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What Happens During Disc Replacement Arthroplasty?

Disc replacement arthroplasty is a cutting-edge treatment for chronic back or neck pain caused by damaged or diseased discs. Here’s how arthroplasty works and what to expect during your procedure.

May 3rd, 2022
4 Causes of Severe or Chronic Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is, unfortunately, fairly common in both women and men. While lots of factors can lead to painful neck symptoms, some underlying causes are more prevalent than others, including the four discussed here.

Apr 7th, 2022
My Back Surgery Failed: Who’s at Fault?

Spine surgery can be a good solution for chronic back pain — but as with any type of treatment, it isn’t always successful. Failed back surgery happens when pain and other symptoms persist after surgery. Here’s why this can occur.

Mar 24th, 2022
Is Crepitus a Sign of a Serious Neck Problem?

Have you ever stretched your neck and heard a clicking or popping noise? That’s called crepitus, and though the sounds are unpleasant, they’re not always a sign of a problem. Here’s why crepitus happens and when it’s time to see a doctor about it.

Feb 6th, 2022
What Happens to My Range of Motion After Spinal Fusion?

Spinal fusion is a safe, effective way to finally put an end to chronic neck and back pain. Still, many patients worry that joining two or more vertebrae will limit their range of motion. If that’s one of your concerns, here’s what you should know.

Dec 12th, 2021
Effective Treatments for a Herniated Disc

Herniated discs are a relatively common cause of back pain, and they can cause pain and numbness in other areas, too. Several treatment options are available that can help. Click to learn more.

Nov 15th, 2021
5 Common Causes of Chronic Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a common medical complaint among both women and men — and worse, it gets more common with age. Knowing what’s causing your back pain is the first step in getting the right treatment. Here are five common causes to be aware of.

Oct 13th, 2021
Healing From Spinal Fusion Surgery: What to Expect

Even though spinal fusion is a safe, effective remedy for many types of spine pain, it’s not uncommon to be a little anxious about what happens afterward. If spinal fusion surgery is in your future, here’s what to expect during recovery.

Sep 1st, 2021
Can a Car Accident Cause a Concussion?

With football season fast approaching, news reports of concussion injuries are sure to follow. But sports accidents aren’t the only cause of concussions. Car accidents are a major cause, too. Here, we explain how they’re linked.

Aug 17th, 2021
What Are the Best Treatment Options for Spondylolisthesis?

Like many types of back and neck pain, spondylolisthesis becomes more common with age — and its symptoms get worse, as well. Here’s how a customized treatment plan can help you get relief for your painful back or neck symptoms.

Jul 25th, 2021
Living With Scoliosis

Scoliosis is usually associated with childhood, but it can develop in adults, too. In fact, scoliosis is a source of pain for millions of older Americans. Undergoing surgery isn’t always necessary, however. Here’s more about living with scoliosis.

Jun 29th, 2021
When You Need Surgery for Disc Herniation

Disc herniation is a relatively common cause of back pain, especially for people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. Often, you can get symptom relief with noninvasive treatments — but that’s not always the case. Here’s when surgery is the better choice.

May 27th, 2021
5 Signs of Sciatica

40% of people experience sciatica at some point in their lives, especially as they get older. If you think you might be suffering from sciatica, here are five signs to look for.

Apr 23rd, 2021
Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

Struggles to get to the clinic? Trying to reduce your exposure to COVID-19, as well as other contagious illnesses, and still need to see your doctor? Telehealth is safe and easy — receive quality care from anywhere.

Aug 26th, 2021
Spinal Disc Replacement Can Restore Range Of Motion

Spine surgeon Dr. Kenneth Light says preliminary studies show that 3 level cervical (neck) spinal disc replacement can bring the same or superior results as 1 and 2 level disc replacement. This video shows a female patient who suffered a painful ...

Apr 20th, 2015
Spinal Disc Replacement With Dr. Light On “The Doctors”

San Francisco spine surgeon Dr. Kenneth Light appears on the national T.V. show The Doctors with his patient Shawndra, a woman who suffered a debilitating neck injury on the job. Dr. Light restored near-normal range of motion with...

Dec 27th, 2012
Dr. Kenneth Light Shows Back Pain Treatments on ABC News.

San Francisco – Spine surgeon Dr. Kenneth Light has been featured with his patient on KGO 7 channel 7 news on Sept. 29th, 2011. The story focuses on new technologies which are used to help correct a painful and debilitating back problem which is...

Oct 27th, 2011
Failed Spinal Fusion May Be Improved With Disc Replacement.

San Francisco, CA – Dr. Kenneth Light is a spine surgeon who has performed cutting edge spinal fusion reversal surgeries and is well-known for treating patients who have had failed spinal fusions. Until recently, the only course of treatment for ...

Aug 11th, 2011
Spinal Stenosis Treatment Is The Next Baby Boomer Trend.

San Francisco spine surgeon Dr. Kenneth Light says the number of spinal stenosis cases reflects the aging of a huge demographic group. From defining the “me” generation to changing the way we think about aging and retirement, the Baby Boomer generation...

Aug 11th, 2011
Spinal Disc Implants Provide Rapid Spine Surgery Recovery.

Back pain: Dr. Kenneth Light says “Artificial disc replacement is the single greatest advancement in spine surgery in the past 50 years. The implants are an attempt to fix complicated back problems without resorting to spinal fusion.”

Aug 9th, 2011
Dr. Light performs the first spinal fusion reversal in the U.S.

Dr. Light recently performed the first spinal fusion reversal done in the United States. The procedure relieved years of pain for “Bobbie Jo”, a 40 year-old Santa Rosa, CA woman who had a cervical (neck) fusion performed years ago after suffering...

Jul 20th, 2010
Doctor, Am I Crazy

SPINAL EDUCATION Doctor, Am I Crazy? Spinal related disorders are not only the most common ailments affecting our society, they are among the most painful and most misunderstood by the medical profession. An example of this is patient Ron Miles.

May 3rd, 2010
When the MRI lies

SPINAL EDUCATION When the MRI Lies Magnetic resonance imaging is the single greatest advancement in the diagnosis of spinal pathology since the introduction of x-ray by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895.

May 3rd, 2010
Patient Info

SPINAL EDUCATION Doctor, Am I Crazy? Spinal related disorders are not only the most common ailments affecting our society, they are among the most painful and most misunderstood by the medical profession.

May 3rd, 2010
Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis affects patients 60 years of age and older. Sometimes it affects younger patients who are born with small spinal canals.

May 2nd, 2010