Mark W. McFarland, DO Doesn’t everyone have curves in their spine? Absolutely. A normal spine has several shallow alternating curves, which helps it to balance the weight of the head, and evenly distribute the weight of the body in alignment from the shoulders to the hips, knees and feet. What is Kyphosis? This medical term… Read more »
Category: Neck Pain
Advancing Technology to Spine Surgery
Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE Since its beginning, spine surgery has been a very technologically advanced specialty. Surgery that involves such precision and delicacy in surgical skills and the confidence in one’s decision making to improve a patient’s neck or lower back function while working around the spinal cord and nerves has always been at… Read more »
Can Your Foot Pain Be Caused by a Spinal Issue?
Mark W. McFarland, DO When I consult with patients about their spinal conditions, I often see them for pain which occurs in their limbs, shooting down an arm or a leg, perhaps even into the foot and toes. These patients are typically surprised when, after x-rays and a thorough physical examination, I tell them that… Read more »
Five Commonly Believed Myths about “Pinched” Nerves in the Spine
Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE As a spine surgeon, I answer questions from patients daily having to do with spine-related issues. I also find that I must frequently correct misinformation or commonly held beliefs about pinched nerves and how they impact the body. In this article, I thought it would be prudent to address some… Read more »
What Does a Herniated Disc Feel Like? How Do I Know I Have One?
Mark W. McFarland, MD This question came in over our web chat and it is a great one to answer. The human spine is made up of 26 vertebrae (bones) that go from your skull to your pelvis. In between these bones are discs that act as shock absorbers or cushions which help the bones… Read more »
Flat Back Syndrome
Mark W. McFarland, DO In my practice as a Spine physician, I see a variety of injuries and illnesses in my office every day which pertain to the spine, back and neck. An interesting condition that I sometimes treat is that of a patient whose spine has lost its natural curvature in the lumbar region,… Read more »
Five Quick Steps to Improve Your Posture
Jonathan Lorusso, LPTA When you see someone striking enter a room, what is one of the first things you notice? It may be their beauty or their expensive suit, but it probably has to do with how they carry themselves and their posture. But did you know that good posture is also beneficial to your… Read more »
Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB): A Diagnostic Tool and a Treatment for Pain
Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I have injections that I often use for dual purposes: 1) for diagnostic reasons – to find or pinpoint a source of pain or to confirm that diagnosis and 2) to treat pain and inflammation caused by a condition, injury, or illness. Steroid injections are… Read more »
I Just Had Orthopaedic Surgery, so Why Does My Throat Hurt So Badly?
Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD The title of this article is a question that was asked recently by a patient over our webchat line that I thought would make a fantastic topic for discussion. I often hear this complaint from my patients as I am a spine surgeon and the requirements for spine surgery anesthesia are… Read more »
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 »