When the words spine surgery is spoken, many people have thoughts of dread and thoughts of endless days riding the couch. However spine surgery has drastically changed over the past few years. Large open procedures are no longer necessary. Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has become preferable over traditional open surgeries.
The traditional surgical method for treating spinal stenosis in the past has been a fusion procedure using pedicle screws with relation to the lumbar (low back) spine. This procedure involves removing the disc (soft cushion between big bones in spine) and replacing it with a cage and bone graft material.
In the past two decades cervical (neck) disk replacement has become a huge interest of spine research. Cervical disk replacement (CDR) now has been tested and approved for treatment of certain neck disorders such as diseased or bulging disks that cause radiculopathy or myelopathy. The first FDA approved disk replacement in the US occurred in… Continue Reading To Fuse or Not to Fuse, a Surgical Discussion on Cervical RadiculopathyDetails
Do you ever wake up and have a stiff neck, and wonder why does my neck feel locked up, sore, and stiff? Have you ever sustained a whiplash injury such as a car accident, and wonder why my neck is so sore? Why can’t I turn my head? At Prairie Spine & Pain Institute, we… Continue Reading Neck Pain and Muscle SpasmDetails
When a person has pain, one of the first medications usually grabbed out of the medicine cabinet is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs). In this article we will discuss the use of NSAIDs and specifically with back pain. NSAIDs are anti-inflammatory drugs with analgesic and antipyretic properties. Analgesic refers to controlling pain and antipyretic refers… Continue Reading Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs):Details