If you're getting ready to have spine surgery or are considering your options, you're probably wondering what the recovery will be like. One of the most common questions we get from patients is when they can return back to work after back surgery. There is no one-size-fits-all answer here because th...Read more
Debilitating back pain that keeps you from being active can contribute to weight gain. But does it also happen in reverse? Can weight gain cause back pain?
In a word, yes.
Several studies show a high incidence of low back pain related to a body mass index (BMI) over 25 as well as a relationshi...Read more
One minute you’re just sitting there on the couch, and the next, you’re clutching your lower back. It’s not like you were exerting yourself, so how could you be in so much pain? This is one of the signs of degenerative disc disease.
Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms
Lower back pain that wor...Read more
Please join the DISC Spine Institute in wishing our Founder and Medical Director, Dr. Mark C. Valente, a Happy Anniversary! Dr. Valente, an industry-leading, board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon and expert in minimally invasive procedures, is celebrating his 10th year in p...Read more
Wake up with a pain pulsating down one leg? Feel a twinge in your lower back when you sneeze? It could be nothing. Then again, it could be a herniated disc. We’re breaking down the herniated disc symptoms so you’ll know what to look for—and what to do about it.
What is a herniated disc?
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, have you recently found yourself working from home? Many of us suddenly went from having to commute across town to walking across our home to begin the workday. There are numerous advantages to working from home, like greater flexibility and, of course, being able to...Read more
If you’re dealing with chronic back pain, you probably remember the first day it hit. At this point, you may worry that you’ll never experience a day without that pain. Minimally invasive back surgery may be just what you need. Let’s explore the five reasons you should consider minimally invas...Read more
What Causes Scoliosis
A normal, healthy spine has some curvature to it. These gentle curves, which can generally be seen when a person turns to the side, “help the spine absorb stress from body movement and gravity,” said WebMD. But when that curvature is too great, the condition is called sc...Read more
You may be thinking to yourself, “It feels like a knife slicing down my leg,” or “It’s the worst cramp I’ve ever had,” or “I thought the numbness and weakness were bad until the throbbing started.” Sciatica pain can express itself in several different ways, but no matter which sy...Read more
Every time you bend, twist or rotate, you have a facet joint to thank for the motion. These joints link the vertebrae in the spine to each other, and when they’re damaged, the pain can be extreme. Are there any facet joint pain treatments that are effective?
The good news is that most facet joi...Read more
Spinal stenosis affects between eight and 11 percent of people and is on the rise in lockstep with an aging population. Thoracic spinal stenosis is a relatively rare condition, however. Stenosis most commonly affects the lower back or lumbar region. The second most common region is the neck or cervi...Read more
When it comes to spinal conditions, the terms medical professionals use can get a bit confusing. For example, one spine doctor might tell you that you have a collapsed vertebrae while another will say it’s a compression fracture. Compression fracture vs. collapsed vertebrae, how do we tell them ap...Read more