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Spine Care: Caring for Someone Suffering From Back Pain

Here are some spine care tips to help you helping someone else. Learn more about spine care in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Having a loved one who is in need of spine care to help them through pain doesn’t have to be a painful situation for you and them. First, try to learn as much as possible about your friend or loved one’s pain. The more you know, the more you can target the proper steps to help alleviate their pain.

Secondly, make their living areas more user-friendly for them. Move popular or heavily used items higher to reduce the need to bend over.

Thirdly, help your friend or loved one with specific tasks around the house that may require intense movements like lifting heavy objects.

Fourthly, be a part of their rehabilitation either by reminding them and keeping them ahead of scheduled exercising or even joining in and stretching or exercising alongside them is a great way to encourage them and you.

Lastly, be sure to keep posture in check. Make sure the items of furniture and office items are setup properly for the best support available. Desk chairs should be adjusted so that they can sit comfortably and upright.

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Robotic Spine Surgery: Local Success Story

Robert was struggling with daily mobility until robotic spine surgery saved the day(s). Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Local now-retired truck driver Robert Russo had back pain as a result of spinal stenosis. He tried everything from spine decompression to physical therapy. While these actions helped, Robert says the pain would come back. Dr. Leone explained the robotic spine surgical procedure to Robert. Via small incisions, Dr. Leone explains the nerve will be decompressed, move the bones to their proper location and install screws and rods. See Robert’s success story here:

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Video courtesy WGRZ.com


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WATCH: Minimally Invasive Surgery Helps Man Walk

South Carolina resident regained his life with minimally invasive surgery. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

South Carolina resident Jack Hoppes could barely walk more than a few feet at a time without debilitating back pain. He suffered from degenerative disc disease, a complication resulting from continued wear and tear on the spine. Enter Dr. Christopher Chittum of Spartanburg Medical Center who helped get Jack back to a normal lifestyle thanks to robotic spine surgery. Meet Jack and hear his story below.

Video Courtesy: Mazor Robotics

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What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Lumbar spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spine. To learn more about this and other spinal complications, search the Knowledge Center of Dr. Leone.

Low back pain can be a result of something called lumbar spinal stenosis. this condition involves the narrowing of the spinal canal or one or more of the vertebra in the spine. When this narrowing occurs, the spinal cord and nerves become compressed causing (sometimes) severe pain in the lower back and legs. Sometimes numbness can also develop.

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Causes of Lumbar Disc Degeneration

Wish to learn even more about disc degeneration? Search the Knowledge Center for more information.

There are two primary causes of lumbar disc degeneration. Sometimes these causes are a result of one or both of them together. The first is instability which happens when the spinal discs are worn and can no longer cushion pressure on the spine. This instability leads to movement along the vertebra which in turn results in pain. The second cause is inflammation surrounding the discs, especially the nerves. Together, these complications can cause intense lumbar pain.

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Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Want to learn more about how lower back pain is caused and what contributes to it? Find out more here in Dr. Leone’s Knowledge Center.

In older adults the common causes of lower back pain involving the lumbar region of the spine are attributed to compression fractures or disc degeneration like osteoarthritis. In younger patients, back pain is more likely to be concentrated to the spacing between the discs via degenerative disc disease or a disc herniation. Sometimes back pain can even be the result of strains within the back muscles and other soft tissues located in or around the spine.

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Advantages of Surgery in Spinal Instability

Surgical intervention may be necessary to alleviate stress within the spine. Contact Dr. Anthony Leone to learn more.

Once a diagnosis has been made, the doctor might determine the proper course of action in disc degeneration involves surgical intervention. When performed, the doctor will have the ability to free the constricted nerve root and also remove bone spurs and other factors that may be causing pain and discomfort in the back and surrounding areas.

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Pain in Spinal Instability

You might wonder why you are in pain as a result of disc degeneration. Learn more below and elsewhere in Dr. Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Spinal instability resulting from disc degeneration often leaves the patient in a painful state. This is because of movement involving the vertebrae (sliding laterally or rotating) is irritating the nerve located in the target area. When a nerve loses the ability to openly move, irritation occurs and spreads throughout the back and may even be felt in the legs.

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Causes of Spinal Instability

Disc degeneration occurs as we age and our bodies mature. Search the Knowledge Center to learn more about degeneration and its effects on our health.

In disc degeneration, a disc has begun to lose tension, creating bulging as movements happen along the vertebrae. This odd movement, also know as “spinal instability” causes joints to move in abnormal paths. From this abnormal path, overgrowth of the joints and the creation of bone spurs around the joints can occur.

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Locations of Discogenic Pain

Primarily, discogenic pain is localized to the lumbar area of your back, also known as your lower back. Pain is most often located here because of the anatomy of the lower spine which has five vertebrae – each with soft discs in between. With age, these hydrated discs lose water content and can crack and tear. Therefore, these cracks and tears can cause pain.