Cervical and Lumbar: What’s the Difference?

2019-03-26T12:24:07-04:00April 15th, 2019|Blog, Spine|

The top of the spine and the bottom of the spine serve different purposes, and both regions can be problem areas when something in the vertebrae goes awry. While our orthopaedic professionals are experts in the differences between the cervical and the lumbar regions of the spine, Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicine wants [...]

What Does An Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon Do?

2019-02-13T13:54:55-04:00March 1st, 2019|Blog, Spine|

What does an orthopaedic spine surgeon do? Orthopaedic spine surgeons are physicians dedicated to diagnosing and treating spinal disorders, healing spinal injuries, and preserving pain-free function through conservative treatment and surgical interventions. While orthopaedic physicians focus on the musculoskeletal system as a whole, orthopaedic spine specialists and surgeons treat a variety of conditions, such as [...]

Radiculopathy: Diagnosis and Treatment

2018-12-04T16:22:00-04:00February 1st, 2019|Blog, Spine|

Radiculopathy is a term for pain that spreads out along a nerve, caused by inflammation at the base of the nerve's attachment to the spinal column. Radicular pain (pain that radiates along the spine and into the lower extremities) is the result of a nerve problem that begins in the spine and is subsequently felt [...]

Lumbar Spinal Instability – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

2018-12-31T10:53:22-04:00December 22nd, 2018|Blog, Spine|

One of the main purposes of the spinal column is to allow us the ability to engage in various forms of movement.  Although some spinal motion is normal, when the motion becomes excessive the spinal column can lose its ability to support itself and surrounding structures.  This is otherwise known as spinal instability. In this [...]

Dr. Zachary Tan First in Virginia to Complete 7D Surgical Spine Navigated Case

2018-11-14T13:56:33-04:00November 14th, 2018|Blog, DR. TAN, Spine|

New 7D Surgical Technology Reduces Radiation and Enhances Patient Safety in Spinal Procedures Newport News, VA (Nov 13, 2018) – Dr. Zachary Tan, fellowship trained orthopaedic spine surgeon with Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicine, was the first in Virginia to complete a cervical fusion using the 7D Surgical System. This system virtually replaces [...]

Spinal Tumors: What You Need to Know

2018-08-13T10:43:41-04:00September 27th, 2018|Blog, Spine|

Spinal tumors can develop along the spinal cord or inside the individual vertebrae. There are several different types of spinal tumors, but they may share certain symptoms and characteristics. Because the spinal cord and the nerves bundled within are delicate, treatment must proceed with caution.  Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will guide you through [...]

How to Maintain Proper Spine Health

2018-06-18T14:17:12-04:00May 3rd, 2018|Blog, DR. TAN, Spine|

The spine has an important job. It is the protector of the spinal cord which is the central nerve highway of the body. Damage to the spinal cord can result in many devastating conditions, including paralysis and death. Keeping the spine strong and healthy is not a difficult task. Here are some tips for maintaining [...]

Degenerative Disc Disease: What you Need to Know

2017-10-09T09:40:12-04:00December 20th, 2016|Blog, DR. ALDRIDGE, DR. SOHAGIA, Spine|

If you've got back problems involving your discs, here's what you need to know about degenerative disc disease: It's Not Really a "Disease" Despite its name, degenerative disc disease is not really a disease at all. It's more of a "condition" caused by damage to one or more of the spinal discs. So What is [...]

Understanding Lumbago: Common Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

2017-10-09T10:24:25-04:00October 12th, 2016|Blog, Orthopaedic, Spine|

back pain People who have a common musculoskeletal disorder known as lumbago are often have a hard time enjoying everyday activities that used to bring them pleasure. What Is lumbago? Basically, this condition refers to a pain that stems from the lower back region. If you have lumbago, you’re not alone as it [...]

Back to School: Are Backpacks Leading to Back Pain

2017-10-09T10:31:28-04:00September 9th, 2016|Blog, Spine|

backpacks on students The start of a new school year raises concern in some parents when it comes to their child’s backpack. Heavy text books, sports equipment, and other items are hauled to and from school every day, causing strain on your child’s neck, back, and shoulders that could be lessened with a [...]