Monthly Archives: March 2015

What is the difference between a herniated disc and a bulging disc?

The terms ‘herniated disc’ and ‘bulging disc’ are sometimes used interchangeably, but they areNebraska Spine Hospital actually two different conditions.  A herniated disc happens when there is a crack on the outer layer of the disc.  A bulging disc occurs when the nucleus or center of the disc squeezes into the cracks of the discs outer covering.  This weakens and stretches the disc’s covering.  According to WebMD, “As a disc bulges out from between the neighboring bones (vertebrae), it can press on nerves that travel to the legs or arms and can cause numbness, weakness, or pain.” Continue reading

How do you determine a healthy weight?

There are countless fitness magazines, blogs, articles, and websites that talk about healthy scaleweight and what’s acceptable and what’s not.  We are inundated with information obsessing over the human body and what looks good.

This blog is not another one of those articles.  We are not concerned about your body weight in terms of how you look, we want to talk about a body weight that has everything to do with your health and quality of life.  There are a few quick calculations and tricks that you can use to determine what your personal healthy body weight should be. Continue reading

Pediatric Pars Fractures

According to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, pediatric pars fractures occur in children involved in “repetitive bending and straightening of the spine.  They are generally self-limited and get better with rest followed by rehabilitation.”  Pars fractures, also called lumbar spondylolysis, can affect 30% of adolescents, especially if they are involved in sports. Continue reading

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

Perhaps one of the most well known bone conditions, osteoporosis is “a condition that causes thinning of the bones.  This can result in fractures, deformity, and even death” as stated by spine-health.com.  Though common, osteoporosis is quite treatable with certain medications, supplements, and sometimes even surgery. Continue reading