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What Are the Signs of a Herniated Disk? 3 Telltale Symptoms Nov 1st, 2022

Herniated discs don’t always cause pain or other symptoms, but the complexity of the spine and its associated structures means there’s always a chance a complication will arise due to displaced disc tissue.  Considering the loads that everyday living places on the lower back, discs in the lumbar region are...

When to Consider Lumbar Laminectomy for Lower Back Pain Oct 1st, 2022

Back pain is one of the leading causes of missed work days in America. Almost 65 million people report a recent experience with back pain. While most recover in a few weeks, around 16 million experience chronic pain that’s serious enough to restrict their daily activities.  A common cause of lower back pain is...

6 Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve Sep 1st, 2022

Nerves play several roles in your body, such as processing sensations, controlling muscles, and keeping automatic systems like breathing and heartbeats online. Despite these heavy duties, nerves are delicate and vulnerable to pressure from inflammation or out-of-place tissue. When a nerve becomes inflamed or irritated by this contact, it’s often...

Is Working from Home a Pain in Your Neck? Aug 1st, 2022

It won’t be long before remote workers staff one-quarter of all jobs in North America. Workers love the flexibility, and employers often see benefits like reduced overhead and productivity increases. If there’s a dark side to the work-from-home trend, it may be the lack of attention to workplace ergonomics.  Despite their name,...

What Causes Cervical Radiculopathy? Jul 1st, 2022

The pillar upon which your body is built, the spine is a complex structure of bone and soft tissue that supports your body while providing a conduit for the nervous system. Nerves branch off of the spinal cord, reaching all parts of your body, reporting sensations, triggering muscle activity, and...

How Acupuncture Is Used to Alleviate Pain from a Herniated Disc Jun 1st, 2022

Learning you have a herniated spinal disc and that it’s the cause of your back pain can be disconcerting. However, it’s also possible that you’ve had herniated discs before that produced no symptoms. It’s an internal injury that often repairs itself with little to no treatment. Often, medical care focuses...

5 Nonsurgical Treatments for Lumbar Radiculopathy May 1st, 2022

Anytime a spinal nerve root is compressed or damaged, the problem is known medically as radiculopathy. In the lumbar region, your lower back, radiculopathy usually affects the sciatic nerve, creating the collection of symptoms commonly known as sciatica.  It’s the most common reason patients contact spine surgeons like our doctors at Atlas Neurosurgery...

Surgery for Neuroblastoma: What to Expect Apr 1st, 2022

Neuroblastomas occurs when immature nerve cells called neuroblasts grow abnormally. Usually, most neuroblasts mature into nerve cells by the time of birth. The remaining neuroblasts typically develop into nerve tissue, but sometimes a tumor called a neuroblastoma forms. While some types of neuroblastomas disappear on their own, many require treatment,...

Can Acupuncture Help My Neck Pain? Mar 1st, 2022

Virtually everyone suffers from neck pain at some point in time, though it’s usually a short-term concern. When your issue becomes chronic, it can interfere with work, sleep, and many other aspects of daily life.  As neck pain specialists,our team at Atlas Neurosurgery and Spine Center can diagnose and treat...

How is a Herniated Disc Treated? Feb 6th, 2022

There are plenty of common names for a herniated disc, including slipped, ruptured, torn, bulging, and leaking. Despite the somewhat violent names, a herniated disc isn’t always a medical problem. You can have one without any observable symptoms before the disc itself heals.  Due to the tight structure of your...

Want to Get Over Your Back Pain? Try These Posture-Improving Habits Jan 1st, 2022

If you’ve suffered back pain recently, you have plenty of company. About 65 million Americans share your plight. One-quarter of them had chronic conditions that kept them from living a normal life.  The good news is that most back pain issues resolve in a matter of weeks with rest and...

A Closer Look at How Your Spine Works (And What Can Go Wrong) Dec 2nd, 2021

As the main support for your head and abdomen, the spine plays a complex role. As well as support, it’s capable of a wide range of motion with remarkable strength and flexibility, all the while protecting the spinal cord.  A remarkable example of bioengineering, the spine endures many demands, usually...

Risk Factors for Sciatica Nov 1st, 2021

Sciatica is common, affecting up to 40% of the American population. It’s the common name for the medical condition called lumbar radiculopathy and its symptoms can range from mild to disabling.  The good news is that most cases resolve themselves with time and rest, though there are some instances that...

How Spine Surgery Has Changed Over the Years Oct 4th, 2021

The first evidence of back surgery was found in Egyptian mummies dating back to 3,000 B.C., and Hippocrates described spine issues, including sciatica and scoliosis, more than two millennia after that. There’s a long history of medical knowledge about the spine.  As medical science advanced, we learned more about how...

Warning Signs of a Pinched Nerve Aug 2nd, 2021

Nearly 300,000 Americans suffer from some form of pinched nerve every year, with the problem favoring those over 50. Since muscles control touch, movement and automatic functions, signal interruptions due to nerve compression can have far-reaching effects on your health.  When you experience the warning signs, it’s time to visit...

Here's Why Posture Really Matters Jul 1st, 2021

Having good posture when you sit and stand isn’t just about looking good. Your body is built around your spine, which works best when it’s in the position that nature intended. The S shape of the spine permits tremendous range of motion with strength and support for your entire musculoskeletal...

Myths and Facts About Neurosurgery Jun 15th, 2021

About 1.4 million Americans suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) every year. Many of them will have a neurosurgeon as part of their treatment team, even if they never undergo a surgical procedure for their injury.  While neurosurgeons are the go-to medical practitioners for brain issues, it’s only part of...

How to Combat Tech Neck May 10th, 2021

Your body is a precisely balanced biomechanical machine, well-suited to a wide range of movement and activities. And it relies on that wide range of movements and activities to stay healthy. It can handle occasional sessions of unusual postures, but when you’re forced to hold these for hours on end,...

How Neurosurgery Can Address Epilepsy Apr 13th, 2021

Epileptic seizures aren’t the same for every patient. They can vary in severity, symptoms, and duration, and so the disruption caused by them also varies widely. Treatment approaches include control through medication or neurosurgery, which is often successful at stopping seizures altogether.  Atlas Neurosurgery and Spine Center is your go-to...

Common Causes of Lower Back Pain Mar 8th, 2021

In the past three months, about one-quarter of American adults reported lower back pain of some type and intensity. It’s one of the most common reasons for missed time on the job. It’s no wonder — when your back hurts, virtually any motion can be uncomfortable, if not excruciating.  Fortunately,...

Who's At Risk for Brain Surgery? Feb 16th, 2021

Though the thought of brain surgery may create impressions of serious, life-threatening procedures for some people, the reality is much different. Contemporary surgical techniques reduce risks for many patients, and brain surgery is no different.  Operating on the brain is just one of the fields covered by neurosurgeons. The team...

Who is a Candidate for Neurosurgery? Jan 21st, 2021

There’s a 14-year minimum commitment to post-secondary education for anyone interested in becoming a neurosurgeon, an indication of the complexity of human neurology. You have nerves performing tasks throughout your body, and anytime you have an illness or injury affecting nerves, it may be a neurosurgeon who’s best qualified to...

Is My Disc Herniated? Dec 8th, 2020

The most basic definition of a hernia is one type of tissue pushing through another in an abnormal way. A herniated disc in your spinal discs happens when the soft inner tissue presses through a rupture in the damaged outer shell. It’s possible for a herniated disc to occur and...

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....