operate
in competitive markets think that the key to
survival is to keep increasing [procedure]
volume, but it’s not,” said James Lynch,
MD, the group’s chairman. “It’s really about
differentiating yourself. And it’s about offering
comprehensive services and having enough
ancillaries to support the practice regardless
of what happens with reimbursement.” That, in
Dr. Lynch’s view, is the “survival strategy of the
future” for all neurosurgery practices. Click here to read more.
Reno, Nevada--Dr. James Lynch was recently named to Becker's Spine Review's listing of "Spine Surgeons to Know" in 2014.
During his more than 20 years in the field, Dr. Lynch has focused his attentions on advancing the field of spine surgery and outpatient procedures. He currently performs more than 500 spine surgeries per year in both the hospital and outpatient setting, including more than 200 cervical spine fusions per year. He also serves as partners and director of spine services at Regent Surgical Health.
Dr. Lynch is one of few spine surgeons to have completed three spine fellowships: one at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queens Square, London; a second focused on spine surgery at Mayo Clinic; and a third studying spine under Volker Sonntag, MD, at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. He has a special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery, complex procedures, spinal deformities and trauma. Please click here to learn more about Dr. Lynch.
Carson City, Nevada--In order to better serve Northern Nevada communities, SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute recently opened a new spine center office in Carson City.
The new office is located at 1470 Medical Parkway, Suite 220 in Carson City, on the campus of Carson Tahoe Health.
“We are referred some of the most complex spine cases in the region and already had many patients from this area,” explains Dr. Lynch, the founder of SpineNevada. “Our providers also have hospital privileges with Carson Tahoe Health — it was a natural fit to open a Carson office.” Please click here to learn more.
(Reno, NV) — SpineNevada is pleased to announce that Dr. James Lynch was recently recognized in the Becker's ASC Review's list of 100 ASC Industry Physician Leaders to Know. The list is comprised of ambulatory surgery center physician owners, operators and corporate leaders who have distinguished themselves in the ambulatory surgery center industry.
Dr. Lynch is the founder SpineNevada and the Surgery Center of Reno. He was the first surgeon in Reno to perform minimally invasive TLF and MAS PLIF procedures. He performs more than 200 cervical spine fusions each year. Dr. Lynch also serves as a partner and director of spine services at Regent Surgical Health. Please click here to learn more about Dr. Lynch.
Many of these physicians recognized in the list are pioneers in the ambulatory surgery center industry and have spent tireless hours promoting the growth and reputation of ASCs on a local and national level. The physicians are highlighted not only for their clinical expertise but also vision and leadership in providing a high quality, low cost option for healthcare. Members of the list do not pay and cannot pay to appear on the list. Please click here to view the complete listing.
*Becker's ASC Review is a Chicago-based publication focused on providing the most relevant business and legal news and analysis for ambulatory surgery center owners, operators, administrators and decision-makers. The publication includes weekly electronic newsletters, extra online content and bi-monthly print publications sent to ASC leaders across the country.
June 14, 2014 -- At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago on June 13th, a panel consisting of Nick Pachuda, vice president of Strategic Innovations and Total Solution; James Lynch, MD, Spine Nevada; and Stephen H. Hochschuler, MD, chairman of Texas Back Institute discussed key trends for the future of spine. Trends discussed during the panel included ASCs becoming more popular sites for minimally invasive spine procedures as hospitals become the more "expensive option". The panel also discussed the increase of data importance, minimally invasive techniques increasing popularity and how the IT world is changing healthcare. Read more about the discussion, please click here.
At the Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management Conference, Dr. Lynch was also among a group of orthopedic and spine surgeons discussing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Sunshine Act.
The Sunshine Act applies to manufacturers (all pharmaceutical, biologic and device companies) and their exchanges of value to physicians (excluding residents) and teaching hospitals. Subject to reporting are direct payments, indirect payments or transfers, physicians' ownership and investment interests in a manufacturer, and payments made on behalf or at the request of a physician or teaching hospital. To read more about the panel discussion, please click here.
(Reno, NV) — Dr. James Lynch of SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute recipient of the 2014 High Fives Foundation Community Five Award.
The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation emphasizes a strong sense of community through its continued effort to realize its vision of becoming the safety net for the winter action sports community.
