First-of-its-Kind Device Granted FDA Approval for Treatment of Pediatric Scoliosis

This week the FDA approved an innovative device called a spinal tether for the treatment of progressive idiopathic scoliosis. The Tether – Vertebral Body Tethering System is for use in children and adolescents for whom conservative treatments have been unsuccessful, and in whom spinal curve have reached or are approaching the point at which surgery… Continue Reading

The Cracking and Popping Back

Some people have noisy backs, that pop and crack whenever they twist to the right or left, or bend over to pick something up or touch their toes. Others don’t find the sound occurring organically, but purposely put themselves through a series of stretches (or manipulations) with the specific purpose of making their backs crack.… Continue Reading

Robotics Is the Future of Spine Surgery

When people imagine having spine surgery, there’s a good chance they see a mile-long scar and a person lying flat on their back, recovering for weeks. The truth is that in the last several years, spine surgery has not only become much safer, but the incisions have become much smaller and recovery is much less… Continue Reading

Experts Suggest Exercises to Counter Technology’s Impact on the Spine

There has been a plethora of articles decrying the physical impact that our growing technology addiction is having: from text neck to evidence of bony spurs growing in teenagers’ necks, researchers are increasingly concerned that the multiple hours that are being spent bent over smartphone and tablet screens are having a devastating effect on human… Continue Reading

The Small Shifts That Can Save Your Back

Are you finding that you’re increasingly popping over-the-counter pain relievers and waking up with the unmistakable sense that you – and your back – just aren’t as young as you used to be? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Back pain is a common problem for adults all over the world, and depending upon your… Continue Reading

How Yoga Can Help Prevent and Ease Back Pain

Yoga offers numerous physical, mental and spiritual benefits. It increases flexibility and improves athletic performance, increases muscle strength and tone, and improves energy. It also decreases stress and anxiety. Overall, it improves its practitioners’ quality of life. But did you know that it can also improve your posture, and therefore reduce and prevent back and… Continue Reading