Spine Treatment

Lateral Lumbar Fusion
Lateral Lumbar Fusion Lateral lumbar fusion is a surgical procedure which is performed due to leg and back pain. The goal of the procedure is to remove pressure from the spinal canal by fusing together the vertebrae which lie above and below the damaged disc. Patients who have spinal stenosis or degenerative curvature of the ...
Low Back Pain Treatment
Lower Back Pain Treatment If you suffer from low back pain, you're not alone. More than three-quarters of all adults have pain in their lower back at some time over the course of their life and it's the most frequent cause of disability related to employment. Low back pain is also a significant factor in time ...
Minimally invasive spine surgery
What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery  Spinal surgery is performed traditionally using a long incision, but advances in technology are allowing more neck and back disorders to be treated using minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS). Since minimally invasive spine surgery avoids the need for an extensive incision, it does not involve injury to the tissues ...
Osteophyte Removal
What are osteophytes? Osteophytes are bone spurs, and the procedure to remove them is called an osteophytectomy or osteophyte surgery. Most of the time bone spurs do not cause severe pain, and many people who have them are not even aware of them. In some cases though, bone spurs can cause significant pain in addition ...
Sciatica Treatment
Sciatica Treatment Sometimes specialists that provide treatment for sciatica define sciatica as pain in the gluteal and lower area of the back. The pain travels into one or both legs, moving from the thigh into the calf, and then into the ankle and the foot. Other doctors sometimes define "genuine sciatica" as pain that radiates ...
Scoliosis Surgery
What is Scoliosis? Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves in a sideways direction. Some curving of the spine is normal, but if the curves are too exaggerated, the condition can cause pain and other complications. Scoliosis usually occurs near the time of puberty, when a child is growing rapidly. It can be ...
Smith-Peterson (Posterior) Osteotomy
Smith Petersen Osteotomy (Posterior): Definition, Purpose, Preparation, Procedure, and Results What is a Smith Petersen Osteotomy? Spinal deformities have been a common occurrence in today’s population, especially in elderly people. Aside from that, spinal deformities can arise from a number of causes and origins such as inflammatory, idiopathic and congenital. These deformities can be debilitating ...
Spinal Decompression Surgery
What is Spinal Decompression Surgery? Spinal decompression surgery is a broad term that includes several different procedures used to relieve the signs and symptoms caused by compression or pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord. Bony growths, bulging discs, loosened ligaments or thickened joints can cause narrowing of the spinal canal and narrow the foramen, ...
Spinal Deformity Surgical Treatment
Spinal Deformity Surgical Treatment: Definition, Purpose, Preparation, Procedure and Results Spinal deformity is a term used to label a wide variety of diseases and conditions involving the spine and any deformity associated with it. These conditions can include scoliosis, round back, flatback, kyphosis, and spondylolisthesis, as well as other conditions not listed here. People from ...
Spinal Fusion Surgery
Definition of Spinal Fusion Surgery Spinal fusion surgery is performed to permanently join two or more bones of the spine. This eliminates movement between them. Spinal fusion surgery uses techniques that are designed to mimic the same process broken bones go through as they heal. Bone or material like a bone is placed in the space ...
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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