Most spinal problems that cause back or neck pain can be prevented by taking a series of precautions to protect and strengthen your spine. A little care and education now can prevent problems with your back and neck in the future:
1. Practice Good Posture
Your spine naturally has three curves: a small hollow at the base of you neck, a small round at your mid-back, and another small hollow at your lower back. To maintain this natural curvature it is important to maintain a neutral spine, whether you’re sitting or standing.
2. Use Good Body Mechanics
Most people know to bend their knees when they lift something, but it’s also important to maintain a neutral spine while lifting. An ergonomic work area, both at home and at work, will help you use good body mechanics throughout the day, which is essential in helping to maintain a healthy spine.
3. Exercise Regularly
When you exercise, you are less likely to suffer a back injury or back pain, and you will be faster to recover should you incur an injury. Focus on three types of exercise every week:
- Strength training of your abdominal muscles and back will help stabilize the spine.
- Stretching helps maintain flexibility for natural movement of your body.
- Aerobic exercise helps heart and lung function; can decrease spinal pain; and helps you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, which can take undue stress off your back.
Proper water intake will keep your joints lubricated and elastic. Water is also essential to good overall health.
To learn more about your spinal health, or to help find a course of treatment for your back pain or neck pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Perry of the Spinal Institute of Nevada . Dr. Perry is a board-certified surgeon who uses the latest techniques to resolve your cervical, thoracic, or lumbar pain. Call us at (702) 239-3787 to schedule your appointment today!
Do you suffer from back and leg pain that interrupts your daily activities? In this video, you can learn about using spinal cord stimulation to manage your back pain. A spinal cord stimulator controls chronic pain by exerting pulsed electrical signals to the spinal cord. Watch to learn who is a candidate and what to expect from the procedure.
In Las Vegas, Dr. Perry from the Spinal Institute of Nevada knows that each person’s spine and spinal problems are unique and will work with you to find the best treatment for your spinal pain. To meet with Dr. Perry, call (702) 239-3787 today.
Spinal abnormalities can cause cervical disease in one or more discs between the vertebrae. Conditions like arthritis can cause disc damage that results in neck pain from inflammation or muscle spasms. Pressure on cervical nerve roots can be so severe you may experience pain and even numbness. When conservative treatments don’t bring results, it may be time for surgery to remove the disc that is pinching your nerve or pressing on your spinal cord. Once your disc has been removed, your surgeon will have two options to close the space between the adjacent vertebrae.
After the damaged disc is removed, a bone graft will be placed between the vertebrae. Sometimes, the bone graft will be held in place by a plate and screws to ensure that the fusion between the vertebrae heals properly. This is the most common surgery used after a damaged disc is removed. The one drawback of cervical fusion is that it can often result in a slight loss of range of movement in your neck.
Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement
An artificial cervical disc looks and moves like a natural disc but is made of metal. The artificial disc is placed between the vertebrae to take the place of the disc that was removed. Studies have shown that this newer technique is as effective as cervical fusion at improving neck and arm pain, and also helps you retain a greater range of movement than cervical fusion. In addition, artificial cervical replacement can help reduce degeneration of the adjacent vertebrae. Furthermore, cervical disc replacement eliminates the need for a bone graft that can cause ongoing pain at the donor site.
If you are suffering from cervical pain and conservative treatments have been ineffective, schedule a consultation with Dr. Perry of the Spine Institute of Nevada . With his extensive experience and training, Dr. Perry, a board-certified surgeon, will use the most advanced techniques to relieve your back pain or neck pain.
Are you looking for more information about the topics addressed in our recent blog posts? Take a look at the following websites to learn more about preventing back pain and treating symptoms when they do arise. Talk to the experts at the Spine Institute of Nevada by calling (702) 239-3787 to learn more.
- For further tips on keeping your back and neck healthy, see this guide to a healthy spine provided by the American Chiropractic Association.
- If you’d benefit from a few visuals depicting proper posture, see this MayoClinic.com slideshow.
- If you’d like to know about some of the commonly performed non-surgical treatments, see this SpineUniverse.com list.
- Do you want more information on pain management techniques? See this comprehensive overview on Spine-Health.com.
- For information on back pain treatments , take a look at this page from WebMD.com.
- Back Pain
- Spinal Compression Fractures
- Disc Replacement
- Thoracic Spine
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Spine Surgery
- Cervical Spine
- Lumbar Laminectomy
- Thoracic Lateral Fusion
- Spinal Tumors
- Vertebroplasty Procedure
- Spinal Deformities
- Herniated Disc
- Bone Grafts
- Kyphoplasty Procedures
- Compression Fractures
- Spinal Stenosis
- Pinched Nerves