Spine Surgery 101: What Decompressing a Spinal Nerve Means

A pinched spinal nerve can cause pain, numbness, and/or weakness. In most cases, conservative treatment options like physical therapy, anti-inflammatories and injections can be enough to decrease symptoms and help patients live a normal life. However, in some cases,...

3 Common Spine Injuries Following a Motor Vehicle Accident

Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) are a common cause of spinal injuries. Depending on the accident, injuries and their related symptoms can range from mild to severe. The three most common injuries are: Whiplash Injuries  Whiplash injuries are the least severe injuries...

Cervical Myelopathy: Symptoms and Treatments

One of the most common causes of nerve pain is what is known as cervical myelopathy. The condition, which is most often seen in patients over the age of 50, is characterized by the compression of the spinal cord. Common symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness, and...

Understanding What a “Pinched Nerve” Means and How to Treat It

“The doctor said I have a pinched spinal nerve.”  It’s a very common statement.   But, while many patients know they have a pinched nerve, they may not know exactly what it is or how to treat it. To help guide you, we’ve created this post to educate and inform...

How a Herniated Disc Causes Pain in the Extremities

Neck and back pain aren’t the only symptoms of a herniated disc. In fact, for many patients, symptoms first present in the extremities. Because of this, it’s important to know the relationship between a herniated disc and extremity nerve function. Let’s jump right in:...

When Does A Herniated Disc Require Surgery?

When Does A Herniated Disc Require Surgery? In between each of the vertebrae of the spine, there are discs that cushion the vertebral bones in the spine.  These small discs have a tough outer layer (annulus) with a jellylike material on the inside (nucleus). A...

What Is The Difference Between A Bulging Disc And A Herniated Disc?

What Is The Difference Between A Bulging Disc And A Herniated Disc? When it comes to diagnosing the cause of chronic back or neck pain, patients can be met with a variety of terms that are difficult to decipher.  Two of the most commonly confused diagnoses are a...

The Most Common Causes Of Chronic Neck Pain And How To Treat Them

The Most Common Causes Of Chronic Neck Pain And How To Treat Them For those suffering from persistent neck pain, it is often difficult to pinpoint exactly how the injury may have occurred as well as how it should be treated.  Typically, the two most common causes of...

The 4 Emotional Dangers Of Chronic Pain Or Neck Pain

The 4 Emotional Dangers Of Chronic Pain Or Neck Pain Neurosurgeon, Dr. Anthony Virella, has always believed that for many of his patients the effects of chronic back or neck pain is more than just physical.   Studies over the past decade have confirmed the link...

Video: The Truth About Different Types Of Spine Surgery

Video: The Truth About Different Types Of Spine Surgery   Neurosurgeon Dr. Anthony Virella explains the difference between traditional spinal surgery and Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery. Dr. Virella is a pioneer in the use of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery...

Video: 3 Signs You Should Consult A Spine Specialist

Video: 3 Signs You Should Consult A Spine Specialist   Dr. Anthony Virella is a Board-Certified, Fellowship trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management of complex spinal disorders. He attended medical school at Columbia University...

Video: What Is Sciatica And How Is It Treated?

Video: What Is Sciatica And How Is It Treated? Learn about the real causes of Sciatica and Minimally Invasive treatment options for Sciatica and other spinal conditions. Dr. Anthony Virella is a Board-Certified, Fellowship trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with...

4 Things To Consider Before Having Spine Surgery

4 Things To Consider Before Having Spine Surgery For those suffering chronic back or neck pain, the effects can be more than just physical.  The mental toll of chronic pain can affect the quality of life, decision making, and overall attitude. Many patients just want...

4 Things You May Not Know About Spine Surgery

4 Things You May Not Know About Spine Surgery Recently, the amount of information regarding Spinal Surgery has been increasing exponentially.  However, with so much information available, it is often hard to get the facts about Spinal Surgery and separate the myths...

What Causes Sciatica And What Treatments Are Effective?

What Causes Sciatica And What Treatments Are Effective? What is Sciatica? Sciatica is classified as an intense shooting pain or burning that originates in the lower back and radiates down into the leg and hip and can be persistent or intermittent.  This can also be...

When Pain Replaces Passion: Back Pain And Sex

When Pain Replaces Passion: Back Pain And Sex For those with chronic low back pain, there is a host of activities and physical tasks that can trigger pain.  Most patients know better than to lift heavy objects, engage in strenuous exercise or even sit in a certain...

