Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Understanding PSIS

 

The PSIS, or Posterior Superior Iliac Spine, is one of the three major components of the hip bone. Unlike most other major bones, it is not palpable and is instead recognized by a small dimple directly above the buttock. Patients experiencing severe and chronic lower back pain are often suffering from an injury to the PSIS. This article will provide an overview of the PSIS, an explanation of what it does, and an understanding of possible pain causes and treatments. If you’re suffering from pain in this region, contact a Spine Care NJ specialist to be properly diagnosed and to discuss the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery today.

What Is The PSIS?

Your Posterior Superior Iliac Spine is one of the three bones that make up the hip. As mentioned above, it is marked by a small dimple directly above the buttock and is responsible for providing an attachment for the posterior sacroiliac ligament, the sacrotuberous ligament, and the thoracolumbar fascia. In a nutshell, the PSIS is the crux of your hip bone and allows for major ligaments to attach to it and connect the rest of the body.

Understanding PSIS Pain

Generally felt directly above the buttocks, the PSIS is responsible for what is referred to as Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and can leave sufferers in tremendous amounts of pain. Typically, the pain will be felt in one or both buttocks, but can radiate up and down the legs. In most cases, the pain is described as achy and dull and is often worse in the morning and relieved with physical movement.

PSIS Pain Treatment Options

The most common treatment option for PSIS localized pain is a pain-blocking injection. In this procedure, a trained and experienced spine care specialist will use imaging to isolate the pain area before injecting a numbing agent that serves to “block” the pain signals. For most patients, this offers an effective, non-surgical solution to chronic pain in their thighs and buttocks.

Contacting A Spine Care Specialist

If you’ve been experiencing persistent pain in the buttocks or thighs and have not been able to experience relief through over the counter medications or physical movement, contact a specialist at Spine Care NJ today. Our team will review your medical history, perform a thorough physical evaluation, and diagnose the cause of your pain. Once diagnosed, your treatment options will be laid out for you, and we will work with you to find the most minimally invasive treatment solution possible. Call us today to request an appointment.


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The Big Thaw : Getting Your Spine Ready For Spring

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The Big Thaw: Getting Your Spine Ready For Spring

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Finally, spring is right around the corner! After months of cold and indoor activities, most of us can’t wait to spend our days and evenings soaking up the mild spring air outdoors. Whether this means days spent gardening or brisk walks at night, spine care specialist, Dr. Grigory Goldberg, urges everyone to mind their spine and prepare their bodies for the increase in activities before spring officially blooms. Dr. Goldberg offers helpful tips for what we refer to as “The Big Thaw.” Read on to learn what you should be doing to prepare your back for the change of seasons.

Tips For Preparing Your Spine For Spring:

 

  • Opt For Foot Support Over Foot Fashion: Strappy sandals look great but offer minimal support for your feet. Spine health starts with supportive footwear. The less support your feet have, the harder your spine has to work. Sandals have negative effects on the shins and calves, and these effects can travel upwards and cause spine instability. Whether you’re spending the day planting flowers or are strolling the boardwalk with friends, opt for sandal options that offer adequate, full-body support.
  • Warm Up: Take a hint from the weather and warm up your body before any activity. The fastest way to damage your spine is to engage in strenuous physical activity without properly preparing your ligaments and muscles. Most of us decrease our physical activity level in the colder months. Start taking a little time each day to warm your muscles up in preparation for the increase in movement as the weather warms.

 

  1. Don’t Neglect The Core: Working your ab muscles is about more than just looking good on the beach. It is critical for gaining the strength needed to support your lower back. A solid core allows your spine to easily support the weight of your body. A weak core means your lower back has to overwork itself to support your body during your activities. As you’re preparing for the warm weather, spend a few minutes each day strengthening your abs.

Get ready for spring by strengthening your whole body. It takes no more than a few minutes each day and can mean the difference between a season of fun in the sun and a season spent recovering from a spinal injury. If part of your preparation for spring means finally calling to request an appointment with a Spine Care NJ specialist, call us today.


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