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Common Risk Factors of Kyphosis Nov 1st, 2020

If you were to look at an X-ray image of your spine from the side view, you’d see some natural gentle curves that ease inward (lordotic curve) and outward (kyphotic curve) from your neck down to your tailbone. These sways are critical to the normal movement and function of your...

Understanding Sciatica Oct 4th, 2020

Sciatica is a well-known condition, but that doesn’t mean it’s well-understood. Even though about 40% of adults will suffer from some type of sciatic pain during their lifetime, many remain in the dark about why they have it and what they can do about it. To clear up the confusion...

8 Signs of Kyphosis Sep 3rd, 2020

If you were to look at a side view of a healthy spine through an X-ray, you’d see a gentle S shape with a slight curve near your neck and another one in your lower back. The upper and lower regions have a C-shaped bend, and the middle has a...

The Many Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery Aug 3rd, 2020

Surgery of any kind is never the first course of treatment, and always comes with at least some risks. Plus, the bigger the incision and the longer it’s open, the higher your risks become. So it stands to reason that if you’re facing spinal surgery, you want to keep the...

Spine Care and COVID19: What You Should Know Jul 2nd, 2020

We’ve all had to change the way we live due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And we’re all doing our best to keep ourselves and one another safe and healthy. But you still may have questions about what’s okay — especially if you have spinal issues.  While there is no direct...

Scoliosis 101: What You Need to Know Jun 9th, 2020

Nerves, vertebrae, joints, and muscles make up the intricate and complex system of your spinal column. Any deviation along the length of it — like a bend or curve caused by scoliosis — can cause pain and loss of function.  Double board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Patrick McNulty at McNulty Spine...

Do Environmental Factors Cause Scoliosis? May 5th, 2020

Hearing your child is hurt or sick rocks your world. And if your child has just been told they have scoliosis, it probably triggered a rapid-fire list of questions you need answers to right away: Is this disabling? Are they in pain? Will it get worse? Is there a cure?...

Why It's So Important to Catch Scoliosis Early Apr 1st, 2020

Your spine is meant to run in a straight line from your neck down to your tailbone. Your spinal column is made up of 33 vertebrae, and each has two pairs of facet joints on either side of them. These vertebrae and joints stack upon each other to form your...

Learn How Pain Management Can Help You Have a More Active Lifestyle Mar 4th, 2020

Acute pain (what you feel after an accident, surgery, or injury) and chronic pain (the type that persists long after the cause is healed) each have the potential to change your life dramatically. They can stop you from participating in the level of exercise necessary to maintain your overall health,...

Common Causes of Neck Pain and Effective Treatments Feb 6th, 2020

Neck pain is a serious and pervasive problem in the United States. According to a 2017 study, 10-20% of adults will report neck pain symptoms during their lifetime. Unfortunately, the condition could easily be caused by a number of different issues, and it can be hard for us to pinpoint...

Ouch! My Leg Hurts — Know the Symptoms of Sciatica Jan 8th, 2020

Many people use the term sciatica interchangeably with lower back pain. However, sciatica is actually a collection of symptoms that are caused by sciatic nerve compression, causing far more problems than low back pain. In fact, it’s a common cause of pain in the legs, thighs, and buttocks. At McNulty...

5 Surgery-Free Treatments for Chronic Back Pain Dec 1st, 2019

Have you ever awakened and realized your lower back was sore? If so, you’re not alone. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates that nearly 80% of individuals experience back pain at some point. Even worse, back pain is the No. 1 cause of missed work days. Back...

Scoliosis in Teens: What a Back Brace Can and Can’t Accomplish Nov 1st, 2019

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves to the left side of the body or the right side. While many cases can be mild, others can require surgery. For teens who have cases that are somewhere in the middle, a back brace may be able to help. While...

How to Prevent and Treat Kyphosis Sep 30th, 2019

What is kyphosis? Kyphosis, an excessive spinal curvature, is marked by slouched or hunched posture. The rounding of the spine associated with kyphosis can cause pain, , loss of function, embarrassment, and low self-esteem for its sufferers. If you have kyphosis, we have good news for you at McNulty Spine....

What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery? Sep 11th, 2019

If you’re a candidate for spine surgery, the minimally invasive technique may be a better treatment option because it can return you to normal activities faster with less pain and reduced recovery time afterward. Not every spine problem is treatable with minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) but the benefits of...