All About Spinal Stenosis

Have you ever heard of spinal stenosis? If not, it’s about time you learned the basics of this common spine condition that affects an estimated 8-11% of the population. Since most cases are degenerative, individuals over 50 years old have the highest risk of developing the condition.

In short, spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal begins to narrow.

What is Spondylosis?

Spondylosis is a very common spinal condition with more than 3 million cases diagnosed each year. Since this condition often worsens with age, more than 85% of people over the age of 60 are affected.

According to spine-health.com, “Spondylosis is not a medical diagnosis; it is a term that describes symptoms related to degenerative changes in the spine.” – 

Neck Pain From Looking Down

Did you know that neck pain is the third most common type of chronic pain? Over 25% of Americans suffer from this condition and nearly 60% of them don’t tell their physicians about the pain.

One of the most common causes of neck pain is simply looking down too often.

Smoking And Back Pain

The news that smoking is bad for you is hardly groundbreaking. Smoking has been linked to serious diseases like lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. Did you know that smoking and back pain are also related? That’s right, if you’re a smoker and are experiencing back pain, smoking is probably part of the issue. Research has found that smoking may be associated with a higher risk of osteoporosis,

Degenerative Scoliosis 101

While the most common type of scoliosis occurs in adolescents, the risk of scoliosis doesn’t completely go away. Degenerative scoliosis occurs when there is significant degeneration of the facet joints and intervertebral discs in your spine. This degeneration happens over time and can begin as young as 40 but is most common in adults 65 and older.

All About Scoliosis

June is all about being outdoors, summer fun, and scoliosis. Yes, you read that correctly. Did you know that June is Scoliosis Awareness Month?

Scoliosis is a spinal condition that causes a sideways curvature of the spine. It can affect both children and adults, but occurs most frequently in children during their last growth spurt before puberty.

Common Spine Surgery Questions

Here at Nebraska Spine Hospital, we take extra care in answering our patients’ surgical questions, both before and after surgery. Since our entire staff’s only focus is the spine, our team is very familiar with common spine surgery questions.

Below are a few of the most common spine surgery questions our team fields prior to surgery.

Stiff Neck Causes And Treatment

It’s safe to say that a large majority of people will likely experience a stiff neck in their lifetime, which is why we’d like to take a moment to discuss stiff neck causes and treatment options.

A stiff neck is typically identified by soreness and difficulty moving the neck, especially when the person tries to turn their head to the side.

Specialized Nursing At Nebraska Spine Hospital

Every year, we have the pleasure of celebrating our specialized nursing staff on National Nurses Day. This year, that day falls on Monday, May 6. Over the years, we have received countless comments from patients and their families about the exceptional quality of our nursing staff.

Here at Nebraska Spine Hospital, we have a specialized nursing staff,

Treating Spinal Tumors

It’s estimated that 10,000 Americans develop primary or metastatic spinal cord tumors each year. Treating spinal tumors can vary based on the type of tumor and symptoms experienced. A spinal tumor is defined as a growth that develops inside the spinal canal or inside the bones of the spine. These tumors can be cancerous or noncancerous and are primarily one of two types,

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