Facts About Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery has steadily been changing the face of traditional surgery since the 1980s, when it entered the mainstream. And today, with the internet acting as a gateway to all kinds of information, patients are more knowledgeable than ever.  This has led to a convergence of advancements in medicine and patient demand. And that…

Quick Exercises to Reduce Sciatic Pain

Sciatic pain isn’t something you understand well until you’ve had a bout of it.  It can sideline you.  Causing intense pain down the back of (usually) one leg, the intense immobilizing pain is provoked by the sciatic nerve. This bad boy is the largest nerve in the body, originating the lower back, where it splits…

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…

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…

Treating Neck Pain from Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash is a more common injury than you think, and it doesn’t always arise because of a motor vehicle accident. Any sudden movement of the head, either back and forth or sideways can result in a whiplash injury. Let’s talk about treating neck pain from whiplash injuries and find out a little more about the…

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…