On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, the High Fives Foundation hosted The Biggest Little High Five Gala at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, NV. At the packed venue of 180 distinguished guests, the High Fives Foundation highlighted stories and videos from High Fives Athletes as well as support from notable contributing partners such as SpineNevada.
During the Gala, The High Fives Foundation’s Roy Tuscany announced the five recipients of the inaugural Community Five Award -- the Community Five Award recognizes those that embody the ideals of community in the context of growth and positivity. Dr. James Lynch of SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute was one of five recipients of the 2014 High Fives Foundation Community Five Award.
Please click here to read the complete news release.
During the Red Bull Rampage last year, extreme athlete Dustin Schaad suffered a horrific fall. Luckily it wasn't career ending and Spine Nevada's own Physical Therapist Thais Mollet got Dustin back in action for his redemption ride.
Watch the story here, please click.
SpineNevada has been named a finalist in the 2014 Best Places to Work program. The Best Places to Work Awards program is organized by the Northern Nevada Human Resources Association, its Community Relations Committee, and Quantum Workplace.
Finalists of the 2014 Best Places to Work program had employee participation level and survey composite score of 80% or higher. NNHRA, The Chamber, Carson City Chamber of Commerce, NAE and Quantum Workplace offer congratulations to SpineNevada for this recognition in the 2014 Best Places to Work Awards program!
SpineNevada's partnership with the High Fives Foundation (HFF) was featured in the April 17 HFF's 5-1-1 Newsletter. The SpineNevada / High Fives Foundation partnership will allow recovering athletes access to the world-class resources available at SpineNevada’s Center of eXcellence, including access to the highly trained physical therapists at SpineNevada’s specialized physical therapy gyms. Please click here to read more about the High Fives partnership with SpineNevada.
To view the 5-1-1 Newsletter, please click here.
Dr. James Lynch will be speaking at the "12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Future of Spine" conference on current evolutions taking place in the medical device arena.
The session titled "Key Evolutions in the Device Arena" will be presented by Nick Pachuda, vice president of strategic innovations and total solutions at DePuy Synthes Select; James Lynch, MD, board-certified and fellowship-trained neurosurgeon at Reno-based SpineNevada; and Stephen Hochschuler, MD, chairman at Plano-based Texas Back Institute. The session will be moderated by Ellie Rizzo, assistant editor at Becker's Healthcare.
April 2014 -- Becker's Spine Review recently released a list of spine surgeon specialists that perform artificial disc replacement. As the first neurosurgeon in Reno to perform both cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacements, Dr. James Lynch was recognized in this specialty listing. He also has a professional interest in cervical disorders, degenerative spine, spinal deformities and trauma. Dr. Lynch serves as a partner and director of spine services at Regent Surgical Health and is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Please click here to read more.
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February 2014 -- SpineNevada is proud to announce a partnership with the High Fives Foundation. The High Fives Foundation, based in Reno - Tahoe, supports athletes that have been injured during winter action sports. In addition to helping support injured athletes, Spine Nevada also desires to bring awareness to the Reno - Tahoe community on how certain winter injuries may be prevented with simple practices, such as wearing helmets while skiing. The High Fives Foundation has been selected by Powder Magazine as the Non-profit Group of Year for two consecutive years. Please click here to read more about the High Fives partnership with SpineNevada.
Founded by Roy Tuscany, the Tahoe based organization is dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes that have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.
High Fives has not only grown at a rate that exceeded all expectations, but has also successfully raised funds, secured alternative treatments and aided in the recovery of over 52 athletes. It is a dream come true to help these people and many more. With that in mind it is the mission of High Fives to continue to grow and become a nation-wide organization that effectively acts as an umbrella for those that participate (and get hurt) in the sports they love so dearly.
February 2014 -- Becker's ASC Review recently released 10 sessions to know at the 2014 Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference. Dr. James Lynch and his fellow presenters will speak on "What Does the Sunshine Act Mean for Orthopedic and Spine Surgeons?" Other presenters along with Dr. Lynch include John Dietz, MD, orthopedic surgeon at OrthoIndy, Nick Shamie, MD, spine surgeon at UCLA Spine Surgery and Hythem P. Shadid, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Genesis Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. The session is moderated by Tara R. Shewchuk, vice president of ethics and compliance at Medtronic Spinal.
