Bone Grafts in Spine Surgery

Frequently asked questions about bone grafting

How big is the incision for a bone graft taken from my hip?

The incision for a bone graft can vary but is generally 1½ – 2 inches long.

Are there any alternatives to having a bone graft taken from my hip?

The alternatives to using a bone graft from the patient’s hip are to use local bone,

Holiday Gifts for a Healthy Back

The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time for food, family, fun, and gifts! Though gift giving is not the only way to show you care, why not give your friends a healthy gift this year? If you know someone who has been experiencing back pain or would like ideas to help relieve your own back pain,

Uncovering The Truth: Five Myths About Back Pain

There is no shortage of myths circulating online about back and neck pain. Unless you are a healthcare professional, it can be hard to distinguish the truth from all of the misinformation. Below, we’ve compiled some of the most popular myths we think you should be aware of, but keep in mind it is by no means an exhaustive list.

Upper Back Pain

When most think of back pain, they generally think of the lower back, or lumbar spine. And rightfully so, since lower back pain is so prevalent. In fact, lower back pain costs Americans a minimum of $50 billion each year in health care costs alone, not including lost wages or decreased productivity. 

That being said,

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?

Tips for Back Pain-Free Biking

Cardiovascular exercise is essential to your spine health. Engaging in regular exercise helps to keep your spine both happy and healthy. Bike riding is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise to work into your weekly routine. It helps to get your heart pumping, while not stressing your spine.

Keep reading for several tips for back pain-free biking.

All About Cervical Disc Replacement

Nebraska Spine Hospital was one of the first facilities in the region to perform a cervical disc replacement. Because of that, we would like to take a moment to explain what it is and why it may need to be performed. Disc degeneration in the cervical spine is a terribly common ailment. Did you know that over 75% of people under the age of 50 have disc degeneration?

Sciatica: Know The Facts

Millions of people in the United States suffer from sciatica. Sciatica is a term used to describe the symptoms of leg pain, tingling, and numbness or weakness originating in the lower back to the sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.

What surprises most of our patients is that sciatica is not a medical diagnosis,

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