Spine Archive: Young Patients

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Pediatric Surgery: Things to Expect

Following spinal surgery, these are the things parents can expect. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

If you have a child who underwent a spinal fusion, chances are that he or she will complain of pain in the area of the procedure. This is normal and will decrease in the coming weeks. Medications like Advil and Motrin should be avoided as they can interfere with the healing process. Consult your doctor if your child appears to be in more pain than should be normal during the healing process.

Infections are not common, and should not happen – but are possible. Be sure to inspect your child’s back daily to ensure there are no infections. Healthy healing areas should be pink at the incision and the edges should be together.

Be sure to encourage your child to take liquids, fruits and vegetables to reduce constipation possibilities. Multivitamins with iron can help your child’s body heal itself

In the upcoming weeks after your child’s spinal fusion, monitor their activity levels. As discomfort clears, your child will probably want to get up and be active. Prevent them from doing anything too strenuous to avoid injury to the fusion area.

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Spine Health: Spring into a Healthy Spine

Some tips to stay healthy this spring with spine health. Learn more about Spine Health in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

The weather is finally looking nice and we’re all anxious to get outside and enjoy the sun. Now that we have the opportunity to go outside for a walk or a run, don’t forget to work back into a routine. You may be tempted to go out and attempt an intense workout but remember that your body needs the time to adjust properly. A short walk and stretch period may be best to get your body back into nice-weather mode. Heat therapy can help soothe muscle strain and prevent cramping as well.

Getting plenty of sleep this spring will be sure to keep you and your spine in tip-top shape. Getting proper rest is crucial to our body’s daily maintenance and recovery. If you are having trouble sleeping, try setting a routine. By only using the bedroom for sleep, you can help shake off bad habits of restless sleep.

Good posture is key to a healthy spine. Remember to sit up at your desk at work and don’t slouch on your couch. Proper posture not only looks good, but keeps your spine in good alignment. A misaligned spine can lead to a plethora of problems including pain and discomfort. If you feel you may be slouching, use a mirror to correct your posture.

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Most Prevalent Pediatric Spine Surgeries

These are the most prevalent spinal procedures for children. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Development in children, especially in the early stages can lead to complications within and around the spine. Scoliosis is one of the most common spinal deformities seen in children in which the natural curvature of the spine becomes severe. Other spinal conditions developing children can exhibit are:

Aneurysmal Bone Cyst
C1 Atlas Spine Injury
C2 Axis Spine Injury
Chondromyxoid Fibroma
Congenital Scoliosis
Diastrophic Dysplasia
Early-onset Scoliosis
Fibrous Dysplasia
Genetic Cervical Spine Conditions
Goldenhar Syndrome
Idiopathic Scoliosis
Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis
Klippel-Feil Syndrome
Kniest Dysplasia
Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
Larsen Syndrome
Lower Cervical Spine Injuries: C3-C7
Morquio Syndrome
Neuromuscular Scoliosis
Nonossifying Fibroma
Osteoid Osteoma
Spinal Deformities
Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Congenita
Thoracic, Lumbar and Sacral Spine Injuries
Trauma-related Spine Conditions
Unicameral Bone Cyst

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Additional Findings for Pediatric Robotic Spine Surgery

Lower doses of CT radiation in robotic spine surgery for children. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Studies done on children who underwent robotic spine surgery as opposed to traditional surgery were found to have lower levels of radiation from CT machines. Low-dose scans are an option for young patients who are highly radiosensitive. Studies concluded that young patients overall exhibited a 7 percent decrease in CT radiation under low-dose regimens. Because robotic spine surgery requires much fewer CT scanning – children are safer should they be a candidate for robotic spine surgery.

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Rare Surgery Helps Children with Cerebral Palsy Walk

A minimally invasive surgical technique is helping children with cerebral palsy walk. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Children with cerebral palsy may have an opportunity to walk after this amazing surgical procedure is completed. A rare form of spinal surgery in which a surgeon creates a small incision in the patient’s back is performed. Doctors report that the procedure stops spasticity in the legs while still maintaining proper sensations.

