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Degenerative Disc Disease Exercises

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a physiological breakdown of the intervertebral discs in the spine. Clinical studies have shown that disc degeneration, or the narrowing of at least one intervertebral space, is prevalent in nearly 60% of the population above 40 years of age(1). DDD can occur in the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine. While … Continued

9 Safe and Effective Ways to Crack Your Lower Back

“Cracking” the back is a safe and effective way to stretch the joints of the spine. This exercise also relieves pain and discomfort in the joints. You’ve probably done it just after waking up or at the end of a long day without really thinking about it. The Benefits Of Cracking Your Lower Back There … Continued

Atlas of Interventional Orthopedic Procedures

New Interventional Orthopedics Atlas

Writing a textbook is an enormous undertaking.  In creating a first of its kind, comprehensive textbook in Interventional Orthopedic Procedures, authors Williams, Sussman and Pitts have established a new benchmark in the field.  Congratulations to its authors for their dedication, foresight and commitment to the advancement of Interventional Orthopedics.  What Is Interventional Orthopedics?  Interventional Orthopedics … Continued

ACL tear treatment without surgery

ACL Tear Treatment Without Surgery: Our New Publication!

It all happened so suddenly.  You were running down the field and made a quick cut.  You heard an audible pop followed by searing knee pain and then collapsed to the ground. Your doctor thinks your tore your ACL and has referred you to a surgeon.  What is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament?  What is the … Continued

Ligaments of the Spine: Understanding Their Importance

It started as a dull ache and now has progressed.  It feels like a knife in the back of your neck and is preventing you from daily activities.  Medications, rest and conservative treatments have failed.  Your doctor noticed on x-ray that the bones are out of alignment.  He thinks you may have suffered a ligament … Continued

Anterior Longitudinal Ligament: The Cause of Your Neck Pain

The neck pain is unrelenting, and all started after being rear ended at a stoplight. Spine X-rays demonstrated some abnormal movement of the Spinal bones.  Both conservative care and medications have failed.  Your doctor thinks you have injured a Spinal ligament.  What is the Anterior Longitudinal Ligament?  What is the role of the Anterior Longitudinal … Continued

Alar Ligament

What Is the Alar Ligament?

Introduction Medicine is highly specialized now.  Each specialty has a series of checkboxes that patient’s symptoms nicely fit into.  For example, irregular heart rhythm with abnormal ECG is a cardiology problem.  Shortness of breath with abnormal chest x-ray can be effectively evaluated and treated by a pulmonologist.  Unfortunately, the symptoms and presentation of patients with … Continued

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Understanding Cervical Spine Instability Measurements

Cervical Spine Instability Measurements: How To Precisely Interpret Them It was all a blur. You were waiting for the red light to change when a large truck slammed into your vehicle. You did not see the approaching vehicle but heard the skidding tires.  The brain fog, dizziness, and fatigue have not responded to conservative therapy.  … Continued

atlantodens interval

What Is the Atlantodens Interval? A QuickStart Guide

The headaches and dizziness became progressive in nature and responsive to conservative care. Chiropractic adjustments provided only  transient relief as you could not maintain your adjustment.  A surgeon reviewed your history, symptoms and radiographic studies.  He mentioned different measurements that were abnormal.  What is the Atlantodens Interval? What is the Atlas?  What is the Axis … Continued

meniscus tear types

6 Meniscus Tear Types And How To Treat Them Properly

Even a small meniscus tear can make walking difficult for you. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may want to seek medical help as soon as possible, depending on the type of tear you have. Needless to say, a lot depends on understanding the meniscus tear types there are and what each … Continued