Spine Treatment

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) What is Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion or ALIF? Anterior lumbar interbody fusion, also called ALIF, is a surgical procedure that is used to treat spinal problems like spinal instability, disc degeneration and deformities of the curves of the spine. In this operation, an anterior incision is made (from the front), ...
Cervical Disc Replacement
Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery What is Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery? If one or two discs in the cervical spine (neck area) are severely damaged and a patient is experiencing pain in the neck or pain radiating into an arm, due to bulging of the disc, creating pressure on the nerve that is located behind it, ...
Cervical Fusion
Cervical Fusion Surgery What is Cervical Fusion? Cervical fusion is a surgical operation that permanently connects two or more of the vertebrae in your neck.  The surgery can be completed through an incision in the back of the neck (posterior) or an incision in the front of the neck (anterior). One of the most common ...
Corpectomy
Corpectomy   What is a Corpectomy? A Corpectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing either only a portion or all of the vertebral body is called a Corpectomy. This operation is usually performed to decompress or remove pressure from the spinal cord and the nerves. Corpectomy is often done in combination with another procedure ...
Discectomy
Discectomy: Definition, Reasons, Risks, Preparation, and Procedure   What is a discectomy? A discectomy is a surgical operation done on your spine to relieve the symptoms of a herniated or bulging disc. When a spinal disc herniates, the protruding portion of it can pinch or compress the nerves around it. This can cause weakness, numbness ...
Dynamic Interlaminar Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine
Dynamic Interlaminar Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine   What is the importance of getting surgery for spinal stabilization? This is a procedure that helps with spinal stabilization and removes pressure from discs and joints that are damaged without having to perform a fusion. When spinal fusion is performed, the spine is no longer flexible at ...
Foraminotomy (Foraminectomy)
Foraminotomy (Foraminectomy)   What are Foraminotomy and Foraminectomy? The words Foraminotomy and Foraminectomy are two words that can be used to explain the same kind of surgical procedure. The foreman is the tunnel or passage between each of the spinal vertebrae through which the nerve roots leave the spinal canal on their way to a ...
Fusion with Instrumentation Surgery
Fusion with Instrumentation: Scoliosis Correction Surgery - Definition, Purpose, Preparation, Procedure, and Results   Fusion with Instrumentation: Scoliosis Correction Surgery- Definition As you may know, scoliosis is a term used to describe the abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. The spine’s curvature in this condition will usually be more than 10 degrees and will manifest ...
Growth Friendly Scoliosis Surgery
What is Growth Friendly Scoliosis Surgery? Definition, Purpose, Preparation, Procedure, and Results   Growth Friendly Scoliosis Surgery: Definition Scoliosis, as you may or may not know is the abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, usually in an S or C shape. Usually, a person’s spine runs down in a straight line in the middle, but ...
Hemi-epiphysiodesis
Hemi-epiphysiodesis: Definition, Purpose, Preparation, Procedure, and Results Children and adolescents can sometimes develop pathological angular deformities in their lower extremities and this can cause them pain whenever they are off playing or doing activities. These deformities can also sometimes cause altered gait as well as joint instability and can be made worse by the children’s ...
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
Cervical Disc Replacement
Cervical Fusion
Corpectomy
Discectomy
Dynamic Interlaminar Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine
Foraminotomy (Foraminectomy)
Fusion with Instrumentation Surgery
Growth Friendly Scoliosis Surgery
Hemi-epiphysiodesis
Hemivertebra Resection
Herniated Disc Treatment overview
Herniated Disk Surgery
In Situ Spinal Fusion
Injections
Interspinous Spacers
Inversion Treatment of Low Back Pain
Kyphoplasty
Laminectomy (Laminotomy)
Laminoplasty
Lateral Lumbar Fusion
Low Back Pain Treatment
Minimally invasive spine surgery
Osteophyte Removal
Sciatica Treatment
Scoliosis Surgery
Smith-Peterson (Posterior) Osteotomy
Spinal Decompression Surgery
Spinal Deformity Surgical Treatment
Spinal Fusion Surgery
Spinal Stenosis Treatment
Spinal Tumors Surgery
Spine Surgery
Spine Surgery Overview
Spine Treatment
Questions & Answers
Q:
What is the best way to treat permanent back and neck pain and stiffness?
A:

Here are some tips:

Neck Pain Tips: Sleep with a cervical pillow

Orthopedic or cervical pillows are made with special contours to support the space beneath the neck and head. They are also more concave for the head and provide more support to the neck.

