Adam P. Smith, MD, FAANS is a board certified neurosurgeon and Rocky Mountain Brain & Spine Institute is his business providing neurosurgical information to the community. He is committed to the wellness of the patients he treats. Dr. Smith uses minimally invasive surgical approaches for the brain and spine, and uses the most up-to-date neuroimaging, surgical navigation, robotic and artificial intelligence modalities.

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Chocolate

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Chocolate

February 14th. Valentine’s Day…. The Perfect Valentine’s Day Chocolate. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different Saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. Some think the day commemorates one of the Valentines’ death. However, others think the middle of February was chosen to challenge the pagan celebration of the Roman god…

Mild COVID-19 and Strokes

Mild COVID-19 and Strokes

Much has been discussed about the respiratory complications of COVID-19.  However there is suggestion of neurologic sequela from the infection as well. SARS-CoV-2 has been found to directly invade brain cells, called neurons.  However unlike other coronaviruses which can cause brain inflammation, called encephalopathy, mild COVID-19 tends not to incite this reaction.  Of interest, patients…

Injections for Back Pain… But It's Going Under My Skin?

Injections for Back Pain… But It’s Going Under My Skin?

Previous large studies have suggested that epidural steroid injections provide some short-term alleviation of radiating pain associated with disc herniations or spinal stenosis.  Since a disc herniation has a natural history of improvement, it’s reasonable to consider epidural steroid injections to suppress symptoms while the body heals itself.  Of course for other conditions which seem…

Time to Move On

Time to Move On

It’s time to move on, time to get going What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing But under my feet, baby, grass is growing It’s time to move on, it’s time to get going Tom Petty “Time To Move On” Great advancements in lumbar spine surgery have allowed better outcomes than ever before…

The 2020 Social Experiment

Social Isolation

You may never have guessed, unless you’re Stephen King, that social isolation can have devastating effects on animals. We’ve already observed increased psychiatric dysfunction since COVID-19 quarantine began. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), by June 2020 rates of anxiety were three times higher and depression was four times higher than 2019. Virtual…

Danish Face Mask Study

Danish Face Mask Study

You may or may not have recently read the results of the November 2020 Danish face mask study. This was published November 18th, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a much less prestigious journal than say the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Nature or JAMA. You’d figure the only randomized study of its kind…