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The Basics Of Cervical Spine Surgery

Cervical spine surgery is most often performed to treat spinal instability and/or spinal cord impingement and is reserved for patients whose symptoms are beyond treatment by physical therapy and medication.

The cervical spine is comprised of the seven vertebrae in your neck and their accompanying discs. The spinal discs provide cushion between the vertebrae,

Meet Dr. Chase Woodward

Join us in welcoming Chase Woodward, MD, MPH, the newest orthopaedic spine surgeon here at Nebraska Spine Hospital. He is a fellowship trained and Board Eligible Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society, as well as a Fellowship Candidate in the Scoliosis Research Society.

Dr. Chase Woodward is the son of one of Nebraska Spine Hospital’s founding surgeons,

Traveling With Back Pain

The holidays are swiftly approaching and for most people the holidays bring friends, family, and a lot of traveling. Back pain is incredibly common across the globe – it is the single leading cause of disability worldwide and prevents millions of people from completing everyday activities. Traveling with back pain can be made simpler by following a few of these tips from our friends at Spine-Health.

Follow-Up Appointment After Spine Surgery

Our primary goal here at Nebraska Spine Hospital is to provide each and every patient with the best care possible. We take great care in monitoring our patients before, during, and after their stay with us. One way in which we go above and beyond for our patients is informing them of what to expect at each step of the process,

Spondylolysis And Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis are both very common spinal disorders – to the tune of more than 3 million cases each year. While these disorders can affect people of all ages, children and adolescents are most susceptible due to their developing spines.

Spondylolysis occurs when there’s a crack or stress fracture in a vertebra.

Recovery From Spine Surgery: Preparing Your Home

We’ve often found that recovery from spine surgery is the last thing on our patients’ minds, especially any preparations that will have to be made at home. Because of that, we try to bring it to their attention during pre-operative visits by asking questions. We’ll ask about the setup of their home. Is it a one-story or two-story home?

All About Neck Pain

Throughout the course of any given year, 15% of US adults experience neck pain that lasts about a day. It’s no surprise that neck pain is so common. The cervical spine provides support to the human head which weighs 11 pounds on average. That’s the equivalent of a medium-sized bowling ball! 

While neck pain is common,

What Is A Healthy Weight For Your Spine?

What is a healthy weight for your spine? We know there is plenty of information to be found online regarding what a healthy weight is. You’ve probably heard that excess weight can cause certain health issues, but did you know that it can stress your spine?

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing back pain,

Desk Spine Health

Now that school is back in full swing and those lucky enough to have had the summer off from work are back to the daily grind, it’s time to talk about desk spine health. Did you know that the average American spends 13 hours a day sitting? Between sitting at a desk, in the car,

Bone Grafts in Spine Surgery

Bone grafts in spine surgery are most commonly used to help fuse vertebrae together during a spinal fusion surgery. A bone graft is a tiny piece of bone that acts as the cement to fuse the vertebrae together. Bone grafting can be done with three different types of grafts:

  • Autograft – pieces of a patient’s own bone
  • Allograft –

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