The 4 Most Often Missed Diagnoses in the Spine

Doctor and Patient

As a spine surgeon in an academic institution, I see a lot of the challenges that people face in trying to manage their back, neck, sciatica, pinch nerve, imbalance or other neurologic problems that may be referable to their spinal system.  Frequently, I get patients to see me because nobody else has been able to identify what their…[read more]

Treating the Patient with A “Failed Back”

Dr. Jenkins

I often see patients who have been labeled with the term “failed back.”  This general term applies to patients who have already had spinal surgery, which their surgeons have labeled as having been technically successful, but the patient did not see adequate clinical benefit and is still considered to be symptomatic in spite of the…[read more]

Running & Spinal Health

Runner

Having treated a large number of athletes of all shapes and sizes from the “fit but fat” to the weekend warrior to the professional athlete, the impact of exercise on spinal health, anatomy, and recovery after spinal surgery cannot be underestimated. Core strength (the combination of abdominal and low back muscles to stabilize the center…[read more]

Spinal Fluid Leaks After Spinal Surgery

leaky pipe

Undergoing any kind of surgery requires acceptance of risks, such as risk of things not going exactly as planned.  Cerebrospinal fluid leaks (aka, CSF leak or spinal fluis leak) are one complication of spinal surgery. Anatomy of the Spine When operating in and around the nervous system (such as while performing spinal surgery), one of…[read more]