No one really enjoys undergoing surgery of any kind, which certainly applies to spine surgery. Thanks to advanced technology, minimally invasive surgery is the new normal and comes with many advantages.
Spine surgery is a serious undertaking, and you want everything to go well the first time around. Sometimes that isn’t the case, and a revision surgery might be your best option for moving forward without pain.
A pinched nerve in your neck can not only be a literal pain in your neck, it can also cause symptoms that extend down into your arms and chest. Called cervical radiculopathy, here’s what you should know.
You’re in a considerable amount of pain thanks to a bad disc in your neck or lower back and you want to understand your surgical options better. Here, we explore spinal fusion versus artificial disc replacement.
There are many different conditions we need to get used to as we get older and we’re going to add disc wear-and-tear to this list. Whether this aging in your discs becomes problematic, however, is not a given.
The answer to the question we pose in the title is — no, spinal stenosis is not reversible. This doesn’t mean that you’re not without treatment options that can help you move more freely. Here’s what you need to know.
Lower back pain has a way of taking over your life, not in a good way. If you want to regain the freedom to move without pain, a nerve block can play a role — a couple, really — in achieving this goal. Here’s how.
You’ve determined that the best road to relief from your back or neck pain is spine surgery. With that decision made, it’s a good idea to spend some time preparing in advance so that your recovery goes smoothly.
A disc in your neck has broken down to the point where pain and stiffness are greatly impacting your life. Instead of removing the diseased disc, we can replace it with an artificial disc that offers many benefits.
You’re experiencing sensations in your arm — pain, numbness, and tingling — but there’s no obvious source of the symptoms. There's a good chance that the problem may stem from a herniated disc in your neck.
You get out of bed in the morning and pain in your lower back prevents you from standing up tall. Or, perhaps you find yourself leaning over your grocery cart to relieve pain in your back. Both are signs of lumbar spinal stenosis.
If you’re tired of struggling with chronic back or neck pain (or both!) and you want to hit the reset button on your spine this year, there are a few easy steps you can take toward that goal. We review five here.
A herniated disc in your neck or lower back can be a painful event and one that you’d rather avoid. One way to accomplish this is to better understand your risk factors, some of which you have some control over.
You want to jump out of bed to greet the day, but a painful neck in the mornings puts a decidedly negative spin on your day. There are many reasons why people wake up with neck pain — and solutions for the problem.
It's hard enough to navigate adolescent life when things are perfectly normal, but when your child is also dealing with scoliosis, the challenges can be much greater. Here are some tips to help with the emotional side effects.
Over time, the discs in your spine can succumb to wear and tear, which can lead to degenerative disc disease. This problem, however, tends to strike certain areas of your spine more than others. Let’s take a look.
You’re experiencing pain in your arm, but there’s no obvious injury that could be causing the discomfort. In these cases, you may want us to take a look to see whether a problem in your spine may be the culprit.
Sure, a day at the spa getting a relaxing massage is nice, but targeted massage therapy goes well beyond pampering. From pain relief to reducing stiffness, massage therapy can help you move more freely and easily.
Your discs play an incredibly important supporting role in your spine and you want to do all you can to keep them healthy. Here, we explore conditions or behaviors that may be accomplishing quite the opposite.
Your hands are numb or tingling or perhaps you’re feeling pain down one of your legs. Called radiculopathy, the condition stems from a problem in your spine and the good news is that there are solutions.
Your neck is in pain or stiff — or both — and you want solutions that will enable you to swivel your head with ease. Many neck problems are caused by disc degeneration and we review your treatment options here.
There are many roads that lead to lower back pain and a muscle strain is among the more common. To help you better identify the source of your discomfort, we review the signs of a lower back strain here.
Your child develops at a dizzying rate and it’s all you can do to keep up with the changes. Unfortunately, scoliosis can often be lost in the mix, which is why we've pulled together some of the more common signs in teens.
You change your position or bend over and you’re met with pain that travels from your lower back and down into one of your legs. Yes, that discomfort likely shares the same source and we review what that is here.
Your spine plays many important roles, not the least of which is providing the primary passageway for your nervous system. As a result, a problem in your spine can lead to pain in seemingly unrelated areas, such as your arms.
Slipped, bulging, ruptured — these terms all apply to the same problem, a herniated disc. Just as there are many names for the condition, there are also many causes or risk factors, which we review here.
