Cervical Spine
the "Neck" of the Spine

Thoracic Spine
the "Upper Back"

Lumbar Spine
the "Lower Back"



A bone spur is a bony growth formed on a normal bone. This extra bone is smooth, but can cause pain if it presses on ligaments nerves, or tendons. Bone spurs are usually found on the shoulders, spine, hands, hips, knees and feet.

Some bone spurs form as a reaction to stress on the feet (such as running, dancing, or wearing shoes that do not fit right), while some form due to the aging process.

Bone spurs do not require treatment unless they are causing pain. Some remedies may include losing weight to take extra pressure off the bone, massage, stretching, and rest.

Herniated discs are the most common reason for spine surgery.  A distectomy is the surgical procedure used to remove part of the effected disc. This relieves the pressure on the nerves.

A foraminotomy is used to relieve pressure on a nerve, by removing a portion of bone and other tissue that may be compressing the nerve as it exits the spinal column.

A laminectomy is a procedure to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. This is used to treat conditions such as spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis. This procedure may be done with a spinal fusion to prevent instability, depending on how much bone is removed.

Spine Fusion
Spine fusion is a procedure to treat an unstable spine, eliminating motion between vertebrae. It can be used as a remedy to spndylolisthesis or could possibly be used after another surgery where bone is removed, such as a laminectomy.



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