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Total Joint Replacement: Hip and Knee

Over the last 40 years, and certainly most recently, advances in surgical techniques allow persons suffering from severe knee or hip pain to return to active lives through Total Joint Replacement (TJR). TJR is a surgical procedure in which arthritic or damaged joint surfaces are removed and replaced with an artificial joint or "prosthesis". The [...]

By | 2017-08-03T06:29:47+00:00 February 20th, 2008|Blog|0 Comments

Spine Surgery

Why Spine Surgery? Many conditions or dysfunctions of the spine may ultimately require spinal surgery. In these cases, bed rest, medications, physical therapy, bracing or other medical options may not have been successful or perhaps the condition is too severe to respond to conservative treatment. The point is that you may have a student in [...]

By | 2017-08-03T06:32:28+00:00 February 19th, 2008|Blog|0 Comments

Spinal Disc Disease

Many terms are used to describe disc disorders of the spine which leads to confusion even among professionals.1 Let's begin by describing normal disc anatomy and proceed to various common pathologies. You may find use of Integrative Learning Center of Mid-America's online animation library particularly helpful as you read this article. See the Spine Condition [...]

By | 2017-08-03T06:32:14+00:00 February 19th, 2008|Blog|0 Comments

Spinal Stenosis

What is Spinal Stenosis? Stenosis indicates a narrowing of the space in which the spinal cord resides. This narrowing of the spine can compress the spinal cord (SC) or the nerves exiting the spinal canal1. Narrowing can occur throughout the spine but is most commonly found in the vulnerable joints of the neck or lower [...]

By | 2017-08-03T06:33:06+00:00 February 13th, 2008|Blog|0 Comments

Spondylolithesis

What is Spondylolithesis? Spondylolithesis results when a vertebral dysfunction occurs, usually at the articulating processes or joints between two vertebral levels, and one vertebrae slips forward over the vertebra beneath it. This most often occurs in the lumbar spine resulting in a narrowing of the vertebral foramen through which the spinal cord passes.1 You may [...]

By | 2017-08-03T06:34:40+00:00 February 13th, 2008|Blog|0 Comments

Scoliosis

What is Scoliosis? To understand scoliosis it may be helpful to first consider what normal spinal curvature entails. The spinal column is a stack of individual vertebrae ranging from 2" to 6" in diameter.1 There are 7-cervical, 12-thoracic, 5-lumbar separate vertebral bones plus fused bones which make up the sacrum and coccyx region.2 When viewed [...]

By | 2017-08-03T06:35:10+00:00 February 13th, 2008|Blog|0 Comments