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How is cervical spine surgery done?

Cervical spine surgery is performed to treat spinal instability and/or spinal cord impingement.  The cervical spine is the seven bones of your neck, which are separated by discs.  The discs allow the neck to move freely, and to absorb shock during activity.  Cervical spine surgery is for patients whose symptoms are beyond physical therapy and medication. 

How do you determine a healthy weight?

There are countless fitness magazines, blogs, articles, and websites that talk about healthy weight 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,

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.

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.

vertebral compression fracture

Vertebral Compression Fracture

When a spine becomes compressed due to trauma, a vertebral compression fracture can occur.  The most common vertebrae broken is the lower back, but any portion of the spine could break. In most cases, an incredible amount of trauma is needed for this fracture to occur (such as a terrible car accident). However, for elderly people with osteoporosis or people who have cancer,

Lumbar Spondyloisthesis

What is Lumbar Spondylolisthesis?

Lumbar spondylolisthesis is when one of the bones in your spine slips forward and out of place causing lower back pain and numbness or weakness in one or both legs.  Lumbar spondylolisthesis is the most common form of spondylolisthesis, though it can occur along different areas of the spine. 

What is Sciatica?

What is Sciatica?

The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in and of itself – it is a symptom of an underlying medical condition like a herniated disc.

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