What Is An Annular Tear?

What Is an Annular Tear? Annular tears are back injuries that develop in the spinal discs, which sit between the 33 vertebrae of the spine. The main functions of spinal discs are to cushion the vertebrae, absorb shock and help the spine move fluidly. The intervertebral discs have 2 components:   An outer ring of … Continued

An Update on COVID-19 Precautions

An Update on COVID-19 Precautions   At Integrity Spine and Orthopedics, we are closely watching the COVID-19 pandemic and following how it’s affecting people in our practice area and around the country. Right now, our clinics in Jacksonville and Merritt Island remain open so that our physicians and staff can continue to help as many … Continued

Back Injuries Caused By Car Accidents

What Are Common Back Injuries Caused By Car Accidents? The human back and spine is made up of a complex system of bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves. It also houses the spinal cord, one of the most delicate and vulnerable structures in the human body. Injury to any one of these components can … Continued

What Is Degenerative Joint Disease?

What Is Degenerative Joint Disease? Degenerative joint disease (DJD) goes by several different names, including osteoarthritis, degenerative arthritis, and wear and tear arthritis. It’s a common form of arthritis that affects over 32.5 million adults in the U.S.    DJD occurs in the joints, the places where 2 bones meet. With age, the structures that … Continued

How Do I Know If My Shoulder Is Dislocated?

The shoulder is the body’s most mobile joint and can move in several directions. For us, that’s amazing, because it means we can perform a wide range of pushing, pulling and swinging motions with ease. But the increased mobility of the joint causes it to be unstable and prone to injuries like a dislocated shoulder.  … Continued

What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative disc “disease” (DDD) is not truly a disease. It’s a condition that develops when normal wear and tear on the spinal discs cause pain, instability and other symptoms. By itself, disc degeneration is a natural and normal part of aging. 30% of people show evidence of disc degeneration by the age of 35 and … Continued

What Is a Rotator Cuff Injury?

Rotator cuff injuries and tears can cause significant shoulder pain and make everyday activities like getting dressed, opening doors and carrying bags difficult. At night, laying on painful shoulder injuries can cause you to lose sleep.    Approximately 2 million people in the U.S. report a shoulder cuff problem to their doctor every year. Keep … Continued

What Is a Collapsed Disc?

What is a collapsed Disc? Spinal discs sit between the 33 vertebrae of the spine. They cushion the vertebrae, absorb shock and pressure, and aid in spinal flexibility and mobility. Intervertebral discs are made of a tough outer layer of cartilage surrounding a soft, jelly-like inner layer.   As we age, our spinal discs age … Continued

What Neck Injuries Do Car Accidents Cause?

Car accidents are a primary cause of neck injuries, with more than 80,000 car crashes with neck injuries reported in the U.S. annually. All too often, accident-related neck injuries are mistreated or untreated, leading to long-term pain, suffering and disability. Keep reading to learn more about the types of neck and cervical spine injuries that … Continued

What Is SI Joint Pain?

Research indicates that between 15-30% of people with chronic low back pain are suffering from sacroiliac (SI) joint pain. If you have one-sided low back and buttock pain that worsens with movement and pressure, SI joint pain — also called SI joint dysfunction — may be to blame.   Keep reading to learn more about … Continued

What Should I Do After a Car Accident That Wasn’t My Fault (no-fault)?

Car accidents are traumatic events, especially if you’re involved in a crash that occurred through no fault of your own. You might feel frightened, in shock or in pain after a high-impact collision, and not sure how to proceed next.    Keep reading to learn the answers to important questions you may be asking yourself … Continued

5 Advantages of Minimally Invasive Procedures

Minimally invasive surgery was introduced to the medical world in the 1980s as a safer alternative to traditional open surgeries. Since then, many doctors have come to prefer minimally invasive techniques as a safe and effective way to meet patients’ surgical needs with fewer health risks.   Minimally invasive procedures have spread widely into many … Continued

Broken Bones From a Car Accident? Here’s What to Do Next.

Trauma is one of the 3 most common causes of broken bones. During a traumatic event like a car accident, your body is placed under extreme stress, which can lead to significant injuries. If you suffer a fracture from a car accident, you need to take immediate action to find medical care and treatment.    … Continued

What Is Arthritis of the Spine?

Arthritis is an umbrella term that includes all injuries and conditions of the joints. The primary symptoms are pain, inflammation and stiffness in the affected joints. Arthritis is a chronic condition with no cure, but the symptoms and pain can be controlled and managed with proper treatment.    Arthritis of the spine develops when pain, … Continued

The 9 Steps to Recovery After an Auto Accident

There are no shortcuts in the healing process. After you’ve suffered an injury in a car crash, full recovery takes time and care. Some injuries take weeks or even months to heal completely, depending on the severity of the injury, pre-existing health conditions and how compliant you are with treatment.   While we can’t give … Continued

What Are Bone Spurs?

Bone spurs — also called osteophytes — are smooth, hard overgrowths of bone that form on bone edges. These bony projections develop in joints, where 2 bones meet. They commonly form on the joints of your hands, neck, shoulders, hips, knees, spine and heels.     Many cases of bone spurs are non-symptomatic and non-painful. … Continued

5 Tips for Choosing Medical Help After a Car Accident

One of the most important steps you can take after being in a car accident is finding medical help. Even if you feel no pain or injuries at the time, you may have head, soft tissue or spinal injuries that require a medical examination to detect.   Read our 5 expert tips below on how … Continued

What Is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis describes a lateral curve in the spine that is greater than 10 degrees. The backbone can curve in a “C” or “S” shape. This spinal condition is most common in children and adolescents at the age of puberty, but it can develop in people of all ages.    For more information about causes, risk … Continued

Take These 4 Steps After a Car Accident

Being in a car accident is a scary, stressful experience, even if the crash is a minor one. Following a car collision, the most important first action you can take is to stay calm, even though you may feel scared, dazed, confused, in pain or even angry.    During a stressful situation, you’ll need to … Continued

What Is a Pinched Nerve?

A pinched nerve — also called a compressed nerve — occurs when surrounding tissues press on the nerve roots and disrupt the nerve’s normal functioning.   The human body contains billions of nerve cells that make up the nervous system. Through these nerve cells, we communicate with the outside world — nerves allow us to … Continued

What Is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc — also called a slipped disc or ruptured disc — is a common cause of back pain, sciatica and weakness among adults ages 30 to 50. Spinal disc herniation may affect anywhere from 5-20 people per 100 adults annually.   Read our comprehensive guide to learn what causes spinal disc herniation, symptoms, … Continued

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