William Capicotto, spine surgeon, spine surgery, non-surgical treatments, facet joints

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Back and neck pain can be down right debilitating. The pain and discomfort from these issues and injuries can cause limited mobility and lead to chronic pain if left untreated. For many chronic spinal pain patients there is good news: surgery may not be their only option. In fact, many back and neck pain patients can improve their lives through a combination of non-surgical procedures and physical therapy. When a patient's pain can be traced to a specific area, like the facet joints for example, many doctors may recommend a conservative approach at first to try and fix the underlying ...
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William Capicotto, back injury, back pain, back pain concerns

Back Injuries & Pain: When To Be Concerned

Any back injury or pain we experience can be a scary situation. Oftentimes we try to tell ourselves that our back pain will “just go away.” But when is someone's back pain a cause for concern? There are several factors and warning signs you should look out for to determine what you should do and how to treat sudden issues. Just remember, if you are experiencing high levels of pain or discomfort, especially as it relates to a sudden injury such as a slip and fall or auto accident, please contact your doctor or go to the emergency room. Your ...
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William Capicotto, sedentary lifestyle, sitting and back pain, back pain

Sitting and Back Pain: Impact of a Sedentary Lifestyle

Sitting For Extended Periods Of Time Can Be Unhealthy As far as unhealthy lifestyles are concerned, sitting around too much everyday is being cautioned as equally unhealthy as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Unfortunately for more and more people, sitting around propped up in front of a computer screen, tv or phone for hours on end has become all too commonplace in our society, and many individuals are starting to develop increasingly worse issues as a result. Statistically, as many as 70% of people spend 6 or more hours every day sitting down. This state of sitting around ...
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MRIs, CT Scans, X-rays, William Capicotto, spine surgery, spine surgeon, medical imaging technology

MRIs vs X-Rays vs CT Scans

Medical Imaging Technology When it comes to diagnosing and treating spine related issues, being able to see beyond the scope of the naked eye is absolutely imperative. Luckily, as medical technology have advanced, doctors have several options available to help see what's going on inside your body. Between X-rays, CT scans and MRIs, doctors and surgeons can create detailed images of the inner workings of your body that can be used to diagnose illnesses and abnormalities, recommend treatments, and even plan complex surgical procedures. X-Rays First discovered in 1895, the utilization of x-ray technology has certainly evolved over time. X-rays ...
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William Capicotto, Computer Navigated Surgery, buffalo spine surgery, buffalo spine surgeon

Computer Navigated Surgery

Computer navigated spinal surgery is a fascinating marriage between man and machine that provides patients with a more accurate and effective surgical procedure. Using the latest in three-dimensional imaging technology, computer navigated spine surgery allows your surgeon to view and manipulate the position of specialized instruments to perform procedures that were never possible using just the naked eye. The results of this advancement in technology can be measured with improved safety and efficiency as well as shorter surgical procedure times. What is Computer Navigated Surgery? Computer navigated surgery requires several systems working in sync to accomplish a successful surgical procedure ...
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William Capicotto, stay active in winter, spine surgery, spine surgeon, outpatient surgery, ambulatory surgery

How to Stay Active in Winter During Covid

As winter has started to set in, a lot of Western New Yorkers are preparing to spend the colder months indoors. While cozying up on the couch may seem like a well-deserved reward after the 2020 year has passed, sitting around letting your joints and muscles get stiff can make your body more susceptible to injury. Just because you’re stuck inside doesn’t mean there are not plenty of at home workout alternatives that you can take advantage of to start 2021 off better. Here are just a few ways to stay active in winter: Staying Local See if your old ...
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Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy, back pain, back pain surgery, back pain relief, William Capicotto MD, Buffalo spine surgeon, spine surgery

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy?

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Therapy A spinal cord stimulator is a surgical procedure that involves implanting a device to reduce the body's perception of pain and discomfort by sending low levels of electricity directly into the spinal column to relieve pain. Spinal cord stimulation implanted devices are typically used to treat chronic pain derived from spinal cord injuries and deterioration. A spinal cord stimulator implant typically involves 2 separate minimally invasive surgeries. The first surgery is a temporary trial period to ensure that an implant delivers the desired results while the second surgery installs your permanent device. The Trial Period ...
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William Capicotto, spine surgery, spine surgeon, discectomy, herniated disc treatment

What is a Discectomy?

Discectomy & A Herniated Disc Surgical Procedures in Buffalo, NY To Correct A Herniated Disc The human spinal column or backbone, consists of a group of bones, called vertebrates that protect the spinal cord. In between a person's vertebrae are gelatinous intervertebral discs that help cushion the spine and act as shock absorbers to prevent the vertebrae from rubbing against one another.  A herniated disc occurs when the gel-like center (nucleus) of an intervertebral disc pushes through the tougher outer layer (annulus). Occasionally a herniated disc will put pressure on a nerve in the spinal column causing pain or discomfort ...
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William Capicotto, spine surgeon, spine surgery, Buffalo spine surgeon, herniated disc, robot assisted spine surgery

What is a Herniated Disc?

Sources of Back Pain: A Herniated Disc Spine Surgery in Buffalo, Williamsville, and Surrounding Areas William Capicotto MD, PC is always on the leading edge of technology for minimally invasive, navigated spine surgery in Buffalo, NY and the surrounding suburbs. When you need a professional, reliable spine surgeon to restore motion to your spine, make William Capicotto MD, PC your first choice. What is an Intervertebral Disc? The human spinal column, or backbone, consists of a group of bones called vertebrates that protect the spinal cord. In between a person's vertebrae are gelatinous intervertebral discs that help cushion the spine ...
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William Capicotto, spine surgeon, spine surgery, pre-spine surgery

Pre-Spine Surgery Tips For A Healthy, Happy Recovery

All surgeries can be stressful. Oftentimes it’s the issues we didn’t plan for that can make the most difference. However, if you take some time and plan ahead you can help alleviate some of the stress and improve your chances at a healthy, happy recovery. Pre-Spine Surgery Tip: Improve Yourself Some of the best ways to improve your chances at a healthy recovery process is to improve your overall health before you even enter the operating room. Maintaining a healthy diet and light exercise within your limits can help improve your circulation. Improving circulation is vital for recovery as the ...
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