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January 24, 2018 By: Luis Tumialan, MD
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Cervical discs are an important part of our anatomy. Nestled between the vertebrae in the neck, they form part of the cervical spine – the section of the spine that runs from the base of our skull, through our neck to our shoulders where is becomes known as the thoracic spine. The cervical spine comprises of seven vertebrae – aptly named C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 and C7, each with a single cervical disc between them. If these discs become damaged or affected by wear and tear, they may require replacing so that the patient is not adversely affected.

December 24, 2017 By: Dr. Luis Manuel Tumialán, MD
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Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) is a surgical procedure used to correct problems with the small bones in the spine, known as the vertebrae. There are 33 vertebrae in the human spine, and these interlock to form the spinal column.

November 24, 2017 By: Luis Tumialan
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Back pain is an extremely common problem, affecting approximately 80% of American’s at some point during their lifetime. While many of these people will find that their back pain resolves itself over the course of a few days, weeks or months, other people may find that develop chronic back pain – a problem which has wider financial implications on patients and society as a whole. Patients who suffer from chronic back pain often spend a great time of time with doctors and chiropractors to discover the cause of their discomfort.

October 24, 2017 By: Luis Tumialan
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Spinal stenosis is a relatively common condition that largely affects the older generation and is often considered to be a natural part of the ageing process. It is a degenerative change that is characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal, which in turn puts pressure on the spinal nerves and even the cord.

September 24, 2017 By: Luis Tumialan
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Degenerative disc disease, also known as spondylosis, is an extremely common condition that refers to the age-related decline of the discs between the vertebrae in the spine. You may also hear it referred to as osteoarthritis of the spine. Although it sounds frightening, it is actually a very normal part of the aging process.

August 24, 2017 By: Luis Manuel Tumialan MD
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If you are suffering from pain in your lower back, or repeated periods of sciatica, you could be suffering from a herniated disc. Also known as a slipped disc, this is a very common condition that occurs most often in people who are aged between 30 and 50, and is more prevalent in men than in women. Herniated discs regularly occur in the lower part of the back, causing the patient to suffer from a range of symptoms, including both back and neck pain, and numbness, tingling and weakness in other parts of the body, in particular the hips, groin and legs.

July 24, 2017 By: Luis Tumialan MD
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From a chronic dull ache to acute pain when you assume certain positions, lower back pain, also known as lumbago, is extremely common. In many cases, the underlying cause of the pain isn’t serious and it improves naturally over the course of a few days or weeks. However, sometimes the pain is long-lasting or comes and goes. When this happens, and the pain is caused by a specific, underlying cause, surgery may be necessary to address the problem and permanently alleviate your symptoms.

May 24, 2017 By: Luis Tumialan
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Spinal cord injuries are among some of the most severe. This is particularly true for cervical spinal cord injuries. Affecting vertebrae C1 to C7, cervical spinal cord injuries are rare, but extremely serious. In the case of C1 and C2 vertebrae injuries, fatalities often occur. If a patient does survive a cervical spinal cord injury, full or partial paralysis and a lifetime dependency on personal care is a common outcome. Any other spinal injury can also have dramatic repercussions for the long-term health of the patient, and they can expect a lengthy rehabilitation process if they are to achieve the best possible outcome.

February 23, 2017 By: Dr. Luis M. Tumialàn
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The spine is an extremely complex structure that comprises of individual vertebrae that are connected by ligaments and muscles, which house the spinal cord – the single most important structure between the body and brain. In order to understand the effects of spinal injuries properly, it is necessary to understand how the spinal cord functions.

October 11, 2016 By: Luis Manuel Tumialan MD
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Dr. Luis Manuel Tumialán has established himself as one of the leading spine surgeons in the nation, not only for his performance of surgical spine procedures, but also for the meticulous care he invests into the diagnostic and planning stages of those procedures. Dr. Tumialán understands that, without accurate diagnosis and careful planning, the most advanced surgical techniques and finely honed skills will be for naught. This is why he uses MRI imaging and CT scans to plan your spinal surgery at his Phoenix, AZ spine center.