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Degeneration of the intervertebral discs is called degenerative disc disease (DDD). With this condition, minor injuries and repeated daily stresses eventually wear down the spine and cause back pain. Degenerative disc disease can affect your ability to stand upright and perform daily activities. What causes degenerative...

The use of pedicle screws to surgically stabilize the spine is increasing in popularity. The percutaneous pedicle screw fixation (PPSF) procedure is a safe and effective treatment for many spine conditions. How is the percutaneous pedicle screw fixation technique better than standard techniques? According to studies, the...

Interspinous process fusion surgery is a technique used to treat spinal stenosis, which occurs when the nerves passing through a narrowed spinal canal become compressed. The pressure leads to back pain and radiculopathy, which involves leg symptoms of tingling, pain, numbness, and weakness. Spinal stenosis...

Oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion (OLLIF) is a minimally invasive procedure used to achieve lumbar vertebrae spine fusion. Unlike other spinal fusion procedures, OLLIF is performed as an outpatient surgery for many people. Here are the many benefits of the oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion...

One of the basic components for a spinal fusion surgery is a bone graft. Bone grafts are used to stimulate bone healing and to offer support to the spine by filling gaps between two vertebrae (spinal bones). Thousands of bone grafting orthopedic procedures are performed...

A disc bulge means that at least 50% or more of the disc has pressure on it beyond the natural boundaries. This pressure is usually related to weakness or an increase in spinal load. The spinal conditions that cause the bulging disc, along with the...

Recently we had a reader write in with the following question: “It feels like I have fireworks going off in my back – what could be causing this pain?” That’s our topic for this patient education article. We will talk about a few potential causes...

Figuring out what’s causing your back pain is difficult enough when it’s stationary. But what if your back pain moves around and impacts different areas of the spine over time? This article will focus on back pain that moves around and doesn’t stay in one...

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