Back Pain Is Not Created Equal
Back pain has many faces and to many people, it can be distressing, disabling or even frightening. Back pain can be due to a strain, degenerative disc disease, a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, a complex spinal deformity, a fracture, or even a tumor. It is clear that back pain is not created equal and effective treatment depends on what's wrong. Almost everyone experiences low back pain at one time or another. In fact, it is o…Continue Reading
Terrence Crowder, M.D.
Answers for Neck Pain
A natural consequence of aging is degeneration. When this degeneration occurs in the spine, it is called spondylosis (or degenerative arthritis of the spinal vertebra) . Although degeneration can affect any part of the spine and is common in adults, development of pain and disability from spondylosis is far less common. More than 60% of all adults will experience neck pain in their lifetime but only 5% will be disabled by it. Seventy percent of t…Continue Reading
Aging Spine and Low Back Pain
Back pain is as common as it is enigmatic. An estimated 90% of the population will experience at least one episode of back pain with the vast majority of symptoms resolving within one month. However, for certain people, back pain can become chronic and disabling. There are multiple causes of back pain. These include the muscles of the back, ligaments, nerves and the bony architecture of the spine to name a few. Unfortunately, the normal process o…Continue Reading
Frequently Asked Questions About Kyphosis
Several million people in the U.S. struggle with some sort of abnormal spinal curvature. Many of these individuals have a condition known as kyphosis. Kyphosis can plague both children and adults for a variety of reasons, potentially leading to visible deformity as well as causing pain and other symptoms. If kyphosis has affected you or someone you love, benefit from learning some basic facts about this condition. Take a look at the answers to th…Continue Reading
Tips for Preventing Back Pain After Yard Work
While you may smile knowing that nice weather is here, it also means you likely have responsibilities in your yard. Whether you enjoy gardening or not, leaning over and pulling weeds is often strenuous on your back. You may notice you have pain in your back when you weed whack as well. Through these few tips, you can reduce the amount of pain you experience and help prevent worsening a pre-existing back condition. 1. TAKE BREAKS FREQUENTLY When y…Continue Reading
Dennis Crandall, MD.
Understanding and Managing Spinal Arthritis
If everyday twisting, bending, or stooping motions have become a painful ordeal, you may have developed a case of spinal arthritis. Many varieties of spinal arthritis plague exist, any of which can leave you suffering from chronic pain, inflammation, and stiffness. The more clearly you understand how arthritis affects the spine, what kind of arthritis you have, and how different treatment options can bring symptoms under control, the more easily …Continue Reading
Suffering Chronic Lower Back Pain? Radiofrequency Ablation Could Help
If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, you may have sought various remedies for many years. But many of those treatments fail to solve the painful issues of some patients. The good news is that modern technology is constantly updating, and today you have new options using the latest techniques. One of these treatments you may have heard about, or been recommended, is known as radio-frequency ablation. What is this procedure? How does it affe…Continue Reading
SUNS' P.J. TUCKER OUT 6-8 WEEKS FOLLOWING BACK SURGERY
To read the article featuring Dr. Crandall, click here:https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/suns-p-j-tucker-out-6-8-weeks-following-back-surgery/Continue Reading
HOW DO NFL PLAYERS RECOVER FROM SPINE INJURIES?
NCAA football season has arrived with all its fans, thrills, and injuries. Each year, scholastic football endures almost 15 catastrophic cervical spine injuries. That’s a rate of four injuries for every 100,000 players. That said, the situation does come with a little hope. A study by Wolters Kluwer Health found that most NFL players who undergo upper cervical spine surgery for herniated discs recover and move on to enjoy another season -- three …Continue Reading
STEM CELL STUDY SHOWS PROMISE FOR PARALYZED PATIENTS
Stem cell therapy is among the most exciting developments in modern medicine. The science is still in its early stages, so it’s not quite time to make an appointment, but legitimate trials are beginning to show promising results. CAN STEM CELLS CURE PARALYSIS? Asterias Biotherapeutics conducted one of the largest human trials in 2016, using a sample group of six patients with varying degrees of paralysis. The trial’s results began to roll in in O…Continue Reading