What are thoracic spinal stenosis symptoms?

Spinal stenosis, or the narrowing of the spinal canal, can strike along any part of the spine. It most commonly occurs in the lumbar area (lower back), followed by the cervical area (neck). The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) calls spinal stenosis a “growing epidemic” that affects between eight and 11 percent of the […]

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Back Surgery Recovery Comebacks from Professional Athletes

In 2016, NFL linebacker Rob Gronkowski had microdiscectomy surgery—his third back surgery recovery. He came back the following year and was named to his fifth Pro Bowl after a stellar season. In 2018, he helped the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl. And after retiring the next year, then unretiring and following quarterback Tom […]

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Do You Have Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms?

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 worsens while sitting is […]

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Spine Surgeon Dr. Valente Celebrates 10 Years

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 private practice. Since embarking on his career in private practice, Dr. Valente launched […]

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