What is a Slipped Disc?

Throughout my career, I have had many patients come in and describe their low back pain, leg pain, sciatica, hip pain, neck pain, and spinal stenosis as being caused by a ‘Slipped Disc”.

I’ve often thought that the term slipped disc was a funny one because it really doesn’t fit with human anatomy.  A spinal disc is the cushion between two vertebrae so how can it be “slipped”?    Continue reading “What is a Slipped Disc?”

Failed Low Back Surgery Syndrome

Approximately half a million low back surgeries are done each year in the United States of America.  Some may wonder why the number is so high especially when you consider that low back surgeries have such poor long term outcomes.

The article Alarming Escalation of Fusion Surgery written in 2016 by Dr. Ron Feise, D.C. states that between 1993 and 2008, spinal fusion surgeries increased by 773.8%. To put this into perspective, that’s only a 15 year time frame.   Continue reading “Failed Low Back Surgery Syndrome”