All About Back Pain Treatments

Herbal Remedies: St. John's Wort

St. John's Wort has become a popular herbal remedy for its ability to lift the spirit and control mild depression.

Spinal Instrumentation and Fusion

Spinal instrumentation is a generic term for surgical procedures that incorporate the use of screws, rods, cages, plates, and/or cylinders.

Interventional Pain Medicine: Options for Chronic Pain

If your primary care physician cannot pinpoint the source of your pain, it may be best to seek the care of a pain specialist such as an interventional pain medicine physician.

Alternative Treatment for Spinal and Back Pain

Highly skilled medical acupuncturists use locations to treat nerve roots in the cervical and lumbar spine in a manner similar to an epidural injection.

Artificial Disc Replacement: Randomized Clinical Trial Update

The potential benefits of artificial discs allows earlier participation in post-operative rehabilitation and activities and reduces stress to adjacent joints.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): Practices and Treatments Defined

Complementary and alternative medicine, CAM is popular and includes such therapies as acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathic and naturopathic medicine and many others, which are discussed here.

Immediately After Surgery

Post-operative nurses will attend to the patient's every need following surgery. This includes monitoring vital signs and providing pain management.

Are You Ready for Surgery?

You need to prepare for surgery just as much as your surgeon does. You are about to enter one of the most important athletic contests of your life. Dr. McLaughlin explores how you can prepare for your spinal surgery.

Recovering from Surgery

An occupational therapist will work with you and address any concerns of how to perform bathing, dressing, toileting, cooking, or light chores safely and independently at home.

Discharge Instructions After Spine Surgery

Post-operative discharge instructions, listed by type of procedure, for patients who have had spine surgery.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): How to Select a Practitioner

Locating a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioner that is right for you can be difficult. Included are logical questions to ask a prospective health care provider to help you make an informed choice.

Painkillers and the Kidneys: Analgesic Nephropathy

Analgesic nephropathy is a type of kidney damage resulting from taking painkillers every day for several years.

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF): Surgical Techniques

Pedicle screws may be used in conjunction with a posterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery to complete correction of a spondylolisthesis.

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF): Advantages and Indications

The advantages and indications of a posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) procedure are outlined.

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF): Spinal Stabilization

Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is useful in the correction of degenerative lumbar deformity such as spondylolisthesis or scoliosis.
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