Blog Archive

Understanding the Sciatic Nerve Nov 10th, 2020

The sciatic nerve is the source of a range of problems affecting the lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet. It’s the diameter of a man’s thumb at its widest point, as well as the longest nerve in the body. It lends its name to sciatica, a pain condition that causes...

Help! I Pinched a Nerve Oct 7th, 2020

“Pinched nerve” is the common description of what’s medically known as a compressed nerve. Normally functioning nerves have tunnels, passageways, and spaces throughout your body in which to do their work even as you move normally through the day. Surrounding tissue doesn’t typically place unusual pressure on nerves, but injuries...

Overexercise and Back Pain: When Workouts Cause Problems Sep 8th, 2020

“No pain, no gain” goes the saying throughout gyms around the country. If you want the benefits of strenuous exercise, you need to accept some level of discomfort that accompanies your exertion. While this is certainly true to some degree, it’s easy to overdo it, and when your lower back...

Aging and Herniated Discs: What's the Link? Aug 19th, 2020

Aches and pains seem to be the inevitable partner of getting older, even when the medical world assures you that some of these are avoidable. It’s not always clear why some people suffer heavily from conditions like osteoarthritis, for example, while others seem to sidestep symptoms. Like osteoarthritis, herniated discs...

7 Treatments for Lumbar Radiculopathy Jul 21st, 2020

A diagnosis of lumbar radiculopathy may sound rare and strange until you learn that it’s the medical term for the condition commonly called sciatica, a compression of the spinal nerve root originating in the lumbar vertebrae. It’s a common complaint, one of the most frequent reasons people contact neurosurgeons. Lumbar radiculopathy...

Recovering from Spine Surgery: What to Expect Jun 11th, 2020

One of the most important contributors to the success of any surgery is successful recovery. This holds true for any procedure on your vertebrae or spinal cord. The length of your recovery depends both on the type of procedure and the scope of the surgical changes. Your success begins when...

Everything You Need to Know About Nerve Blocks May 12th, 2020

Facing a nerve block as a treatment for pain or inflammation can fill many patients with dread. There are thoughts of big needles and a procedure that’s almost as painful as the condition. However, contemporary nerve block techniques aren’t like that at all. Consisting of local anesthetics and corticosteroids, nerve...

5 Ways You’re Making Your Back Pain Worse Apr 27th, 2020

Calling lower back pain an epidemic isn’t an exaggeration. About 80% of adult Americans will likely experience back pain at some point in their lives, and more than 25% of those surveyed reported recent problems (within the last three months). The economic impact of lower back pain is huge, both...

Using Steroids to Alleviate Chronic Back Pain: What You Need to Know Mar 12th, 2020

Causing 83 million missed workdays every year, back pain is both a medical and economical drain. About 16 million Americans have persistent or chronic back pain serious enough to limit their ability to get through the day. Direct and indirect costs due to back pain could top $12 billion annually....

When Does Neck Pain Necessitate Medical Intervention? Feb 12th, 2020

Neck pain is a common complaint for adult Americans, particularly those over 50, but in most cases it’s usually short-lived and minor. There’s often no need to see a doctor, since the pain responds to rest and home care. However, there are times when neck pain becomes chronic. In fact,...

How Weight Affects Your Spine Jan 1st, 2020

Are you carrying some extra pounds around your middle? Do the pants that fit you last year feel tight this year? Are the numbers on your scale going up? If you’re struggling with weight gain, you’re not alone. Nearly three out of four Americans are overweight or obese, according to...

Cervical Radiculopathy: A Large Pain in the Neck Dec 1st, 2019

When your neurologist at Atlas Neurosurgery and Spine Center tells you that you have cervical radiculopathy, you might be quite concerned that you’ve got something serious. Having a pinched nerve in your neck, on the other hand, doesn’t seem so intense. However, the effects of cervical radiculopathy can be painful,...

Top Signs You May Have a Pinched Nerve Nov 1st, 2019

Did you know that nerves are a type of cell? Nerve cells act as messengers to send messages to the brain and to help us interact with the world, according to a study published by the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care. Some nerves affect your voluntary and...

How Does Nerve Pain Differ from Other Kinds of Pain? Oct 1st, 2019

No one likes pain, but it serves an important purpose — to prevent injury. However, when it comes to nerve pain, this typically isn't the case.  Here at Atlas Neurosurgery and Spine Center, located in Phoenix and Sun City West, Arizona, Drs. Abhishiek Sharma and Erik Curtis and our highly...

Radiating Pain in Your Leg May Signal a Damaged Nerve or Herniated Disc Sep 1st, 2019

You may be surprised to find out that lower leg pain isn't always caused by a leg issue. Nerve damage and herniated discs in the spine often occur in adults that lead a sedentary lifestyle or lift heavy loads regularly. Other risk factors include having poor posture or biomechanics, being...

Your Neck Pain Could Actually Be Neck Arthritis Aug 14th, 2019

That achy stiffness you’re experiencing might be more than just a “pain in the neck.” It could actually be cervical spondylosis — but the good news is, there are steps you can take to help relieve it. Here at Atlas Neurosurgery and Spine Center in Phoenix and Sun City West,...

Can Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Alleviate Your Back Pain? Jul 19th, 2019

Surgery of any kind should never be taken lightly, but when it holds the potential of relieving treatment-resistant pain, this avenue may be the wisest choice. And thanks to ever-evolving surgical technology, the minimally invasive approach to spine surgery means that your road to pain-free movement is a lot smoother....