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What Causes Spondylolisthesis? Oct 3rd, 2021

Your lower back consists of five vertebral bones precisely stacked one on top of the other. These bones make up the base of your spine (also called your lumbar spine), and their job is to stabilize and support your entire upper body. Because the lumbar spine holds much of the...

When to See a Specialist About Back Pain Sep 1st, 2021

Back pain is extremely common and a leading cause of disability. What might start as mild discomfort can progress to debilitating pain without the proper care. Many people hesitate to make an appointment with a specialist when they’re in pain. But at Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center, Inc., we take...

What Causes a Disc to Herniate? Aug 1st, 2021

Your spine is a stack of vertebral bones and discs that runs from your neck down to your pelvis. The bones give your spine strength and structure, while the discs provide shock-absorbing cushioning with every movement. Vertebral discs are naturally durable, but injury and degeneration could put you at risk...

I Think My Teen Has Scoliosis Jul 8th, 2021

Up to 4% of teenagers develop adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). The condition often takes parents by surprise as their child has probably had prior scoliosis evaluations with no signs of an abnormal curve.  Fortunately, AIS doesn’t need to lead to a lifetime of deformity, pain, and other back problems.  At...

What’s Causing Your Synovial Cyst? Jun 10th, 2021

A key element of reducing or eliminating back pain is addressing the condition that’s causing it. Synovial cysts can cause nerve compression, but what causes synovial cysts, and what can you do about them? At Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center, Inc. in Santa Monica, California, our team provides patient-focused diagnosis...

Do I Just Have to Live with Sciatica? May 25th, 2021

Between 10%-40% of Americans have sciatica at any given time. Considering how prevalent these painful symptoms are, you’d think that more medical professionals would offer more effective treatment.  The reality is, while many acute sciatica cases subside quickly, millions of Americans suffer from sciatica symptoms for three months or more. ...

Understanding Your Treatment Options for Spondylolisthesis Apr 19th, 2021

Spondylolisthesis is a common cause of back pain. At least 4%-6% of American adults live with this condition, although the figures could be higher as some people have the disorder but don’t experience symptoms.  If you have chronic back pain, an accurate diagnosis is critical to getting the right treatment....

Don’t Ignore Neck Pain: Have a Professional Get to the Root Cause for Effective Treatment Mar 10th, 2021

Almost everyone has a sore neck from time to time, but millions of Americans experience persistent neck pain that interferes with their lives. What’s worse, around 50% of people who experience severe neck pain end up with chronic or frequently recurring bouts of neck pain.  The best way to avoid...

Recognize the Signs of Spinal Stenosis and Know Your Treatment Options Feb 16th, 2021

If you’re one of the 31 million Americans living with back pain at any given time, you want relief. A critical part of getting effective and long-lasting treatment is identifying the root cause.  Spinal stenosis is a common spine condition — up to 95% of Americans have some degree of...

5 Ways To Help Prevent Your Sciatica From Flaring Up Jan 1st, 2021

The largest nerve in your body is called the sciatic nerve. It starts at the base of your spine and travels through the buttocks and down the back of each leg, all the way to the sole of your foot. If this nerve gets damaged, inflamed and/or compressed, it may...