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Congenital Spinal Stenosis

Congenital Spinal Stenosis Spinal stenosis or acquired spinal stenosis generally occurs as part of the natural aging process. As one ages, bone spurs may develop, discs shift or bulge and ligaments thicken. These physiological changes invade the spinal column space, which narrows the environment previously occupied exclusively by the spinal nerves. The narrowing compresses nerves and surrounding tissues causing pain ... Read More »

Lumbar Spondylosis

Lumbar Spondylosis Nope, it’s not an entree at your local gourmet restaurant: Lumbar Spondylosis is actually a medical condition. It occurs when bony growths, or spurs, develop on the vertebrae located in the lumbar region of your spine (more on that later). It is usually the result of bone degeneration. We know, right? If the bone is breaking down, or ... Read More »

What is your lumbar?

At the most basic level, the word “lumbar” refers to the lower back area. The base of your back includes five vertebrae, which are the largest within the moveable part of your spine. These vertebrae carry your entire upper body weight and are susceptible to damage. Since your five largest vertebrae carry all of this weight, it often leaves the ... Read More »

Acute vs Chronic Pain

Understanding the differences between acute vs chronic pain. The exact definition of both “acute pain” & “chronic pain” are likely to vary depending on whom you talk to. However, there are some main differences when discussing acute vs chronic pain that seem to be generally accepted. Acute pain occurs immediately and usually consists of pain that could be described as ... Read More »

What is Sciatica?

What is Sciatica? If your doctor has diagnosed you with sciatica, you may be asking yourself, “what is sciatica?”  “Sciatica” is the diagnosis of pain or discomfort caused by disruption to the sciatica nerve. The sciatic nerve is located at the very base of your spinal cord and runs down your legs. Therefore, often times symptoms of sciatica occur not ... Read More »