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Learn about minimally invasive treatment of back pain or neck pain and MRI terminology

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AAAHC search for term
Alzheimer's Disease search for term
annulus fibrosis search for term
anterior displacement search for term

Disc tissue is protruding into the anterior zone beyond where it normally sits.

anterior zone search for term
Asymmetric Bulge search for term
Atrophy search for term

Loss of normal tissue architecture or substance (e.g. muscle atrophy = smaller, weaker muscles) due to a lack of normal physiological loading or use.

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Back Pain search for term

Back pain has many potential causes. The two most common causes of chronic back pain are discogenic pain & facet pain. Back pain is curable in 90% of patients suffering with chronic back pain.

balloon disc search for term

Not concise, but  certainly present displacement of the jelly-like nucleus through the spine; commonly seen in severe osteoporosis, or porous bones from loss of minerals i.e. calcium, due to hormonal imbalances or other causes.

Bone Spurs search for term
broad-based protrusion search for term
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Bulging Disc search for term

A contained disc herniation. May be painful. May irritate a nerve or dorsal root ganglion to cause radicular symptoms.

Bulging Disk search for term

See 'Bulging Disc'

bursitis search for term

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Carpal tunnel syndrome search for term
Cavitation search for term

Disc degeneration that causes spaces or cavities, even cysts to form within the nucleus.

Chronic search for term

a condition lasting longer than 6 weeks

Claw Osteophyte search for term
Communicating Disc search for term

Interruption in the outside of the disc, so that when fluid is injected into the disc space, it could flow into the vertebral canal and thus into contact with displaced disc material.

Concentric Fissure search for term

A tear of the annulus that shows a separation of the binding fibers creating fluid-filled spaces.

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Degenerative Disc Disease search for term

the gradual decrease in function of the spinal disc over time

Deuk Laser Disc Repair search for term

Deuk Laser Disc Repair™ is the most most successful and least damaging spinal surgery available in the world for the treatment of back and neck pain from herniated discs, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and a variety of other conditions of the spine. This minimally invasive procedure was developed by Dr. Ara Deukmedjian, founder and CEO of Deuk Spine Institute.

Disc Herniation search for term

Aadisc in which the nucleus pulposus has protruded through surrounding fibrocartilage of the spine

Discogenic Pain search for term

back pain or neck pain originating from an abnormal spinal disc

Discogram search for term

a diagnostic test of the spinal disc(s)

Discography search for term
Dr. Bharat Patel search for term
Dr. Deuk search for term
Dr. Jeong search for term
Dr. Ling Li search for term

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electrodiagnostic medicine search for term
endoscopic spinal fusion search for term
endoscopic spine surgery search for term

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Facet Block (Facet Joint Injection) search for term

injection administered to spinal facet joint(s) to numb the nerves and alleviate pain

Facet joint search for term
Facet Pain search for term

pain or neck pain originating from an abnormal spinal facet joint(s)

Facet Syndrome search for term
Facet Syndrome search for term

facet pain, stiffness and loss of normal motion in the neck or back. Causes include inflammation or degeneration +/- subluxation of the facet joint

Fibromyalgia search for term
Foraminal Narrowing search for term

Nerve roots exit the spine through small holes on both sides of the spine called neuro foramen. Neuro foramen are surrounded by two moving spinal joints: the facet joint and spinal disc. Injury to the spinal joints will result in progressive degeneration or arthritis of the joints. Arthritis of the facet joints and degenerative disc disease cause foraminal narrowing in affected areas of the spine by bone spur or osteophyte formation, loss of disc height, facet hypertrophy, facet capsule hypertrophy and disc bulging.

Foraminal narrowing in the cervical spine causes neck pain, arm pain, numbness, tingling and radiculopathy due to pressure on the nerve roots. Lumbar foramenal narrowing will result in pinched nerves in the lower back causing back pain, sciatica or leg pain, numbness and tingling in the toes. Foraminal narrowing is treated when it causes pain or radiculopathy. Asymptomatic foramenal narrowing does not need treatment.

