Have you made your 2019 New Year’s resolutions, yet? Before you top off the list, make sure to consider a resolution to improve your brain health. We don’t want to add anymore on your to-do list for the year; so, you can simply eliminate these bad habits to ensure a healthy and happy brain:
If you’re experiencing intense pain in your lower back and down one or both of your legs, it’s very possible that your sciatic nerve is afflicted. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that extends from your lower back all the way down your legs. The well-functioning of this important nerve can make simple activities like walking or bending over an easy-to-do activity. But, if this nerve is distressed, you may feel debilitated. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with the pain. Discover how lumbar disc surgery can relieve you from sciatica pain:
Lumbar Disc Surgery & Sciatica Pain
Lumbar disc surgery is considered a minimally invasive procedure that has very high success rates. This surgery relieves pressure on nerve roots caused by a herniated disc. (This herniated disc is what causes sciatica pain.)
During the procedure, your GNI surgeon will create a small incision in your back and create an access point to the affected area. Using instruments, your surgeon will gently move aside spinal nerves to get to the herniated portion of the disc. He will then remove that portion which will relieve painful pressure on the nerves.
Causes of Sciatica Pain & How to Avoid It
Sciatica pain can be caused by various conditions such as lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis. If you’ve been diagnosed with any of these conditions and are experiencing pain in the lower back, don’t hesitate to talk to a GNI specialist about lumbar disc surgery.
Conditions or diseases are not the only factors that cause sciatica pain. Factors such as a lack of exercise, being obese, wearing high heels often, and sleeping on a bad mattress can cause intense pain in the lower back, as well. Make sure to exercise often, eat healthy, wear shoes that support your body weight, and switch out your mattress if needed.
If you have sciatica pain, don’t hesitate to contact the GNI specialists today.
This year, we welcomed our newest neurosurgeon – Dr. Igor DeCastro. His level of experience and depth of knowledge adds to our incredibly robust team of physicians. We invite you to discover more about Dr. DeCastro and how his passion to help people made him into the neurosurgeon he is today!
Spondylolisthesis is a condition where instability in the spine is present due to a slipped vertebra. If the vertebra has slipped a considerable amount, you will likely feel lower back pain and leg pain. This can make everyday activities very difficult. Fortunately, the GNI physicians can help!
Laser spine surgery refers to surgery that is aided by a laser. Whether it’s due to sci-fi movies or false information floating around on the Internet, many people mistakenly believe that laser spine surgery is top-notch, second-to-none, and the pinnacle of surgery greatness.
There are many different types of tremors; however, essential tremor (ET) is the most common tremor that is found in adults. It is most often found in adults over 40-years-old and can increase in severity over time.
The network of vessels within your body is known as your vascular system. How well your vascular system is maintained directly affects your quality of life. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your blood vessels healthy and functioning properly. But, if your vascular health is poor, the GNI neurosurgeons are here to help.
At Georgia Neurosurgical Institute, we have innovative technology and highly-trained surgeons who can lead you on your road to recovery.