My Personal Experience with Severe Spinal Stenosis

Dr. Kevin Pauza Maybe it’s from all the farm work or sports I played as a child, but I have severe spinal stenosis. I’ve seen many patients who underwent spine surgery for their spinal stenosis and are paralyzed from that surgery. Their surgeries included: discectomy, laminectomy, and disc replacement. Today I saw another such patient, and so I’m writing this. Spine Surgeons wrongly led each patient into believing that delaying spine surgery increased their risk of paralysis from an even a minor fall, or would worsen their symptoms of weakness or pain. That’s false on all accounts. I studied that

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annular tear of lumbar disc

Why Are Annular Tears Most Common in the Lower Back?

Annular tears are a very common condition, with just about every adult developing them at some point. This doesn’t necessarily mean that every adult will experience annular tear pain, but it explains the prevalence of back pain, especially lower back pain. Why is that? It’s because annular tear of lumbar disc, or annular tears that develop in the spinal discs of the lower back are most common. Keep reading to find out why the lumbar spine is the most common area where annular tears develop. What is an Annular Tear? An annular tear, and an annular tear of lumbar disc,

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degenerative disc disease treatments

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatments: What You Should Know

You may be familiar with many degenerative disc disease treatments, but you may not know why these treatments fail to provide relief for so many patients living with degenerative disc disease. The reason? These treatments are unable to treat the true cause of degenerative disc disease. But what is this true cause of degenerative disc disease and its associated pain? Annular tears, which are tears or cuts that develop in the outer part of the spinal disc. If enough tears develop or become large enough, the inner part of the spinal disc may begin to leak out. This jelly-like part

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chronic lower back pain icd 10

Chronic Lower Back Pain ICD 10: Everything You Should Know

Many patients learn about chronic lower back pain ICD 10 due to the prevalence of chronic back pain among US adults. Chronic lower back pain is actually one of the most common causes of disability in adults younger than 45 years old. This is a condition that is incredibly common but can have very devastating effects on a person’s quality of life. Back pain also keeps many adults from working, as it’s one of the most common reasons cited for missing work. In fact, as many as 10-20% of working-age US adults report living with persistent back pain. A 2015

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herniated disc surgery

Herniated Disc Surgery: What You Should Know

Herniated discs don’t always cause pain. In fact, some people develop herniated discs and never feel any painful symptoms as a result of them. This is because most herniated disc pain is not caused by physical pressure of the herniated disc on nerves. Unfortunately, herniated disc surgery is designed to release this pressure rather than treat the true cause of pain, making it ineffective for treating most herniated disc cases. Keep reading to learn more about what really causes herniated disc pain and what makes common surgical procedures unsuccessful for most patients. The Basics of a Herniated Disc What is

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annular tear treatment

What’s the Most Effective Annular Tear Treatment?

If you’re an adult over the age of 18, the odds are that you most likely have annular tears in your spinal discs. Annular tears develop in just about everyone because they’re a natural part of aging. Because of this, they don’t always cause any symptoms or pain. However, for some people, annular tears will lead to debilitating back or neck pain that may affect their quality of life. This is why it’s no surprise that anyone suffering from pain caused by these tears is in search of the most effective annular tear treatment.  Acute vs. Chronic Pain Pain caused

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degenerative disc disease surgery

Why Degenerative Disc Disease Surgery Doesn’t Work

If you or someone you know are living with degenerative disc disease and haven’t gotten relief from conservative treatment methods, surgery was probably the next recommendation. Degenerative disc disease surgery is generally how this condition is treated when methods like exercise, physical therapy, or medication fail to provide relief.  The problem is that surgery is rarely able to provide lasting relief from degenerative disc disease pain. In this article, we’re trying to find out why this is so commonly the case and if degenerative disc disease surgery can’t treat this condition, what can? The Basics of Degenerative Disc Disease Just

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annular tear vs herniated disc

Annular Tear vs Herniated Disc: Are These Conditions Connected?

Let’s discuss the difference between an annular tear vs herniated disc. Is there actually a difference between these two conditions? Considering that they’re both spinal disc issues, are they connected in some way? Are there differences in how they need to be treated? Dr. Kevin Pauza believes that the first step to getting the help you need for back or neck pain is to truly understand the root cause of it. That’s why in this article, we’ll be answering all of these questions and more to ensure you’re fully informed about annular tears and herniated discs. What are Annular Tears?

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sciatic nerve pain treatment

What’s the Best Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment?

As many as 40% of adults will deal with sciatic nerve pain at some point in their lives. What’s worse is that this can be a very painful and debilitating condition. It can cause pain that stops you from performing even the simplest parts of your daily routine or that can cause you to be unable to work. With these kinds of effects, it’s understandable that sufferers would search for the sciatic nerve pain treatment that will provide them with lasting relief. So what is the best sciatic nerve pain treatment? In this article, we’ll discuss what sciatic nerve pain

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treatment for herniated discs

Discectomy – Is There a Better Treatment for Herniated Discs?

Discectomy is one of the most common forms of treatment for herniated discs. However, as with other forms of spine surgery, there are many risk factors involved in discectomy. In addition to this, patients must consider the success rates, recovery time, and the long-term effects of discectomy. What is a Discectomy? A discectomy is a procedure performed as a treatment for herniated discs. Other names for disc herniation include a slipped disc, bulging disc, or prolapsed disc, but these terms are inaccurate and are not interchangeable with disc herniation. Most of the time, herniated discs don’t cause symptoms. In reality,

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