Life After Modern Spinal Fusion: This is Not Your Grandparents Back Surgery

Life After Modern Spinal Fusion: This is Not Your Grandparents Back Surgery

Many people have preconceived notions about spinal fusion surgery. Maybe you remember your parents or grandparents having one. If so – you likely think of an open-back surgery with a long recovery time, a lot of pain and restricted movement.  But that was then and this is now. In today’s era of modern back surgery,…

Doctor Q&A : Discovering, Diagnosing, and Removing a Spinal Tumor

Doctor Q&A : Discovering, Diagnosing, and Removing a Spinal Tumor

Are there symptoms or signifiers that a patient may have a tumor on their spine? Patients may have similar symptoms to other pathologies such as disc herniations or stenosis from spondylosis that cause spinal cord or nerve root compression.  This may include pain, decreased sensation, or motor weakness.  For example, when a patient has signs…

As Seen on Fox5 DC: Solving a Medical Mystery — Bertolotti’s Syndrome

As Seen on Fox5 DC: Solving a Medical Mystery — Bertolotti’s Syndrome

When debilitating back pain began to impact Maggie’s ability to cheer and attend school, she sought help from VSI. After diagnosis and successful treatment for what Dr. Haines discovered to be Bertolotti’s Syndrome, Maggie is now back doing what she loves as a cheerleader for Clemson University. Dr. Colin Haines, Spine Surgeon; and his patient,…

When Back Pain is Nothing to ‘Cheer’ About

When Back Pain is Nothing to ‘Cheer’ About

Cheerleading is an incredible popular sport, with more than 3 million involved across the US. These are serious athletes who can develop very serious injuries, especially along and around the spine. So we are talking in this episode with Dr. Colin Haines from VSI about how he helps competitive cheerleaders deal with back and neck…