Category: Spinal Injuries

Everything You Need to Know About Endoscopic Spine Surgery From Dr. Raymond Gardocki

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We’ve previously discussed back pain and what to do if you’re experiencing discomfort. In many cases, back pain will resolve on its own and improve over time. Other times, more serious measures must be taken. If you’ve been told you need spine surgery, it’s important to understand what your options are and be aware of […]


The Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Methods of Back Pain

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Most people will experience at least one episode of back pain in their lifetime that will result in a missed workday. Dealing with back issues is a common problem that affects up to 70 percent of the population in industrialized countries. There are numerous causes of back pain. Some episodes are due to a lifetime […]


What You Need to Know About Pediatric Scoliosis Treatment

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The spine is made up of a stack of rectangular-shaped building blocks called vertebrae. Normally, when you look at a child’s back, the spine appears straight. However, a spine affected by scoliosis appears curved – giving the appearance that the child is leaning to one side. This sideways curvature of the spine often occurs during […]


What You Need to Know About a Slipped Disc

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A slipped disc, also known as a herniated disc, refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) that sit between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack to make your spine. A spinal disc has a soft, jellylike center (nucleus) encased in a tougher, rubbery exterior. A herniated disc occurs when some of […]


Endoscopic Spine Surgery

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If conservative back treatment options fail, you may find yourself in need of spine surgery. Minimizing the injury to tissue, trauma, and post-operative pain should be a priority for doctors when determining which type of spine surgery is best for a patient’s situation. There have been great strides in spine surgery technology over the years, […]


Degenerative Disc Disease

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Did you know that nearly everyone shows some signs of wear and tear on their spinal discs as they age? Contrary to its name, degenerative disc disease is not actually a disease; it’s a condition where pain is caused from a disc that degenerates over time. All of the bending, twisting and flexing that occurs […]


Spinal Stenosis

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Spinal stenosis typically occurs in the lower back and neck, and is often related to osteoarthritis. When the spaces within the spine begin to narrow, pressure is applied to the nerves that travel throughout the spine, resulting in this condition. Spinal stenosis is commonly caused by wear-and-tear changes, and may be difficult to identify based […]


How Scoliosis Forms

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Do you remember getting checked for scoliosis in school when you were younger? You probably took the Adam’s Forward Bend Test, where you bent forward at the waist 90 degrees with your arms stretched toward the floor, and your knees remained straight.  What they were looking for in this routine screening was any abnormalities, like […]


Overuse Series Pt. 3: The Shoulder

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The shoulder is the most mobile of your joints, so it’s no wonder that shoulder injuries are fairly common. Individuals who engage in sports such as swimming and baseball are prone to overuse shoulder injuries more frequently than other sports, with the arm being used in a constant overhead motion. Shoulder bursitis and tendinitis are […]


Do I have a lower back strain?

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Low back pain is caused by soft tissues that support the lower spine, which affect the ligaments, muscles and tendons. These soft tissues hold the body upright, as well as support weight from your upper body. This is what the lower spine depends on for support. Two types of soft tissue injuries can occur in […]


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