Back Pain Tips
September 27, 2017

Scheuermann's Kyphosis: When Surgery is Needed

Scheuermann's kyphosis can be treated with surgery, but surgery isn't appropriate for every case. When is surgery necessary? Who is a good candidate?

September 27, 2017

Broken Surgical Screw in the Spine

What Do You Do?

The rods and screws in your low back are kind of like the "hardware" in a road. As your spinal fusion heals, the rods and screws are there to stabilize your spine.

September 27, 2017

What to Ask Before Spine Surgery

There's No Such Thing as a Stupid Surgery Question

"No question is a stupid question when you're facing surgery. You have a right to know everything that's going to happen before, during, and after the surgery"

September 27, 2017

Pseudoathrosis (Failed Fusion)

How Do You Know if Your Bones Didn't Heal after Surgery?

After spine surgery, how do you know if your bones have fused well? Read a spine expert's opinion on successful surgery.

September 27, 2017

Kyphosis: Is It Possible to Get Rid of the Curve?

A patient with kyphosis wonders what treatments will reduce the curve in her upper back: is surgery the best answer?

September 26, 2017

Pregnancy: How to Find Low Back Pain Relief

Isn't it wonderful being pregnant? Well, except for the back pain.

September 26, 2017

How Degenerative Disc Disease Progresses

"If you have degenerative disc disease in one of your discs, does that mean it will spread to your other discs?"

September 26, 2017

Osteoporosis Screening: Who, How, When, and Why

Women over 65 should definitely be screened for osteoporosis, a condition that weakens your bones and can lead to dangerous fractures, especially in your spine.

September 26, 2017

Help—It Hurts to Walk!

"I have spinal stenosis. Sometimes the pain is worse when I walk uphill or climb stairs. Why does the pain increase when I walk uphill, and what can I do to help relieve my back and leg pain?"

September 26, 2017

Can I Exercise after Spine Surgery?

"I'm a very active 65-year-old woman: How will I be able to keep up my exercise routine while recovering from surgery?"