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How Common are Disc Herniations?

Surprisingly,  I am rarely asked  questions about frequency of disc herniations.  But the answer is, it is very common. The better question is, “Is the disc herniation seen on the MRI the cause of my pain?”.  The answer to that question is maybe. Research has demonstrated that findings of disc protrusions, disc hernations, and disc degeneration are very […]

Cervical Neck Fractures

CT Scan of Cervical Neck Fractures:  Facet fracture and fragment in Foramen Transversalis   Cervical Neck Fractures are a common presentation associated with severe neck pain after trauma. Unfortunately,  cervical neck fractures commonly present after sports or recreational activities.  Common causes include diving accidents,  football collisions,  and racing activities.  Because of the activities involve, the […]

The Drug Addict is Not Who you Think

So many people have a picture in their heads of what a drug addict looks like, what their lives are like, and how they ended up with such a problem. A good portion of these people would be wrong. Instead of an unemployed, dirty hobo lying in an alley that most people picture, a good portion […]

Who is Helping my Surgeon?

As a patient, when you go into an orthopaedic surgeon’s office for your appointment, it is usually not the surgeon that first greets you and brings you into the examination room.  You are often asked a barrage of questions about why you have come in and often are asked about your medical history. So who […]

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Cervical Foraminotomy

What is Cervical Foraminotomy? In my prior blogs,  we discussed cervical radiculopathy,  or in simple terms,  a pinched nerve in the neck.  Usually,  there is associated pain, numbness and tingling corresponding to the distribution of the pinched nerves functions.  As we discussed before,  these nerves can have a distribution of sensation called dermatomes, as well […]

When is Spine Pain an Emergency?

So often we hear from people who are upset with Emergency Rooms because they feel their neck or back pain was not treated with the seriousness it deserved. A traumatic event such as a bad fall or a serious car accident with any sign of severe pain, or abnormal neurological signs such as paralysis, should […]

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