5 Common Conditions That Cause Back Pain
One of the most important parts of preventing pain is knowing what causes it. Patients who are interested in improving their spine health and preventing or reducing spine pain are encouraged to learn more about 5 of the most common spine conditions.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery for Herniated Discs and Spinal Stenosis
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a new and popular type of surgery that offers patients an alternative to traditional spine surgery. The benefits of MISS include the following: Less time in surgery Less time in...

Understanding Neck Pain: Causes and Treatments
Cervical spine pain, which is most often referred to as just neck pain, is one of the most common medical complaints in the United States. Finding out the underlying cause of neck pain helps determine your treatment options. The medical professionals who are most...

Understanding Spondylosis Symptoms and Treatments
Spondylosis, which is often referred to as spinal osteoarthritis, is a degenerative disorder that affects the soft tissues and bones of the spine. Spondylosis is a highly individualized condition. Aging is the primary cause; however, factors such as weight...

What is Spondylolisthesis and How Is It Treated?
The lumbar or lower back region of the spine is composed of five vertebrae (L1-L5). The vertebrae are responsible for absorbing and distributing the majority of the body’s weight. When one the lumbar vertebra slips forward (anteriorly), a condition known...

Understanding Sciatica: Causes and Treatments
The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body. It starts in the lumbar (lower back) region of the spine and travels down the leg to the foot. The nerve has the important job of supplying the thighs, lower legs, and feet with nervous system...

Understanding Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) has been the surgical solution for millions of patients with neck or back pain.

Can Back Pain Cause Insomnia?
Studies show that up to 2/3 of patients with chronic pain (pain lasting for more than twelve weeks) have a sleep disorder.

5 Ways to Treat Spinal Stenosis
The narrowing of the spinal canal and resulting compression of the spinal cord or spinal nerves is referred to spinal stenosis.

3 Different Approaches Used to Perform a Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion
Lower back and/or leg pain should not limit your life. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, please contact one of our 3 Southern California offices to make an appointment.

2 Common Causes of Slipped Spinal Discs
The intervertebral discs of aging peoples, especially those over 50, lose water content and shrink in what is known as degenerative disc disease.

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 Spine Surgeries That Are Now Minimally Invasive
Those who suffer from a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, and/or severe vertebral arthritis that hasn't responded to non-surgical treatment may be candidates for MISS.

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...

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...

3 Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
If MISS is a practical treatment option for their condition/injury, patients can look forward to the benefits in this article.

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...

Everything You Wanted to Know About Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery is performed by a Neurosurgeon specializing in spine. Dr. Anthony Virella is a Board-Certified, Fellowship trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management of complex spinal disorders.

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 Is It Time to Consider Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
In most cases, conservative therapy is the first option. However, if Physical Therapy or injection therapies have not given you lasting pain relief, surgery may be the next option.

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