Dr. James Lynch will also be speaking on "Key Evolutions in the Device Arena" along with Brian Scullion, MD, William Blair, Stephen H. Hochschuler, MD at the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference.
The 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Business of Spine will take place June 12-14, 2014 in Chicago.
Janurary 2014 -- Becker's ASC Review recently released a listing of the top Physician Leaders in the ASC Industry, Spine Nevada is pleased to announce that Dr. James Lynch was recognized as one of these national physician leaders. Physicians named in the ASC Review listing were selected because of their significant contributions to the ambulatory surgery center sector. Not only do these physicians lead clinical and administrative teams; many establish successful ASCs and found companies that support industry growth.
Dr. Lynch is the president, founder and CEO of SpineNevada and a fellowship-trained spinal neurosurgeon. In addition, he serves as Director of Spine Services for Regent Surgical Health, an industry-leading surgery center management and development company specializing in hospital / physician ASC joint ventures. Dr. Lynch also serves as Chairman and Director of Spine Programs at Surgery Center of Reno.
December 2013 -- Dr. Lynch is the president, founder and CEO of SpineNevada and a fellowship-trained spinal neurosurgeon. He serves as Director of Spine Services for Regent Surgical Health, an industry-leading surgery center management and development company specializing in hospital / physician ASC joint ventures. Dr. Lynch also serves as Chairman and Director of Spine Programs at Surgery Center of Reno.
The Becker’s ASC Review list was developed after seeking public nominations from within the ASC industry, followed by research performed by Becker’s editors. To see the full list of Becker’s ASC Review’s, “235 People in the ASC Industry to Know,” visit www.beckersasc.com.
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Regent Surgical Health leadership recently announced the 2013 clinical and financial excellence awards. Surgery Center of Reno received the 1st Place honor for Clinical Excellence. Surgery Center of Reno was also the 2nd Place recipient for Financial Excellence (Centers with 1000 cases or more) and 2nd Place for Overall Clinical / Financial Excellence. Please join us in congratulating the entire Surgery Center of Reno team.
Dr. James Lynch serves as Chairman and Director of Spine Programs at Surgery Center of Reno.
Becker's Spine Review compiled a list of 90 spine surgeons who have invented and developed devices for spine surgery. Dr. Lynch has over 20 years of experience in the field of spine and is considered a national leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and outpatient spine surgery by industry experts. He is the founder and CEO of SpineNevada and chairman and director of spine at the Surgical Center of Reno. Dr. Lynch lectures at national meetings on outpatient spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. He has been performing minimally invasive spine surgery techniques since 2002. Dr. Lynch was the first neurosurgeon in Reno to perform MIS TLIF and MAS PLIF procedures as well as the first to perform both cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacements.
Click here to view the complete list of "Spinal Surgeon Device Inventors & Innovators to Know" on the Becker's Spine Review website.
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review features news and analysis on business and legal issues relating to orthopedic and spine practices. Each issue of the quarterly publication reaches an audience of 12,500 key ASC-industry orthopedic and spine practice decision-makers including orthopedic and sports medicine physicians and surgeons and spine practice administrators.
Dr. James Lynch contributes to Becker's Spine Review article discussing the future of spine care and importance of partnerships between non-surgical spine physicians and spine surgeons.
Spine surgeons and non-surgical spine and back pain specialists traditionally worked in silos, their care reflected through the lens of whichever physician they saw first. In some communities, surgeons and non-surgical specialists have competitive relationships and studies with varying responses fill the literature comparing surgical to non-surgical approaches for different conditions and indications.
"National payers always have to search to find the best spine centers in the region [and they will be] attracted to the Prizm model that includes PM&R, spine surgeons, spine therapists, clinical outcome report cards, emphasis on home exercise and non-surgical treatment all under one roof," Dr. Lynch says. Click here to read the article featured on Becker's Spine Review.
SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute includes James Lynch, MD and Edward Perry, MD both fellowship-trained spinal neurosurgeons who are experienced in minimally invasive and complex spine procedures, as well as non-operative physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists and physical therapy. SpineNevada was among the first spine centers in the region authorized and trained to implant the new artificial disc for patients with degenerative disc disease. Click here to read the complete news release.
