Navigation Links
Atlantic Spine Center Announces Updated Web Content on Spinal Stenosis New Treatments and a Better Approach to Spinal Stenosis Surgery
Date:4/30/2013

West Orange, NJ (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

Atlantic Spine Center in New Jersey announces updated web content on its website, http://www.atlanticspinecenter.com, related to spinal stenosis. The new material is designed to help educate and inform patients on the causes, symptoms, and treatments for this common condition.
According to Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD, chief surgeon at Atlantic Spine Center, stenosis in the lumbar and cervical spine (the lower back and neck) is the source of pain in as many as 1.2 million Americans—mostly people over 60.

Spinal stenosis involves a narrowing of the spaces in the backbone, which creates pressure on the spinal cord or the nerves that branch out from it and can cause pain that ranges from barely noticeable to excruciating. “Picture the walls of someone’s spine slowly closing in on the spinal cord,” Dr. Liu explains. If the patient does nothing, he says, the walls will continue to move inward, eventually crushing the cord and leaving the affected section of the spine essentially useless—and the patient in enormous amounts of pain.

In the majority of cases, spinal stenosis is the result of the gradual degeneration that comes with aging: as we get older, Dr. Liu explains, the spine often starts to show signs of damage: ligaments can thicken and harden, osteophytes (or bone spurs) can develop, and arthritis can begin to damage the joints. At the same time, the discs (fluid-filled pockets that cushion each joint in the spine) also can deteriorate, resulting is disc bulges and herniations (tears in the outer disc membrane) that allow the gelatinous disc filling to protrude into the open spaces in the spine. These conditions, which are known as structural changes, are the most common cause of spinal stenosis.

Of course, the narrowing of the spinal canal itself doesn’t produce symptoms, Dr. Liu says. “What causes problems is the inflammation of the spinal nerves that’s created when those structures start to put pressure on them.” Thus, because it doesn’t produce symptoms on its own, spinal stenosis can be present in someone who hasn’t experienced any back pain at all—yet.

But as it progresses, spinal stenosis almost always creates problems, which typically include pain, weakness, or numbness. The location of stenosis symptoms is directly related to the location of the stenosis: a narrowing of the openings in the cervical spine might produce symptoms in the upper back, neck, and arms, while stenosis in the lumbar region is likely to cause problems in the lower back and legs. In extreme cases, spinal stenosis can also create a loss of motor function in the legs and even loss of normal bowel and bladder function. Many people with stenosis-related pain find that the discomfort lessens when they bend forward or sit (or lie) down.

Latest (and best) spinal stenosis treatments
In many cases, the symptoms of spinal stenosis can be managed with noninvasive treatments such as physical therapy, modified exercises, and medications. But in cases that don’t improve after several weeks of such conservative treatments—the pain is severe and is seriously affecting the patient’s life—surgery may be the best option.

Today surgeons perform a few types of minimally invasive endoscopic spinal stenosis surgery, which allow them to remove the bone spur, disc, or other structure that’s causing the stenosis (and the symptoms). “In these procedures,” Dr. Liu says, “we can resolve the problem and relieve the patient’s pain without subjecting him or her to the risks and downsides of traditional ‘open’ back surgery.” The procedures use very small incisions and local anesthesia, which translates to far fewer complications, quicker recovery, and much less pain for the patient.

About Dr. Liu: Kaixuan Liu, M.D., Ph.D., is a renowned endoscopic spine surgeon and founder of Atlantic Spine Center in West Orange, New Jersey (http://www.atlanticspinecenter.com).Dr. Liu is certified by The American Board of Pain Medicine and The American Board of Anesthesiology, and is a member of The International Society for Advancement of Spine Surgery, The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), The International Intradiscal Therapy Society (IITS), and The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). He also serves as an international surgeon for The Spinal Foundations in England.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/4/prweb10685542.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. International conference to explore health of descendants of transatlantic slave trade
2. Dec. 12 Atlantic Information Services Webinar to Address the Nuances of New HHS Essential Health Benefits Regulations
3. Atlantic Information Services Dec. 19 Webinar to Review Just-Ended MA Annual Election Period
4. Maui Wowi Brings Hawaii to the Atlantic
5. Atlantic Spine Center Announces New Web Content on Sciatica Treatment; Renowned Surgeon Dr. Kaixuan Liu on Information and Help for Sciatica Victims
6. Jan. 16 Atlantic Information Services Webinar to Offer a “Crash Course” on New Reform Rules
7. Jan. 17 Atlantic Information Services Webinar Offers Insights on Wall Street’s 2013 Outlook for Health Plans
8. Endless Pools to Showcase Fastlane® at Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show
9. Newly Published by Atlantic Information Services — Dual Eligibles: The New Growth Opportunities Ahead for Health Plans
10. Medicare Expert Will Detail Strategies for Improving Star Ratings in Feb. 20 Atlantic Information Services Webinar
11. PBM Experts to Discuss Non-Rate Contracting Terms in Feb. 25 Atlantic Information Services Webinar
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/15/2017)... ... January 15, 2017 , ... Going above and beyond ... strives to better communities around the world by offering the Gensuite team and ... opportunity for team members to become involved in a cause that is bigger ...
(Date:1/15/2017)... ... 14, 2017 , ... Wondering where to go this Valentine's Day? Well, there ... for a romantic, lobster feast in the comfort of your own home. Lobster Gram ... dinners will be featured until February 15th, 2017. , Romantic Dinner one is ...
(Date:1/14/2017)... ... 2017 , ... AgileMinder develops innovative products and services that bring "Care, Joy ... on Apple as a fun, free emoji sticker pack for iMessage. Use the stickers ... color coded values on The Emoji Scale. , On Apple: "The Emoji Scale ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... , ... January 13, 2017 , ... KOAMTAC ®, ... will be showcasing the next generation companion scanner and data collector at the National ... KDC270 has been created as an answer to the market’s need for more compact ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 13, 2017 , ... "We wanted ... attractive to wear," said one of two inventors from Virginia Beach, Va. , They ... normally mundane braces. , The accessories allow braces to be customized to suit ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/13/2017)... DALLAS, Pa. , Jan. 13, 2017  Secretary ... crowd of students, professors, and community members at Misericordia ... the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania . ... health crisis I,ve seen so far in my professional ... Pennsylvania has been hit hard by heroin ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... BOISE, Idaho , Jan. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... status by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) ... the largest national food and drug chain with ... service for pharmacy patients. Accreditation by ... meeting national standards to facilitate a higher level ...
(Date:1/12/2017)... According to a new market research report ... (Nebulizer), Injectable (Device), Ocular (Liquid), Topical (Solid), Implantable (Active), Transmucosal (Oral)), ... by MarketsandMarkets, market is projected to reach USD 1,669.40 Billion by ... 7.2% during the forecast period. Continue ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: