Even a minor spinal injury can make normal, everyday activities difficult to impossible. Surgery isn’t always the best solution for every person. When it is, minimally invasive spinal surgery offers many benefits over traditional surgery.
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The health of your spine has a direct influence on the rest of your body. So when something goes wrong in your spine—a disc shifts, a vertebrae cracks, or the nerves become inflamed—other parts of your body suffer.
"At 33 years old, I found out that I had a ruptured disc on my spine between my C6-C7. My first thought was fear. How am I going to raise my 20-month-old little girl?" - Jane Critz
Spinal fusion has come a long way from early operations using wires and big incisions. Minimally invasive techniques have dramatically reduced the recovery time after fusion surgery and made surgery safer as well.
A sharp, shooting pain moves across your back and down into your leg. Or you feel a consistent, dull ache that causes the sensation of numbness to move through your thigh and into your calf. This is not a normal backache.
Headaches are something that everyone deals with throughout the course of their life, but not everyone endures a migraine headache. Migraines affect 37 million people in the United States, 70% of whom are women. This is not just a tension headache or a sinus headache that goes away with over-the-counter medication.
There is a big difference between the unwelcome pain that comes from an old sports injury or picking up a heavy box, in comparison to a condition involving the nerves. The bones, muscles, and nerves in your back are a complex system that support your entire body, and it’s always possible that they may become compromised and lead to a condition called lumbar radiculopathy.
It’s fairly well known that large amounts of stress can cause a variety of health problems. Stress can affect your weight, sleep, eating habits, and ability to concentrate. Another lesser known risk of stress is that it can bring about intense physical pain, known as myofascial pain syndrome.
Technology has greatly increased the scope of our world. We can connect with friends and family regardless of location, watch movies on our phone, and store thousands of books on one small device. Unfortunately, overuse of technology also can be hard on your friendships, your social life, and your body.
Spinal stenosis is a condition that usually develops in people age 50+, and it can literally be a real pain in the neck and back.