Spinal disks don’t like air trips

A strikingly increased number of cabin attendants among the back patients at the APEX SPINE Center reveal a so far unfamiliar job hazard of the aircrew: the slipped disk. Main cause might be a reduced oxygen supplementation in the cabin in combination with the frequent twisting movements when serving or handling the luggage. 

To stay healthy, spinal disks need persistent alternation of stress and release – this helps them to be optimally supplied with nutrients. Standing for long periods of time, disturbed biological rhythms due to shift work as well as bending down or heavy lifting proved to be truly detrimental for the intervertebral disks. That’s what Dr. Schubert from the APEX SPINE Center stated. But not only the aircrew is at risk – also the passengers’ spinal disks suffer from sitting still in a very confined space. After hours of low blood circulation a single sudden jerky movement when getting the luggage from the overhead bin or the conveyer band may be enough to trigger a disk herniation.

The APEX SPINE Center is acknowledged worldwide for its innovations in tissue preserving minimally invasive spine surgery. Thanks to novel minute instruments Dr. Schubert is able to treat all slipped disks endoscopically. Tiny little forceps, drills and spreaders like from a watch maker will be inserted millimeter by millimeter into the operating field where they can remove even the smallest pieces of herniated spinal disks. As a rule patients will stay overnight in Munich for observation. In no other spine center nearly as many key-hole spine surgeries are carried out. This specialization through innovation leads many patients from all over the world to Dr. Schubert. Many a passenger would be amazed if he knew: Also the cabin attendant serving him his orange juice has already been there…