Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: How Does It Work?

If you have a condition like spinal instability, bone spurs, a herniated disc, scoliosis, or spinal tumors, or many other spinal issues, you may need spinal surgery. If that sounds frightening, you would not be alone. Any kind of spine surgery is worrisome, but the best case is through minimally invasive procedures. Let’s learn more about minimally invasive spine surgery and how it works.

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What Are Signs of a Slipped Disk?

What are the signs of a slipped disk? They are exactly the same as a herniated disk, bulging disk, or a ruptured disk, since they are all generally the same. The terms are interchangeable. It mostly occurs in the lumbar region or lower part of your back and spine, although it can also happen in the neck area. We will continue to use the term “slipped” throughout and help you understand how to recognize a slipped disk, what can cause it, and what to do about it.

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When to Consider an Artificial Disk Replacement

Chronic back pain seems to be an epidemic in the US. We all know someone who suffers from it, or maybe we do. Our spine allows us to move freely and without pain as long as the structures are not damaged. The disks between our vertebrae are a prime example. They are the cushions that keep our vertebra from touching each other and causing that pain. Unfortunately those disks can become unhealthy due to age or damage from an accident, but fortunately patients with back pain can have a disk replaced with a metal or plastic one. When should you consider an artificial disk replacement?

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What Is the Difference Between Sciatica and Sacroiliitis?

80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. It may come from work issues, playing sports, or just putting on their shoes. Sciatica and sacroiliitis are common among these. Dull ache vs shooting pain is just one difference between the two conditions. The symptoms, causes, and treatments for these two conditions are different. What is the difference between sciatica and sacroiliitis?

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Why Do I Need to Quit Smoking Before Having Spine Surgery?

Smokers and non-smokers alike are aware that smoking negatively affects someone’s overall health. What you might not know is how smoking affects if and how you heal after any surgery. Having surgery on your spine portends some specific issues if you are a smoker. Let’s investigate why you need to quit smoking before having spine surgery.

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Radiculopathy Diagnosis? What You Need to Know

Frequently referred to as a pinched nerve in your spinal column, radiculopathy can strike in your cervical or neck area, your lumbar region or lower back area, or your thoracic area or mid back region. It causes a number of uncomfortable symptoms, so a diagnosis is imperative to receive the proper treatment. Radiculopathy diagnosis? What you should know.

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Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures: What You Should Know

Getting older is not for the faint-hearted. As time passes, we can’t see as well as we used to, we get wrinkles, our hair turns gray, and you can add your own. One other significant change is our weakened bones. It’s usually due to osteoporosis. We don’t pay attention to it until something happens. Let’s investigate osteoporosis and spinal fractures: what you should know.

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The Dangers of Leaving Whiplash Injury Untreated

Frequently whiplash is the result of a car accident, sometimes it can be a fall, or even playing certain sports. It will hurt the first day or so, but if the pain is relieved by over-the-counter medications, you may be tempted to do nothing further. That would be a mistake. The dangers of leaving whiplash injury untreated can last a lifetime.

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