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Are X-Rays Enough to Diagnose A Spine Injury?

These days, when someone suffers an injury or experiences pain in their spine, neck, back or joints, the default assumption is, “I’ll just get an X-ray, and that will tell me what’s wrong.” However, an X-ray is just one of several types of medical imaging

Nov 19th, 2019
Patient's Guide to Sports-Related Spine Injuries

For athletes, sports injuries are a fact of life. When you’re depending on your body to push it to the finish line and meet extraordinary physical goals, there’s bound to be some collateral damage along the road.

Nov 5th, 2019
Demystifying Leg Pain vs. Back Pain

Because the nerves in the spinal column eventually travel down the legs, pain in one of these regions is often related to a problem in the other.

Oct 14th, 2019
Patient’s Guide to Robotic Spine Surgery

While minimally invasive surgical techniques have made spine surgery more accurate, less painful and less traumatic in recent years, robotics are now changing spine surgery for the better in ways we could only imagine just a few years ago.

Aug 29th, 2019
3 Common Myths About Sciatica

“Sciatica” is a term that many people use loosely without truly understanding what it is or what its ramifications might be.

Aug 20th, 2019
Patient’s Guide to Spinal Pain Management

As many as 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. However, the fact that back pain is common doesn’t lessen its impact on our quality of life.

Aug 15th, 2019
Patient’s Guide to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

For patients suffering from neck or back pain, the idea of surgery can be quite intimidating. Indeed, in earlier days, spine surgery could be quite involved and complicated, and the rates of success were inconsistent at best.

Jun 24th, 2019
How Robotics Are Changing Spine Surgery

Every so often, a technological advance or discovery will revolutionize an industry, radically changing the way things are done, as well as changing expectations for success.

May 22nd, 2019
Robot-Guided Surgery: What Patients Must Know

When some people hear the term “robotics” in the context of surgery, their minds jump into the realm of science fiction, perhaps picturing an artificially intelligent machine performing a delicate procedure on them.

May 8th, 2019
Spinal Screw Placements with ExcelsiusGPS

When performing back and spine surgery — particularly with spinal screw placements — precision is key to a successful operation with minimal risk to the patient.

Apr 24th, 2019
The Future of Robotic Spine Surgery

The use of robotics in surgery isn’t exactly a new concept, but with the technological advances of recent years, it is just now making its first inroads into the mainstream.

Apr 10th, 2019
Lasers: For Star Wars Only

After the sudden closure of the Laser Spine Institute, based in Tampa, Florida, many people are now asking, “Was laser spine surgery just a fad? Just a bunch of hype?”

Mar 15th, 2019
What Conditions Can Robotic Spine Surgery Correct?

The emergence of robotic-assisted spine surgery is an exciting development that promises higher levels of accuracy and success with spinal procedures, as well as reduced risks and decreased recovery times for patients.

Dec 18th, 2018
What Causes Spine Curvature Disorders?

The spinal column is designed to protect the spinal cord while providing skeletal support and balance to the body, allowing humans to stand upright.

Dec 11th, 2018
The History of Robotic Spine Surgery

The use of robotics in spinal surgery is getting a lot of attention these days as a revolutionary medical advance — but the beginnings of robotic spine surgery actually go back almost 20 years, and the roots of robotic surgery in general date back decades.

Nov 21st, 2018
Is Robotic Spine Surgery Right For Me?

Robotic spine surgery is one of those significant medical advancements with the potential to completely revolutionize the way spine and neurosurgeons approach surgical treatment for their patients.

Oct 10th, 2018
5 Advantages of Robotic Spine Surgery

Robotic technology is changing the way surgeons perform surgical spine operations, and Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center is excited to be at the head of this new technology with the adoption of Excelsius GPSTM.

Aug 16th, 2018
8 Most Common Sports Injuries

Participating in one or more sports is a vital part of a healthy, active lifestyle — good for the heart, good for the respiration, good for building and maintaining muscular strength, etc.

Jul 12th, 2018
Is Robotic Spine Surgery Safe?

Recent advances in medical technology tend to excite healthcare professionals — but at the same time, they can intimidate patients who don’t fully understand it.

Jul 6th, 2018
How Does Robotic Spine Surgery Work?

The use of robots in surgery might be one of the most exciting medical innovations of our time — and yet many patients are unaware of the benefits or are concerned about the outcomes.

Jun 6th, 2018
3 Low Back Pain Rehabilitation Exercises

The vast majority of us will suffer some sort of lower back pain at some time in our lives. In many cases, back pain occurs due to overuse, strain and injury due to sports activities.

