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Back Surgery for Golfing Great

August 23, 2015

When you’re a professional golfer who has spent over three decades on the PGA Tour and has 16 major championships, being bedridden is out of the question. Back in 2004, golfing pro-Lee Trevino was so debilitated with pain caused by

Sports Injuries and Athletes

Athletes have a greater risk of sustaining sports injuries due to physical activity. During sports activity the back is exposed to a lot of stress, absorption of pressure, turning, twisting and even impact. Even the most highly trained athlete put

Discography

June 23, 2015

Discography is a diagnostic study that is used to evaluate a spinal disc. There are 4 components of discography: Manometric Volumetric Pain evaluation Radiographic imaging With a discogram a radiologist places a spinal needle inside the jelly part of the jelly filled doughnut or

Artificial Disc Replacement

June 21, 2015

A disc is the shock absorber that separates the blocks the bone of your back.  The disc is made of cartilage and has the consistency of crabmeat.  When a disc becomes damaged or wears out the patient has the option of

Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty

Percutaneous kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are techniques for the insertion of bone cement into a fractured vertebra.  The goal is to relieve pain and improve function. Advantages: Percutaneous procedure Outpatient procedure Avoidance of a brace Disadvantages: Cement can leak out of bone

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

June 19, 2015

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, or SI joint pain, is one of the most common causes of low back pain. The spine is made up of five areas, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccyx. The spine attaches to the pelvis at the

Herniated Lumbar Discs

The vertebrae (bones of the spine) are cushioned by blocks or pads of tissue called discs. Discs are round and flat and made up of 2 parts: the annulus (a tough outer capsule or ring) and the nucleus (an inner,

Spinal Fusion Procedure

A spinal fusion is when 2 or more blocks of bone (vertebra) are made into one. Due to improper alignment or incompetency to maintain alignment, the spine begins to injure nerves or places the spinal cord or nerves at risk for

Facet Joint Syndrome

Facet joint disease is often simply referred to as facet syndrome. It is a condition that affects the facet joints as we age. When the cartilage in the facet joint begins to deteriorate, the body tries to heal the instability

Treatment Options for a Bulging Disc

A bulging disc, sometimes referred to as a disc bulge, happens through a combination of structural degeneration and pressure. If enough pressure is placed on a spinal disc, it may bulge (think of your bicycle when you were younger, how