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: Treatments

The Benefits of Spinal Injections

If you’re experiencing back pain, you’re not alone. The number one reason Americans visit their doctor is to receive treatment for back pain. For decades, spinal injections have been one of the most common short-term treatments for back pain.

Injections into your spine are an effective way to relieve pain that is “radicular,” meaning it radiates from your spine to an arm or leg, and is typically the result of a slipped or herniated disk in the spine.…

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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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discectomy

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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rhizotomy

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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kyphoplasty

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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Treatments for Sports Injuries to Your Back

Seek treatment early to assure your place on the team.

Playing sports and remaining active on a regular basis are good for your overall health. The medical community at large promotes an active lifestyle. Unfortunately, that same advice can lead to complications that leave you in less-than-stellar physical condition.…

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surgery

Safe Spinal Injections Instead of Surgery

The Southeastern Spine Institute offers a host of options to treat back pain that don’t involve surgery.

In this day and age, it’s really rare that you’ll need surgery to alleviate your back pain. As a matter of fact, fewer than 10 percent of patients with back pain of any kind end up under the knife.…

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degenerative disc disease

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatments

Back surgery is the final option.

In a healthy spine, discs act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae, so the bones of the spine never actually touch. That padding not only allows the flexibility you take for granted, but it also opens space for nerves to leave your spinal column and spread to the rest of your body.…

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