• Kyphosis: Causes and Treatment Options

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    Kyphosis is a curving of the spine that results in a rounded back for the individual suffering from it. Aside from a humpback appearance, kyphosis can also cause fatigue, back pain , rigidity of the spine, and labored breathing.

    Causes
    Kyphosis can afflict anyone at any age. It may develop from a number of factors, including both injury and disease. Kyphosis can stem from a deterioration of either the spinal cord due to arthritis or vertebrae as a result of osteoporosis. In some cases, the vertebrae may begin to slip forward on each other, a condition known as spondylolisthesis.

    Physical trauma to the thoracic or lumbar areas can also cause kyphosis. Aside from these common causes, kyphosis may be triggered by any of the following: spina bifida, Paget’s disease, neurofibromatosis, muscular dystrophy, and tuberculosis.

    Treatment Options
    The type of care needed to correct kyphosis depends upon both its cause and severity. In mild cases, the condition can be addressed with a back brace, medication, or physical therapy. If the back pain and other symptoms persist or worsen, surgery may be required.

    Kyphosis can be treated with several different surgical procedures, one of which is osteotomy. The purpose of an osteotomy is to eliminate the deformity of the bones. The vertebrae are realigned and stabilized with the aid of spinal instrumentation or fusion. Instrumentation may come in the form of plates, wires, rods, cables, or screws.

    Another, less invasive measure called balloon kyphoplasty may also be possible. Kyphoplasty is used to correct spinal fractures, which can cause kyphosis. The surgeon inserts a small balloon between the fractured vertebrae and inflates it. This creates a space in the vertebral column that can be filled with a surgical cement to support the bones and keep them from fracturing again.

    If you are experiencing back or neck pain, the physicians at the Spine Institute of Nevada can correct it. We serve individuals in Las Vegas and the surrounding communities and provide a variety of treatment options relating to the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar areas of the back. Call us today at (702) 239-3787 to learn more about our spinal procedures or to schedule an appointment.

  • What is Whiplash?

    X-ray of Human Head Showing Neck Contortion, Las Vegas

    If you’ve ever been in a car accident, especially one in which you were hit from behind when the vehicle you were in was at a stop, you may have suffered from the symptoms of whiplash. Whiplash is a very common car accident injury, involving damage to the soft tissues of the cervical spine. Even when impact occurs at low speeds, a rear-end collision can force the head sharply forward or backward, causing neck pain that may indicate whiplash. While whiplash happens most often in motor vehicle accidents, it can also be caused by a fall, an assault, or chronic neck strain.

    What are the symptoms?
    Symptoms of whiplash can occur immediately after the trauma, but the full onslaught of symptoms may not manifest for a few days—or even weeks—after the trauma occurred. Symptoms include neck pain, lumbar back pain, headaches, neck stiffness, muscle spasms, and dizziness.

    How is whiplash diagnosed?
    If you visit a doctor immediately after the trauma occurred, the doctor will most likely take x-rays of the neck and back to ensure that there are no fractures or more serious injuries. The doctor may also recommend a cervical collar for additional support. Because damage to soft tissue can’t be detected with basic x-rays, other methods of imaging, such as MRI or a CT scan, may be used to detect injury to the soft tissues.

    What are the treatment options?
    There is no standard treatment for whiplash since the symptoms can vary for each individual. This is why it’s important to see a healthcare professional immediately after an injury to the neck. He or she can determine your best treatment options. Luckily, whiplash can often be treated without surgery. Some possible treatments include the use of pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, or a cervical collar. Your doctor may also recommend heat and ice therapy, physical therapy, or injections.

    Though whiplash may not seem as severe as other spine injuries, it is still important to seek medical treatment. To learn more about whiplash or to explore your treatment options, contact Dr. Perry at Spine Institute of Nevada . Visit one of our Las Vegas offices or call us today at (702) 239-3787 .

  • Find Out More About Spinal Injuries

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    If you would like to learn more about common spine injuries, treatments, and other topics related to our recent blog posts, check out these links from around the Web. If you’d like to talk to a spine health specialist, call Spine Institute of Nevada at (702) 239-3787 .

  • Dr. Perry Voted One of Las Vegas’ Top Doctors 2012

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    If you’ve recently been in an accident then it’s important to get checked out as soon as possible by the award winning Dr. Perry. At the Spine Institute of Nevada , we practice some of the most advanced spine care techniques for lumbar, thoracic, and cervical ailments. If you’re experiencing even the slightest neck or back pain, then call (702) 239-3787 to set up an appointment.

  • On the Gridiron: Common Spine Injuries

    Young Woman with Lower Back Pain, Las Vegas

    Many people suffer from some degree of neck or back pain , but determining the cause of the pain can at times be difficult. There are many factors to consider, from poor posture to a serious injury to the spine. Here are some common spine injuries to consider if you have severe pain in the neck or back.

    Whiplash

    You may have seen someone wearing a cervical collar after a car accident. These are usually worn to treat whiplash, which is a common motor vehicle injury. Whiplash occurs when the neck is forced to move in an unusual way, usually backward and then forward. Whiplash can cause neck pain and stiffness. If untreated, whiplash can cause more serious damage to the cervical spine.

    Herniated Disk

    There are spongy discs between the vertebrae of the spine that act as cushions, giving the spine its flexibility. When one of these discs becomes damaged, it can rupture and move out of place. A herniated disc can put pressure on the spinal cord, causing back pain and weakness. Herniated discs are caused by physical trauma or wear and tear. Because these discs become less flexible as you age, the likelihood of a herniation increases.

    Fracture

    Just like with a herniated disc, a spine fracture may cause damage to the spinal cord. When a vertebra fractures, fragments can pinch the nerves, sometimes resulting in paralysis. The most common causes of a fracture are car accidents, sports injuries, and falls.

    Spondylolisthesis

    Often a result of fractures, a vertebra can slip out of place onto the vertebra below it. This is called spondylolisthesis. Sometimes, a slipped vertebra pinches a nerve, causing pain. This occurs most commonly in the lumbar, or lower, vertebrae. Spondylolisthesis can be caused by a birth defect, age, injury, or a combination of the three.

    If you’re looking for a spine specialist in the Las Vegas area, Dr. Perry’s Spine Institute of Nevada offers the most advanced techniques for treating injuries to the spine. Call (702) 239-3787 to schedule an evaluation and find the best treatment options for you.