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: Surgery


Last-Resort Surgery to Relieve Lifelong Back Pain

After trying just about everything in their toolboxes, the spinal physicians at the Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI) may have to resort to surgery to repair, treat or relieve back pain. It’s usually highly unlikely that you need surgery because of the many options on tap at SSI to treat your back pain.…

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Non-Invasive vs. Invasive Procedures

What Does “Non-Invasive” Really Mean?

In the old days, the only way doctors could examine a diseased organ or malfunctioning joint was to cut through the skin and open up the body. Having done this, they could then determine the nature of the problem and decide on a course of action, which may or may not happen during the same surgical procedure.…

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Why Minimally Invasive Surgery Is Better

Minimally invasive surgery offers a wide range of benefits when compared to traditional open back surgery. In simple terms, it’s less of what you don’t want and more of what you do. The Southeastern Spine Institute’s team of well-trained spinal surgeons use state-of-the-art endoscopic techniques to provide you with the best possible treatment and least impact on the your body and your overall health.…

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Corpectomy vs. Discectomy

No one wants to have back surgery. But if your pain and limitations have reached the point where you find yourself considering this option, then have a conversation with your spinal medicine specialist at the Southeastern Spine Institute. The advantages of improving your quality of life may outweigh the risks and downtime associated with even minimally invasive back surgery.…

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intrathecal pump implant

Pain Stops Here: Intrathecal Pump Implant

If you live with excruciating pain that hasn’t responded to traditional, more conservative treatments or surgery, an intrathecal pump implant may be your best option. While the pump is more efficient than pills for stopping your pain, it’s an invasive procedure.…

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lumbar interbody fusion

What Is a Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF)?

“Lateral lumbar interbody fusion” is a mouthful, which is why many doctors and their patients prefer the initials XLIF. Besides being a lot of words to spit out, the procedure sounds daunting. The exact opposite is true, however, because the XLIF is one of those minimally invasive options that have put the Southeast Spine Institute on the map.…

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What Is a Rhizotomy?

Stave off debilitating back pain for long periods of time

A rhizotomy addresses back pain due to facet joint syndrome. Facet joints line the back of your spine, both protecting your spinal column and stabilizing the vertebrae of your spine. Facet joints limit the flexibility in your back so you can’t fall over backward.…

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What Is a Kyphoplasty?

With age or after an injury, your back may not respond as well to more conventional types of back treatments as it should. So instead of suffering, the spine surgeons at the Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI) may turn to fairly new technology to give your back a bit of bionic rebirth.…

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When Is Spinal Fusion Surgery Necessary?

Surgery always is a choice of last resort, but it may provide the most relief.

It sounds scary. It sounds like you might end up walking as if you had a stick up your back. But while spinal fusion surgery is a serious treatment for complicated back problems, in capable hands, it will enhance your quality of life and allow you to increase, not lose, your ability to move around independently and pain-free.…

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Can You Go Running After Back Surgery?

Walking, exercising and moving are integral components of back surgery recovery. The primary mantra to remember when moving into each new activity is to take it slowly. Ease into each new movement, testing how it feels, how far you can go before you experience pain and how you feel when you stop.…

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