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ASK THE EXPERT: SPINAL HARDWARE Q&A

As a follow up to the post “The Nuts & Bolts of Spinal Hardware,”  two questions were asked by readers. 1. What is involved in the removal of rods and screws? Hospital stay, recovery…etc. Answer: We have found that removal of lumbar hardware from patients who have healed from their spinal fusion decreases local irritation [...]


BREAKTHROUGH CELL-BASED THERAPY HAS PROMISING OUTCOMES FOR PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM BACK PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

  Back pain affects all of us at one time or another in our lives.  One of the most common cause of back pain, is degeneration of the lumbar discs.  As the disc ages, the shock-absorbing nucleus pulposus (inner disc) loses water and the disc cells begin to die off.  To date, no therapy exists [...]


GET UP, GET MOVING; 6 HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALKING

You don’t have to be a runner to participate in the Spinal Research Foundation’s upcoming We’ve Got Your Back Race For Spinal Health {May 18th}! Walking is an excellent form of exercise; whether you are just starting to exercise, recovering from an injury or are just looking to get outside and get moving; read on [...]


ASK THE EXPERT: CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME VS CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY

  I was recently asked “how to recognize the difference between a cervical spine issue versus carpal tunnel syndrome with accompanied numbness.” As a spinal neurosurgeon, I frequently encounter a patient who has symptoms in his or her upper extremity (arm) that seemed to either extend from the shoulder down toward the fingers or extends [...]


UNCOVERING METASTATIC SPINAL DISEASE

  Metastatic spinal disease, or the spread of cancer from its original location to the spine, is extremely common. Metastatic disease means that the cancer cells from the primary site actually spread via the bloodstream or the lymphatic system to a remote site, such as the spine. The spine is actually the third most common [...]


PAIN IN THE NECK: TIPS TO ALLEVIATE SYMPTOMS

  Did you know your neck is one of the most flexible segments of your spine? However neck pain affects 10% of the population annually. Pain is either localized to the cervical spine, commonly known as your neck, or it may radiate down your arm, which is referred to as “radiculopathy.” Because the nerves in [...]


FIVE SIMPLE TIPS TO MAINTAIN & ACHIEVE YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

  As the first of the year rolled around; things like change, goals and resolutions came to mind. Though many of us have the best of intentions, we rarely are able to maintain let alone achieve our New Year resolutions; here are five tips on how to stick to your resolutions and actually achieve them! [...]


TOP HEALTH IMPACTS OF WEATHER CHANGE & TIPS TO OVERCOME THEM

  You’ve either said it or heard someone say, “There’s a storm a brewing, I can feel it in my bones.” But can weather really affect your health and well being? Many people tend to report an increase in pain when there are drastic weather changes. Though there is not full agreement among researchers, there [...]


KNOCK-OUT OSTEOPOROTIC FRACTURE PAIN WITH MINIMALLY INVASIVE PRODCEDURES; VERTEBROPLASTY AND KYPHOPLASTY

  Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens the bones so that they are not the strong building blocks we once had.  They tend to be strong on the outside and quite weak on the inside, much like the brittle shell of an egg.  As age-related weakening of the bones occurs, painful fractures can occur. Many [...]


HIGH HEELS CAN COST YOU MORE THAN MONEY; BACK PAIN IS ONE OF MANY NEGATIVE EFFECTS

  The latest footwear trends as of late have been: the bigger the better! Sky high heels may make your legs look long and lean but they can be causing permanent damage. Read on to find out why you may want to limit strapping on your stilettos.   Top Six Negative Effects of Wearing High [...]