The future of back surgery is bright and full of possibilities. New technology advancements are becoming more readily available to patients. Minimally invasive techniques offer patients less scarring, quicker recoveries, and fewer risks of infections. Also known as "computer-assisted, image-guidance," navigation technology is advancing at a rapid rate.
A cervical spinal fusion is needed to keep the spine stable after injury, infection, or a tumor. When symptoms such as numbness or weakness in the arm suggest that a neck problem is causing a pinched nerve (radiculopathy), surgery may help you feel better faster. Surgery can be stressful, but educating yourself can help alleviate some of the stress and set you up for a successful surgery.
Dehydration is defined as a harmful reduction in the amount of water and electrolytes in the body. Dehydration causes a loss of energy, a decline in strength and coordination, as well as impaired reaction time. Your risk of orthopedic injuries increase when you are dehydrated as your muscles are less pliable and do not move as well. Muscle cramps and fatigue lead to heightened risk for muscle sprains, muscle tears and bone fractures.
Football is one of America’s favorite pastimes. From “pee-wee” leagues to professional football, the impact the sport has is ingrained in our society. It's important to recognize the risk that comes along with playing a contact sport such as football. Spinal injuries remain a serious concern in the game for all ages.
Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. Most people with low back pain recover quickly, however recurrence is common and for a small percentage of people the condition will become chronic and disabling.
More than 90% of people will have back pain at some point in their lives. If you have tried noninvasive treatments like pain medications and physical therapy to alleviate your chronic back pain without much benefit, you may be a candidate for spinal injection therapy.