The procedure is currently only available at a Texas Hospital but will become more readily available as it is studied and trained. Thanks to this minimally invasive surgical procedure, children with cerebral palsy may now have the chance at a more normalized lifestyle.

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Precision Like Never Before: Robotic Spine Surgery

Just how precise is robotic spine surgery? Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Robotics has always had a heavy involvement in accuracy and precision. Robotic spine surgery makes no deviation from these premises. With accuracy within less than 1.5mm, that’s only slightly thicker than the thickness of a human fingernail. Surgeons and patients alike can feel confident in the success of the procedure. Dr. Dennis Devito of Atlanta, Georgia had this to say about the Renaissance® system; “Having your child undergo scoliosis surgery can be scary, frightening – certainly makes a lot of parents nervous. When I see them in the pre-op area, I always show them their disk and tell them, ‘I have already done the surgery and now I just have to complete it.”

Quotation courtesy Mazor Robotics Renaissance® “Spine Surgery Software” brochure

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Should You Train Through Spine Pain?

“No pain, no gain” – aging athletes often work through pain, but is healthy? To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

We’ve all heard this famous saying while at the gym, in movies, and from friends. But spine or back pain is a separate kind of pain – a serious pain that can mean serious complications. Athletes, especially those who are professionally training daily often force themselves to work through inflammation as they age. Certain inflammations like slight disc herniations are common and generally can be rectified with medication and conservative management. However, doctors encourage athletes to rest and to not work through the pain. Rest provides us with quicker recovery and better outcomes. Remember, your body needs exercise to strengthen the spine, but it also needs rest too. Don’t forget to take a breather!

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Text Neck: Preventative Exercises For The Spine

Here are some exercises that can help prevent “text” neck. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

While everyone is being effected by “text” neck, or the constant stress on our spines from looking down at our phones – teens are showing the most symptoms from the day-to-day cellphone usage. Thankfully, there are exercises that help to strengthen and stretch the areas that need it most. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and attempt to touch your elbows together as well. Hold this pose for five seconds and repeat about twenty times. This exercise strengthens your shoulders. Complete a neck stretch by pulling your chin toward your chest. Hold this pose for five seconds and again, repeat about twenty times. Finally, stretch your chest by standing in a doorway and hold both sides of the door frame, then – lean forward. You should feel a stretching in your chest. Hold this position for five seconds and repeat twenty times.

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Text Neck: How Cell Phones Are Hurting Our Spine Posture

Teens aren’t the only ones hunching over their phones. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

“Text Neck” is not only sweeping the country, its a global issue with people of all ages. The back and neck pain can be a result of the posture we have by looking down at our phones. Today, we are seeing young people with neck pains typically associated with people much older. Additionally, teens in high school athletics are complaining about losses of motion and the feelings of pain which are now being linked to cellphone usage. The posture that involves our heads constantly facing down can ad up to sixty pounds of additional weight on the cervical (neck) spine. Over the years, this can be detrimental to the spine involving spinal degeneration and could require surgery.

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Why Posture Is Important to Spine Health

With good posture and exercise you can prolong and protect your spine. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

The way we sit, stand, sleep, and exercise are all important to a healthy spine. Good posture is the best way you can keep your spine in tip top shape. Your lower back, also known as your lumbar curve takes a majority of your weight. Because of this, keeping this part of your spine strong and in proper alignment is important in protecting your lower back as well as other portions of your spine.

If you are experiencing pain, this is probably associated with the way you are going about daily activities such as sitting, standing, and sleeping. Don’t forget to lift heavy objects with your legs and NOT with your back. Lifting heavy objects incorrectly can be extremely detrimental to your spine health. If you have an office job, or sit for long periods of time – remember to refrain from slouching. Proper posture should be the goal to keep your spine in alignment.

Exercise is also important to strengthen your back muscles and prevent weight gain. Weight gain can also effect your spine because the more weight, the more stress is being applied to your lumbar section. Research has shown that patients who keep themselves in shape are less likely to incur back pain and injury.