Click here to view the complete list of "Spine Surgery Practices to Know" on the Becker's Spine Review website.
Dr. Lynch's recent award presented by Becker's Spine Review was featured on AANS Neurosurgeon "Neuros in the News". Dr. Lynch was one of 14 recipients of the Annual Spine Leadership Award 2013. Recipients were selected based on their noteworthy contributions to their practice and the spine community, entrepreneurial skills and influence in business and leadership. Read the news release here.
Dr. Lynch has been dedicated to the advancement of spine surgery and outpatient procedures for the past 20 years. He is active in the development of minimally invasive techniques which pioneer better ways for the surgeon to access the spine, moreover making the recovery process more seamless. Dr. Lynch has been performing minimally invasive surgery since 2002. He was the first neurosurgeon in Reno to perform MIS TLIF and MAS PLIF procedures as well as the first to perform both cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacements. Dr. Lynch is one of a handful of spine surgeons with three fellowships in the specialty of spine surgery. He also serves as a partner and director of spine programs at Surgery Center of Reno. Learn more about Dr. James Lynch.
Becker's Spine Review has named the recipients of the Annual Spine Leadership Award 2013. Recipients were selected based on their noteworthy contributions to their practice and the spine community, entrepreneurial skills and influence in business and leadership. Dr. Lynch has received the 2013 Spine Leadership Award. Read the news release here.
Dr. Lynch has been dedicated to the advancement of spine surgery and outpatient procedures for the past 20 years. He is active in the development of minimally invasive techniques which pioneer better ways for the surgeon to access the spine, moreover making the recovery process more seamless. Dr. Lynch has been performing minimally invasive surgery since 2002. Dr. Lynch is one of a handful of spine surgeons with three fellowships in the specialty of spine surgery. He also serves as a partner and director of spine programs at Surgery Center of Reno. Learn more about Dr. James Lynch.
Dr. Lynch was recently awarded the "Super Heroes" honor by Northern Nevada's Community Affect. The "Super Heroes" honor is reserved for veterans, firefighters, paramedics, highway patrol, the police force, doctors and nurses. These guardians give strength to the community when we are most in need. Dr. Lynch was the only surgeon selected for this recognition. The complete list of leaders selected is featured on Reno Rebirth, a blog devoted to Reno's economic recovery.
Dr. Lynch is committed to moving the Reno / Tahoe community forward. He is a 2013 Board Member for the High Fives Organization. He also serves on the Grant Selection Committee and was a 2011 Medical Director for the organization. High Fives Non-Profit Foundation based in Truckee, CA was founded by Roy Tuscany. The Tahoe based organization is dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes that have suffered a life altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.
The 100Affect proves to the world, exactly, how our biggest little community fosters business, culture and grassroots movements that shake up the mediocre and make a positive impact. The 100Affect focuses on ten key categories which shape the Reno community and helps to mold the future of Northern Nevada. Learn more about the Community Affect.
Dr. James Lynch, local Neurosurgeon in Reno, served on a keynote panel along with Forrest Sawyer at the 11th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference in Chicago. The panel was entitled "What Will Healthcare Reform Mean for Orthopedics, Spine, Pain Management and ASCs." Dr. Lynch is a leader in outpatient spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery, read more.
Dr. James Lynch contributes to article featured on Becker's Spine Review, written by Laura Miller, discussing qualities of spine centers that will be in the best position to lead in the future. SpineNevada is included in Spine Center Network, a network based on credentialing criteria that includes having fellowship-trained or highly specialized spine surgeons integrated with spine-specialized physical medicine physicians and spine therapists. Read the article produced by Becker's Spine Review, click here.
Dr. James Lynch will speak on "The Quantum Shift in Orthopedic and Spine Implant Strategy" along with 95+ other sessions at the 11th Annual Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago, June 13-15, 2013. Click here to learn more about the conference.
Surgery Center of Reno (Nevada) is a multi-specialty ASC with a strong orthopedic program including orthopedic and spine surgeons. The surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery and offer nine other subspecialties. Dr. James Lynch is the chairman and Anne Roberts, RN, BSN is the Administrator of Surgery Center of Reno.
