What Kinds of Complications Occur From an Annular Tear?

An annular tear is an injury that occurs to one of the intervertebral spinal discs. Spinal discs sit between each vertebrae in the spine. They cushion and support the spinal bones, absorb shock, and help the spine move, bend and twist flexibly. Each disc is made of an inner, jelly-like nucleus (nucleus pulposus) surrounded by … Continued

What Are Common Types of Back Injuries?

A back injury can significantly disrupt your normal life. Back pain and injuries are a primary reason for missed work, missed school, doctor’s visits, and disability in the United States. Suffering a back injury often leaves you unable to sit for long periods at work, exercise, play sports, or move throughout your day normally.    … Continued

How Is SI Joint Pain Treated?

Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain is a common cause of low back pain. The two SI joints in the spine connect the bottom of the spine (sacrum) to the tops of the hip bones (ilia) on both sides of the body. By themselves, the SI joints don’t have a lot of movement. Their primary purpose is … Continued

When Do I Need to See a Neurosurgeon Near Me?

Neurosurgeons are specialists who treat brain, spine, spinal cord and nervous system injuries and diseases. While many people believe neurosurgeons are only called in to perform complex brain and spinal cord surgeries, the reality is that neurosurgeons spend more time treating common conditions like back pain, persistent headaches and sciatica.   If you’re living with … Continued

Is My Pain Coming From the SI Joint?

Approximately 25% of cases of low back pain are caused by sacroiliac (SI) joint pain and dysfunction. The SI joints are located deep in the body and attach the spine to the hips. When the joints become inflamed, have excessive movement, or have too little movement, back pain and other symptoms occur.   Back pain … Continued

5 Causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain

The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the human body. It starts in the lumbar spine and branches off to run down each hip, buttock, thigh, calf and foot. The sciatic nerve innervates multiple muscles and skin cells in the lower extremities.     When the sciatic nerve is pinched, irritated, pressed or … Continued

4 Conditions That Cause Joint Inflammation

The term “inflammation” gets a bad rap, but it’s an incredibly important component of a healthy immune system. When harmful germs or pathogens enter your body, or when you sustain a wound, your immune system releases inflammatory markers to eliminate the danger and begin the healing process. Once you’re on the path to recovery, the … Continued

4 Complications of a Dislocated Shoulder

A dislocated shoulder is a painful and fairly common injury that occurs when the upper arm bone partially or completely pops out of its socket, which is attached to the shoulder blade. The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body, making it susceptible to dislocation injuries.    It takes a lot of … Continued

When Is Joint Pain Caused By Arthritis

Occasional joint pain is common, especially if you play sports or live a very active lifestyle. A creak in your knee, a twinge in your shoulder, a dull ache in your hands some mornings — you may chalk these pains as a normal part of getting older. But what about creaks, twinges, and aches that … Continued

An Overview of Sports Medicine

An Overview of Sports Medicine Playing sports, exercising and living an active lifestyle is healthy and enjoyable. But with increased activity comes the increased risk of sports-related injuries. Everyone who’s active — from the highest-performing athlete to the weekend warrior — will probably suffer an injury at some point.    When an injury does occur, … Continued

What Conditions Does a Neurosurgeon Treat?

What Conditions Does a Neurosurgeon Treat? Neurosurgeons specialize in the care and treatment of brain, spine and nervous system conditions through non-surgical and surgical methods. While many people assume neurosurgeons only deal with brain conditions, in reality they have extensive training and expertise in a wide range of conditions that affect the skull, brain, spine, … Continued

Make Better Health Your Resolution for the New Year

Make Better Health Your Resolution for the New Year Setting a New Year’s resolution is tradition for millions of people across the United States. The start of a brand-new year offers fresh hope and a blank slate to improve your finances, health and wellness, relationships, job or overall life. And since you only have one … Continued

Where Can I Find a Neurosurgeon Near Me?

Where Can I Find a Neurosurgeon Near Me?   A neurosurgeon is a medical specialist who treats injuries and diseases of the brain, spine, spinal cord and nervous system. If you have a nerve, spinal, or brain issue, you may be wondering: do I need to see a neurosurgeon near me for an evaluation?    … Continued

What Does a Neurosurgeon Do?

What Does a Neurosurgeon Do? A neurosurgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in evaluating, diagnosing and treating conditions of the brain, spine and nervous system. Neurosurgeons have extensive training, knowledge and experience performing some of the most complex surgical procedures the human body can undergo.   The central and peripheral nervous system starts in … Continued

What Is AHCA in Florida? The Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) is Florida’s primary health care agency. AHCA is responsible for overseeing many of Florida’s health care programs and finding ways to improve health care services for Florida’s 21.9 million residents (as of 2020). Keep reading to learn more about AHCA’s role in Florida.  A … Continued

What Does It Mean to Be AHCA Certified?

What Does It Mean to Be AHCA Certified? In the State of Florida, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is responsible for licensing and regulating Florida’s health care facilities, including long-term and post-acute facilities, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.    Integrity Spine and Orthopedics performs the majority of our spine and orthopedic procedures in … Continued

What Is AHCA?

What Is AHCA? What is AHCA? The American Health Care Association (AHCA) was founded in 1941. It’s a national association that represents thousands of health care facilities in the United States. AHCA works with the government, federal policymakers, the business community and the public to improve the lives of millions of Americans in long-term care … Continued

What Does an Orthopedic Doctor Do?

Your primary care physician is responsible for treating fevers and illnesses, evaluating you for medical conditions, and managing your overall health and well-being. But your PCP may not be the best choice if you’re experiencing joint pain and stiffness, chronic low back pain or unexplained muscle weakness and loss of mobility. In these cases, you … Continued

Does an Orthopedic Doctor Treat Joint Pain?

If you’re living with achy knees or hips, morning stiffness that makes it hard to get out of bed, or pain when climbing stairs, you may be wondering what to do next. Should you see a doctor for a swollen joint? Mild joint pain? Joint pain that’s been ongoing for several weeks?   The answer … Continued

When Should I See an Orthopedic Specialist?

When Should I See an Orthopedic Specialist? An orthopedic specialist diagnoses and treats musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. The musculoskeletal system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. At Integrity Spine and Orthopedics, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons are trained to manage everything from an acute ankle sprain following a sports accident to chronic arthritis … Continued

What Are the Top Back Surgery Procedures?

What Are the Top Back Surgery Procedures? For many people with back pain, back surgery is the last thing they want to think about. All too often, people imagine a long, painful procedure followed by extensive rehabilitation that will put them out of commission for work, sports and normal activities for several weeks.    However, … Continued

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