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A Quick Overview of Anterior Versus Posterior Approaches

There are many different types and approaches of spinal surgeries. During the spine surgery planning process, the surgeon will assess imaging scans of the patient to determine the best approach to ...
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Tips on Recovering from Spine Surgery

Spine surgery is often effective for resolving painful back problems and improving quality of life. However, the recovery can be a concern for patients who are considering undergoing spine surgery. ...
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Common Questions About Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Spine doctors generally prefer that patients recover through conservative or nonsurgical treatment methods. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. If your doctor has told you that you might ...
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A Closer Look at Wearing and Caring for Your Back Brace

Minimally invasive surgery isn’t always the best choice for patients with scoliosis. Many patients with mild degrees of abnormal spine curvatures may only need to wear a custom-fitted back brace ...
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Is Your Child Complying with Scoliosis Treatment?

Young people with scoliosis frequently have to wear back braces to ease the curvature of the spine, but despite the benefits of this kind of treatment, many patients are hesitant to comply. Wearing a ...
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Do You Suffer from Sciatica?

Sciatica is one of the most common spine problems encountered by doctors. Patients with sciatica complain of pain that begins in their lower backs and radiates through the buttocks and down the back ...
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A Patient's Guide to Kyphoplasty Surgery

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery performed to treat compression fractures in the spine. These fractures often occur as the result of osteoporosis but are also associated with spinal tumors ...
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Common Issues Teens Have with Back Braces

Wearing a back brace is a helpful way of treating scoliosis in teens, but it can also cause several concerns for young patients. Fortunately, with the help of a spine doctor and parental support, ...
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Types of Bone Grafts

If you plan on undergoing spinal fusion, such as a lateral thoracic fusion, your spine surgeon will use bone graft material to facilitate the fusion of bone. Talk to your spine surgeon about your bone ...
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What Is a Laminectomy?

If you have spinal stenosis, you may experience back pain if pressure is being exerted on your spinal cord. To solve this problem, your spine doctor might recommend a surgery known as a laminectomy. ...
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A Look at Potential Complications of Scoliosis

Patients are diagnosed with scoliosis when their spine doctors identify an abnormal side-to-side curvature. Normally, scoliosis doesn’t result in back pain or any other symptoms. However, some ...
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Your Guide to Recovering from Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Spine surgery was traditionally performed as open surgery, which meant a very long incision, a lengthy hospital stay, and a greater risk of complications. Now, patients often have the option of having ...
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Reasons for Posterior Thoracic Fusions

Spinal fusion is a type of spinal surgery that involves fusing two or more vertebrae together. The spine is divided into three regions: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar. The cervical region is the upper ...
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What Are the Dangers of Ignoring Back Pain?

In many cases, patients with fleeting cases of back pain will never need to see a spine surgeon. Back pain is often the result of spending a weekend gardening or helping a friend move furniture. But ...
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How Smaller Incisions Are Changing Spine Surgery Recovery

Minimally invasive surgery is the method of choice for spine surgeons. With minimally invasive techniques, the spine surgeon creates a series of smaller incisions instead of one very large incision. ...
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Can Scoliosis Be Prevented?

Patients with scoliosis have abnormal curvatures of the spine. These abnormal curvatures typically appear in adolescence, although some older adults develop different forms of scoliosis. ...
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Comparing Scoliosis in Children and Adults

The spine naturally curves inward and outward. However, in some patients, the spine also curves from side to side. This condition is known as scoliosis. The degree of scoliosis can vary considerably ...
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A Look at Kyphoplasty Procedures

Kyphoplasty is a type of minimally invasive surgery that can be performed on a fractured vertebral body. Usually, spine surgeons will recommend conservative treatment first, such as rest and pain ...
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Preparing for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery is associated with a reduced risk of complications and a faster recovery time than conventional open surgery. However, it’s still necessary to follow your spine ...
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Common Causes of Compression Fractures

Compression fractures refer to the collapse of vertebral bodies, which are bones in the spine. The pain of compression fractures is often described as being “knife-like.” Although ...
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What Causes Pinched Nerves in the Spine?

When a nerve is somehow compressed or impinged, it may be referred to as a pinched or irritated nerve. A pinched spinal nerve can develop when any of the surrounding structures or tissues fails to ...
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Taking a Closer Look at Spinal Stenosis

If you’re experiencing persistent back pain, it may be time to visit a spine doctor. You may be diagnosed with spinal stenosis if you have symptoms such as pain that radiates either down to the ...
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Signs That You're a Good Candidate for Spine Surgery

The decision to have spine surgery should not be taken lightly. Every surgical procedure carries some risk of complications and patients can be sidelined for a while during their recovery. Most ...
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Thoracic Spine Conditions: Symptoms and Surgical Solutions

There are three main regions of the spine. The top portion is the cervical region, the thoracic region is the middle, and the lumbar region is the bottom. Because the lumbar region is responsible for ...
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Herniated Discs in the Lower Back

If you suffer from chronic or severe spine pain or low back pain, you may have a herniated disc. Herniated discs typically occur as a result of degeneration of the spinal discs. When this condition ...
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