How To Take Care of Your Spine
How To Take Care of Your Spine The spine is among the most important components of the human body, and plays a number of different roles in daily function. Avoiding injury to the spine and promoting optimal spinal health are essential to preserving proper function and supporting optimal quality of life for patients of all ages. The team at Rocky Mountain Brain & Spine Institute offers the following tips on how to take care of your spine.
Understand Your MRI of the Lumbar Spine
Understanding Your MRI of the Lumbar Spine

As we get older, we all develop “changes” in our spines.  Studies have shown that about 30% of completely pain-free (asymptomatic) people undergoing a lumbar MRI have abnormalities detected.  After the age of 60 years old, about 90% of people have at least a “degenerative...

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
What is Spinal Cord Stimulation? If you suffer from chronic back or neck pain that has not been relieved by surgery or other therapies, spinal cord stimulation may be another option. Also known as neurostimulation, or SCS, this non-drug therapy modifies or blocks nerve activity to relieve pain. Here's what you need to know about spinal cord stimulation, courtesy of neurosurgeon Dr. Adam Smith at the Rocky Mountain Brain & Spine Institute.
What is Revision Spine Surgery?
What is Revision Spine Surgery? Having spine surgery does not guarantee that your neck or back problems are gone for good. In some cases, pain and other symptoms can continue. This can mean that the initial procedure was not successful, or it could indicate that you have a recurring condition. Understanding your options if you have continued pain can help you determine if you should have a revision spine surgery.
What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery? Anyone who has experienced significant back pain understands how difficult it is to lead a normal life while dealing with persistent discomfort. For some, the path toward relief may lie in back surgery. Traditionally, surgical procedures performed on the neck and back were done via "open surgery," in which a large incision is made and the surgeon damages the muscles and surrounding tissue in the process of performing the surgery. "Open surgery" has a number of risks, including permanent damage to muscle, longer surgery time, difficulty in the healing process, increased risk of infection, delayed pain relief and delayed recovery. Today, an alternative approach known as Minimally Invasive Spine surgery is possible, and there are a number of reasons to consider this type of spine surgery.