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  • Spinal osteoporosis is the result of bone density loss which weakens the bones. It arises when old bone tissue is removed faster than new bone tissue is made. While it may appear in men, this condition typically affects older women and lead to breaks or fractures in the spine. These fractures... Read More
  • Almost everyone experiences some level of back pain at some point in their lives. Fortunately, most back pain symptoms can be relieved within a few weeks through conventional measures. If you are coping with the discomfort caused by back pain, EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region recommends the following... Read More
  • With warm temperatures, blue skies, and blooming flowers, there is no better time to get outdoors and get active than the summer months. However, summer fun can be put to a halt when a summer spine injury occurs. Therefore, it is best to be aware of the most common summer spine injuries in order to... Read More
  • Are you on the hunt for a great spine surgeon? For back pain suffers, finding a great spine surgeon can make a significant difference in the outcome of your spinal surgery. In order to find a provider that best fits your needs and checks all your boxes, we recommend you evaluate a variety of spine... Read More
  • If you are coping with back pain, you may be tempted to browse the internet to find articles that can help you improve your condition. Unfortunately, a great deal of the information that you may find won’t be accurate and may confuse rather than educate you. Read on to learn more about the most... Read More
  • Are you considering undergoing back or spine surgery and curious as to questions you should ask your spine surgeon? There are probably close to a million questions swimming through your mind. However, if you are like most of us, as soon as you get in front of the doctor you cannot seem to remember... Read More
  • In recent years, there have been countless marketing campaigns promoting the use of lasers in spine surgery. Although laser spine surgery caught the attention of many, the idea of using lasers to perform surgery was just that, a fad. You see, trained spine surgeons understood that lasers can only... Read More
  • For back pain sufferers, everyday tasks such as sitting and driving may aggravate your back pain, leading to stiffness, soreness, or worse, unbearable pain. If you have been experiencing back pain for an extended period of time, most likely you have found ways to temporarily alleviate your pain,... Read More
  • Pain in the low back, neck or extremities is relatively common. Most of the time, conservative treatment options like medication, shots, or physical therapy can clear up pain. But in some cases, surgery may be the only option that can improve pain symptoms. If you have dealt with persisting pain... Read More
  • Spine disease often leads to pain and movement issues which can hinder your quality of life. If you experience back pain, you should visit a spine doctor who can conduct a physical exam and take imaging tests such as x-rays, MRIs, and CT-scans to determine whether you have a spine disease. Since... Read More
  • Fluoroscopic guided injections are an effective way for individuals with back pain to find relief. Three of the most popular types of fluoroscopic guided injections are the epidural steroid injection, sacroiliac joint injection, and lumbar radiofrequency ablations. While all of these injections... Read More
  • Are you overweight and experiencing back pain? If so, your weight may be to blame. When it comes back pain and obesity, for many patients the two go hand in hand. In fact, studies have shown that there is a positive correlation between those who have been classified as obese and an increase in back... Read More
  • The perfect time of year to undergo surgery just does not exist. With each season boasting its own set of outdoor and indoor activities, it can be difficult to decide the best season for healing. If you have the option of choosing the time to undergo a back or spine procedure, you may believe that... Read More
  • Back spasms arise when there is an involuntary and unusual muscle contraction because of strain, muscle pain, or weakness. You may experience a back spasm when you are working out, heavy lifting, or engaging in some form of strenuous activity. If you are not properly hydrated or low on calcium or... Read More
  • Neck pain can be uncomfortable and hinder an individual’s life in many ways. It can make it difficult for them to work, care for their family, drive, or perform everyday tasks. Although neck pain typically fades away on its own after a few days or weeks, sometimes, it can be severe and long-term.... Read More
  • Back pain is a common problem that affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. If you are suffering from back pain, regular physical activity can help you find the relief you deserve. At EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region, our orthopedic care experts encourage back pain patients to take... Read More
  • When you are experiencing leg pain, it can be hard to enjoy life. Everyday tasks such as driving, sitting, sleeping, or walking can become daunting tasks. Leg pain can be chronic or acute, regular or intermittent, severe or mildly irritating. No matter the type, the cause of leg pain often... Read More
  • Now that the summer season is in full swing, people are taking advantage of the sunshine and blue skies and becoming more active than they were in the colder months. Although this increased activity is wonderful, it also comes with an increased risk of injury. Let’s dive deeper into some of the... Read More
  • Following back or spine surgery, you may be eager to get back to your favorite activities, such as playing sports and hitting the gym. However, after surgery it is best to take it slow and ease back into physical activities to reduce your chances of experiencing an injury or a setback in your... Read More
