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What are spinal injections?

By Brooke Strickland and Andrew Cash

Chronic and severe back pain can many times, be treated with spinal injections. This procedure can help alleviate a patient’s back pain by helping reduce swelling and inflammation along the spine.

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What is chiropractic care?

By Brooke Strickland and Andrew Cash

Just like regular visits to your dentist to help promote good oral health and prevent health issues, regular visits to your chiropractor can help maintain a healthy spine and help treat and prevent spinal issues or injuries. Many people think that chiropractic care is just a quick fix – they go in when they’re hurting – and that’s it. But chiropractic care is much more than that. Your spinal column and vertebral system house your central nervous system: the very center of everything that controls what’s happening in your body. Almost every life-sustaining process that happens in your body is done through your brain and the central nervous system, so when your back and neck aren’t working properly, this communication breakdown to the brain is huge and can cause significant issues for the rest of your body. When the integrity of this system is challenged, your body will feel it – usually in more ways than one. Chiropractors help maintain the proper positions of the spine and joints that help house your nervous system and keep that communication system on track. This helps keep your body functioning at its peak.

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What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

By Brooke Strickland and Andrew Cash

Odds are that if you’ve been told that you need surgery, you’re a little nervous. Surgery is a big deal and surgery on your spine is a very big deal. However, with the advances in minimally invasive spine surgery, these types of surgical procedures are better and safer than they ever have been.

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What Is a Thoracolumbar Spine Fracture?

By Brooke Strickland and Andrew Cash

Fracturing your spine is a very serious injury and one that will need close attention. A thoracolumbar spine fracture simply means that there is a broken bone in the middle or lower part of the spine. These types of high energy fractures are more common in men, while the low energy fractures are more common in seniors due to the weakening of the bones. They are also typically caused by accidents like motor vehicle collisions, sports trauma, violence, or falling from a high up distance. However, individuals living with osteoporosis can also experience these types of fractures just by participating in daily, routine activities.

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What are cervical spine tumors?

By Brooke Strickland and Andrew Cash

Spinal tumors can generally be divided into those that have initially developed in the spinal bone itself or those that have started in the spinal canal and involve the cord and nerves of the spine. Spinal tumors can be either metastatic or benign, and can have a lot of symptoms that will trigger your doctor to investigate if what you’re feeling is related to tumor growth.

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Sports injuries & the back

By Brooke Strickland and Andrew Cash

We’re all told that healthy living starts with eating right and exercising. Many people enjoy participating in sports and it helps them keep motivated to live an active, healthy lifestyle. However, sports activity comes with the responsibility to be attentive to your body and the strain it can potentially put on your back. Whether it’s running, golf, tennis, football, biking, hockey, or weightlifting, these can all be great activities to do to keep you in shape, but when done incorrectly, significant back pain or damage can occur.

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What is Scoliosis & Kyphosis?

By Brooke Strickland and Andrew Cash

Scoliosis is a rare spinal condition that means that the spine rotates and curves from side to side. It can be present at birth, but most often develops in childhood and adolescence. It can be present in both boys and girls, but young girls have more incidences of scoliosis. Children are often screened at a young age, since the body and spine grows so rapidly during the elementary and middle school years. Early detection is very important, as to minimize the curving of the spine as much as possible. Scoliosis is often not painful, but because it’s affect on the overall look of the body, it can cause self esteem issues for some children and teenagers.

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What is a low back pain?

By Brooke Strickland and Andrew Cash

If you’ve lived with or experienced low back pain, you know how painful and truly miserable it can make you feel.  Unfortunately, lower back pain is very common and the second most-common reason why people visit a doctor. The lower back is made up of an intricate number of tendons, ligaments, muscles, tissues, joints, and tissues, so when your back starts hurting, it may be difficult for you to pinpoint exactly is happening in there. But, you shouldn’t just start popping the pain pills and learn how to live with chronic pain. There are ways to find out what’s wrong, treat it, and ways to prevent it from occurring again.

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Cervical Spine Fractures & Dislocations

By Brooke Strickland and Dr. Andrew Cash

Cervical spine fractures and dislocations are very serious, yet are quite common. On a yearly basis, thousands of people fracture or dislocate parts of their necks.

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What is radiculopathy?

By Brooke Strickland and Andrew Cash

Radiculopathy is a condition that refers to symptoms experienced from the irritation of a nerve in the spine. This often causes pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness along the nerve in the spine. This injury is also often called a pinched nerve. It can happen in any part of the back, but is most common in the lower portion and the neck.

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What is a spinal cord injury?

By Brooke Strickland and Andrew Cash

Injuries to the spinal cord are very serious and should be treated with the utmost of attentive care. It’s possible to have a spinal cord injury but not have a broken neck or back if a person’s neck or back vertebrae is broken but the spinal cord around these bones have not been affected.

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What is Spondylolysis & Spondylolisthesis?

By Brooke Strickland and Andrew Cash

Spondylolysis is a stress fracture in one of the vertebrae that make up the spinal column. Spondylolisthesis refers to forward slippage of one spine bone onto another. Many times, these diseases are seen in combination with each other and treatments are oftentimes the same.

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What is degenerative disc disease?

By Brooke Strickland and Andrew Cash

Degenerative disc disease is one of the most frequent causes of lower back pain. If you’ve been diagnosed with this, you might be wondering what it means for you. Do you need to limit your activities? Will it get worse with age? Will it cause permanent damage? These are all common questions and are good to ask.

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What is spinal stenosis?

By Brooke Strickland and  Andrew Cash

Spinal stenosis puts pressure on your spinal cord or spinal nerves and can cause pain and numbness in the legs, buttocks, feet, back, neck, arms, hands or shoulders. Other symptoms might include lack of coordination and weakness in the limbs as well as loss of sensation in lower extremities, as well as issues with bladder or bowel function.  Most commonly, spinal stenosis happens in the neck and lower back. Symptoms can vary and many times patients won’t have pain associated with the condition. MRI’s will confirm spinal stenosis. If you have spinal stenosis in the lower back, the compressed nerves will often make standing or walking for long periods of time difficult and uncomfortable.  The pain is relieved with bending forward and sitting. People most likely to develop this condition are individuals over age 50 and those that have inherited conditions that increase the risk of developing it, such as individuals that have smaller spinal canals.

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What is sciatica?

By Brooke Strickland and Andrew Cash

Sciatica is a common, yet painful nerve condition. It refers to the sciatica nerve and usually only affects one side of the lower body, and in many cases through the thigh and into the foot.  It’s caused by irritation of the root(s) of the lower lumbar part of the spine and many times can be caused by a herniated disc. There are other potential causes, including a bone spur that is pinching the nerve, or in other more rare cases, infection or tumor.

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