Adult Scoliosis Surgery

5 Things To Know About Adult Scoliosis

Category: Scoliosis | Author: Stefano Sinicropi

Scoliosis is a condition that involves an unnatural sideways curvature of the spine, and it tends to be more common in children and teens who are experiencing rapid periods of bone growth. However, the condition can also develop in adults who did not experience scoliosis as a child. In fact, adult scoliosis is likely much […]

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Thoracic Disc Herniations

What Causes Spinal Discs To Break Down?

Category: Spine | Author: Stefano Sinicropi

Spinal disc degeneration is becoming a more common problem all across Minnesota and the US. Worn and damaged discs can compromise your spinal stability and make everyday tasks a pain, but why are more people showing up to spine specialists with evidence of spinal disc degeneration? In today’s blog, we take a closer look at […]

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Lumbar Disc Surgery - Men Vs. Women

How To Prepare For The Financial Impact Of Spine Surgery

Category: Spine Surgery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi

Healthcare in America can get expensive in a hurry, and while Dr. Sinicropi and the team at The Midwest Spine & Brain Institute do everything in their power to keep costs down for patients, the reality is that spine surgery can end up being a fairly large expense. If you don’t take steps to prepare […]

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Spine Travel Tips

Preventing Sciatica Flareups When Traveling

Category: Spine Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi

Sciatica is an uncomfortable condition that occurs when your sciatic nerve becomes damaged or compressed. Oftentimes this irritation is caused by a shifted spinal disc or degenerative spinal stenosis, but it can also develop following trauma to the lower back region. Since your lower back, hips, buttocks and legs are common areas for symptoms to […]

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Pregnancy Spine

Treating Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament

Category: Spine | Author: Stefano Sinicropi

Your posterior longitudinal ligament runs the entire length of your spine, helping to stabilize the bones in your spinal column all the way from your neck to the base of your spine. Like most ligaments, it is fibrous and flexible, but if it is subjected to chronic stress over the course of many decades, the […]

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Cell Phones & the Spine

Teen Smartphone Overuse Linked To Spine Pain

Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi

Smartphones and tablets are incredible devices that can provide us with information at the push of a button, but overreliance on these technologies can be hard on our spine. According to new research out of Brazil, this is especially true for teens whose spines are still growing and developing. The study decided to take a […]

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Spinal Radiofrequency Ablation Injection

Managing Expectations Before A Spinal Injection

Category: Injections | Author: Stefano Sinicropi

If you haven’t really been able to successfully manage your back condition with standard conservative methods but are still hoping that you can treat the issue without undergoing a surgical procedure, a spinal injection may be the perfect option for you. We’ve talked about corticosteroid injections for back pain relief in the past, and we […]

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Spine Surgery Post-Op

Wound Care & Medication Management After Microdiscectomy Surgery

Category: Spine Surgery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi

A microdiscectomy is one of if not the most common elective spinal procedure that is performed in the United States each year, and the goal of the surgery is to decompress a specific area of the spine by removing part or all of an offending spinal disc. With that said, here’s a look at what […]

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