Click here to view the Becker's ASC Review Orthopedic and Spine ASC list.
Dr. Lynch will also speak on the "Future of Healthcare in Spine" at the 20th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference in Chicago, October 24-26, 2013
In February 2013, Becker's Spine Review published a listing of 10 spine surgeons who were recently recognized or achieved notable accomplishments. Dr. Lynch was recognized for his recent honor as Top Neurological Surgeon in Nevada by The Leading Physicians of the World. Click here to view the complete list of spine surgeons named.
Becker's Spine Review acknowledged Dr. James Lynch as a Spine Surgeon Leader to Know on February 4, 2013. Dr. Lynch is a spinal neurosurgeon and founder of SpineNevada in Reno. He serves as a partner and director of spine services at Regent Surgical Health and is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has been published in leading journals including Spine: Journal of Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery. He has also lectured at national meetings on outpatient spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. Click here to view the recognition.
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SpineNevada is a regional center of excellence for back and neck problems based in Reno, Nevada. What makes the spine center unique is that it combines a fellowship-trained spinal neurosurgeon with over 20 years of experience, board-certified physical medicine physicians, spine specialized physical therapists, exercise gyms and an internal diagnostic center — all under one roof. SpineNevada takes a team approach to spine care and follows evidence-based guidelines.
In January 2013, Dr. Lynch was recognized as one of 102 Surgeons Focused on Spine Surgery Research by Becker's Spine Review. The surgeons named to the list have made significant contributions to the field of spine surgery through research, innovation or leadership positions. Click here to view the listing.
Dr. Lynch is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, board-certified neurosurgeon and founder of SpineNevada in Reno. The Leading Physicians of the World began as a yearly publication, selecting and documenting the biographies of medicines brightest minds. Over time the organization has evolved into the largest international exclusive medical organization, representing first rate doctors in over 100 different medical specialties in all major markets across the globe. Click here to view the complete press release.
Dr. Lynch was recognized in Becker's Spine Review for this Nevada neurosurgeon recognition, click here to view. News of the top neurosurgeon recognition was also published in the Northern Nevada Business Weekly. Click here to view online.
Dr. Lynch is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon and board-certified neurosurgeon and founder of SpineNevada in Reno. He also serves as chairman and director of spine programs at Surgery Center of Reno, and regularly lectures on outpatient spine surgery. Click here to read the complete release.
Dr. James Lynch of SpineNevada has been named to a national list of top spine surgeon and specialists by Becker's Healthcare editorial team. Dr. Lynch is a board-certified spinal neurosurgeon with 20 years of experience, who specializes in complex spine surgery, cervical disorders, degenerative spine, spinal deformities, trauma, tumor infection and minimally invasive spine surgery. He performs over 500 spine surgeries per year in both hospital and out patient center settings. Dr. Lynch is recognized as an expert in cervical spine disorders and performs over 200 cervical spine fusions a year. Read more here.
Reno, Nevada-- James Lynch, MD, FRCSI, FAANS has been featured as one of the "Leaders in Spine Surgery" Showcase in Newsweek magazine. Learn more, click here.
In 2010, when Dr. Lynch of SpineNevada learned of Grant’s story, he was moved to play an active role in Grant's recovery. He donated to the High Fives Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money and awareness for winter sport athletes with life-altering injuries. He also donated extensive time with SpineNevada’s therapist Thaïs Mollet. Physical therapy was a major part of Grant’s 8 hour daily work outs. The determination, hard work and countless hours of rehab are now paying off. Surprising everybody, early in 2011 Grant was able to start walking with crutches. And in May 2011, Grant flew to Norway to be in an outdoor film and skied near the arctic circle in a ski chair.
Grant continues to see improvements in his recovery, his goal is to be 120% recovered.
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James Lynch, MD, is a board-certified spinal neurosurgeon and founder of SpineNevada in Reno. He specializes in complex spine surgery, cervical disorders, degenerative spine, spinal deformities, trauma, tumor infections and minimally invasive surgery. He performs more than 500 spine surgeries per year and is considered a leading authority on ambulatory surgery center development. Read more here.
