Spine Disorders: Diagnosing Common Deformities


The spine is an important and complex part of the human anatomy, supporting the entire body and allowing us to move. It follows that spine disorders can have significant impact on a person’s movement and functioning. Spine disorders can affect both children and adults. The likely course of treatment depends on what condition you’re diagnosed with […]

5 Conditions That May Require Lumbar Spine Surgery


If you have pain in your lumbar spine — or low back — you may be worried you need to have surgery. Many times, back pain can be treated using non-surgical methods, such as rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication, walking or exercise and physical therapy. In some cases, steroid injections can help. Typically your orthopedic doctor will assign […]

Lumbar Spine Anatomy 101


In this post, we’ll cover the basics of lumbar spine anatomy. The lumbar spine is in the lower back (whereas the cervical spine anatomy refers to the neck region). This curved part of the spine helps support and move the body, and is made up of interlocking bones called vertebrae, ligaments and nerves. The lumbar spine contains: 5 vertebrae: L1-L5 (referring […]

Three Neck Pain Causes and Treatments


Determining which of the neck pain causes is involved is the first step to establishing an effective treatment plan. Treatment for problems affecting the neck – or cervical spine – range from rest and over-the-counter medication to spinal surgery. It’s best to work closely with an experienced orthopedic specialist to build a customized course of treatment. This […]

Do You Need Surgery for Neck Pain?


Neck pain can sometimes be treated using non-surgical methods, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and steroid injections. But some problems are serious enough to require surgery for neck pain. Herniated discs and cervical spondylotic myelopathy are two conditions that often result in the need for cervical spine / neck surgery. Herniated nucleus pulposus, or herniated disc A herniated nucleus pulposus […]

Spinal Stenosis vs. Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy


Many different conditions can affect the cervical spine, or the neck. Some factors that may cause neck problems are age, lifestyle, work, diet and your genetics. Different conditions may require different treatments — from rest to physical therapy to spinal surgery. This blog covers the differences between two of the common problems orthopedic specialists find in […]

Treating Common Problems of the Cervical Spine


Many different problems can affect the neck — or cervical spine — especially with age. Treatment for neck conditions can range from a conservative approach that involves rest and over-the-counter medication to spinal surgery. Neck conditions may occur with age, trauma or disease, or a combination of factors. This blog describes common cervical spine conditions and how […]

Cervical Spine Anatomy Basics


In this blog, we’ll describe the components of cervical spine anatomy, including the vertebrae, ligaments, nerves, veins, and arteries that make up the neck. The primary function of the cervical spine is the mobility, support and protection of spinal canal and neural structures. The cervical spine is made up of: 7 vertebrae 6 intervertebral discs 8 […]

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