Surgery for a Herniated Disc

Five common surgical procedures performed to treat herniated discs are presented. Plus, helpful tips how to get in good physical shape for your surgery!

Causes of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be caused by so many things: Read this article to learn the general categories of chronic pain causes.

Osteoporosis: Trace Elements - Boron and Silicon

Taken as supplements, certain trace elements can promote bone formation and help to prevent osteoporosis.

Causes of Spinal Tumors

We've put together answers to the most common questions about spinal tumors, including questions about radiation.

Spinal Tumors: Diagnostic Process

Radiographs (x-rays) are initially obtained and a bone scan may be ordered early to rule out tumors or infections.

Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome involves the piriformis muscle a target for repetitive motion injury especially in people who are runners. Piriformis symptoms include buttock pain and if the sciatic nerve is compressed, sciatica.

Talking to Your Doctor About Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Low back pain caused by sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a diagnosis that may be overlooked by your doctor. Tips how to talk with your doctor.

Cannabis Patch Targets Fibromyalgia Pain

The cannabis patch will deliver high-potency cannabinoid extract through a transdermal adhesive patch.

How to Start Your Osteoporosis Prevention Plan Today

Osteoporosis is a preventable bone disease. Even if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are steps you can take with your doctor's help to help manage low bone mineral density and prevent spinal fracture.

Ergonomics and Degenerative Disc Disease

Learn some basic ergonomic principles on how to adapt your work environment to protect your spine and prevent your back pain from getting worse.

Ergonomics and Chronic Pain

Practicing good ergonomic principals on the job may enable you to control your pain.

Fall Prevention: Be Proactive

Information to help you to take a proactive approach to preventing falls and preventing vertebral compression fractures. Especially if you have osteoporosis (low bone density), you should be aware of how to prevent falls.

Spinal Fracture Prevention

Spinal fracture prevention is about taking precautions when doing certain activities. For example, you should always wear your seat belt when driving.

Common Chronic Pain Questions

The term chronic pain is generally used to describe pain that has lasted for more than six months. It isn't always clear what causes chronic pain. There are several possibilities.

Fall Prevention:

See how flooring, furniture and footwear play an important role in the prevention of falling in your home or office.

Kyphosis: Description and Diagnosis

Read about possible causes of kyphosis and tests that doctors use to diagnose kyphosis.

Common and Uncommon Causes of Back Pain

Muscle spasms may be the most common cause of back pain, but there are other common causes patients with back pain need to know about.

Can a Poor Diet Cause Back Pain?

Can a diet high in sugar and processed fat cause back pain?

Excess Fat in Bones Makes Anorexics Prone to Osteoporosis

People with anorexia have high amounts of fat in their bone marrow, and this makes them prone to osteoporosis. The findings show that malnutrition causes stem cells to become fat cells instead of bone-forming cells. Learn more in this article.

Grandfathers' Fractures Could Raise Osteoporosis Risk for Grandsons

Fractures in grandfathers may mean their grandsons will have bone health issues. This study focused on hip fractures, but it highlights the genetic implications of low bone mass and osteoporosis. And that affects spinal compression fractures risk.

Osteoporosis Drugs May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Women who took bisphosphonates had 32% fewer breast cancer cases.

Anatomy of Spinal Fractures

Spinal fractures can occur anywhere on the vertebrae, so to understand fractures, you should understand spinal anatomy.

Can Inversion Tables Help Your Low Back Pain?

Inversion table therapy may help relieve back pain, sciatica, muscle tension, muscle spasms caused by degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, herniated disc, or facet syndrome. Always talk with your doctor before trying an inversion table.

Exercises for Spinal Stenosis

If you have spinal stenosis, should you exercise? If so, what type of exercise is safe and won't cause you pain?

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

A characteristic of RA is it can affect any of the body’s joints, and symptoms range from mild to severe, and vary from episodic to chronic.

Exams and Tests for Spondylolisthesis

Most people find out they have spondylolisthesis when they have an x-ray for another problem, and it reveals a slipped vertebra.

Lumbar Back Sprains and Strains

A common cause of low back pain is a lumbar sprain or strain. These soft tissue injuries can affect the spine's supporting structures; muscles, tendons and/or ligaments.