  • Scoliosis is a medical term used to describe abnormal curvature of the spine. In adults without scoliosis, the spine appears straight when viewed from the back. For those with scoliosis, the spine can take on a “C” or “S” appearance. Levels of severity can vary and treatment methods may range from... Read More
  • This fall, you should focus on finding relief from your back pain by participating in the right exercises on a regular basis. With so many exercises out there, you may be wondering which ones are ideal for improving your back pain. Here at EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region, we encourage you to try the... Read More
  • If you are one of the many back pain sufferers, whether it be from a condition such as spinal osteoporosis, or an undiagnosed condition, you may find yourself dreading the cooler temperatures. Although there is little to no scientific evidence to support the claim, back pain sufferers tend to agree... Read More
  • As you age, you may have noticed that the years are starting to take a toll on your body. Maybe your eyesight is not as pristine as it used to be, or your energy levels seem to plummet earlier in the day, or maybe it is your back and spine that is giving you trouble. While you can take great care... Read More
  • What Makes My Spine Surgery “Minimally Invasive”? Traditionally, spine surgery is performed as an “open surgery,” which means that a surgeon uses a long incision to view and gain access to the anatomy. Thanks to a variety of technological advances, conditions of the back and neck can now be treated... Read More
  • Back pain can be acute and last for less than six weeks or chronic and last for more than three months. It is often caused by aging, muscle or ligament strain, bulging or ruptured discs, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, or skeletal irregularities. Regardless of the cause of your back pain and whether... Read More
  • If you’ve scheduled a back surgery, you are likely nervous and unsure of how to prepare. The good news is that EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region has compiled this handy guide to help you prepare for your procedure so that you can recover and get back to your normal lifestyle as quickly as possible. Eat... Read More
  • If you have been experiencing pain that begins in the spine and radiates down the back of the leg, sciatica may be to blame. While sciatica symptoms may vary patient to patient, the radiating pain down the leg on one side of the body is usually a telltale symptom. Whether your sciatic nerve pain is... Read More
  • If you suffer from back or spine pain, or if you’ve recently had back or spine surgery, it’s time to evaluate your mattress. Comfortable support is always necessary to achieve a great night’s sleep, but sleep becomes even more important once you’ve undergone back or spine surgery. Reason being,... Read More
  • As we get older our bodies change. The reaction times from our joints, tendons, and muscles are slower and we don’t recover from injuries as quickly as we used to in our younger years. Therefore, it’s imperative for senior citizens to make every effort to avoid injuring themselves. Here are several... Read More
  • School is back in session, which means sports are gearing up. Fall sports such as football and basketball are in full gear while spring sports, such as soccer and baseball, are beginning practice. Whether you cheerlead, play football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, hockey, or more, there is one... Read More
  • Believe it or not, sitting can be bad for your back. Therefore, folks who have a desk job are at an increased risk of experiencing back pain. Since you are behind a computer all day and not out heavy lifting or performing manual labor you may think you and your back are safe, but think again.... Read More
  • If you’ve suffered from back pain for any amount of time, the idea of spine surgery has probably crossed your mind. While spine surgery may be the only treatment option in some cases, the majority of back pain issues can be resolved through conservative measures such as medications and physical... Read More
  • No matter when you underwent your spine surgery, there just never seems like a perfect time. You may have thought, “I will go ahead and get this out of the way over the Holidays to that I will be back on my feet by the new year.” However, you may have forgotten to take into account the challenge of... Read More
  • Playing sports and remaining active on a regular basis are good for your overall health. It is no secret that the medical community promotes an active lifestyle. Unfortunately, the same physical activities that are good for your health can lead to injuries and complications that have the ability to... Read More
  • If you are interested in learning about treatment options for spinal fractures, you have come to the right place. When the bones in the spinal column break, a fracture occurs. Individuals with osteoporosis, which is a condition in which the bones become weak and brittle, are more likely to... Read More
  • There is nothing worse than an injury to your back or spine while playing sports. However, treatment for a sports injury depends on severity. While most sports injuries can be treated at home with RICE therapy, others are more serious and require medical care. Keep reading to find out what you... Read More
  • If you are suffering from chronic back or neck pain and have not found relief from conservative treatments such as medications and physical therapy, ultrasound guided injections may help. Let’s take a closer look at what ultrasound guided injections involve and how this quick, outpatient procedure... Read More
  • Also referred to as neck strain or neck sprain, whiplash occurs when your neck suddenly jerks backward or forward and damages your neck tissue. Although the most common cause of whiplash is a rear-end collision, you may also face whiplash because you were playing a contact sport, fell from a height... Read More

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