Myths About Spine Surgery

Spine surgery has changed drastically in the past decade and Dr. Brusovanik has been at the forefront of the most innovative techniques in minimally invasive spine surgery. With the use of these new methods, Dr. Brusovanik’s patients are walking the night of their spine surgery and rarely need physical therapy after surgery. His patients’ great outcomes are achieved because Dr. Brusovanik is very selective with who he does surgery on. Patients first try conservative therapies and only after those options have failed does Dr. Brusovanik consider surgery. He also performs diagnostic injections that aid in determining the level in the spine that is causing the pain. With the aid of a detailed history, comprehensive physical exam, studying the patient’s imaging and these diagnostic injections; Dr. Brusovanik is able to perform the most appropriate procedure that will yield the greatest outcome.

Furthermore, the use of the minimally invasive technique results in no muscle injury and the smallest incisions. This leads to a faster recovery and Dr. Brusovanik’s patients are never required to wear a brace or placed on bed rest.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is occurs when there is inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot called the plantar fascia. This band of tissue connects the heel bone to the toes.

It is common for patients with spine issue to present with a similar pattern of pain. As the nerves exit the spinal cord, they innervate different muscle groups, each nerve follows a distinct pattern down the extremities. The pathway for the S1 nerve is down the back of the leg to the heel of the foot. Patients may feel this heel pain and it can be confused with plantar fasciitis. It is important to distinguish the two by obtaining a proper history, physical exam and diagnostic imaging.