Category Archives: Spine Treatments

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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What Are the Treatment Options for Shearer’s Spine?

The act of removing wool from sheep requires a lot of bending and awkward spine positions. Granted, this occupation isn’t as in-demand as it was once was in prior centuries. However, shearer’s spine, the condition named for this physically demanding job, can apply to anyone who spends a significant amount of time bending to perform […]

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Treating Spinal Bone Bruises

Most people associate bruises with varying shades of black, blue, and purple that appear on the skin as a result of tiny broken blood vessels called capillaries. However, bruises can also affect other parts of the body not visible to the naked eye, including internal organs and bones. When bruises affect bone tissue, bone marrow […]

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5 Reasons to Not Ignore a Spinal PT Program

Whether it’s wearing a hat and gloves on cold days or not swimming after a meal, there are many pieces of advice that may not seem all that important when first offered. Of course, if you end up catching a cold or getting stomach cramps, then the value of the advice just mentioned suddenly becomes […]

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