Spine Animations

Spine Animations

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Poor posture can damage the spine and its associated muscles and ligaments. A hunched stance places abnormal stress on muscles and ligaments, causes backache and fatigue, and can even cause the spine to become fixed in an abnormal position.… Read more

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Category: FAQ & General Discussions

medication

Managing Your Medications

Controlling your pain following back surgery

Whether you undergo minimally invasive back surgery or have a more intensive procedure that requires a longer rehabilitation, you can expect to experience some pain. Even the most experienced spine surgeons, like your doctors at the Southeastern Spine Institute, must maneuver around muscle tissue and nerve roots to fix your back problems.…

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The Difference Between X-Ray, Fluoroscopy, MRI and Ultrasound

When you come to the Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI) because you’re experiencing back pain, the first step for your doctor is to make an accurate diagnosis. Only with the right diagnosis can a spine specialist prescribe the appropriate treatment. The spinal physicians at SSI have many resources available to them to help diagnose exactly what’s causing your back pain, including:

Your doctor also performs a physical exam, takes a medical history and asks you questions about your back pain.…

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MRI Tips to Reduce Stress

Discover what can help get you through this important diagnostic procedure.

An MRI test doesn’t hurt at all, but the machine itself is foreboding and noisy. Most MRI machines resemble big tubes into which you are rolled. If you’re at all claustrophobic, the experience can be excruciating.…

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No Referral is Needed at SSI

The Southeastern Spine Institute is the largest spinal medicine practice in South Carolina.

Medical practices have changed dramatically in the past 50 years. If you’re reading this on a computer or another electronic device, you’re likely too young to remember the family doctor making house calls.…

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Southeastern Spine Institute: Synergy and Convenience

Every facet of spinal medicine in one place

Usually, when you go to see a medical specialist, you see one doctor. That specialist — whether you need orthopedic care, spinal medicine or a gastroenterologist — examines you, asks some questions and maybe orders more tests.

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Certifications for Back Surgeons

Certifications for Back Surgeons

How to tell if your spine specialist is the best

Anyone can call himself a doctor. You can even find Doctors of Philosophy, most likely serving you dinner at McCrady’s. But when you need a specialist in spinal medicine, you want to make sure that the doctor advising you has the bona fides to back up his diploma.…

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neck pain

The Neck Bone’s Attached to the Backbone

Take care of your neck to avoid back pain or even spinal surgery.

Back pain affects most people at some point in their lives, with lower back pain the most common. Fortunately, most back pain doesn’t require spinal surgery. While surgery may be the treatment of last resort, most often, back pain responds to more conservative methods such as exercise, diet, rest, manipulation and pain relievers.…

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Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Pros and Cons

A hospital stay is no longer required for back surgery in Charleston.

It used to be that when you needed surgery, including back surgery in Charleston, you had to go to the hospital. That’s no longer the case. In fact, the number of medical procedures performed outside hospitals has tripled since the 1980s.…

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Healing As You Age

While remaining young at heart is admirable, science and our bodies (with physical evidence like graying hair and wrinkles) say otherwise. The older we get, the more care we need to take, especially when we treat back pain. Back care becomes more important as we age because of the effect aging has on how our bodies heal.…

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When Are Orthopedic Shoes Necessary?

Your back is connected to your hips, which are connected to your legs and then to your ankles and feet. With such a direct connection, it’s no wonder that the shoes you wear play such an integral role in preventing back and leg pain.…

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