Category Archives: Spine Treatments

What Are the Treatment Options for a Sequestered Spinal Disc?

When something is sequestered, it’s separated. If you have a sequestered spinal disc, it means part of the disc has broken off and moved elsewhere within your spinal canal. A sequestered disc happens when inner disc material pushes through the harder outside layer of a spinal disc and “escapes,” or breaks free. This free-roaming disc […]

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Preventing & Treating Thickening of Spinal Ligaments

To maintain stability, the spine needs support from some tissues that are tough and firm. In a nutshell, this is what spinal ligaments called ligamentum flavum do. These tough fibers connect spinal bones (vertebrae) together. Over time, these ligaments become thicker as they calcify or enlarge, which can have a noticeable effect on movement and […]

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Is There a Cure for Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition that can result in persistent or recurring pain, numbness, and tingling sensations extending from the lower back area and radiating to the buttocks, thighs, and legs. It’s a condition that stems from the irritation of the longest single nerve in the human body, which originates in the lower spine and travels […]

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What Are the Benefits & Risks of Having a Spinal Angiogram?

There’s sometimes a need to closely examine the blood vessels that surround the spinal cord. One way to do this is with a diagnostic test called a spinal angiogram, which involves the use of an X-ray to observe arteries and veins. It’s often performed to look for either problems with blood vessels or a suspected […]

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The Basics of Spinal Shunts

There’s sometimes a need to help fluid around the spine flow and drain properly. One way to do this is with a device known as a spinal shunt. Also referred to as a lumbar shunt, a spinal shunt is inserted into the spine to facilitate fluid transfer and drainage. It’s often used to help with […]

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Treatment of Herniated Discs in the Thoracic Spine

The middle part of the back is referred to as the thoracic spine, and it contains more independently moveable vertebrae than the neck (cervical spine) and lower back (lumbar spine) areas. However, because of the added protection from the rib cage and organs, the middle back area isn’t a common place where disc herniations occur. […]

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How Can Cervical Disc Herniation Be Prevented & Treated?

A cervical disc herniation can cause a great deal of pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, or upper back. Age is a common contributing factor to changes with spinal discs that typically include a loss of height and shape and a reduction in the water content necessary to retain a disc’s sponginess. However, there are […]

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7 Conservative Treatment Options for Bulging Discs

Some people use the term “bulging disc” to refer to any type of disc-related discomfort. However, this term refers to inner material pushing through the outer layer of a disc. Approximately 90 percent of bulging discs are likely to occur in the lower back area, which can also affect the neck and upper spine. Luckily, […]

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How to Avoid Experiencing Spine Pain on Your Wedding Day

From the ceremony to the reception, everybody wants the perfect wedding day. It can safely be assumed that the last thing you want to have to face is spine-related pain. Besides, you probably have many things on your to-do list that are already increasing your stress, which is certainly understandable, so a pain-free day will […]

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