Spine Anatomy & Abnormalities
Spine Anatomy 101
The natural curve of the spine provides the support of the body's weight and houses the spinal cord. Each vertebrae has a disc that must provide proper spacing and cushioning. Any damage or deterioration will result in severe back pain. Rebuilding the natural load bearing physics of the spine is job #1 for successful back surgery.
Diagnosing Spine Abnormalities (WHERE is the Source of Back Pain?)
To diagnosis exactly why a patient's spine is hurting requires accurate internal imaging of soft tissue. Back surgery fails often because traditional recumbent MRIs relax the spine while lying down, missing what gravity pushes down on when a patient is upright. The new open, Upright MRI reveals what many doctors miss, showing the exact problem to be corrected surgically.