Just as back pain has many causes, there are also many medical solutions available when other interventions have not delivered relief.
Back pain can be caused by degenerative conditions, spinal stenosis, facet joint syndrome, scoliosis, sciatica, disc issues, spondylolisthesis, osteoporosis, accidents and trauma. In some cases injections can manage pain and discomfort, while other back conditions such as disc protrusions and spinal canal stenosis benefit from surgery designed to relive pressure on the nerves which pass through the spine.
In conditions such as scoliosis, surgery can effectively realign the curvature of the spine to prevent complications that can include decreased lung function if left untreated.
Disc protrusion occurs when the soft spinal disc or ‘cushion’, which sits between each vertebrae in the spine, bulges or moves beyond its normal range. When this occurs, the disc can press on surrounding spinal nerves causing inflammation, tingling, spasms, pain and sciatica, which is lower back and leg pain. If untreated this condition may […]
Experienced in the latest keyhole surgery techniques, Dr. Byrne uses this minimally invasive procedure to effectively treat both brain and spinal conditions. This surgical technique only requires a small incision (usually less than 10mm), which allows the surgeon to gain direct access to the area they are operating on. Conducted under general anaesthetic, the surgeon […]
This condition occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves travelling through the spine, causing numbness, weakness and pain. Narrowing of the spinal canal can be caused by an overgrowth of bone or tissue (such as cartilage), a tumour, injury or trauma, osteoarthritis, herniated discs or general […]
Anterior Spine Surgery: a great way to help nerve pain Written By: Stephen Byrne Neurosurgeon and Complex Spine Surgeon Recently I had the pleasure of looking after a very fit and active 70 year old lady. She had previously enjoyed free climbing and hiking and had plans to trek Machu Pichu and to Everest Base […]
First O’arm spinal surgery on the Sunshine Coast Written By: Stephen Byrne Neurosurgeon and Complex Spine Surgeon Recently, I had the pleasure of undertaking the first ever ‘O arm’ spinal surgery case at the Buderim Private Hospital. The ‘O arm’ is a sophisticated device that provides surgeon with real-time CT quality imaging intraoperatively during spinal fusion procedures. Spinal […]
Going off legs: thoracic myelopathy Written By: Stephen Byrne Neurosurgeon and Complex Spine Surgeon Most unstable spinal fractures affect the thoracolumbar junction or the cervical spine. Fractures elsewhere in the spinal column tend to be stabilised by the rib cage and rarely cause neurological deficits. Whenever a fracture causes spinal cord compression elsewhere in the […]
Thoracic Disc Herniation Written By: Stephen Byrne Neurosurgeon and Complex Spine Surgeon Most of the degenerative spinal pathology that we see as specialists as well as in primary care affects the lumbar or cervical spine. This is interesting as the thoracic spine contains a similar number of intervertebral discs and facet joints than the rest […]