Recovering from Spinal Surgery for Back Pain

Even the most minor surgery requires a recovery period and recovering from spinal surgery for back pain is a journey you should be mentally prepared to take. It’s notable that after the first several weeks, patients are generally prepared to begin rebuilding their strength and stamina by slowly re-incorporating activities into their lives.  With that…

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Understanding Spinal Arthritis

Often referred to as degenerative joint disease, spinal arthritis (a form of osteoarthritis) is provoked by the degeneration of cartilage between spinal facet joints. As this process becomes entrenched, vertebrae rub against each other causing irritation.  In turn, this causes more damage, often taking the form of bone spurs.  These press on adjacent nerves, provoking…

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Do You Have Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Primarily a condition resulting from the aging process, lumbar (lower back) spinal stenosis causes a narrowing of the spinal canal.  Ligaments become thicker and sometimes, bone spurs form, pushing on nerves which branch out from the spinal cord.  As these processes occur, the discs can be pressed into the spinal canal. Weakness, numbness and pain…

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What Is a Compression Fracture?

If you’re experiencing back pain, the source of the problem may be a compression fracture. Compression fractures usually occur because of osteoarthritis.  When a vertebra loses between 10 and 15% in height, it’s diagnosed as a compression fracture. Usually manifesting in the thoracic (middle) section of the spine, compression fractures may also occur in the…

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