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How Can a Facet Joint Injection Ease My Back Pain?

If you are living with chronic, unmanageable neck or back pain from facet syndrome or spinal arthritis, a facet injection can be a quick resolution and provide long-term relief. Facet joint injection is used as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool to confirm that the facet joint is the source of your

Can a Kyphoplasty Help Heal My Spine Fracture?

Kyphoplasty is a procedure used to treat certain fractures in vertebrae, or bones of the spine. The fractures treated by kyphoplasty are compression fractures. These fractures usually occur in bones weakened by osteoporosis (a thinning of the bones). In compression fractures, the main section of

A New Stem Cell Therapy May Speed Bone Fracture Healing

Vertebral compression fractures account for more than 750,000 injuries each year in the US - twice as many as hip fractures. They are often a result of a severe jolt to the spine, or a weakening of the spine due to osteoporosis. Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, and another 34

Will a Rhizotomy Help Alleviate Your Back Pain?

A facet rhizotomy may help to relieve pain by "turning off" the pain signals that the spine's facet joint(s) send to the brain. To help you prepare for the procedure: You will be provided detailed instructions about whether you can eat before the procedure. In most cases, you can continue to

A Discogram Can Reveal the Source of Your Back Pain

The first and most important step of addressing lower back pain is to uncover what is the cause of the pain. One of the more informative diagnostic procedures for understanding back pain is a discogram. A discogram is a test performed with the goal of reproducing a symptom rather than resolving

Epidural Steroid Injections for Back Pain

When back pain won’t go away, all the treatments that could help should be evaluated, from exercise and physical therapy to medication. Part of that evaluation, may include injections to ease back pain and inflammation. These shots usually consist of a steroid and a numbing medicine. Back

The Difference between an MRI and an X-Ray

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an extremely useful diagnostic imaging tool, performed an estimated 28 million times annually in the United States, enabling interpreting physicians to visualize the structure and function of the body. As it provides detailed images of the soft tissue of the body,

Great Treatment for Degenerative Spinal Stenosis

As we get older, activities of daily living are often robbed by spinal stenosis. Simple things such as working around the house, gardening, grocery shopping, or walking for exercise or recreation can trigger symptoms of spinal stenosis, resulting in pain, numbness, or weakness in the lower

What is Electrodiagnostic Testing?

Did you know that your body is an electrical generator? Nerves and muscles create electrical signals that deliver messages to and from your brain. Sensory nerves deliver information about your surroundings to the brain. Motor nerves deliver signals from the brain to activate your muscles. 

XLIF: A Great Back Surgery Option

The XLIF (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) is an approach to spinal fusion in which the surgeon accesses the intervertebral disc space and fuses the lumbar spine (low back) using a surgical approach from the side (lateral) rather than from the front (anterior) or the back (posterior). The XLIF

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