Harvard Medical School & Spinal Decompression

It is no secret that Harvard Medical School is among the top institutions in the United States for teaching the physicians of tomorrow and continuing research to solidify our understanding of health further. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, is a graduate of Duke Medical School and was the head of the neurosurgery department at Harvard Medical […]

The Mayo Clinic & Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

John Leslie, MD, and his team at the Mayo Clinic sought to show the effectiveness and safety of non-surgical spinal decompression. This hallmark research study was first presented at the American Academy of Pain Management in 2007, followed by the New York Society of Anesiologists and the American Conference of Pain Medicine. The patients in […]

Spinal Fusion Side Effects

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to join two or more vertebrae in the spine permanently. This typically occurs with metal screws and/or plates. There are certainly times when this type of surgical intervention is medically necessary, such as in extreme cases of spinal stenosis, spinal cord compression, or a failed trial of conservative […]

Class IV Laser Therapy: How It Works

There are different classes of non-surgical lasers used in outpatient procedures. Typically, these are used by providers specializing in non-invasive acute and chronic pain treatments. Class IV laser therapy, also known as high-power laser therapy, utilizes specific wavelengths of light to penetrate deep into tissues and stimulate cellular activity. When applied to areas of inflammation […]

Spine Surgery: Microdiscectomy

When a patient has confirmed disc pathology, many different surgical procedures may be recommended. This is often diagnosed through a battery of examinations performed by the doctor and/or diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray or MRI. A microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure to treat a herniated or bulging disc in the spine, either in the […]

Satisfaction & Spinal Decompression

In 2008, medical doctors from Stanford University and Johns Hopkins presented an article in the Journal of Medicine about satisfaction rates with non-surgical spinal decompression. This study showed an 8.98 out of 10 satisfaction rate among patients who completed a trial of non-surgical spinal decompression for chronic discogenic low back pain. In fact, 100% of […]

The 4 Stages of Degenerative Disc Disease

Introduction Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common diagnoses in spine care today. According to Columbia University, “most people’s spinal discs degenerate over time. By the age of 35, approximately 30% of people will show evidence of disc degeneration at one or more levels. By the age of 60, more than 90% of people will […]

The Shift Away from Opioids: A New Era in Pain Management

At one time in the not-far-off past, doctors’ first line of defense against low-back pain, neck pain, sciatica, stenosis, etc, was to prescribe painkillers. It was during this time the medical community didn’t fully understand how addictive opioids would be. With more companies bringing these powerful painkillers to the market, doctors were prescribing more opioids […]

The Innate Healing Ability of the Intervertebral Discs

Intervertebral discs are cushion-like structures located between the vertebrae of the spine. They function as shock absorbers to protect the spine. Intervertebral discs have two parts: a tough outer layer called the annulus fibrosus and a gel-like inner core called the nucleus pulposus. Intervertebral discs are crucial in providing flexibility to the spine and protecting […]

Understanding Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: Prevalence and Insights

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) is a challenging and debilitating condition that many patients face after undergoing spinal surgery. Despite the advances in medical technology and surgical techniques, not all back surgeries result in the desired outcomes. Recent studies show the success of spine surgery is less than 50%! In this blog post, we will […]

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