You watch with amazement at how quickly your child develops, but you notice that they may be having issues with their back. Here, we take a look at scoliosis, which typically presents itself during adolescence.
When one of the highly sensitive nerve roots along your spine is pinched or compressed, it can lead to a wide range of symptoms that we group under the medical term radiculopathy. Here’s a look at four of the more common.
There are many problems that can lead to back and neck pain, with herniated discs among the more common. Here, we explore the symptoms of a herniated disc so that you can better identify and treat the issue.
Few things can affect your life quite like lower back pain, which can make the simple act of getting up out of a chair excruciating. Thankfully, there are a wide range of treatment options for lower back pain.
You feel tingling in your arms and hands or pain that shoots down one of your legs. These problems are often caused by issues in your spine in a condition known as radiculopathy. Here’s a look at how radiculopathy develops.
Your fingers tingle or you feel shooting pains down your arm. These symptoms may have nothing at all to do with your arms, but everything to do with your neck. Here’s a look at how your cervical spine affects your arms and hands.
A pinched nerve sounds like such a small problem, but its effects can be anything but small. Depending upon which nerve is compressed, you can experience from severe pain to numbness. Here’s what you can do.
Going through one’s teens is tough enough under normal circumstances, but when you add a visible structural defect like scoliosis, the journey can become exponentially harder. Here’s a look at how scoliosis can affect self-esteem.
You want to greet each day with a spring in your step, but chronic leg pain has different plans. Here’s a look at some of the more common causes of ongoing leg discomfort and how we can help put that spring back in your step.
If you’re experiencing arm pain even though there’s nothing wrong with the limb, the problem may lie in your cervical spine. Here’s a look at how a pinched nerve in your neck can lead to radiating arm pain and what we can do about it.
If you have pain in your back or neck that radiates down into your legs or arms, the odds are good that the problem originates in one of your vertebral discs. And that problem may be a herniated disc or a bulging disc — here’s the difference.
Adults in the United States are no strangers to lower back pain — 80% report experiencing lower back pain at some point. While we can do our part to bring you relief, there are also some key steps you can take at home to ease lower back pain.
If you have a pinched nerve somewhere along your spine, the symptoms that accompany the problem can affect a number of different areas in your body. Here’s how you can differentiate between a cervical, thoracic, and lumbar radiculopathy.
Lower back pain has a way of hijacking your life and exercise may be the last thing on your mind. But exercise may be exactly what you need to help alleviate the pain and prevent back problems down the road. Here’s how.
Your cervical spine can undergo changes throughout your life, leaving you with neck pain and radiating symptoms that affect your entire body. Here are the most common signs that point toward cervical stenosis.
When it comes to debilitating lower back pain, a herniated disc is one of the more common culprits. Here, we explore how your weight may play a role and how you can avoid future problems by shedding the excess pounds.
Pain sensations are your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. However, the site of your pain may not be the source of the problem. Leg pain that radiates or feels like an electric shock may be signs of a back problem, not a leg problem.
Having tingling sensations in your hands and feet can feel really strange. If you’re experiencing this, you might wonder if it’s just a temporary problem or if you have an illness or condition that’s causing it. Read on to learn what it could be.
The reason for your arm pain may be obvious — a broken bone, pulled tendon, bruised muscle. But shoulder, arm, and/or wrist pain is also commonly related to problems in your neck that require treatment from a spinal specialist.
If you see that your child’s back is curved, or that they stand “crookedly,” it’s time for a quick visit to the doctor for a scoliosis spine check. Catching scoliosis early can help mitigate the effects of this disease.
An obvious reason for your leg pain is that you’ve injured your leg. But you may not know that one of the most common sources of leg pain is actually your back. Find out what might be causing your leg pain and what you can do about it.
Your phone and computer may be the hub of your social and business life, but could they also be causing you pain? Find out how to prevent and treat tech neck so you can type and text on your favorite electronic devices pain-free.
If you’ve been experiencing persistent pain in an arm or leg, you might have an untreated herniated disc. Take a moment to explore this and other symptoms of a herniated (ruptured) disc, a condition that affects millions of Americans.
Finding the right treatment to help you get relief from your neck or back pain takes time and patience. Before you put all of your hopes into injection therapy, it’s important to understand how it may or may not help you.
Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability and lost time in the United States. It’s usually possible for you to ease your lower back issues and return to full health in 14 days or less. Only a few people develop more serious issues.