Effective treatments for foraminal narrowing include therapy, interventional pain management and surgery. Deuk Laser Disc Repair® is a very effective surgical treatment for symptomatic foramenal narrowing and uses a laser to “open” up clogged foramen relieving pressure on the nerve root being compressed.

Foraminal Stenosis search for term
Frozen Shoulder search for term

Frozen shoulder, also referred to as adhesive capsulitis, is a disorder in which the shoulder capsule (or the envelope), and the surrounding tissue, becomes inflamed and stiff, causing restriction of motion and chronic pain.

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herniated discs search for term

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intermittent claudication search for term
Interventional Pain Management search for term
interventional pain management specialist search for term
interventionl cardiologist search for term
IPM search for term

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laser back surgery search for term
laser neck surgery search for term
laser spine surgery search for term
leg pain search for term

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Medial Branch Block search for term

Injection administered to spinal facet joint(s) to numb the nerves and alleviate pain (an alternative to a Facet Joint Injection)

Medial Branch Block search for term

Injection administered to spinal facet joint(s) to numb the nerves and alleviate pain (an alternative to a Facet Joint Injection)

Microdiscectomy search for term

or microdecompression spine surgery, a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root is removed to relieve neural impingement and provide more room for the nerve to heal. A microdiscectomy is typically performed for a herniated lumbar disc and is actually more effective for treating leg pain (also known as radiculopathy) than lower back pain.

Migraine search for term
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery search for term
Multimodality Treatment search for term

or microdecompression spine surgery, a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root is removed to relieve neural impingement and provide more room for the nerve to heal. A microdiscectomy is typically performed for a herniated lumbar disc and is actually more effective for treating leg pain (also known as radiculopathy) than lower back pain.

Myofascial pain search for term

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Neck Pain search for term

A discomfort or pain in the neck or shoulders.

Nerve Root Impingement search for term
Neuro-Spine Surgery search for term
Neuroforamen search for term
Neurogenic claudcation search for term
neurology search for term
neurosurgeon search for term
Neurosurgery search for term
nucleus pulposis search for term
nucleus pulposus search for term

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Occipital neuralgia search for term
Osteoarthritis search for term
Osteoarthritis search for term
osteoporosis search for term
outpatient spine surgery search for term
Outpatient Surgery search for term

surgical procedures performed with the expectation the patient will be discharged home on the same day as the surgery.

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Peripheral joint pain search for term
peripheral neuropathy search for term
Physiatry search for term
physical medicine search for term
pinched nerves search for term
Piriformis Syndrome search for term
Piriformis Syndrome search for term

pain originating from the piriformis muscle located deep in the buttock. May cause sciatica.

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Radicular Symptoms search for term

include pain or discomfort, numbness, tingling or weakness into an arm or leg. These symptoms are most commonly the result of a nerve or dorsal root ganglion being irritated or compressed.

Radiculopathy search for term

Pain shooting from the neck into the arm or from the back down the leg, loss of feeling, tingling or "pins & needles" sensations, or weakness can all be symptoms of radiculopathy due to a pinched nerve.

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy search for term
Restless Leg Syndrome search for term
rhizotomy search for term

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Sacroiliac joint pain search for term
Sacroiliitis search for term

inflammation of the sacroiliac joint where spine attaches to pelvis. A frequent cause of back pain

Sciatica search for term

pain radiating from the buttock down the back of leg.

spinal cord stimulator search for term
Spinal Disc search for term

A “shock absorbing” soft tissue wafer sandwiched between two vertebra (bones) in the spine.

Spinal Fusion search for term

Operative immobilization or ankylosis of two or more vertebrae by connecting the vertebral bodies with a short bone graft or often with diskectomy or laminectomy.

Spinal Fusion search for term
spinal stenosis search for term
Sprain-Strain search for term

Back pain or neck pain originating from injured spinal muscles or ligaments.

Stenosis of the Spine search for term

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Tendonitis search for term
Therapy search for term

: Non-invasive therapeutic modalities used to treat neuro-musculoskeletal conditions including spine and joint pain and stiffness, balance difficulties, memory loss or language disturbances.

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