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
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 of the most common questions we get asked by both surgical and non-surgical patients at the DISC Spine Institute is, “When can I start working out again?” Back pain can be disruptive in so many ways, and losing the ability to go to the gym, go for a run, lift weights, do CrossFit, or take pa...Read more