Topic of the Day: Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic type of arthritis that can lead to the fusing of some of the vertebrae in the spine. When the vertebrae fuse together, the result is a rigid or less flexible spine, causing numerous issues including breathing problems if the ribs...

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Three Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Some spine surgeries can be done using traditional techniques or newer, minimally invasive procedures. Some conditions for which minimally invasive surgery is often effective, include herniated discs and spinal stenosis. When you need spine surgery – when your pain...

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Five Stretches to Relieve Back Pain

The back is one of the most critical areas in the entire human body, but many individuals neglect to take proper care of it—much to their detriment. Too many gym-goers concentrate mostly on their arms or chest while forgetting that the back is responsible for much of...

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3 Common Causes of Chronic Neck Pain

Neck pain is typically divided into three categories: Acute neck pain lasts less than four weeks Sub-acute neck pain lasts four to twelve weeks Chronic neck pain lasts three or more months Acute and sub-acute neck pain are typically caused by muscle strains and...

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Facet Joint Arthritis: Everything You Need to Know

The spine is one of the most important structures of the body as it has the crucial jobs of providing structure and support and protecting the spinal cord. It also enables movement of the neck, back, core and lower body. The joints, in addition to intervertebral...

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Back Pain 101: What is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?

The sacroiliac (SI) joints are comprised of the sacrum joint and the iliac bones of the spine. The joint’s important job is to transmit the weight of the upper body to the lower body during movements like standing, walking, and running. When the joints become...

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The 3 Most Common Reasons Why a Spinal Disc Slips

The intervertebral discs are soft, rubbery pads that sit between adjacent vertebrae. They evenly distribute stress placed on the spine and help it flex. When one of the discs slips or herniates, it protrudes into the spinal canal and compresses the spinal nerve, which...

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Cervical Fusion Procedures Explained

An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), or just cervical fusion, procedure is performed when non-surgical treatment options fail to relieve the symptoms of a herniated disc, severe arthritis with accompanying bone spurs, and/or spinal stenosis. The...

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