SpineNevada includes James Lynch, MD, a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon who performs more than 500 spine surgeries per year, as well as non-operative physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists and physical therapy. SpineNevada was among the first spine centers in the region authorized and trained to implant the new artificial disc for patients with degenerative disc disease. The practice also plans to add additional partners by the end of the year. Read the news release here.
Click here to view the complete list of "55 Spine Surgery Practices to Know" on the Becker's Spine Review website.
SpineNevada specializes in helping people with
back and neck pain recover and get back to activity.
So while the spine center doesn’t treat spinal cord
injury patients as part of its specialization, founding
neurosurgeon Dr. James Lynch couldn’t help but
be moved by the tragic stories of two local Reno
athletes who had life changing accidents that
impaired their ability to walk.
“SpineNevada helps people conquer back
and neck pain so they can get back to their
favorite sport, and injury prevention plays a huge
role in that,” explains Dr. James Lynch, founder of
SpineNevada, a regional spine center of excellence
based in Reno. “As local Chairman of ThinkFirst
injury prevention, I learned about Grant and Jason
and their challenges to get back to activity, and felt
we needed to help them.”
The ThinkFirst foundation is chartered to raise
awareness about serious spine injury, and how
thinking first about risks is so important to prevent
“Seeing the struggle that Grant and Jason go
through is a constant reminder for how fortunate
we all are to have our health,” adds Dr. Lynch.
“Sadly with a lot of things in life you don’t
appreciate your health until it’s taken from you.”
Image copyright Eliot Drake, used with permission
Grant is a mechanical engineer, world-class
kayaker, an accomplished mountain biker,
skier and snowmobiler. He has climbed Mount
Whitney, maneuvered Class 5 rapids on his kayak
and skied some of Europe’s highest peaks.
But in March 2010, Grant damaged his spinal
cord in a snowmobile accident in the Sonora
Mountains. He was airlifted to Renown hospital
in Reno where he had a nine-hour surgery to
relieve pressure from a shattered lumbar vertebra,
and two titanium rods and a cage were attached
to Grant’s spine. His surgeon told him that most people with his injury rarely walk again. His wife,
Shawna, a personal trainer, encouraged him to
press on with rehab. The challenge was that their
health insurance paid for very limited physical
therapy which was exhausted quickly.
After hearing of Grant’s story, Dr. Lynch was
moved to play a more active role. He donated to
the High Fives Foundation, a nonprofit organization
that raises money and awareness for winter sport
athletes with life-altering injuries. He also donated
extensive time with SpineNevada’s therapist Thaïs
Mollet. Physical therapy is a major part of Grant’s
8 hour daily work outs. The determination, hard
work and countless hours of rehab are now paying
off. Surprising everybody, early in 2011 Grant was
able to start walking with crutches. And in May
2011, Grant flew to Norway to be in an outdoor
film and skied near the arctic circle in a ski chair.
Image copyright Keoki Flagg, used with permission
Just as Grant received the needed help
from SpineNevada, he now wants to help others
through his experience, “I want people to have
hope,” Grant says. Grant is now involved with
the rehab of Reno athlete Jason Craig, a world-champion
kayaker who injured his spinal cord
in a kayaking accident. The 2009 Junior World
Freestyle Kayak Champion underwent six hours of
reconstructive surgery. As a result of the accident,
Jason has severe nerve damage and has lost feeling
in the back of his legs, and has little feeling in his
feet and calves.
Dr. Lynch again offered physical therapy
care at the SpineNevada gym, working with spine
therapist, Thaïs Mollet.
During his therapy sessions at SpineNevada,
Thaïs incorporates manual therapy techniques
as well as electrotherapy to help relieve some
of Jason’s pain symptoms and increase function. Thaïs also works with Jason using the treadmill
and partial weight bearing harness. The treadmill
harness helps with gait retraining for patients with
spinal cord injury. Jason and his family are hopeful
for his continued recovery. He is looking forward
to the day when he can walk pain free again, drive
a car and return to kayaking.
“While helping spinal cord injury is not part
of our normal mission, all of us at SpineNevada
are excited to help these two athletes get back
to activity. It’s a bigger journey than our normal
patients, which perhaps is the challenge we also
enjoy. We’d love to see them succeed.”
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