Category: Spinal Stenosis

Five Signs to Take Neck Pain Seriously

Mark W. McFarland, DO I’m certain that there isn’t one of us who hasn’t had neck pain at some point in their life – we’ve slept funny and woke up with a “crick” in our neck or we painted the ceiling, or we did something that made our neck hurt.  Usually, with a little TLC,… Read more »

Acute and Chronic Cervical (Neck) Sprain

Mark W. McFarland, DO The neck area or cervical spine has many muscles, ligaments and tendons that help to support, stabilize, and provide movement for the neck and head as they sit on the spinal vertebrae.  When you think about it anatomically, it’s an architectural masterpiece that works together beautifully when healthy.  But then, life… Read more »

Should I get my Spine Hardware Removed?

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As surgery advances and becomes more commonplace, more patients will have spinal hardware (i.e., screws, rods, plates) used to stabilize the bones of their spines.  The hardware has great advantages over the older techniques of providing spine stability with an external brace.  This difference can be equated to having surgery for… Read more »

What is a Myelogram?

Mark W. McFarland, DO As a spine specialist and surgeon, x-ray and MRI are pretty much the tools of my trade; however, I occasionally need more detail or different detail than they can provide.  That’s when I order a Myelogram.  In this article, I will discuss what a Myelogram is, why it is ordered, what… Read more »

Chronic Neck Pain

Raj Sureja, MD

Raj N. Sureja, MD When a patient with chronic neck pain gets referred to me, an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I am often considered a last resort for treatment. Typically, the patient has tried every treatment that their PCP has to offer, been to a Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, massage therapist, to an Orthopaedist, and may… Read more »

Tumors of the Spine

  Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Tumors are an abnormal collection or mass of cells that multiply rapidly without the “on/off” switch normal cells possess.  Spinal tumors that are directly related to spine cells are rare and we are not sure what causes most spinal tumors; however, a very small percentage can be caused by genetic… Read more »

Lumbar Spine Fusion

  Mark W. McFarland, DO As a busy spine surgeon, I routinely perform Lumbar Spine Fusion surgery.  In this article, I will discuss this procedure and how it is used to improve function and relieve pain in patients with certain spinal conditions. The lumbar spine is made up of five bone segments, called vertebra, which… Read more »

How Long Can I Safely Wait for Neck Surgery?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As we all get busier in life, being injured or sick is a major inconvenience.  Every day, I meet with patients with spinal disc herniations in their neck that cause pain in their arm.  Some of these patients are in severe pain and cannot perform their daily activities and/or go to… Read more »

Will I Need Another Spine Surgery?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As a fellowship trained spine surgeon, I see patients every day that have had spine surgery in the past but who are again facing worsening pain and dysfunction.  When they had their initial surgery, they were told that this procedure would correct their current problem for a time, but they should… Read more »

Does Cervical Spine (Neck) Surgery Work?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients ask me if surgery on the cervical spine (neck) will relieve their pain and disability. This isn’t an unusual question for those contemplating the potential outcomes of a surgical procedure compared to their current state of dysfunction.  The considerations can be especially important for older patients who are losing their… Read more »