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Khanna develops new Spine technology (July 2012)

Tsikouris contributes to Building Indiana News (July/August 2012)

SCS featured in Franciscan Alliance publication, Regional Rounds; see page 9            (July 2012)

Dwight Tyndall, M.D., FAAOS, speaks at ISIA Conference (June 2012)

Building Indiana News (May/June 2012)

SCS Marketing Director, Angie Tsikouris, named Influential Woman (June 2012)

Nitin Khanna, M.D., FAAOS, included in the Guide to America's Top Orthopedists (June 2012)

Spine Care Specialists named Best Spine Care in Times' annual 'Best Of' poll (May 2012)

Khanna honored with Patients' Choice award for 2010 and 2011 (May 2012)

Khanna named Compassionate Doctor for 2011 (May 2012)

Drs. Khanna and Tyndall featured in May/June issue of 'Get Healthy' Magazine (May 2012)

Quick Return to Work for Hammond Man (February 2012)

Building Indiana News (January/February 2012)

New Year, new man for man traveling from Africa (January 2012)

Dr. Nitin Khanna featured in Accelerated Express (Winter 2011)

Dr. Dwight Tyndall named '2011 Who's Who in Indiana' (July 2011)

Dr. Nitin Khanna featured on NPR affiliate station, The Lakeshore FM (June 2011)

Dr. Dwight Tyndall featured in Your Well Being (May/June 2011)

Dr. Nitin Khanna & Dr. Dwight Tyndall featured in The Times (May 2011)

Dr. Dwight Tyndall featured in Franciscan Companion (Spring 2011)

Dr. Dwight Tyndall featured on NPR affiliate station, The Lakeshore FM (March 2011)

Dr. Dwight Tyndall featured in Sisters of St. Francis (2010)

Dr. Nitin Khanna featured in American College of Surgeons (2005)

Patient Testimonials

Robert's Story
Robert Kuehl is no stranger to physical labor. Kuehl has been employed as a Boom Truck Operator/Tire Technician 3 for 27 years.  Arduous lifting, sometimes up to 250 pounds, has become a fundamental part of his daily life.
When speaking to Kuehl about his career, his tone is one of seriousness. The pride for which he feels for his job is obvious and his frankness about the success he has had is refreshing. In an era where job-hopping is as common as fluctuating gas prices, it is almost inspirational to speak to a man who has honed such job-specific skills for the entirety of his career – and makes no apologies for claiming his achievement.
‘I love my job – I’m the best at what I do and I’m proud to say it,’ Kuehl states.
But in January 2011 after slipping and falling on ice while on the job, Kuehl questioned whether or not he would have the ability to continue performing the job he loved profoundly.
‘I tried to stand up, but had terrible pain in my low back and shooting down my right leg. My co-workers had to pick me up and take me to the hospital,’ says Kuehl.
Kuehl was immediately taken to the Working Well facility at Franciscan St. Margaret Health, Hammond Campus to see Eric Kupchick, D.O.
Dr. Kupchick performed the necessary diagnostic testing and the result of the MRI was clear: the disc between L5-S1 was herniated. Kupchick first sent Kuehl for physical therapy for 8 weeks. Soon after therapy ended, and still no better, Kuehl returned to Kuphick seeking alternate options.
Dr. Kupchick referred Kuehl to Spine specialist Dwight Tyndall, M.D, of Spine Care Specialists in Munster.
‘I didn’t know anything about Dr. Tyndall, so I was uneasy. But he was very, very thorough and informative, so I felt much better,’ states Kuehl.
Hoping to avoid surgery, Dr. Tyndall tried to manage Kuehl’s pain with medication and two epidural steroid injections. When the above failed, Tyndall had exhausted all non-surgical options.  He explained to Robert that he would have to have a fusion.
‘I was terrified of the surgery – I didn’t know what I would do if I couldn’t work again,’ Kuehl added, ‘Not knowing whether or not I would be able to do what I had been doing for 27 years was awful.’
On September 13, 2011 Robert underwent a spinal fusion at L5-S1. He spent one night in the hospital. Decreased operative time, smaller incisions and quicker recoveries are the result of minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Dr. Tyndall and Dr. Khanna are at the forefront of MIS and often instruct surgeons from around the country on these new techniques.
After only four months of physical therapy and work conditioning, Kuehl was released from Tyndall’s care and went back to work – full duty.
‘I recommend Dr. Tyndall and Dr. Khanna to everyone I run into. They gave me my life back and I am doing what I love again.’

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