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Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease

Your cervical discs act as natural shock absorbers, and when they begin to degenerate, it can cause lots of radiating pain in the arms, neck, and shoulders. In addition to the pain, cervical disc disease can also cause numbness, weakness, and loss of mobility. This process, known as cervical degenerative[…]

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Minimally Invasive Solution: Hydrotherapy for Back Pain

As we continue bringing you unique, minimally invasive ways to treat your spinal and neck pain, this week we’re introducing the practice of hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is a type of therapy practiced in aquatic settings, in order to allow properties of water such as increased buoyancy, increased resistance, and increased hydrostatic[…]

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Spinal Meningitis

Spinal Meningitis is an inflammation of the membrane surrounding your spinal cord, usually caused by an infection. Meningitis can be treated easily if early detection occurs, but if not it can lead to more serious complications or death. Due to similar pathology, it can be easy to mistake early signs[…]

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Minimally Invasive Treatment: Spinal Infections

While we mostly focus on minimally invasive procedures here at Virginia Spine Specialists, we also offer treatment programs for those afflicted by diseases and infections of the spine. Spinal infections usually occur following an open back operation, but can spontaneously occur in patients with certain risk factors such as poor[…]

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Minimally Invasive Solution: Lumbar Spinal Fusion

Let’s face it; at some point in our lives we are all likely to experience some degree of lower back pain. There are a number of injuries and ailments that can cause and lead to this type of pain, and one reason it’s so common and reoccurring is because it’s[…]

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Minimally Invasive Treatments for Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain remains one of the number one reasons for adults seeking out medical attention, and is currently one of the most expensive conditions to treat. The costs of surgery and physical rehabilitation, not to mention time and compensation losses for the working patient, have all led doctors and[…]

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Degeneration of the Spine Due to Aging

Americans are living longer and healthier lives with each passing year. With this advancement also comes a price – an increasing number of people are living with an aging spine and the problems that come with it. Most commonly referred to as degenerative disc or joint disease (DDD or DJD),[…]

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Whiplash Syndrome

Whiplash syndrome is a hyperextension injury of the cervical spine that is commonly associated with motor vehicle crashes. As a clinical entity, it presents many chalenges to the clinician due to multiple factors. Roughly 13 million motor vehicle crashes occur annually—of these 1 million cause whiplash injuries. The incidence of[…]

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Managing Neck and Arm Pain

Neck and arm pain is a common experience in the adult population. Fortunately, most instances of this are self-limiting and get better without any treatment. But it is important to know what to do when these episodes do not get better. There are also some scenarios that need specialized evaluation[…]

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