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The Different Types of Pediatric Scoliosis

The words ‘pediatric scoliosis’ tend to be used as an all-encompassing term for the condition affecting children and adolescents. If we break it down, however, there is much more to it. There are distinct categories for the condition that vary based on the reason for the curvature of the spine. Let’s begin with congenital scoliosis. … Continued

Dispelling Common Scoliosis Myths

As a spine condition that continues to be extensively researched, there is a tremendous amount of information regarding scoliosis, and each day the treatment for it becomes better and better. However, there are still many myths and/or old wives tales associated with the condition, a few of which we will dispel here. Upon being diagnosed, … Continued

Understanding Pediatric Scoliosis

At Cantor Spine Institute, we are proud to have Dr. Jahangir “John” Asghar as part of the team helping patients with conditions such as pediatric scoliosis. Doctor Asghar brings more than a decade of scoliosis experience to Cantor Spine Institute. He obtained his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2001. In … Continued

What Is a Pinched Nerve?

The tissues that surround a nerve such as muscles or tendons may apply pressure to the nerve. When this happens, the nerve’s normal function is disrupted, resulting in a feeling of weakness, tingling, numbness, or pain. This is also known as a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve can occur in various places throughout the body, … Continued

The Various Roles of the Vertebrae

The vertebrae of the spine consist of a series of bones in the spinal column that articulate with each other to allow the spinal column to flex as well as providing it strength. Today we’re going to take a look at how some of these vertebrae differ. We’ll begin with the cervical vertebrae, which are the … Continued

A Brief Explanation of the Spinal Cord

Most people are aware of the spinal cord and its importance in functioning as a messenger of sorts in sending signals from the brain to other parts of the body. The spinal cord is protected by what’s called the spinal column. Because of this, often the spinal cord and spinal column are talked about interchangeably. … Continued

A Closer Look at the Intervertebral Discs

The intervertebral discs of the spine play an essential role in protecting the spine by absorbing shock. These discs individually form a type of joint called the fibrocartilaginous joint which allows the vertebrae (the bones of the spine) to make slight movements. Additionally, the discs also function as ligaments, holding the vertebrae together. Inside of … Continued

Acute and Chronic Pain in the Back

The back takes on a tremendous amount of responsibility as it is literally the body’s support system. Despite its critical role, often patients forget how essential it is in ensuring it remains in good shape by practicing proper posture, exercising, and leading a healthy lifestyle, all of which help with keeping the back flexible and … Continued

What Is the Sciatic Nerve?

The sciatic nerve is found in the lower back (lumbar) where it begins and extends through the buttocks and eventually into the lower limbs. As the largest nerve in the human body, it also holds the distinction of being the widest and longest single nerve in humans. The nerve is so important, in fact, it … Continued

Cervical and Lumbar Herniated Discs

The discs of the spine function as shock absorbers and they also separate the vertebrae (bones) that comprise the spine, serving as “cushions”. With their jelly-like structure, it is possible for one of these discs to bulge, potentially rupturing and resulting in what’s called a herniated disc. There are various symptoms associated with the condition, … Continued

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