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What is a discectomy? Posterior cervical foraminotomy/discectomy is an operation performed on the upper spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots. The term is derived from the words posterior (back), lumbar (back), foraminotomy (to open the foramen), and discectomy (remove a portion of the intervertebral disc). Why Is It Done? When a […]
What is a Radiofrequency rhizotomy? Radiofrequency Neurotomy, or Rhizotomy is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure used to effectively “shut off” pain signals being sent from the facet joints to the brain. These small joints are responsible for supporting weight and controlling movement between individual vertebrae of the spine. Although procedure is not a permanent fix to […]
What are Medial Branch Nerves? Medial branch nerves are the small nerve branches that control sensation to part of your facet joints. The facet joint is where each bone of the spine (vertebrae) connects with the next. Each vertebra has two pairs of facet joints. These joints support your spine when you bend or twist. […]
What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS)? Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an advanced therapy for certain types of chronic pain. A spinal stimulator device is only used for the treatment of spinal pain that has been unresponsive to surgical and/or non-surgical treatment. This device stimulates nerves with tiny electrical impulses through small electrical […]
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Born in Long Beach, California, Dr. Smith is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. He received his medical doctorate at the University of Utah, interned at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, and completed his residency at the University of...Find out more
Dr. Francis Yubero was born in Huntington, West Virginia. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and received his medical doctorate from the Wright State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of California,...Find out more
Dr. Timothy Houden is a physician who has dedicated his career to all manner of pain care. He is one of the original Founders of Utah Spine Care. He specializes in Neck and Back pain including pain in the shoulders, arms and legs that...Find out more