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19 10, 2017

The Cost of Fusions

October 19th, 2017|

The below study was published in the December 16, 2008 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Back pain affects more than 80% of people in the U.S. at a cost of more than $100 billion a year. A recent study conducted at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago suggests that for patients with spinal stenosis, a laminectomy, [...]

12 10, 2017

Back to Life: Andy’s Story

October 12th, 2017| Andy's sciatic, hip and leg pain started what seemed like overnight. Two different orthopaedic surgeons recommended he have a hip replacement, but this decision did not sit right with him. Though his pain was focused in his hip area, Andy decided to send his MRI to the Bonati Spine Institute for review by one [...]

9 10, 2017

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Treating the Outcome

October 9th, 2017|

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine. It is characterized by early sacroiliac joint pain followed by hardening of the outer wall of the spinal disc and surrounding connective tissue along with arthritic changes in the facet joints. The most recent data available shows that about 2.7 million Americans may [...]

6 10, 2017

3 Simple Tips for Sleeping with Lower Back Pain

October 6th, 2017|

This article is excepted from's original article A Simple Guide to Sleeping with Lower Back Pain written by Kevin Ju, MD on July 27, 2017. Lower back pain makes it hard to fall asleep, and it can startle you awake at any hour of the night. To help you reclaim your sleep schedule, here is [...]

3 10, 2017

Artificial Spine Discs: Are They for Real?

October 3rd, 2017|

Lately there has been a considerable amount of debate about artificial spinal discs. Having an artificial spinal disc implanted is a major surgical procedure, and surgical treatment with an artificial disc is not without risk. A variety of complications may occur, either alone or in combination. Potential complications associated with spine surgery and artificial discs [...]

1 10, 2017

Properly Treating Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

October 1st, 2017|

Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common reason for musculoskeletal surgery in the United States. Currently, it is estimated that as many as 1.2 million Americans may already be suffering from the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis results from the gradual degeneration of the bones, discs, muscles, and ligaments that make up the [...]

19 09, 2017

Back to Life: Bob’s Story

September 19th, 2017| Bob had degenerative neck and spine pain.  It began affecting his everyday life. Whether he was at work or at play, he was suffering. Finally, he had MRI's done at the Bonati Spine Institute and began a treatment plan to get back to life. Watch Bob's story above and if you too are looking [...]

13 09, 2017

A Case Against Fusion #3

September 13th, 2017|

We mention often at the Bonati Spine Institute that fusions fail over 50% of the time. Because of this we recommend avoiding fusions if at all possible. Below is an example of one study explaining why a patient may want to think twice when considering a fusion procedure. The study was published in the European Spine [...]

5 09, 2017

Exercise Options for Bulging Discs

September 5th, 2017|

For some people, a bulging intervertebral disc in the spine may not lead to any serious symptoms. However, for some, the symptoms can be painful and interfere with everyday living. Left untreated, a bulging disc can lead to further spinal issues including nerve root or spinal cord compression. A bulging disc occurs when the inner portion, the [...]

31 08, 2017

Tips on Relieving Sciatica After Childbirth

August 31st, 2017|

By Dr. Alfred O. Bonati, MD, Founder and Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon, The Bonati Spine Institute, August 2017 Sciatica pain is associated with joints of the sacroiliac and lumbar spine and just the fact that a woman is carrying the extra weight for nine months will produce pressure on the most fragile nerves at L4/L5 or L5/S1.  When that pain happens, usually [...]

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