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AxiaLIF® (Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion)

Overview In this minimally-invasive procedure, performed under general anesthesia, portions of a diseased or damaged disc in the lumbar spine are removed and a device is implanted to secure one or more vertebrae to the sacrum. It is typically used to treat back pain caused by a...
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Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

Overview This surgery removes a herniated or diseased disc and relieves neck and radiating arm pain caused by parts of the disc pressing on nerve roots. Incision Created The surgeon performs this procedure through an incision on the front of the neck. Disc Removed First, the...
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Spine or Nerve Pain?

Are you still suffering with chronic lower back pain, neck pain, or nerve pain?  You need an evaluation by a board certified physician specialized in diagnosing and treating these problems. Our board certified neurosurgery and interventional pain management physicians specialize...
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Do Spinal Cord Stimulators Help With Chronic Lower Back Pain?

Spinal Cord Stimulators for Chronic Low Back Pain? According to a recent study, known as the LUMINA study,  published in Pain Medicine, the new generation of spinal cord stimulator technology is very effective for chronic lower back pain. New Technology for Chronic Pain The new...
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Do You Have Low Testosterone? Are You Experiencing Andropause?

What is Andropause? As we age, it is not only women do have changes in their hormones. Men also have significant hormonal changes as they age. The hormonal changes in women are called perimenopause and menopause. As men age, their levels of testosterone dropped significantly with...
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ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Overview ALIF is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease. The surgeon will stabilize the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material. Incision Made The procedure is performed through a three- to five-inch incision on the...
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Occipital Neuralgia (Arnold’s Neuralgia)

Overview This condition is a distinct type of headache caused by irritation or injury of the occipital nerves. These nerves travel from the base of the skull through the scalp. This condition can result in severe pain and muscle spasms. Causes Occipital neuralgia can be caused by...
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Overweight and Obesity

This condition is an accumulation of excess fat that results in a body weight considered unhealthy for a person's height. Excess weight can increase the likelihood of diseases and health problems. Defining Overweight and Obese In adults, a healthy weight is determined by a...
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“Dietary Treatment of Crohn’s Disease” – Video Review

This is a little off topic from spine and nerve pain but it does show how our dietary choices effect painful inflammatory processes in our bodies. In this video, Dr. Michael Greber from Nutritionfacts.org explains the relationship between inflammatory diseases such as Crohn's...
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Patient Education Links

Pain Management Procedures: Botox: Migraine Headaches Costovertebral Joint Injection Discography ESI: Caudal ESI: Cervical ESI: Lumbar ESI: Thoracic Facet Joint Injections: Lumbar Genicular Nerve Block Medial Branch Block: Cervical Medial Branch Block: Lumbar Racz Neurolysis:...
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Suprascapular Nerve Block

  Overview This outpatient procedure is used to treat pain and discomfort from arthritis, bursitis or impingement of the suprascapular nerve in the shoulder joint. The suprascapular nerve is a major motor nerve that serves the muscles of the shoulder. Preparation The patient...
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