Blog Archive

4 Conditions that Respond Well to Robotic Surgery Aug 5th, 2022

At Vertrae®, with offices in Dayton and Springfield, Ohio, board-certified neurosurgeon and neurological spine surgeon Dr. Kamal Woods and his team treat a number of spine-related conditions using state-of-the-art technologies, including robotic surgery systems. These systems allow them to map out a surgical plan in great detail, as well as improve the accuracy...

Understanding the Different Types of Minimally Invasive Surgery Jul 10th, 2022

It used to be that all surgeries were done with an “open” technique that involved long incisions, extended hospital stays and recovery times, and increased risks of blood loss and infection. In the 1980s, minimally invasive surgery emerged as a safe and effective technique for many procedures. One of the...

Choosing Robotic Surgery When Conservative Methods Haven't Worked Jun 2nd, 2022

Surgery is usually the treatment option of last resort. Doctors start with conservative methods to treat illness and injury, but when they fail to produce results, surgery may become a viable choice. At Vertrae®, board-certified neurosurgeon and neurological spine surgeon Dr. Kamal Woods and his staff specialize in using state-of-the-art surgical technologies,...

How Steroid Injections Can Treat Your Pinched Nerve May 1st, 2022

Pinched nerves, also called impinged or compressed nerves, are very common, affecting some 85 out of 100,000 US adults every year. They happen when something applies too much pressure on a nerve or nerve root, including cartilage, muscles, tendons, bone spurs, or the material oozing out from a herniated disc. That added...

Can Back Surgery Relieve My Osteoarthritis? Apr 4th, 2022

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, of which there are over 100 different types. This wear-and-tear condition occurs when joint bones’ protective cartilage wears away, leaving the bones to grate against one another, causing inflammation, pain, and swelling. OA can affect any joint, including the facet joints of...

Treating Your Bone Spurs with Robotic Surgery Mar 3rd, 2022

Bone spurs, medically called osteophytes, are smooth, bony lumps that often develop near joints, places where two or more bones come together. They grow over a long period of time and may not produce symptoms until they’re large enough to impinge on nearby nerves. Bone spurs most commonly form in...

How Physical Therapy Can Treat Your Sciatica Feb 1st, 2022

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It starts in the lumbar (lower back) spine, and splits off into two branches, each of which travels through your buttocks and to the outside of the legs and feet. If the nerve root at L4-L5 and/or L5-S1 should become...

Understanding the Two Main Types of Spinal Stenosis Jan 18th, 2022

Your spine is made up of 24 interlocking bony vertebrae, each separated by an intervertebral disc that both cushions the spine and allows you to bend. The combination forms a hollow tube, which runs the spinal cord and other associated nerves that exit the canal and extend to various parts...

The Link Between Degenerative Disc Disease and a Pinched Nerve Dec 6th, 2021

“Degenerative disc disease” is something of a misnomer — DDD isn’t a disease, but rather a spinal condition where damage to an intervertebral disc leads to pain, including pain from a “pinched” or impinged-upon nerve.  Pinching of the nerve may cause pain that spreads into an extremity. Disc degeneration can...

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Nov 15th, 2021

Back pain is all too common, affecting 8 out of 10 people at least once during their lives. Your spine is made up of 24 bony vertebrae, each with soft intervertebral discs that absorb shock and help allow you to bend, turn, and flex. The spine extends from the base...

5 Common Causes of Neck and Back Pain Oct 20th, 2021

Neck and back pain are common complaints, with 60-80% of adults experiencing back pain at some point in their lives, and 20-70% experiencing neck pain. Both can interfere with your daily activities and become disabling if not treated. According to board-certified neurosurgeon Dr. Kamal R. Woods at Vertrae®, which has...

4 Telltale Symptoms of Sciatica Sep 7th, 2021

Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, starting in the lumbar spine (lower back) and traveling through your buttocks and down the outside of each leg. When it becomes “pinched,” say from an injury, a herniated disc, or spinal stenosis, you feel pain, numbness, and/or tingling radiating...

Understanding Spondylosis Aug 16th, 2021

Spondylosis is also called spinal osteoarthritis. It refers to wear-and-tear degeneration (osteoarthritis) in the joints of the spine, and it becomes more common as you age. Greater than 80% of people older than 40 show some signs of the condition on X-rays, and, according to the Arthritis Foundation, it may...

7 Advantages of Robotic Surgery Jul 26th, 2021

First there was open surgery, but it required large incisions, carried some serious risks, and made for a long recovery. Then there came minimally invasive surgery, which could perform the same procedures but required smaller incisions; it had fewer risks, especially of bleeding and infection; and had a shortened recovery...

Signs You Need a Disc Replacement Jun 28th, 2021

Your spine is an amazing structure. It provides enough stiffness to let you walk erect but enough flexibility that you can bend, twist, and pivot. Much of that flexibility comes about because of the discs that fit between the bones, providing cushioning with movement and preventing bone-on-bone grating. If something...

5 Factors that Could Be Contributing to Your Sciatica May 21st, 2021

Your sciatic nerve extends from your lower back through your buttocks and to each of your legs and feet, and is the longest nerve in your body. If it should become pinched, compressed, or irritated, you can experience pain, numbness, and tingling anywhere along its length, with the pain ranging...

Spotting the Warning Signs of a Pinched Nerve Apr 9th, 2021

Pinched nerves cause pain in your neck (or back), but that’s not all. Pinched nerves affect the health and function of your nerves. Left untreated, a pinched nerve can contribute to permanent nerve damage. The good news is pinched nerves can be treated, and board-certified neurosurgeon Kamal Woods, MD, MBA,...

Welcome to Vertrae.com Jun 5th, 2020

After shopping around, we decided to build this website ourselves.  We wanted the content to be original and organic.  There is a tremendous amount of passion behind Vertrae (pronounced "Ver-Tray").  The word itself is a combination of 2 words: virtual and vertebrae (spine). Our goal is to provide spine care...