Sciatica Specialist Harley Street

By Jaimig Aljorna

Sciatica consists of pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the leg. Injury or pressure on the sciatic nerve can cause it. Sciatica is a symptom; it is not a disease on its own. Where is the pain located? The pain can adopt different locations. For instance, it can either extend from the lower back to…

Ankylosing Spondylitis

By Jaimig Aljorna

Ankylosing spondylitis refers to inflammation of the spinal joints. It primarily affects the spine, shoulders, hips and knees. Sacroiliac joints are very important structures in this disease. They are usually the first to become inflamed. From there, the inflammation can spread to other joints between the vertebrae.   What is the cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis?…

Discectomy

By Jaimig Aljorna

Discectomy is a surgery performed to remove all or part of a pad that helps protect the spine. These pads, called discs, separate the bones of the spine (vertebrae). A surgeon can perform the removal of the disc (discectomy) in different ways: Microdiscectomy: This procedure is still the preferred treatment due to its simplicity, low-…

Laminectomy

By Jaimig Aljorna

Laminectomy is a surgery to remove part of a vertebra of the spine. Lamina is the specific removed part. This structure is the roof of the spinal canal that gives support and protection for the backside of the spinal cord. However, it is often performed in order to remove a broken disc between the vertebrae.…

Burst fracture

By Jaimig Aljorna

Fractures of the spine are very frequent. The majority of traumatic vertebral fractures are located in the thoracic spine (80%). A burst fracture is a descriptive term for a spinal cord injury in which the vertebral body is very compressed. It usually occurs due to serious trauma, such as a vehicular accident, or a fall…

Facet Joint Injection

By Jaimig Aljorna

Facet joint injection consists of injecting a steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and/or an anaesthetic in the facet joint. The goal is to reduce inflammation and pain originating in the facet joint. What are the facet joints? The facet joints are located between the vertebrae. There are 2 facet joints between each pair of vertebrae. These joints…

Lumbar Disc Replacement Surgery

By Jaimig Aljorna

Lumbar disc replacement is a surgical option for some people with degenerative disc disease.   When do doctors recommend it? The 24 bones of the spine (called vertebrae) distribute in the form of a column. The vertebrae support and protect the spinal cord and its numerous nerves. The soft discs between each vertebral bone allow…

Balloon Kyphoplasty Procedure

By Jaimig Aljorna

Kyphosis is an exaggerated forward bend of the back. Age-related kyphosis is often due to the weakness of the bones of the spine. This increases the risks of further fractures in the contiguous vertebrae. Kyphosis causes chronic pain, breathing problems, loss of appetite and sleeping problems. What Is Balloon Kyphoplasty Surgery? Balloon Kyphoplasty (BKP) is…

Lumbar Fusion Surgery – Spinal Surgeries

By Jaimig Aljorna

What is lumbar fusion surgery? Lumbar fusion surgery avoids the movement at a painful, unstable spinal joint. When the specialist links together (fuse) two or more vertebrae, he is trying to achieve this in that portion of the spine. Patients experience pain relief when surgeons accomplish the stabilization of a segment of the spine. The…

Spinal Infection

By Jaimig Aljorna

There are three varieties of spinal infection that serve to define this disease: -Discitis: Infection of the intervertebral disc. -Spondylitis (osteomyelitis): Infection of the vertebrae. -Spondylodiscitis: Infection of the spine that affects the vertebrae and the intervertebral disc.   What is the cause? Bacteria, fungi and parasites: Generally, there is an infection in other areas…