• 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 cases are severe enough to cause complications. For patients with severe spine problems , surgeons may recommend a spinal fusion to prevent complications. Nerve Compression When the vertebrae […]

  • 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 minimally invasive surgery to correct their back problems. Although these procedures are minimally invasive, it’s still important for patients to become fully aware […]

  • 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 back and the lumbar region is the lower back. This means that a thoracic spinal fusion is performed on the middle of […]

  • 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 in some cases, back pain doesn’t go away by itself. Sometimes, it can persist, become worse, or perhaps even […]

  • 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. Then, he or she can insert tiny, specialized instruments to perform the procedure. There are a number of benefits patients can enjoy with minimally invasive […]

  • 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. Unfortunately, it is not currently possible to prevent scoliosis from occurring. Instead, spine surgeons focus on preventing the condition from growing progressively worse. They also emphasize the prevention of complications […]

  • 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 from patient to patient. For some patients, scoliosis may be little more than a minor nuisance. Others might require spinal fusion surgery […]

  • 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 medications. If the patient still experiences symptoms, then the surgeon may use a balloon tamp device to inflate the fractured vertebral body. Once it is […]

  • 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 surgeon’s pre- and post-operative instructions carefully. When you meet with the spine surgeon , you may be asked to undergo a physical exam and have some imaging […]

  • 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 compression fractures can be debilitating, there are treatment options available to patients. A spine doctor will usually recommend non-surgical treatment options like rest and medications first, followed by […]