Understanding is essential for healing. This applies to both the patient and the treating specialist.
Pain arising from the spine is often associated with fear. Whether it's neck pain radiating to the arm or severe lower back pain, patients are often left to wonder what it is and what might happen to them as they seek care. An explanation and education from an experienced spine specialist is both reassuring and an integral ingredient in the back pain treatment process. At Spine-1-1 we strive to connect you with a knowledgeable specialist of your choice.
Cervical and Lumbar MRIs will often show disc bulges, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis in patients with no symptoms at all. Therefore, it is essential for physicians to treat the patient, not the pictures!
It is extremely rare for disc herniations and sciatica to lead to wheelchair dependence or paralysis. In fact, the vast majority of these episodes resolve without permanent deficits or the need for intervention from a spine surgeon.
Disc degeneration is not a disease, but rather an expected component of aging. Some people demonstrate more disc degeneration than others. This is often best predicted by genetic factors alone. Smokers can also have a greater degree of disc degeneration.
Each year, millions of people with back pain will pursue successful treatment with a chiropractor or acupuncturist rather than visit a more traditional medical doctor.
Spinal pain results in 3 million emergency room visits and 30 million medical office visits each year in the U.S.. Most often the cause of pain is benign and short lived.
The Curvature of the lower lumbar spine is referred to as the lordosis. We can protect ourselves from experiencing lower back pain during bending and lifting by firing our muscles to maintain this curvature.