May 22nd, 2018
How Athletes Can Prevent Back Injuries

It’s the bane of the athlete’s existence: The ongoing threat of injury. When a season-ending back injury pulls you out of the game, the frustration can be just as torturous as the pain itself.

Feb 27th, 2018
What Injuries Can PRP Therapy Treat?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP therapy, for short) has become immensely popular as a treatment for various injuries, especially athletic-related injuries.

Feb 20th, 2018
8 Exercise Mistakes That Exacerbate Back Pain

When you’re experiencing back pain, there’s nothing wrong with continuing some sort of exercise routine. In fact, exercise in general is encouraged because it helps increase strength and flexibility to support the back and promote healing.

Feb 13th, 2018
What to Look For in an Atlanta PRP Specialist

Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) has gained a lot of attention in recent years as a way to accelerate the healing of various injuries by injecting a patient’s own platelet cells into the injury site, enabling the body to heal itself more quickly.

Feb 6th, 2018
4 Myths About Regenerative Injection Therapy

In recent years, regenerative injection therapies (like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma, or PRP) have become very popular as treatment options for back, spine and sports injuries.

Feb 1st, 2018
Laser Spine Surgery: Why Our Spine Surgeons Say No

There’s something about the term “laser surgery” that automatically suggests “cutting edge,” the apex of technology. We automatically assume that the use of lasers suggests unmatched surgical precision.

Dec 20th, 2017
What Causes Back Pain?

If you’re experiencing back pain, you’re in good company. Experts at the Mayo Clinic estimate that as many as 80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.

Dec 14th, 2017
How to Choose an Atlanta PRP Specialist

Platelet-rich Plasma Injection Therapy is growing in popularity as an effective treatment for various types of injuries, including ailments of the back and spine.

Nov 20th, 2017
Does My Back Pain Require Surgery?

When a person develops significant or acute back pain, it also quite often is accompanied by fear of painful, invasive surgical procedures that may or may not even work.

Nov 14th, 2017
How to Get Better Sleep With Chronic Lower Back Pain

It’s a bit of a paradox: Having chronic lower back pain can make it difficult to sleep, yet sleeping well at night is one of the keys to promoting good back health overall. How do you break the vicious cycle?

Oct 4th, 2017
What It Takes to Be One of Atlanta’s Top Neurosurgeons

Issues with the brain, spine, and neck can have a ripple effect on so many other parts of the body, which is why you should only entrust your care to the most qualified medical professionals when you need a neurosurgical procedure.

May 10th, 2017
Can Adults Develop Scoliosis?

Yes, adults develop scoliosis more often than you think. Scoliosis refers to a curvature of the spine, either to the right or left, caused by any of a number of factors.

Apr 1st, 2017
How Do I Prevent Kyphosis?

Kyphosis is a rounded curvature of the upper spine that contributes to a “stooped” or “hunched” look.

Apr 1st, 2017
Does Acupuncture Really Work?

Acupuncture is an ancient practice from traditional Chinese medicine that is used to relieve pain and other symptoms on the premise of restoring the flow of energy (“qi”) along the pathways of the body.

Mar 24th, 2017
Is Electromyography (EMG) Painful?

Electromyography (EMG) is a test that measures and graphs the electrical activity in your muscles as they move. Muscles contract when nerve cells (called motor neurons) send a small electrical impulse into them.

Mar 22nd, 2017
What to Expect After Undergoing a Laminectomy

A laminectomy is a surgical procedure in which your spinal surgeon removes a portion of one or more of your vertebrae to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. This is performed under general anesthesia.

Mar 20th, 2017
How is Spondylolisthesis Treated with Surgery?

Spondylolisthesis is a condition of the back in which one vertebra slides forward or backward onto an adjacent vertebra, often causing significant pain, weakness or numbness in areas ranging from the lower back and buttocks to running down the legs.

Feb 17th, 2017
An Interview With Thomas J. Morrison III, MD

Dr. Thomas J. Morrison, III: I see a lot of patients that have complex spinal problems, which include things from lumbar deformity, kyphosis and scoliosis or herniated discs in their lower back.

Feb 17th, 2017
What Are My Options For Disc Replacement?

If you have been suffering from lower back pain for an extended period of time and non-surgical treatments have not helped enough, you may be wondering about your options for spinal disc replacement surgery.

Dec 12th, 2016
Top 10 Back Pain Causes

Almost everyone experiences back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, recent estimates suggest that a third of the population — as many as 100 million Americans — experience chronic back pain.

Oct 3rd, 2016
What is Thoracic Spine Surgery?

The thoracic area of the spine resides within the upper back and abdomen, between the cervical spine in the neck and the lumbar spine in the lower back.

Jun 18th, 2015