Researching and evaluating a spinal doctor is critical in treatment for your back or neck pain. In addition to getting to know your surgeon's experience and area of expertise, it is important to ask questions about your condition and/or recommended procedure.
The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in the body, originating at the spine's base and running along the back of the legs into the feet. The nerve provides functions to the lower limbs making walking, running, and standing possible. The experience of sciatic nerve pain can be debilitating.
Experiencing pain and numbness in your hands and arms can often be related to a disc herniation in your neck. If you find that medications, physical therapy, and alternative therapies aren't helping this pain and numbness, it may be time to seek cervical disc replacement options.
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.