What is Degenerative Discs?

What is Degenerative Discs?

Disc problems can start from over-use, an accident, or just the wear and tear of daily life. Degenerative changes in the discs may result in damage that can cause pain. When a disc degenerates it can have tears or cracks that lose water, which cause it to become...
What is Spinal Decompression Surgery?

What is Spinal Decompression Surgery?

  Spinal decompression is a type of surgery to relieve symptoms caused by pressure on the spinal cord and/or the nerves branching off from it. Pressure (compression) on the nerves or spinal cord can be the result of several factors including: Bulging or herniated...
Ask for Help From an Advocate

Ask for Help From an Advocate

Consider involving a trusted family member or friend in your care. You may want an advocate to: Come with you to doctor appointments. Stay with you in the hospital. Ask questions of healthcare professionals. Review consent forms for treatment. Remember healthcare...
Educate Yourself About Your Condition

Educate Yourself About Your Condition

Ask your doctor to give you easy-to-read brochures or other patient-friendly literature so you can learn about your diagnosis, medical tests, and treatment. Make sure you understand everything. If you don’t understand something, keep asking questions until you...
Participate in Decisions About Your Health Care

Participate in Decisions About Your Health Care

Research shows that patients who take part in decisions about their health care are more likely to have better outcomes. The more information patients have about health care, the better they can make decisions about what is best for them. Work with your doctor and...