neck stiffness

Could Your Neck Stiffness Mean Meningitis?

Source: Spine-Health / By Stefano M. Sinicropi, MD, FAAOS

Meningitis is a serious condition that occurs when the meninges—protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord—become infected and inflamed. Early symptoms can be similar to the flu. However, having a stiff neck in addition to flu-like symptoms could be a key clue that meningitis is the problem and should be checked by a doctor. Read more

text neck

Text Neck – A Modern ‘Epidemic’

What is next neck?

Text neck is a modern spine condition caused by looking down at a wireless device such as a smartphone, tablet, or other handheld device for too long. This ailment is an increasingly common issue, and if not taken care of, could lead to lifelong neck pain. Read more

Sacroiliac joint fusion

Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusion

What is the sacroiliac joint?

The sacroiliac (SI) joint connects the sacrum to the ilium bone of the pelvis (see diagram below). This joint is responsible for bearing upper-body weight and transmitting it to the pelvis and legs. Read more

pituitary tumors

Pituitary Tumors – Symptoms and Treatment

What are pituitary tumors?

Pituitary tumors are noncancerous tumors that develop in the pituitary gland, a pea-sized gland located just below the brain behind the nasal cavity. This gland is often referred to as the “master gland” because it controls the function of many other endocrine glands. The pituitary gland secretes hormones responsible for growth, metabolism regulation, fluid balance, testosterone/estrogen regulation, sperm/egg production, and milk production after birth. Tumors can grow inside of the gland and are rather common. Read more

demineralized bone matrix

Dr. Shehadi’s DBM Publication

We are very excited to announce the official publication of Dr. Shehadi’s paper on demineralized bone matrix (DBM) products for spinal fusions! Please help us in congratulating Dr. Shehadi and click the link below to view the full paper. Read more

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Dr. Shehadi’s Second Publication Discussing Metastatic Breast Disease

In 2007, Dr. Shehadi was a contributing author for a paper titled “Positive and negative prognostic variables for patients undergoing spine surgery for metastatic breast disease.” He and seven other doctors examined prognostic variables for patients who underwent metastatic breast cancer spinal surgery, and identified a few positive and negative variables. Below is the abstract and the conclusion of the study. Read more

breast cancer mesastatic

Dr. Shehadi’s Metastatic Breast Cancer Publication

Dr. Shehadi and nine fellow doctors published a paper in 2007 that discussed spinal surgery for patients with metastatic breast cancer to the spine. Below is the abstract for the paper. To read the full paper, click here. Read more

Instrumented Spinal Fusion

Instrumented Spinal Fusion

What is a spinal fusion?

Spinal fusion is a surgery performed to fuse two or more vertebrae together. This procedure is also known as arthrodesis. The procedure involves a bone graft so the bones can fuse, or grow together. There are several types of bone grafts, but most commonly an autograft (patient bone) or allograft (donor bone) are used. In an instrumented spinal fusion, instruments are used to stabilize the spine while the bones fuse. Read more

Types of Headaches

4 Common Types of Headaches – Symptoms & Duration

There are several hundred types of headaches, but there are four very common types: sinus, tension, migraine, and cluster. Headaches are always classified as either primary or secondary. A primary headache is a headache that is not caused by another condition or sickness. Causes of primary headaches include stress, sleep deprivation, alcohol, skipped meals, fatigue, and certain processed foods. Secondary headaches are due to another condition, such as an injury, infection, or sickness, and can range from harmless to very dangerous. Read more

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Causes, Symptoms, & TreatmentCarpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the compression of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel in the wrist. The median nerve runs through the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger closest to the middle finger. Read more