Conditions

Surgery for Sciatica

Most patients with sciatica respond well to nonsurgical treatments. However, there are situations when you may need to go ahead with spine surgery.

Exams and Tests for Sciatica

Some tests, such as CT scans and MRIs, may be necessary to help diagnose sciatica or piriformis syndrome.

Facts and FAQs About Sciatica, Low Back and Leg Pain

Sciatica is defined as a severe pain in a leg along the course of the sciatic nerve. Sciatic pain is felt in the back of the leg running from the buttock down the back of the thigh into the calf and foot.

Why Is Sciatica So Painful?

A question patients often ask is, “Why is sciatica so painful?” They often believe there’s something unique about sciatica versus other types of spinal nerve pain.

Epidural Corticosteroid Injections and Low Back Pain

Epidural steroid injections may be part of a treatment program that includes an active exercise program and may assist in avoiding the need for surgical intervention.

Chiropractic Treatment of Sciatica

Chiropractic treatment of sciatica is based on the philosophy that restricted spinal movement leads to pain and reduced function.

What You Need to Know About Sciatica Now

Sciatica pain is bad—there’s no way around that—but is it really that common? Are nonsurgical treatments really effective against such debilitating pain?

Smokers with Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease Have Surgery Earlier and More Often

Smoking and tobacco use disorder is tied to increased rates of spine surgery in people with cervical degenerative disc disease and myelopathy.

6 Leading Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica, also referred to as lumbar radiculopathy, is mild to intense pain that radiates from the low back into the left or right leg. Other symptoms include numbness, tingling, and weakness.

5 Things About Spinal Stenosis You Need to Know

Five important things you need to know about spinal stenosis that can affect your low back and/or neck.

Upper Neck Disorders and the Cervical Spine

Overview of head and upper neck disorders your doctor may refer to as a craniovertebral junction abnormality or craniocervical disorder.

Surgery for Neck Pain: Posterior Cervical Fusion

Dr. Dan Riew, the Chief of cervical spine surgery at Washington University, discusses this surgical technique and who it can help. A posterior cervical fusion can help relieve neck pain and other symptoms.

5 Things About World Spine Day

World Spine Day was launched to educate the public about spine conditions—and inspire them to become more active in their own health.

I'm an Adult: Why Do I Have Scoliosis Now?

To help shed light on the distinctions between adult and childhood scoliosis, SpineUniverse spoke with Kevin R. O’Neill, MD, MS, a spine surgeon who specializes in both adult and pediatric scoliosis.

What is Syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia (see-ringo-my-lia) is a progressive disorder in which a fluid-filled cyst, or syrinx, forms within the spinal cord. Given time.....
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