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Spine Imaging: What’s the Difference between X-Ray and MRI?

By Jason Thomas
October 30, 2017

As you work with your doctor to diagnose the cause of your pain, the term “spine imaging” is likely to surface. If you are new to the process, you might be wondering what happens d …

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Frequently Asked Questions: Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections

By Jason Thomas
October 10, 2017

1. What is a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection? A lumbar epidural steroid injection is a procedure used to treat symptoms caused from pressure on the nerves in the lumbar region of …

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Protect Your Spine in Six Easy Steps

By Jason Thomas
October 10, 2017

1. Hit the Gym We all know that regular exercise is important to keep a healthy body weight, reduce stress, and improve our moods. But did you know it also prevents back pain? As y …

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Spine 101: What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

By Jason Thomas
October 08, 2017

If you are looking for a treatment for your spine problem, chances are you’ve heard the term “minimally invasive spine surgery.” Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a techni …

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Videos

What You Should Know: Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections

NASSspine
Published on Dec 14, 2016

Dr. William Sullivan guides you through the before, during and after of receiving a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection so you can walk into your procedure comfortable and confident!

Alternative Back Pain Management: 9 for Spine

9 for Spine, Tip 1: Get regular exercise!

NASSSpine
July 24, 2014

9 for Spine, Tip 2: Don’t smoke!

NASSSpine
July 24, 2014

9 for Spine, Tip 3: maintain a healthy body weight!

NASSSpine
July 24, 2014

9 for Spine, Tip 4: Keep your core strong!

NASSSpine
July 24, 2014

9 for Spine, Tip 5: use proper body mechanics!

NASSSpine
July 24, 2014

9 for Spine, Tip 6: Have good posture!

NASSSpine
July 24, 2014

9 for Spine, Tip 7: Reduce stress!

NASSSpine
July 24, 2014

9 for Spine, Tip 8: Keep healthy, strong bones!

NASSSpine
July 24, 2014

9 for Spine, Tip 9: Don’t be a weekend warrior!

NASSSpine
July 24, 2014

Helpful Websites

The North American Spine Society (NASS) is a global multidisciplinary medical society that utilizes education, research and advocacy to foster the highest quality, ethical, value- and evidence-based spine care for patients.

OrthoInfo is a trusted source of information about musculoskeletal conditions and injuries — how they are treated, as well as how they can be prevented.

Our articles and videos are developed by orthopaedic surgeons who are members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

All of the content on our website is peer-reviewed by physician members of the OrthoInfo Editorial Board who are experts in their fields.

This peer-review process ensures the accuracy and completeness of our content.

SpineUniverse (part of the Vertical Health family of websites) is a leader in patient and healthcare professional education, providing clear, straightforward information on conditions related to the spine, including degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and scoliosis.

We are committed to presenting trustworthy, high-quality information.

Testimonials

Had c5 6 7 fusion. Absolutely satisfied excellent Surgeon!!!!!

Rich McDowell
Lake Ozark, MO

My husband and I have each had 2 surgeries by Dr Spears.

We could not be more pleased with the results. He’s all business and isn’t much interested in chatting, but when we listened without interrupting, we found most all of our questions had been answered.

We highly recommend Dr Spears to friends and family.

Elizabeth Hickman
Kirksville, MO

Only waited about 10 to 15 minutes. Dr. Spears was very straight forward. He didn’t beat around the bush. He told us exactly like it was and we appreciate that.

Finally someone with honesty, Integrity and a doctor that won’t put you through it if it isn’t going to do anything to help you!

I highly recommend him to anyone with spine/back issues. And although it wasn’t what we wanted to hear at least we know what lies ahead.

D. Goodman
Jefferson CIty, MO

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