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Spine & Interventional Physiatry Articles


Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure used to relieve pain associated with compression fractures of vertebra. During the procedure a balloon is inserted into the collapsed space in the affected vertebra, and inflated. The balloon is removed and the newly expanded space in filled with a bone filler, and allowed to set. Dr. Goebel explains the procedure further in the video below.

Herniated Disk

Disks are the rubbery pads that provide cushioning between vertebra. Also known as a "slipped" disk, a herniated disk occurs when part of the disk pushes past the edge of the vertebra, and puts pressure on the spinal nerves.   Symptoms Depending on the location of the nerve pressure, herniated disks can cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck, back, arms, and/or legs. In the lower back, the most common symptom is sciatica — a sharp pain that extends from the lower back down the back of one leg.   Treatment Most cases of herniated disk can be...

Neck & Back Conditions

An evaluation of a neck or back condition entails a complete history and physical, as well as a review of any imaging studies. It is important to correlate a patient's symptoms with their objective findings and imaging abnormalities in order to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Often times, there are findings on an imaging study that do not correlate with a patient's symptoms, and therefore are considered "incidental". These incidental findings often do not require any specific treatment. Delineating the exact etiology of a patient's symptoms is the most important initial step in the treatment process.   ...