What Kind of Back Pain Does a Car Accident Cause?

What Kind of Back Pain Does a Car Accident Cause? Consider this: sleeping in a strange position, lifting a box that’s a little too heavy, dancing in the kitchen…..all of these everyday activities have the potential to cause a back injury. Now imagine how much more force is exerted against the back and spine during … Continued

What Causes Narrowing of the Spine?

What Causes Narrowing of the Spine? The medical condition characterized by narrowing of the spine is called spinal stenosis. By itself, spinal stenosis may be a painless condition. Many older adults live with some degree of spinal narrowing and don’t realize it. If you have no pain or symptoms, sometimes spinal stenosis isn’t identified and … Continued

5 Signs of a Concussion — and What to Do Next

5 Signs of a Concussion — and What to Do Next   Did you know that a concussion is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury? A violent blow to the head can cause your brain to move around your skull and become injured. Brain injuries can cause bruising, bleeding, swelling, blood vessel and nerve … Continued

5 Causes of Spinal Stenosis

5 Causes of Spinal Stenosis Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the open spaces within the spine. Narrowing can occur in the vertebral passageway that protects the spinal cord or in the bony passageways where spinal nerves exit the spine and travel to other areas of the body. By itself, spinal narrowing may not cause any … Continued

What Pain Management Options Are Most Effective?

What Pain Management Options Are Most Effective?   Pain is an incredibly pervasive condition that affects every aspect of our lives. People living with pain often experience difficulty concentrating at work, going out and socializing, and enjoying time spent with family and loved ones. It’s no surprise that chronic pain is a leading cause of … Continued

5 Things You Should Know About Foraminal Narrowing

5 Things You Should Know About Foraminal Narrowing   Foraminal narrowing is a specific type of spinal stenosis, a back condition that occurs when the open spaces within the spine narrow. The foramina are bony passageways located between the vertebrae in the spine. Their primary purpose is to provide an exit path for nerves leaving … Continued

What Should I Do If I Have a Dislocated Knee?

A dislocated knee is a rare, but very painful and serious injury. Dislocation occurs when the bones in the knee joint are not in proper alignment. The bones may be disrupted by a traumatic incident like a fall, car accident or sports collision. Knee dislocation is one of the most painful knee injuries you can … Continued

5 Common Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve in your neck occurs when soft tissues in the body apply too much pressure to a nerve and restrict its ability to function properly. Bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage can all press against a nerve, causing irritation, inflammation and pain. The most common places for a pinched nerve to develop are … Continued

How Are Bone Fractures Treated?

Per year, approximately 6.8 million people in the U.S. experience a bone fracture. Human bones are incredibly strong (as strong as steel), but they will still break when an outside force or impact is applied and exerts more pressure than the bone can bear. Falls, car accidents, sports accidents, direct blows and overuse are leading … Continued

3 Signs You May Have a Slipped Disc

Spinal discs are one of the most important structures in the spine. They sit between the vertebrae, where they provide cushioning, support and shock absorption to the bones of the spine. Strong, flexible discs enable the spine to move fluidly and flexibly when we lift, twist or bend. As we age, natural wear and tear … Continued

Do Whiplash Injuries Require Treatment?

Neck pain is one of the most common symptoms people experience after being involved in a car accident. And that’s no surprise because the head and neck are relatively unsupported and unstable during high-impact collisions. However, what is a surprise is how many people choose not to see a doctor after being in a car … Continued

5 Facts You Need to Know About Bone Spurs

What is a bone spur? Bone spurs — also called osteophytes — are outgrowths of bone that form where the ends of bones meet in joints. Bone spurs commonly develop with age and many people live with them for years, undetected. However, these bony overgrowths can also lead to significant pain and other symptoms for … Continued

What Is Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Coverage?

Under Florida law, all licensed drivers who own a car must carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage with their insurance company. Why? Because Florida is one of 12 no-fault states. In no-fault states, every driver must have insurance to cover their own injuries and car damages in the event of a car accident. No matter … Continued

What Is the Sciatic Nerve?

What Is the Sciatic Nerve?  The sciatic nerve is the biggest and longest nerve in the human body. In reality, the “nerve” is not a single nerve. It’s actually made up of 5 nerve roots that cluster in the lumbar spine and sacrum. From the base of the spine, the sciatic nerve travels down the … Continued

I was in a Car Accident Today — What Should I Do Now?

I was in a Car Accident Today — What Should I Do Now?   Being in a car crash can feel overwhelming, scary and intensely stressful. It may be hard to stay calm and keep a cool head right after a collision, which can lead to uncertainty over what to do next.    At Integrity … Continued

What To Do If You’re Injured in a Car Accident

What To Do If You’re Injured in a Car Accident   Even minor car accidents can cause major injuries. If you believe you’ve sustained a car accident injury, you may be wondering where to turn for help and treatment. Keep reading to learn the next steps you should take to protect your health and well-being … Continued

Where Can I Find a Spine Surgeon Near Me in Jacksonville, FL?

Where Can I Find a Spine Surgeon Near Me in Jacksonville, FL?   If you’re suffering from excruciating back or neck pain, you may be wondering: where is a spine surgeon near me?    At Integrity Spine and Orthopedics, our Jacksonville, FL, clinic is led by Michael C. Weiss, D.O., FAOAO, an experienced spine surgeon … Continued

What Should I Do If I Witness a Car Accident Near Me?

What Should I Do If I Witness a Car Accident Near Me?   Witnessing a car accident can be scary and stressful, whether it’s a minor accident, a hit and run or a fatal crash. You may not know what to do or how you can provide assistance in that kind of traumatic situation. At … Continued

Where Can I Find an Orthopedic Surgeon Near Me in Jacksonville, FL?

Where Can I Find an Orthopedic Surgeon Near Me in Jacksonville, FL?   If you’re experiencing acute or chronic bone, muscle or joint pain, you may be asking yourself: where can I find an orthopedic surgeon near me? At Integrity Spine and Orthopedics, we specialize in identifying, diagnosing and treating a wide range of musculoskeletal … Continued

How to Find an Attorney After a Car Accident

How to Find an Attorney After a Car Accident   Being in a car crash is an incredibly frightening and stressful situation. And unfortunately, what comes after is just as stressful: seeking medical help for injuries, repairing damages to your car, and negotiating with your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company to receive … Continued

What Are the Risks of Disc Protrusion?

What Are the Risks of Disc Protrusion? Disc protrusion is a type of spinal disc herniation. Disc herniation is a common form of intervertebral disc damage that’s caused by age, natural wear and tear, traumatic accidents (falls, car accidents, sports collisions), overuse or repetitive use injuries, obesity and genetics.   Degenerative changes may cause the … Continued

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