Learn about your spine.
Understanding the elements of the spine is an important first step in understanding your preoperative pain and postoperative recovery. This series will assist in defining the types of pain you may be experiencing. Whether you suffer from disc pain, radicular pain or stenotic pain, this series will help you to better understand the surrounding anatomy and causes of your pain.
During these videos we will discuss the different conditions that often cause pain in each respective area of the spine. Remember, these videos are produced as a reference for you to safely and effectively begin to stretch and exercise postoperatively.
If you are experiencing pain postoperatively, contact our Physical Therapist Consultant at 1-866-226-5023 to discuss your recovery journey.
Cervical Pain Explained by Laser Spine Institute – Common Causes of Neck Discomfort and Potential Treatment Options Cervical pain, defined as pain that originates from the cervical spine (the top seven vertebrae), is often caused by degenerative spine conditions that the experienced surgeons at Laser Spine Institute can address with minimally...Watch Now »
Many people are diagnosed with more than one spine condition. You may be diagnosed with a combination of spinal stenosis, bulging discs, bone spurs, degenerative joint disease and facet joint deterioration. The focus of exercise is a combination of flexibility and strengthening, which allows for support and relief of pressure on the...Watch Now »
The gator exercise is an important part of recovery from your surgery at Laser Spine Institute. It strengthens your entire back, helping to stabilize your spine. This is also a flexibility exercise for your thoracic spine and shoulders. To do the gator exercise, start by lying on your right side with your...Watch Now »
Facet joints are grouped in pairs at the back of each vertebra and guide movement. Their orientation will guide movement to specific areas of the spine. The lumbar spine is set up to bend and extend; the thoracic spine is designed to rotate. Facetogenic pain is pain in your facet joints...Watch Now »
Stenotic pain is leg or back pain caused by spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the central canal or the lateral canal of the spine. This narrowing can put pressure on your spinal cord and nerves. There are multiple reasons why your spinal canal can become narrow, including herniated discs,...Watch Now »
The Laser Spine Institute Exercise Video Series, including all functional activities, post-surgical exercises and descriptions were designed specifically for Laser Spine Institute patients only. If you have not been prescribed these exercises, you should contact your physician before starting this or any exercise program. Exercise is not without its risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. Risks include, but are not limited to: risk of injury, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, or adverse effect of over-exertion such as muscle strain, abnormal blood pressure, fainting and disorders of heart beat. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult your surgeon's liaison or physician.