of the spine, simplified
The spine is the most integral segment of the human body. Not only is it complex in its neurological and anatomical make up, but it is also delicate when it comes to potential conditions. Our mission is to help you become educated about the issues at hand so that the safest possible treatment is recommended.Book Appoinment
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Cervical Disk Herniation
When the inner jelly like disc material in your cervical spine (known as the nucleus pulpous) ruptures through the outer disc wall (annulus) and pushes on important neurological structures such as nerve roots or the spinal cord.
Stenosis simply means narrowing and cervical pertains to the neck area. This type of narrowing can be caused by trauma or genetics. When a certain degree of narrowing occurs, it can become neurologically problematic causing spinal cord compression and/or nerve impingement.
When Cervical Stenosis occurs, the narrowing of the spinal canal can cause spinal cord compression resulting in profound weakness or clumsiness.
Lumbar Disk Herniation
When the inner jelly like disc material in your lumbar spine (known as the nucleus pulpous) ruptures through the outer disc wall (annulus) and pushes on important neurological structures such as nerve roots or the spinal cord.
Stenosis simply means narrowing and lumbar pertains to the lower back area. This type of narrowing can be caused by trauma or genetics. When a certain degree of narrowing occurs, it can become neurologically problematic causing spinal cord compression and/or nerve impingement.
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that occurs most often during growing stages of adolescence. However, in some instances scoliosis may happen over time due to chronic instability of the spine. Due to this instability, an abnormal curvature of the spine may occur.
Spinal Trauma happens when there is damage to the nerve roots and/or spinal cord due to an injury. There are a myriad of potential injuries when it comes to spinal trauma and it is important to receive attention from a medical professional immediately.
When cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, a mass of tissue may form such as a tumor. These tumors may be cancerous or non cancerous and can grow inside or outside the spinal cord area.
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Outstanding doctor!!!! Went to my first visit and wow he was absolutely awesome. He thoroughly explained to me everything about my case and I knew the first time when I left his office I was very confident he was the right surgeon.Sandra C.
Just had a complex cervical spine surgery performed by Dr. Poelstra. My osteoporosis certainly made the surgery more of a challenge. Dr. Poelstra devoted a lot of time and attention to my particular problems before coming up with a solution. Am also thrilled to report not only did the surgery go well, but I have experienced zero pain and am still pain free, 3 weeks post-surgery.Wilma K.
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