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?
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? 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,
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 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 –
With September swiftly approaching and Husker football on the horizon, a lot of devoted fans will be facing hours on bleachers. And with those hours comes bleacher back pain. Anyone who has ever sat through a 2-3 hour sporting event knows that bleachers weren’t designed for comfort. They’re made out of hard plastic or metal and provide no back support.
Spine fusion surgery is when a surgeon fuses two or more vertebrae together using a bone graft. The bone tissue will continue to grow and permanently lock the vertebrae together. A spine fusion limits movement of the spine, which may help to relieve back pain. And while the spine may not be as flexible as it was prior to the surgery,
It’s August, meaning kids will soon be heading back to school. Before you complete all of your back-to-school shopping, we urge you to consider the following safe backpack practices. More and more overuse spine injuries have been diagnosed in children and teens in the past few years. Many people in the spine health community believe that some of these injuries may be the result of using backpacks incorrectly.
Tai Chi is a form of exercise that is often referred to as meditation in movement. It embodies three main components: movement, breathing, and meditation. In practice, it consists of slow, deliberate movements of the body that involves more movement than yoga, but is less jarring than traditional aerobic activities like running.
Pregnancy back pain is incredibly common – half of all pregnancies are complicated by back pain. Of those, 10% of pregnancies are complicated by back pain so severe that it interferes with the ability to complete daily activities.
It’s a well-known fact that the body goes through many changes during pregnancy, but back pain should not be accepted as a natural part of pregnancy.