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Spine Anatomy

  • The spine has three major components: Spinal column (bones, discs), Neural elements (spinal cord, nerve roots), Supporting structures (muscles, ligaments)....

Causes of Back Pain

  • There are many causes of back pain. Most cases of back pain are caused by wear and tear on the parts of the spine over a period of time. Back pain and damage is commonly caused by arthritis and injuries....

Diagnosis of Back Pain

  • Your surgeon will evaluate your health history, perform a physical examination, test nerve function, and radiological tests to diagnose your back pain....

Non-Surgical Spine Treatment

  • Most back pain will heal with conservative treatment in 2 to 3 days. Patients often do best when they stay active and perform normal activities as soon as possible, even if there is still some pain....

Surgical Spine Treatment

  • When non-surgical treatments fail to provide adequate relief from the symptoms of back pain your surgeon may suggest surgery. The goal of all spine operations is to remove pressure from the nerves of the spine, and to reduce excessive motion between vertebrae....

Pre-op and Post-op Guidelines

  • Planning ahead and preparing for your knee surgery can help ensure a smooth surgery and an easier recovery. The following recommendations can help you with this process....

Physical Therapy for the Spine

  • You may be prescribed a number of physical therapy exercises. Physical therapy is simply an exercise program that gently stretches and strengthens specific muscles and joints....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Answers to their most asked questions.

Links to Additional Education

  • Additional links provided to trusted specialist in the field.
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