Category Archives: Spine

Spinal Infection

Spinal Infection Overview This is an infection most often caused by staphylococcus or E. coli bacteria. It may involve the bones, discs and soft tissues of your spine. It can start in one area of your spine and spread to other parts. It can cause pain and other problems. Causes A spinal infection can result […]

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis Overview The spinal column contains open spaces that create passageways for the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of (or an intrusion into) these openings. This can cause a compression of the nerves. Spinal stenosis most commonly affects the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine. Anatomy Each […]

Spondylosis

Spondylosis Overview This condition is a degeneration of the spine that can affect the spine at any level, resulting in pain and discomfort that can grow worse over time. Causes This condition most commonly results from normal wear and tear associated with aging. Degeneration Begins The degeneration process usually begins with the discs. As the […]

Where Neck Pain Begins

Where Neck Pain Begins Overview Neck pain is a common problem that severely impacts the quality of your life. It can limit your ability to be active. It can cause you to miss work. Many different causes may lead to pain in your neck. About the Cervical Spine Let’s learn about the structure of the […]

Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection

Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection Overview This injection relieves pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms caused by a pinched nerve (or nerves) in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs and spinal stenosis can compress nerves, causing inflammation and pain. The medication injected helps decrease the swelling of nerves. Patient Sedated The procedure is […]

Anatomy of the Spine

Anatomy of the Spine Overview The spinal column is the body’s main support structure. Its thirty-three bones, called vertebrae, are divided into five regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral and coccygeal. Cervical Region The cervical region consists of seven vertebrae labeled C1 to C7. The first cervical vertebra is called the atlas. The second is called […]

Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection Overview This injection procedure is performed to relieve low back and radiating leg pain. Steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by spinal conditions. Patient Positioning The patient lies face down. A cushion under the stomach area provides comfort and flexes the back. In this position, the spine opens […]

Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical Radiculopathy Overview This condition is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the cervical spine. Because these nerves travel to the shoulders, arms and hands, an injury in the cervical spine can cause symptoms in these areas. Cervical radiculopathy may result from a variety of problems with the bones and […]

Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection

Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection Overview This injection procedure is performed to relieve pain caused by arthritis in the sacroiliac joint where the spine and hip bone meet. The steroid medication can reduce swelling and inflammation in the joint. Sacroiliac Joint Located The patient lies face down. A cushion is placed under the stomach for comfort […]

Compression Fractures of the Spine

Compression Fractures of the Spine Overview This is a collapse of vertebral bone. It can affect one or more vertebrae. Compression fractures typically develop in your mid or lower back. This can change the shape of your spine. Causes Most compression fractures develop because of osteoporosis. This is a loss of bone density. It causes […]