Neck Pain Tips: Sleep on your back

The best position to lie to sleep is on your back. If you sleep on your stomach or on your side, make sure your pillow is not too thick. It should raise your head no more than 4 to 6 inches. This will keep your neck and head from turning to either side.

Neck Pain Tips: Position your computer screen at eye level

While you are working at a computer, sit comfortably in your chair with your computer in front of you. Close your eyes and then open them. When you open your eyes, you should see the middle of the computer screen. If your gaze is not in the middle of the screen, adjust the height of the screen using items like books.

To keep your head from gradually drifting forward, take frequent breaks to stretch. Getting up to walk around at least once every half-hour is one of the best neck pain tips.

Neck Pain Tips: Use a telephone headset

Never hold a phone between your shoulder and your ear. Use a headset or other hands-free system to talk on the phone and avoid abusing your neck and spine.

Neck Pain Tips: Exercise your neck muscles

One of the best neck pain tips is using the chin tuck. You can do this often throughout the day. In addition to helping strengthen the muscles that hold the head in alignment over the shoulders, it also helps strengthen the scalene and sub-occipital muscles.

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Q:
What is the best treatment for neck pain and shoulder Pain?
A:

One of the best treatment for neck pain and shoulder pain is exercises:

Neck Pain Exercises: Neck Extension

  1. To begin this neck pain exercise, sit up straight in a chair with your feet flat on the floor.
  2. Looking straight ahead, tuck your chin slightly (starting position)
  3. Place the palm of your hand on the back of your neck, at the base of your head
  4. Apply slight forward pressure with your hand, while resisting the forward motion of your neck and head
  5. Hold for a count of 5 and return to the starting position and relax
  6. Repeat the neck pain exercises 5-10 times

Neck pain exercises: Side bend

  1. Sit up straight in a chair with your feet flat on the floor.
  2. Looking straight ahead, tuck your chin slightly (starting position)
  3. Place your left hand, palm down, on the left side of your head (around your ear)
  4. Slightly push your head to the right side with your hand, while resisting the sideways motion of your neck and head
  5. Hold for a count of 5 and return to the starting position and relax.
  6. Repeat 5-10 times
  7. Repeat the neck pain exercises with the other side.

Neck pain exercises: Neck flexion

  1. Sit up straight in a chair with your feet flat on the floor.
  2. Looking straight ahead, tuck your chin slightly (starting position)
  3. Place the tips of your fingers on your forehead
  4. Slightly push your head backward with your fingers, while resisting the backward motion of your neck and head
  5. Hold for a count of 5 and return to the starting position and relax.
  6. Repeat the neck pain exercises 5-10 times

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Q:
How do I reduce the shoulder and neck pain?
A:

Here are some tips:

Neck Pain Tips: Sleep with a cervical pillow

Orthopedic or cervical pillows are made with special contours to support the space beneath the neck and head. They are also more concave for the head and provide more support to the neck.

Neck Pain Tips: Sleep on your back

The best position to lie to sleep is on your back. If you sleep on your stomach or on your side, make sure your pillow is not too thick. It should raise your head no more than 4 to 6 inches. This will keep your neck and head from turning to either side.

Neck Pain Tips: Position your computer screen at eye level

While you are working at a computer, sit comfortably in your chair with your computer in front of you. Close your eyes and then open them. When you open your eyes, you should see the middle of the computer screen. If your gaze is not in the middle of the screen, adjust the height of the screen using items like books.

To keep your head from gradually drifting forward, take frequent breaks to stretch. Getting up to walk around at least once every half-hour is one of the best neck pain tips.

Neck Pain Tips: Carry weight evenly

Many people make the mistake of carrying a heavy briefcase or their purse on their shoulder or on one side of their body. Doing this causes strain in the muscles and leads to pain.

Remove non-essentials from your briefcase or purse. Consider using a backpack to evenly distribute the weight across your shoulders. If you choose to carry a purse or backpack, keep your shoulders level while carrying it.

Neck Pain Tips: Maintain a proper posture

The most common posture contributing to neck pain is the “head-and-shoulders-forward” posture. In this position, the neck slopes forward, putting the head in front of the shoulders.

In this position, the head pulls the upper back forward also in a slumped position. This places a strain on the entire spinal column.

More tips here: Neck Pain Tips: Sleeping, Posture, Exercising, Hydration & Prevention

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