Low back surgery refers to surgery on the lumbar spine between the L1 bone and the L5-S1 level. Decompression, fusion and artificial disc replacement are all options to treat low back conditions. However, it is important to remember that these surgeries are not interchangeable, but instead have very specific indications. Depending on your symptoms and…Details
Low back pain is the most common disease in the United States. While most low back pain is caused by muscle spasms and can be treated with a few weeks of rest and over the counter anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), some people have more persistent symptoms and can be related to degenerative changes in the spine.…Details
Opioid medications can be used to treat pain. Their abundant use for both acute and chronic pain has led to an epidemic in the United States, which more recently has become publicized. It’s imperative to know what opioid medications are and how to use them safely.
Low back pain is the most common disease in the United States. While most low back pain is caused by muscle spasms and can be treated with a few weeks of rest and over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, some people have more persistent symptoms. This can become debilitating to the point that it limits the…Details
When most people think about what a neurosurgeon does, they think of surgery on the nervous system. When people think about what an orthopedic surgeon does, they think of surgery on the bones and joints. It’s easy to know you should see a neurosurgery for a brain problem and an orthopedic surgeon for a knee…Details
Finding an excellent neurosurgeon on the internet is possible. However, you must be very careful and understand exactly what information you are finding.
The spine is among the most important components of the human body, and plays a number of different roles in daily function. Avoiding injury to the spine and promoting optimal spinal health are essential to preserving proper function and supporting optimal quality of life for patients of all ages. The team at Rocky Mountain Brain…Details
As we get older, we all develop “changes” in our spines. Studies have shown that about 30% of completely pain-free (asymptomatic) people undergoing a lumbar MRI have abnormalities detected. After the age of 60 years old, about 90% of people have at least a “degenerative disc.” Low back pain is one of the most common…Details
If you suffer from chronic back or neck pain that has not been relieved by surgery or other therapies, spinal cord stimulation may be another option. Also known as neurostimulation, or SCS, this non-drug therapy modifies or blocks nerve activity to relieve pain. Here’s what you need to know about spinal cord stimulation, courtesy of…Details
Living with persistent neck pain can be a challenge, and can impact many different areas of an individual’s life. Fortunately, there are ways to address neck pain, giving patients a chance to regain full mobility and eliminate pain. The team at Rocky Mountain Brain & Spine Institute would like to offer the following information on…Details