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Back Treatment Options

Posted: Monday, April 29th, 2013 | Filed under: Lumbar pain, lumbar spinal stenosis, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Surgery, Spine conditions, Spine Surgery | author: By admin
Lumbar

Spinal fusion

In our previous blog we discussed the tremendous stresses borne by the lumbar, or lower portion of the spine comprising the five lowest vertebrae. In fact, lumbar back pain is a significant health issue, affecting about 70 to 85 percent of Americans at some point in their lives, according the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Among the most common causes of lumbar spinal problems is the degeneration of bones and tissue in the spine that occur as a normal part of aging. But one doesn’t have to be older to have lumbar spinal problems. Back pain is the most frequent cause of activity limitation in people under the age of 45, according to the NIH. Trauma or injury, poor posture and biomechanics, genetics, obesity and poor muscle tone can all result in lumbar spinal problems that cause pain, limit mobility, and have other serious health consequences. These conditions include spinal stenosis, bulging disc, herniated disc, slipped disc, radiculopathy and spondylolisthesis. Read More »

Advantages of Medical Tourism

Posted: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: Back health, Spinal Surgery, Spine conditions, Spine Surgery | author: By admin
Medical Tourism

Medical Tourism

Can you really travel to a foreign destination for a vacation, and get quality medical attention and surgery at the same time? That’s the question many people raise when the subject of medical tourism comes up. The skepticism is understandable, given the images many people have of some of the locations associated with medical tourism –India,Thailand,Singapore,Latin America and Eastern Europe. But there are indeed many advantages medical tourism can offer that make it well worth considering for some people. Of course the quality of medical care should always be the primary consideration, and the fact is there are first-rate medical facilities and physicians, surgeons, and other health care professionals in all the places mentioned above, as in many other areas of the world, such as Germany, the UK,Turkey,Israel, and Cyprus. Given the fact that the quality of medical care can be excellent, and the cost often well less than half of prices in your own country, medical tourism can indeed make great sense. The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported the case of a self-employed carpenter and cardiac patient who faced charges ranging from $40,000 to $200,000 vs. less than $7,000 in India for a cardiac procedure. The carpenter had the surgery in New Delhi and the operation was a complete success. Read More »

What is Degenerative Joint Disease?

Posted: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 | Filed under: Back health, Spinal Surgery, Spine conditions, Spine Surgery | author: By admin
Degenerative Joint Disease

Degenerative Joint Pain

“What is degenerative joint disease, and what did I do to come down with it?” That’s a common reaction from spinal patients after receiving a diagnosis of osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. The degeneration usually results from the normal process of aging, typically beginning in middle age with the breakdown of cartilage, the rubbery tissue that serves as a cushion between bones and around joints. Degenerative joint disease is the most common joint disorder, and is frequently seen in the joints of the spinal column due to the many stresses and strains put on these joints. Occupations that involve physically demanding kneeling or squatting can also predispose one to degenerative joint disease, and injury or disease can also contribute to degenerative changes in the affected area later in life. Excessive weight, lack of exercise, smoking and a poor diet can also exacerbate the degeneration. Read More »

Are some spinal surgeries more successful than others?

Posted: Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Back health, Spinal Surgery, Spine conditions, Spine Surgery | author: By admin
Spine Surgery

Spine Surgery

Are some spinal surgeries more successful than others? The short answer is yes, but that doesn’t tell the entire story. Any spinal surgeon will tell you that every patient’s case is unique, and that post-operative recoveries and long-term outcomes also vary from patient to patient.  In addition, every operation is different, whether dealing with a traumatic spinal cord injury of a degenerative condition like spinal stenosis. For that reason alone some spinal surgeries are more successful than others. Some patients may work harder at their recovery, while others may benefit from an extremely skilled surgeon. Patients don’t always define success in the same terms, and thus rate clinically identical outcomes differently. But beyond these differences in individual cases is the undeniable fact that some surgeries carry more risk or have a lower rate of clinical success than other procedures, and that some are proven to provide superior outcomes than others for treating the same condition. Spinal decompression surgery, a relatively common procedure, is an excellent example of differences in the success rates of spinal surgeries. Read More »

How much physical therapy do I need after spinal surgery?

Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 | Filed under: Back health, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Surgery, Spine conditions, Spine Surgery | author: By admin
Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Whether a patient is having open back surgery for a spinal cord injury or a minimally invasive procedure for a condition such as a slipped disc or spinal stenosis, the operation itself is only the first part of a successful outcome. The post-surgical recovery period is critically important for long-term success, and the proper physical therapy program plays a large role in this process. Read More »

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