After developing spine-related symptoms, whether caused by injury or an underlying condition, patients can reduce how intense symptoms are by temporarily changing the way they do daily activities.
Acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques.
More Americans are looking beyond Western medicine to help relieve their back, neck, and spinal joint pain, including osteoarthritis of the spine.
Anterior Cervical Fusion
In cases where arm pain is caused by a cervical disc bulge or herniation or from degenerative changes producing osteophytic spurs (aka “bone spurs”), the pain is called cervical radiculopathy.
Aquatic Therapy is a viable option for rehabilitation of spinal issues from low back pain, degenerative disc disease, surgeries and fusions.
Artificial Disc Replacement
Replacing a damaged disc with an artificial disc can reduce pain in the neck or lower back.
Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR)
An artificial disc (also called a disc replacement, disc prosthesis or spine arthroplasty device) is a device that is implanted into the spine to imitate the functions of a normal disc (carry load and allow motion).
Bone Graft Alternatives
Bone grafts are bone that is transplanted from one area of the skeleton to another to aid in healing, strengthening or improving function.
Bone Growth Stimulation
Bone growth stimulation (BGS) is a therapy your surgeon may prescribe following a spinal fusion procedure.
Bone Morphogenetic Proteins (BMP)
One of the most critical components of building, healing and remodeling bone in humans is a process called osteoinduction.
Cervical Disc Replacement
Cervical disc replacement is a surgical procedure that involves removing a damaged or degenerated cervical disc and replacing it with an artificial disc device.
Cervical laminoplasty is a surgical technique that removes pressure from the spinal cord in the neck.
A chiropractor can use many different techniques to relieve pain, including applied pressure, massage, and hands-on manipulation (adjustment) of the vertebrae and joints.
Chiropractic care includes spinal manipulation and non-manipulative therapies, such as electrical muscle stimulation, massage therapy, and ultrasound.
Chiropractic – A Conversation With Dr. Jordan Gliedt, DC
Chiropractic is a health care discipline concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.
Directional exercises are a unique treatment for those patients with neck (NP) or low back pain (LBP) found to have a "directional preference."
Drugs and Medications
Certain drugs are used to treat specific types of pain and its causes, such as inflammation or muscle spasms.
These methods of treatment are used to alter soft tissue temperatures or to influence subcutaneous cellular activity to enhance vascularity, tissue flexibility and local nutrition.
Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural Steroid Injections (ESIs) are a common method of treating inflammation associated with low back related leg pain, or neck related arm pain.
“Ergonomics” refers to the manner in which individuals use their bodies to perform home- and work-related tasks.
If there is pain at one or more levels due to disc degeneration, the adjoining segments can be fused together to limit motion and stabilize the segment.
How to Manage an Acute Back or Neck Pain Episode
Managing acute back or neck pain flare-ups are a challenge faced by the majority of the population at one point or another.
The technical definition of hydrotherapy is the application of water for the treatment of physical or psychological dysfunction.
Ice or Heat?
Cold and heat therapy can alleviate pain, but how do you know which one to use and when?
Spinal injections can be very helpful for patients looking for pain relief without surgery.
Laminoplasty is a surgical technique for the cervical spine, which gives more room to the spinal cord in the neck when it is compressed by disc material, bone spurs, or ligaments.
A laminectomy, or removal of the lamina, provides access to the inside of the spinal canal, and allows more room to remove a herniated disc or to open up a tight nerve hole (foramen).
Lumbar (Open) Microscopic Discectomy
Open discectomy is the most common surgical treatment for ruptured or herniated discs of the lumbar spine.
Lumbar Zygapophysial (Facet) Joint Injections
Zygapophysial joints (also known as facet joints or z-joints) are located on the back (posterior) of the spine on each side where two adjacent vertebrae meet.
Many clinicians including osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists have undergone specialized training to develop the skill-sets to evaluate and treat patients with spinal disorders using various hands-on techniques.
Medications can play a useful role in patients with spine pain when used in conjunction with rehabilitation, spinal injections, and/or surgery.
Mental & Emotional Therapy
Living with chronic back or neck pain can lead to depression, feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, and other mental health-related symptoms.
A microdiscectomy is useful to relieve pain due to a disc herniation that is pressing on a nerve.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive techniques for spine surgery were initiated in the 1980’s and have evolved and improved in the past three decades thanks to technical innovations.
Outpatient Spine Surgery
Improvements in technology and surgical techniques over the past decade have allowed for more spine surgeries to be performed outside of the traditional hospital setting and in outpatient spine surgery centers.
A pain medicine specialist is a medical or osteopathic doctor who treats pain caused by disease, disorder, or trauma.
Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation (PVA)
Augmentation means to add to, vertebral indicates a vertebra, and percutaneous means through the skin.
Poor strength might be a contributing factor to the development of a spine-related disorder if the demands placed on the spine exceed a patient’s strength capacities.
Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
Posterior cervical foraminotomy is an alternative surgical procedure to relieve symptoms of a pinched spinal nerve.
Environmental loads, stresses, and strains (associated with gravity, or even the furniture you rest on) can be balanced and contained by optimal posturing.
Sleep Is Therapeutic
Chronic pain can cause mental and emotional issues, and its complex nature can come between you and a good night’s sleep.
A spinal brace may be prescribed by your doctor to help stabilize one or more levels of your spine, stop or control spinal movement, lift pressure off an area of the spine, help prevent re-injury while you heal, and relieve pain.
Spinal Cord Simulation
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has become a standard of care for people with chronic back and neck pain.
Spinal Cord Stimulator
Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is an option for treating complex low back, neck or related leg or arm pain when other treatments, including surgery, have failed to significantly improve the symptoms, or when the risks of surgery may outweigh the potential benefits.
Fusion is a surgical technique in which one or more of the vertebrae of the spine are united together (“fused”) so that motion no longer occurs between them.
Spine Cancer Care
Early diagnosis and treatment of spinal cancer is essential to care.
Regardless of the equipment used, the purpose of traction is to decompress neurovascular structures by separating vertebral segments through the progressive application of a pulling force.
Watchful Waiting and Education
Spine-related conditions and injuries can create symptoms such as pain, burning and tightness, to name a few.