Category Archives: Spinal Conditions



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What is Myelopathy?

Myelopathy is a spinal condition in which the spinal cord suffers significant compression. Pressure on the spinal cord should not be mistaken for compression on nerve roots as they exit the spinal cord or pass through spinal disc space (that is radiculopathy). Myelopathy is also different than myopathy, a condition in which the nerves within… Read More »



What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

The spine is a very intricate and complicated part of the human body that plays an integral role in good health and daily function. Between the interlocking bones of the spine called vertebrae, are discs. Discs serve the vertebrae much like the soles of sneakers do, to absorb shock from impact.  When the discs become… Read More »


What is Cervical Myelopathy?

Cervical myelopathy is a condition of the neck-portion of the spine where the spinal chord tissue has been damaged. This condition interferes with normal nerve function and can create a multitude of health issues. Nerve damage can often be irreversible, so it is important that patients see a neurological surgeon as soon as any symptoms… Read More »


Sciatica: Triggers and Treatments

Sciatica is a condition that causes patients to experience pain within the sciatic nerves. These nerves extend from the lower back through the hips and buttock areas, and down each leg. In most cases, sciatica only impacts one side of the body. Triggers Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched. “Pinching” occurs due to… Read More »


What is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?

The Sacroiliac (SI) Joints connect the base of the spine (the “sacrum”) to the ilium of the pelvis or hip bone. When there is abnormal motion or inflammation of these joints, severe pain can result. The condition is known as “Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction.” There are several different names for this condition, including SI Joint… Read More »


What are Facet Joint Disorders?

The facet joints are structures which connect vertebrae to one another. The main purpose of them is to provide support and stability to the spine. Facet joint disorders occur when these joints become injured. Let’s take a closer look at some common questions about these disorders, and how they can be treated. What causes facet… Read More »


What is Coccydynia?

Although fairly rare, tailbone pain is often debilitating, since it causes persistent pain in the lower spinal area. This pain is usually temporary, although it can sometimes turn into a serious, long-term issue. Let’s take a closer look at this condition, and some of the most important questions about it. What is Coccydynia? Coccydynia is… Read More »


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