A Surgeon's Perspective
December 24, 2019

Is Pregnancy Causing My Low Back Pain or Is It Something Else?

I'm a 29-year-old woman in my second trimester with my first child. I've had low back pain for several years, and I've never actually received a diagnosis. What could be wrong with me, and how do I make my back pain go away? I'm worried about my health and the health of my baby.

May 16, 2019

Weight Loss to Treat Herniated Disc Pain

Will I need back surgery if I lose weight?

I'm overweight, and I've had severe back pain caused by a herniated disc. If I lose weight can I avoid spine surgery?

September 28, 2017

Spinal Stenosis Surgery

Are Spinal Implants Right for Me?

There are many surgery options for spinal stenosis, but one of the most common options is spinal implants (eg, X-STOP). Learn how these implant can help relieve pressure on your spinal nerves and reduce your back pain.

June 19, 2018

Spondylosis Prevention

Learn a few simple things you can do to help improve the health of your spine and possibly prevent spondylosis.

September 28, 2017

The Different Types of Spine Surgeons

Should a Neurosurgeon or Orthopaedic Surgeon Perform Your Spine Surgery?

Read this article to learn the differences between neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons. Both can perform spine surgery, but they traditionally specialize in different areas.

September 28, 2017

What Should I Expect after Spine Surgery?

There Are No Usual Expectations

"My husband is very healthy and fit. But after a recent accident in the garden, he has lost the ability to do many of the activities he's used to because he has numbness and weakness in his knees."

March 11, 2019

How Do You Treat Drop Foot?

Drop foot is a nerve and muscle disorder that prevents you from lifting the front of your foot.

September 27, 2017

Lumbar Spine Cysts

Is Surgery the Only Option?

There are many kinds of cysts that occur near the lumbar spine. The causes and treatments for each are different.

September 27, 2017

I Have a Spinal Fracture—Is Rest Enough?

When to Seek Further Treatment

Spinal fractures warrant a visit to a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine specialist. Even with a brace, these fractures can progress and cause further damage.

September 27, 2017

The Pros and Cons of Spinal Fusion Surgery

If you are having surgery to treat your back and/or neck pain, you will most likely have decompression surgery. But in some cases, a fusion is also necessary.