Monday September 15, 2014
We often take our spine for granted until it stops functioning properly, causes us pain, limits our mobility and forces us to make adaptations to the way we live. When the back is injured, it impacts every part of daily life. With age, the spinal column sustains “wear and tear” that results in degenerative changes. So it is no surprise that older people commonly have back problems. However, younger patients are also prone to back injury and pain. In fact, more than 80% of all adults experience significant back pain during their life. Whether you’re concerned that your spine may be seriously injured or you are simply uncomfortable due to back stiffness, it is important to get the expertise and care you need to start the healing process.
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Friday September 12, 2014
Recovery from anterior cervical fusion surgery can take several months, and it is easier for some patients than for others. This depends on a variety of factors, including the extent of the abnormalities causing spinal compression, the age and activity level of the patient, and overall physical health. Any surgical procedure comes with a challenging recovery process; however, a spinal fusion operation will strictly limit the patient’s capacity to lift certain items and to perform regular activities around the home and at work for several weeks. In the end, after recovering from anterior cervical fusion surgery, most patients report significant improvements and a decrease in pain.
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Rothman Institute's Dr. Eric Smith's Hip and Knee Web Chat
Dr. Eric Smith takes questions on hips and knees in this web chat.