General Spine

Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

A Patient’s Guide to Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis Introduction Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH) is a phenomenon that more commonly affects older males. It is associated with stiffness and back pain, but often it causes no signs or symptoms. The most common finding of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH) is […]

Adult Degenerative Scoliosis

A Patient’s Guide to Adult Degenerative Scoliosis Introduction A normal healthy spine will be straight when seen from the front or the back. When seen from the side, the normal spine forms a gentle “S” curve, which is known as adult degenerative scoliosis. Scoliosis is an abnormal or exaggerated curve […]

Spinal Tumors

A Patient’s Guide to Spinal Tumors Introduction A tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue. There are several types of tumors that can develop in or near the spine. There are many types of spinal tumors. They can involve the spinal cord, nerve roots, and/or the vertebrae (bones of the […]

Nutrition and Your Spine

A Patient’s Guide to Nutrition and Your Spine Introduction You are what you eat. Is that simply a funny saying or is there some truth to that old adage? The spine is not something that usually comes to mind when one thinks about nutrition – but it should. Nutrition is […]

Intraoperative Monitoring

A Patient’s Guide to Intraoperative Monitoring Introduction Spine surgery can be unpredictable and potentially dangerous because it can involve areas near nerves and the spinal cord. During spinal surgery, there is a risk that damage to the nervous system can occur. This is especially true when hardware or instrumentation is […]


A Patient’s Guide to Spondyloarthropathies Introduction There are many different types of rheumatological diseases that affect the spine. A rheumatological disease is a problem that affects the entire body as a whole – such as the relatively well known rheumatoid arthritis. When a rheumatological disease affects the spine, the resulting […]