What to Expect Before Your Spinal Procedure

What to Expect Before Your Spinal Procedure

Once you have decided to have spine surgery, there are a number of preparations that follow. Pre-Operative Evaluation During the physical exam before surgery you might expect a blood test, electrocardiogram (EKG), and chest X-ray. Your doctor will also discuss...
After Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery

After Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery

After a cervical disc replacement procedure, do everything you can to allow your body to heal in the best way possible. Keep the following checklist in mind. Pain Medication Tylenol may be recommended for pain. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen...
Diagnosis of Spinal Stenosis

Diagnosis of Spinal Stenosis

For most patients, the evaluation of spinal stenosis begins with a comprehensive physical and neurological examination followed by confirmatory imaging tests (An X-ray or MRI scan). The tests provide valuable information about the cause of your spinal stenosis and...
Causes and Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis

Causes and Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis

The exact cause of spondylolisthesis is unknown, although certain risk factors have been identified. Fractures When you fracture your spine, vertebrae are more likely to become unstable and slip onto the vertebrae below. Overuse The injury most often occurs in...
Minimally Invasive Cervical Disc Replacement

Minimally Invasive Cervical Disc Replacement

Spine surgery is traditionally an open surgery. This means the area being operated on is opened with a long incision to allow the surgeon to view and access the surgical site. In recent years, technological advances have allowed more back and neck conditions to be...
Diagnosis & Screening of Osteoporosis of the Spine

Diagnosis & Screening of Osteoporosis of the Spine

Osteoporosis is different from most other diseases or illnesses because there is not a single cause. Different testing methods may help determine if you have or are at risk for osteoporosis. If osteoporosis is suspected, a diagnosis must be made before an appropriate...