4 Ways To Use An Exercise Ball To Combat Pain

4 Ways To Use An Exercise Ball To Combat Pain A patient suffering from back pain may find it difficult to exercise, but a new trend for these patients is working out with an exercise ball.  What most people do not know is that exercise balls are often incorporated...

Tony Romo and Cam Newton Are Recovering Well From Back Injuries

Tony Romo and Cam Newton Are Recovering Well From Back Injuries Tony Romo and Cam Newton were able to lead their teams to playoff victories this week against two tough teams. Another thing they have in common is that they both suffered an uncommon spinal fracture...

Philip Rivers Playing With Bulging Disc In His Back

Philip Rivers Playing With Bulging Disc In His Back Reports have come about that San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has been playing the past few weeks with a bulging disc in his back. Despite this, he has the Charger in a position to make the playoffs as a wild-card...

Neck Injuries From Weightlifting

Neck Injuries From Weightlifting While lifting weights it is very easy to acquire a neck injury. There are several reasons why this may occur, but understanding why it happened, the symptoms and the treatment options available is going to be the biggest factor in a...

4 Yoga Stretches That Can Help With Back Pain

4 Yoga Stretches That Can Help With Back Pain   Many people are forced to live out each day with unrelenting back pain that hinders them throughout the day. Athletes and non-athletes alike may suffer from lower back pain. Sitting in an office chair from 9-5 may...

Lakers’ Steve Nash Out For Season Due To Nerve Damage In Spine

Lakers' Steve Nash Out For Season Due To Nerve Damage In Spine 2-time NBA MVP Steve Nash was looking forward to playing out this season and then going into retirement on a good note. Unfortunately, his season is over before it started, after it was revealed that he...

Returning To Sports After Spine Surgery

Returning To Sports After Spine Surgery Contrary to what patients may fear, spinal surgery does not have to mean the end to a patients athletic career. Athletes such as Tony Romo and Tiger Woods have returned to their same level of competition following back surgery....

The Benefits Of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

The Benefits Of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery For many patients considering spinal surgery, the fear of a large incision, hospital stays and a long recovery period was enough to scare them away from surgery. However, with incredible advancements in spine surgical...

Avoiding Spinal Fusion Surgery

Avoiding Spinal Fusion Surgery For many, the prospect of a spinal fusion surgery is enough to make them forego treating their neck pain and instead attempt to “grin and bear” the nagging pain associated with cervical spinal conditions.  The predominant reason many...

5 Daily Things YouMay Be Doing That Hurt Your Back

5 Daily Things YouMay Be Doing That Hurt Your Back One of the most debilitating conditions a person can suffer from is back pain or neck pain.  This pain limits the way we live our lives and, worst of all, keep us away from doing what we love. What many do not realize...

What Exactly Is “Sciatica”?

What Exactly Is "Sciatica"? For those with chronic back pain not all of the pain remains in the back.  Often, the pain can radiate into different extremities.  One of the most common forms of this radiating pain is what is known as Sciatica.  Sciatica is classified as...

So You’ve Bee Told You Need Back Surgery? Now What?

So You've Bee Told You Need Back Surgery? Now What? Low back pain and neck pain are prevalent in the general community. In fact, these conditions are experienced by so many people that it accounts for 35-40% of all visits to the primary care physician  Often times,...

When Should I See A Spine Surgeon for Back Pain?

When Should I See A Spine Surgeon for Back Pain? If your back has only recently begun to cause discomfort, and the discomfort is  nothing more than an unpleasant nuisance, you should begin by scheduling an appointment with your primary care doctor. Rest assured, if...

What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and What Are The Benefits?

What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and What Are The Benefits? Understanding Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Dr. Virella is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, which defines Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MIS) as: “MIS was...

What Could Be Causing My Lower Back Pain?

What Could Be Causing My Lower Back Pain? If your lower back is causing you pain, you may take some small comfort in knowing that you are not alone. In fact, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Back pain is the second most common...

The Real Story Behind Tiger Woods’ Back Surgery

The Real Story Behind Tiger Woods' Back Surgery   The news of pro golfer Tiger Woods' withdrawal from the Master's tournament due to spinal surgery on a pinched nerve in his spine has raised questions. Why did he choose a surgical solution to his back pain? What...

Herniated Disc Treatment

Herniated Disc Treatment 80% of herniated disc symptoms resolve spontaneously Studies show that only one out of five patients with herniated discs will ever require surgery. The management of these patients usually requires conservative therapies such as physical...

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