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spineuniverse.com March 24, 2010
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Lumbar Spine Cysts
Is Surgery the Only Option?
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Question:
My husband has a cyst on his lumbar spine. Can the cyst become infected or burst? And is surgery the only option?

—Kenosha, WI

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Answer:
There are actually 6 kinds of cysts that occur near the lumbar spine. The causes and treatments for each are very different...

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Jason M. Highsmith, MD This Week's Expert
Jason M. Highsmith, MD
Neurosurgeon
Charleston Brain and Spine
Charleston, SC
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Degenerative Disc Disease Clinical Trial
DISCOVER™ Artificial Cervical Disc Study – Degenerative Disc Disease
Research and Treatment Updates

The purpose of this investigational device study is to determine the safety and effectiveness of the DISCOVER™ Artificial Cervical Disc in the treatment of degenerative disc disease in one level in the cervical spine.  The study compares treatment with DISCOVER™ disc to standard anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF).  To learn about the study and who may be a candidate, click here.

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Daily Neck Exercises

Neck Exercise VideoMost of us experience the occasional bout of neck pain. Fortunately, a few simple exercises can work wonders for that nagging pain in your neck—and you can watch them on SpineUniverse.

We’ve put together some videos to help you understand how to correctly do the exercises to get the most benefit from them. As a bonus, even if you don’t have neck pain right now, you can start doing these exercises on a daily basis in order to keep your neck healthy.

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Spine Surgery
Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
What You Need to Know

Artificial Disc Replacement SurgeryArtificial disc replacement is emerging as an alternative to spinal fusion for severe disc problems. Could it be the right treatment for you?

Get answers to all your artificial disc replacement questions in this article. It covers the basics of this surgical procedure, both for lumbar and cervical regions.

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Featured Clinical Trial
Crosstrees Medical 

To Patients with Back Pain: Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Performance of the Crosstrees System in Reducing Pain and Decreasing the Risk of Cement Leakage in Vertebral Compression Fractures

The Crosstrees™ System uses a fabric Pod to control the delivery of bone cement to fractured vertebral bodies.  This study is being performed to evaluate the Crosstrees System performance in reducing pain and decreasing the risk of cement leakage associated with vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.

To learn more about this clinical trial, click here.

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