2 Common Causes of Slipped Spinal Discs

The intervertebral discs are soft, rubbery pads that sit between adjacent vertebrae. They evenly distribute stress placed on the spine and help it flex. When one of the discs slips or herniates, it protrudes into the spinal canal and compresses the spinal nerve, which...

Spine Surgery 101: What Decompressing a Spinal Nerve Means

A pinched spinal nerve can cause pain, numbness, and/or weakness. In most cases, conservative treatment options like physical therapy, anti-inflammatories and injections can be enough to decrease symptoms and help patients live a normal life. However, in some cases,...

3 Spine Surgeries That Are Now Minimally Invasive

Before 1990, spine surgery was performed as an “open procedure”. A 5-6-inch incision was used to allow the surgeon to view the area he or she was operating on. Today, thanks to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS), this type of muscle traumatizing approach isn’t...

3 Common Spine Injuries Following a Motor Vehicle Accident

Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) are a common cause of spinal injuries. Depending on the accident, injuries and their related symptoms can range from mild to severe. The three most common injuries are: Whiplash Injuries  Whiplash injuries are the least severe...

Cervical Myelopathy: Symptoms and Treatments

One of the most common causes of nerve pain is what is known as cervical myelopathy. The condition, which is most often seen in patients over the age of 50, is characterized by the compression of the spinal cord. Common symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness, and...