Spinal Interventions

  • The cervical spine is one of the key links in the kinetic chain of physical motion. It controls head movement and, therefore, a person’s ability to direct his or her organs of sensation. When bone, muscles, or nerves of the neck region are damaged, activities ranging from sedentary to record-setting are disrupted. What causes Cervical spine pain? […]

  • Cervico-genic headaches are those which result from problems in the neck, such as disc degeneration or prolapse, or facet joint arthritis. ‘Cervico-’ means neck, and ‘-genic’ means origin. Headaches arising from the cervical spine are relatively common and underrecognised. What are the symptoms of cervicogenic headaches? Cervicogenic headaches cause pain typically at the back of the […]

  • At least 80% of individuals experience a significant episode of LBP at some point in their lives. A large proportion of these people will have no long standing effects on their life. What causes Low back pain? There are a number of structures with the low back that are capable of causing pain when stressed or damaged including the […]

  • Dysfunction in the sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, is thought to cause low back and/or leg pain. The leg pain can be particularly difficult, and may feel similar to sciatica or pain caused by a lumbar disc herniation. What causes sacroiliac pain? While it is not clear how the pain is caused, it is thought that an […]

  • Symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy include: • A sharp pain in the back that may travel all the way to your foot—pain may become worse with certain activities like sitting or coughing • Numbness of the skin in areas of the leg or foot • Weakness in the leg What causes Lumbar Radiculopathy? Lumbar radiculopathy may occur when […]

  • Minimally Invasive Techniques To avoid open discectomy if conservative treatment fails, injections and numerous minimally invasive techniques have been and continue to be developed for treating lumbar disk disease. Types of Minimally Invasive Techniques Epidural corticosteroid injections have been controversial in the treatment of lumbar disk herniations, because controlled studies of their effectiveness have produced mixed results. Although methodologic […]

  • The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in and of itself – it is a symptom of an underlying medical condition. What […]

  • Approximately two thirds of disk herniations occur postero-laterally, with the remainder occurring centrally. Both postero-lateral and central herniations can cause sciatica, and 95% of herniations occur at the L4-5 or L5-S1 levels. Although lifting is a mechanism of injury often associated with acute disk rupture, athletic weight lifting has not been shown to increase the risk of herniation. What […]