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Rush Occupational Therapist Back to Her ‘Old Self’ Following Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

As an occupational therapist for nearly thirty years at the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center (Rush University Medical Center), Carole Hall has devoted her career to helping patients overcome orthopedic injuries. While rewarding, her job can also be very physically demanding. Late last year while helping a patient, Carole felt a sudden pain in her lower back and became concerned that it might be a sign of something more serious. Her hunch proved correct and within the next 24 hours her [...]

Dr. Kern Singh Helps Injured Worker Recover From Back Injury

After suffering an injury while at work, Oscar Sanchez required back surgery. He underwent a minimally invasive lumbar fusion by Dr. Singh and after just a few months, Oscar was back at work with no restrictions. Despite being a Spanish speaking patient, Dr. Singh's staff was able to accommodate Oscar from the first phone call, all the way through his surgery and beyond. 

Failed Spinal Fusion Led Patient to Dr. Singh

In late January, I met Dr. Singh, nearly two years to the date after my first and failed spinal fusion (done by a different surgeon). I was immediately impressed by not only his obvious knowledge, experience and how comfortable he left my wife and I feeling, but also that he was straight forward. From the beginning, he was clear about the routes he could take to repair the failed fusion and the impact it would have on my pain. That [...]

Father’s Injury Led Him to Surgeon Who Helped Save His Daughter’s Life

Although many would say that it was misfortune that led south suburban resident Paul Peebles, 53, to renowned spine surgeon Dr. Kern Singh at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Paul refers to it as “divine intervention.” It was the fall of 2011 and a normal day for Paul when an unfortunate accident severely injured him. Paul’s family doctor suggested he see Dr. Singh for treatment. Dr. Singh is known for his minimally invasive techniques for spine surgery, which is what Paul needed. [...]

Dr. Singh operates on a rare, benign giant cell tumor of the T12 vertebra

22-year-old, south suburban college student Heidee Peebles became immobilized with back pain earlier this year. While she had been noticing pain for about a year, her primary care physician had decided that her pain was muscular. Quickly, Heidee discovered the seriousness of her condition. She was walking to class when her back tightened up and she was unable to move, stand or walk. She called her father, Paul Peebles, who took her to the nearest emergency room where she was [...]