Non-surgical Treatments for Upper Cervical Disorders

Spinal traction, bracing and medications are types of conservative treatments often used in combination to treat an upper neck disorder.

Klippel-Feil Syndrome: Short Neck and Congenital Cervical Spine Disorder

Klippel-Feil syndrome occurs when two or more cervical vertebrae in the neck are abnormally fused together causing a short neck and limited ability to bend and twist the neck. The genetics, causes, symptoms and treatments of this rare congenital disorder are explained.

Signs and Symptoms of Upper Cervical Disorders

Neck pain and headache are the most common symptoms related to an upper cervical spine disorder.

Upper Neck Disorders

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

Neck Pain or iPad Neck and Tablet Habits

Neck pain was a common complaint among iPad and tablet users in a research study. Mesmerized by a game, social media, or other information, tablet users gaze down, slump, or find other awkward positions in which to stare at their screens, and later, report neck stiffness, soreness, aches and pain.

5 Ways to Manage Back Pain

Low back pain is common, but if you have it, know that it does not have to control your life. Find out 5 quick and easy ways to relieve back pain today.

Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a progressive age-related spinal disorder that can lead to disc herniation or a bulging disc and contributes to spinal stenosis causing back pain.

Lumbago: Mild to Severe Low Back Pain

Lumbago is a seldom used term to mean mild to severe low back pain. The pain can be acute or chronic and affects both young and old.

Whiplash: 5 Things You Should Know

Whiplash, also called neck sprain or neck strain, is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck. Here are five important things you should know about this injury.

Recovery from Scoliosis Surgery

If you're getting ready for scoliosis surgery, read these recovery tips from a spine surgeon. You'll learn what will happen at the hospital just after surgery and what will happen at home.

Compression and Wedge Fractures: Treatment and Recovery

Osteoporosis may cause vertebral compression fractures and spinal wedge fractures. Balloon kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive spine surgical procedures that are used to treat vertebral fractures, stabilize the spine and reduce back pain.

Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a rare but serious low back disorder that causes bladder and/or bowel dysfunction requiring immediate medical attention.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is genetic condition that may cause sacroiliac joint hypermobility, potential joint dysfunction and low back pain.

Tarlov Cysts and Back Pain

Tarlov cysts, also called perineural and sacral nerve root cysts, can compress a spinal nerve root causing back pain, weakness and numbness that may radiate into the legs.

Chronic Pain Prevention

Can chronic pain be prevented? Especially chronic back pain: is it possible to prevent pain? A pain management specialist tells you how you can work to prevent chronic back pain.

Sciatica Prevention and Relief

Are you looking for ways to prevent sciatica or manage it with conservative therapies? These wellness tips may help you to prevent or manage an episode of sciatica.

When Should You Visit a Doctor for Herniated Disc Pain?

Herniated disc symptoms that warrant medical attention may include neck or low back pain, tingling, numbness and weakness that extends into the arms or legs.

Paget’s Disease and Your Spine

Paget’s disease is the second most common bone disorder in the United States, behind osteoporosis.

Spinal Disorders May Cause Neurogenic Bladder Disorder or Dysfunction

Spinal disorders or injuries that cause nerve compression or damage may cause Neurogenic Bladder Disorder (NBD); also termed Bladder Dysfunction. NBD means the patient has problems with urination.

Spondylolisthesis: Back Condition and Treatment

This in-depth discussion about spondylolisthesis explains what causes a vertebra to slip and what the different grades (eg, grade 1 spondylolisthesis) look like.

Lumbar Back Sprains: Treatment and Prevention

Lumbar sprains and low back strains are a common cause of back pain. Because the pain may develop suddenly and feel severe or acute, some people fear the worst.

Chiari Malformation: A Basic Overview

Chiari malformation is a condition that causes brain tissue to settle into the spinal canal. It develops where your skull and neck (cervical spine) come together.

Lumbar Back Sprains: Diagnostic Steps

How doctors diagnose a low back sprain or lumbar strain; both a common cause of inflammation and swelling of soft tissues that leads to pain, tenderness and stiffness.