Category: Spine Surgery

Cervical Dislocation Fracture – Part Three – Urgent Treatment

Mark McFarland, MD

Mark W. McFarland, DO What happens to the patient from the scene of the accident, during transport to the hospital and after they make it to the hospital trauma unit?  In this article, I’ll talk about treatment for this type of cervical fracture and how we start to put the pieces back together for the… Read more »

Cervical Dislocation Fracture – Part II – The Symptoms

Mark W. McFarland, DO In part one of this article series, we discussed what a cervical dislocation fracture is, how it can happen and exactly how serious of an injury it can be.  In part two, I’d like to discuss the symptoms of a cervical dislocation fracture and how a tiny distance can make a… Read more »

What is a Burst (Axial) Fracture of the Spine?

Mark W. McFarland, MD One of the first things you learn in medical school is that human bones can withstand lots of punishment, but they also can break in a lot of different ways.  Spinal bones (vertebrae) tend to break in specific ways, and some can be more serious than others.  In this article, I’m… Read more »

Advancing Technology to Spine Surgery

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

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 »

Types of Vertebral (Spinal) Fractures

Mark W. McFarland, DO The phrases that conjure up the worst-case trauma scenarios are “someone’s going to break their neck” or “step on a crack, break your mama’s back”.  We can all recall images of TV shows of long ago, with hospital scenes of some unfortunate patient with a “broken” neck or back, lying in… 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

Dr. Carlson in the operating room

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 »

I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator – What are my Limitations?

Raj N. Sureja, MD The use of Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) or Neuromodulation has been a life changer for hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world – providing pain relief and a return to a better quality of life when medications, interventional procedures and even surgery may have failed.  While there have been innumerable… Read more »

What Factors Impact the Success of a Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation? 

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD  A Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) or Neuromodulator is an effective device used by Interventional Pain Management Physicians for treating intractable chronic pain that has not responded to other conventional treatments, including surgery. In my practice, I have witnessed first-hand just how miraculous the results can be for some chronic pain… Read more »

What Does a Herniated Disc Feel Like?  How Do I Know I Have One? 

Mark McFarland, MD

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 »