Neuro and Spine Conditions

Degenerative Disc Disease

Do you wake in the morning feeling stiffness and pain in your back or neck? Are there spots of swelling and tenderness that never seem to calm down from that angry red? Do you find yourself having difficulty performing simple movements like getting out of a chair or even dressing? You may be suffering from […]
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Tumors

The spinal cord runs through a canal that extends from the base of your spine to the base of your neck, providing a pathway for nerves to communicate throughout the body. Tumors can grow within your spinal cord, causing constriction to the nerves and putting pressure on the spinal cord itself. The pressure exerted by […]
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Stenosis – Lumbar

Stenosis defines a condition typified by the narrowing of channels in the body, and in the case of lumbar spinal stenosis, it is a result of the narrowing of nerve channels in the lumbar spinal region. This condition becomes far more prevalent when a patient passes the age of 50 and presents with symptoms that […]
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Stenosis – Cervical

The term stenosis refers to a condition in which a channel in the body narrows abnormally, in the case of spinal stenosis it refers to the narrowing of the channel the spinal nerves pass through. A condition that becomes more common as a patient passes 50, it can cause radiating pain, numbness, or weakness caused […]
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Scoliosis

Growing up Scoliosis was the specter of our childhood years, spoken about by our teachers, parents, and physicians alike. Most of us went through a mass-screening process without fully understanding the importance of this examination. Scoliosis is a condition that presents with the spine becoming twisted abnormally, curving to one side or rotating on its […]
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Spondylolisthesis

Given the difficult job it has of supporting us as we stand and walk around each day, it’s no surprise how sturdy our spine is. Due to the difficulty of its job it is susceptible to a variety of maladies occurring from both the wear and tear of our daily lives and the abuses we […]
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Osteoarthritis

Of all the forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common, resulting from the natural aging process and wear and tear on the tissues in the joints. While it’s possible for this condition to exist in any joint in the body, it is most common the hips, knees, spine, and hands. There is no known […]
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Herniated Disc – Lumbar

Sciatica is a term that is often talked about, especially among older patients, indicating an experience of pain traveling down the leg from the lower back often accompanied by numbness or tingling. This condition is often the result of herniation of the discs in the lumbar region of your spine. This condition can be treated […]
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Herniated Disc – Cervical

Have you been experiencing numbness in your shoulders? Do certain movements produce pain in your neck, shoulders, hands, arms, or chest? Do you experience sudden or ongoing weakness in these areas? If so you may be suffering from a condition known as a herniated cervical disc. This condition is treatable at all stages, with higher […]
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Neuro and Spine Procedures

Thoracic – Thoracic Laminectomy and Instrumentation

Stenosis can cause uncomfortable to painful symptoms. Identified by a narrowing of the nerve channels in the body, stenosis causes pressure on the nerves resulting in numbness, radiating pain, and numbness, along with more severe symptoms in advanced cases. When this condition occurs in the thoracic region of the spine, the upper back, a thoracic […]
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Lumbar – Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

When a patient’s spinal column has become unstable due to the ravages of degenerative disc disease, wear, and tear injury, or other causes spinal fusion may be necessary to restore stability to the spine and aid in decompression. The spine consists of a series of individual bones known as vertebrae spaced with intervertebral discs, responsible […]
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Lumbar – Laminectomy, Fusion – Uninstrumented

When a patient is experiencing compression of the nerves in the spine that is accompanied by little to no instability in the spine a procedure may be performed to relieve that pressure accompanied by spinal fusion. The lack of weakness in the patient permits the physician to perform a spinal fusion using bone grafts without […]
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Lumbar – Minimally Invasive Discectomy (Percutaneus Disc Removal)

Until recently the only surgical treatment for sciatica involved an invasive procedure known as open surgery. This method included opening the flesh of the back, moving aside the muscle, and removing a significant portion of the intervertebral disc with the aim of relieving pressure on the nerves housed in the spinal column through decompression. Recovery […]
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Lumbar – Laminectomy, Fusion – Instrumented

A lumbar laminectomy with instrumented fusion indicates a traditional lumbar laminectomy performed with the assistance of screws, cages, hooks, plates, and rods to support the spine around the surgical site. These instruments are put in place to aid the spinal column in healing following the procedure, ensuring they fuse together correctly. Why Would My Doctor […]
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Lumbar – Laminectomy

The central support structure of the body is the skeleton, and the essential portion of the skeleton can be said to be the spine. This arrangement, a series of alternating vertebrae and discs, come together to form a framework that is central to almost all of your bodies movement. Housed within the spine is the […]
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Cervical – Posterior Cervical Laminotomy

When pressure on the nerves of the neck is causing discomfort for a patient, especially in instances where the concerns have progressed beyond numbness and tingling, it’s possible that a posterior cervical laminotomy may be deemed appropriate. This procedure removes pressure on affected nerves by removing the portion of the lamina, the arched or flattened […]
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Cervical – Cervical Laminoplasty

When the spinal cord and nerves have become compressed, and you’re seeking treatment options, a cervical laminoplasty is often selected. Unlike the laminectomy, a procedure in which bone material is removed from the spine to reduce pressure on the nerves, a laminoplasty provides relief without the removal of material. Identifying Possible Spinal Compression By Its […]
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Cervical – Anterior Cervical Discectomy, Fusion – Instrumented (ACDF)

Surgical solutions to problems involving the spine have come a long way, and one treatment utilized in the event of significant deterioration of a disc in the cervical portion of the spinal column can result in the need for its removal and replacement. ACDF, or Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion, is the procedure typically used […]
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Cervical – Cervical Laminectomy, Fusion – Instrumented

The spinal column is the central structural system in the body, comprised of alternating bony vertebrae and cartilaginous discs that create a complex system of support and flexibility. In a structure so integral to our day to day movements, it’s not surprising that some things can go awry. One such potential fault is known as […]
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