Chronic back pain develops when the body’s appropriate response to an injury lasts longer than it should. Once the pain starts, it can interfere with work, exercise, eating, or a variety of other daily activities. Over time, back pain can cause other chronic health problems like depression, anxiety, and weight gain. Some patients even experience issues related to medication overuse to manage the discomfort. Read More »
How Effective is a Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Back Pain?
Cervical Kyphosis: Diagnosis, Symptoms, and Treatment [Updated]
A normal spine has a slight C-shaped curve in front of the body (neck area) and an opposite-facing, “lordotic” curve in the back. The term kyphosis refers to any spinal curvature that bends excessively outwards, away from the body’s center, including any excessive curvature that affects the cervical spine (neck). Read More »
Are Spinal Deformities Like Scoliosis Treated Differently in Children, Adults, and the Elderly?
Millions of Americans live with spinal deformities, including all age groups. A spinal deformity affects the curve or alignment of your spine, typically in a slight “S” curve, or it can alter the straight alignment of the spine. Spinal deformities can develop as we age, be caused by accidents, or are present at birth (congenital deformity). When left untreated, spinal deformities can lead to pain, mobility issues, and neurological problems. Read More »
Spinal Deformities: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Expectations
The spine is an essential part of your body. Without it, you could not keep yourself upright or stand up. It gives your body structure and support and allows you to move about freely or bend with flexibility. Your spine also protects your spinal cord, the column of nerves that connects the brain with the rest of your body so that you can control your movements. Without a spinal cord, you could not move any part of your body, nor could your organs function. Maintaining your spine’s health is one of the keys to enjoying an active lifestyle. Read More »
What Are the Best Non-Surgical Treatments for Spinal Stenosis?
For better or worse, physical pain is a part of life as we grow older. Pain is our body’s way of communicating that something is wrong and that it needs attention. When ignored, too much pain can cause further health problems like anxiety, depression, and poor mobility. Back pain resulting from spinal stenosis is no exception. Depending on the severity of the condition, non-surgical treatments can often be effective at managing the pain. Read More »
5 Signs of Reherniation After Microdiscectomy Surgery
Spinal intervertebral discs are the body’s “shock absorbers,” allowing the back to be strong, highly flexible, and resilient. Disc degeneration and herniation are common back problems leading to surgery. A microdiscectomy is an outpatient surgical procedure performed under anesthesia to remove all or part of a herniated disc. Read More »
Are You Suffering from Sciatic Nerve Pain During Pregnancy?
Being pregnant should be a joyous time filled with many unforgettable experiences – like feeling the flutter of your baby moving around inside your tummy. And although aches and pains are to be expected while pregnant, experiencing persistent back pain may not have been what you had in mind when you first envisioned your pregnancy timeline. Read More »
6 Mistakes You Must Avoid During a Microdiscectomy Recovery
A microdiscectomy is a procedure used to remove all or part of a herniated disc when damaged discs are causing pain, numbness, and weakness in a patient’s legs and back. Now considered the “gold standard” treatment for removing herniated lumbar disc tissue, a microdiscectomy procedure is an ultra-precise method that requires only a tiny incision – causing minimal disruption to surrounding healthy tissue. Read More »
Do You Suffer from an Arched Back? Check Out These Mobility Drills
Back pain hurts, and most people care less about specific causes than they do about making the agony end. And while such an approach may be understandable, it’s ultimately short sighted. So many different kinds of spinal disorders may result in back pain, and until you understand the cause of the discomfort, you can’t effectively address it. While back problems can often become chronic and require serious medical or surgical treatment, you can treat some issues yourself relatively easily and effectively. One condition that generally doesn’t need serious intervention is an arched back (aka hyperlordosis). Read More »
Scoliosis Treatment: Best 5 Non-Surgical Options
Scoliosis isn’t an uncommon disorder, as anyone familiar with official statistics on the subject can tell you. For instance, the United States Bone & Joint Initiative notes that for every 1,000 U.S. adolescents, there are 2.5 cases of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The organization also stated that “a 2005 study reported mild to severe adult scoliosis prevalence as high as 68% in a healthy (no known scoliosis or spine surgery) population aged 60 years and older.” So whether you’re younger or older, scoliosis is a risk, and if you’ve received a scoliosis diagnosis, you’ll naturally want to know about non-surgical scoliosis treatments. Read More »