Spine

Regardless of the type of spine problem you have, the experts at Swift Spine Institute can help. Swift Spine Institute is already referred some of the most complex spine cases in the region. We are able to treat herniated discs, stenosis, spinal fractures, vertebrae problems, spinal tumors, spinal deformity and other complex cases of back and neck pain.

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Many people may associate a neurosurgeon with a surgeon operating on the brain. While this is the case, neurosurgeons care for the entire nervous system, which starts in the brain,...
The spine specialists at Swift Institute in Reno, Sparks, and Carson City are experienced in exhausting non-surgical treatments for back or neck pain before exploring spine surgery options. Several weeks...
In 2019, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare, became a leader in the field of robotic guidance and navigation through the purchase of ExcelsiusGPS®. This revolutionary...
Dr. Edward Perry is the first surgeon in Reno and Nevada to perform a multilevel MIS-Oblique Lateral Interbody Fusion (OLIF) Dr. Edward Perry, a fellowship-trained Reno neurosurgeon at Swift Spine...
Swift Institute first in Reno ASC to perform the Intracept procedure, Minimally Invasive Treatment Option for Chronic Back Pain Dr. Hugh McDermott recently became the first in Northern Nevada to...
Swift Spine Institute in 2006 was the first spine center in the State of Nevada to become authorized and trained to perform artificial disc surgery. Surgeons must complete specific training...
Spinal cord tumors are abnormal growths of tissue found inside the bony spinal column, which is one of the primary components of the central nervous system (CNS). Benign tumors are...
Stenosis is a condition that can develop as a person ages, particularly in those over 50. It is characterized by a narrowing of the spinal canal, which places pressure on...
A bone spur, or osteophyte, is a projection of bone that develops and grows along the edge of joints. Bone spurs are fairly common in people over the age of...
Spondylolysis relates to instability of specific bones in the low back. It a very common cause of back pain, particularly in adolescents. Gymnasts who perform routines that bend and arch...
Scoliosis is a disease characterized by an abnormal curvature to the spine, in which the vertebrae twist like a bent corkscrew. In less severe cases, scoliosis may cause the bones...
Like back strain, neck strain is an irritation to tendons, muscles and ligaments in the upper back and neck area. Whiplash is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur...
Kyphosis and lordosis are types of spinal deformities. While slight curvature of the spine is normal and healthy, there are some cases where it is over-pronounced and can cause both cosmetic...
The spine is composed of many vertebrae stacked on top of each other. Between these bones are discs, which act as shock absorbers. The shock-absorbing discs resemble jelly donuts, each...
The shock-absorbing discs that separate the bones in the spine are probably the most common reason for spine surgery. The disc is much like a jelly doughnut, in that there...
Degenerative disc disease commonly occurs with age, as discs become more brittle, less resilient and more prone to herniation. Degenerative disc disease is the single most common diagnosis related to...
Back strain is a fairly broad category called “soft tissue injury,” which covers muscles, tendons and ligaments. About 80% of back and neck pain is muscle-related. Swift Institute includes back...
Musculoskeletal symptoms of pain affect the muscles, ligaments and tendons, and bones. Swift Institute specialists in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and Elko have the most comprehensive services to treat musculoskeletal...
Osteoporosis affects roughly 40 million Americans either because they have been diagnosed with the condition or they are at risk for developing the condition. Osteoporosis means “porous bone”. Osteoporosis is...
Whether you’ve suffered from a spinal fracture or a finger fracture, you need an orthopedic specialist who knows all the latest techniques in fracture care. We offer the most qualified...
A corpectomy procedure is a type of spine surgery used to remove a vertebra from the spine in order to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. At Swift Spine Institute...
Swift Institute has multiple internal injection suites. This means that patient may have the therapy they need in the convenience of our comfortable medical office. The interventional sports and spine...
Vertebral Augmentation This minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure is used to treat a compression fracture of the vertebra, an injury that commonly results from osteoporosis. This technique can restore the height of...
Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is typically used to remove a degenerative disc and relieve pressure on nerve roots in the lumbar spine. Using the minimally invasive procedure involves a...
If you have chronic pain, peripheral nerve stimulation may help. It uses electrical pulses to disrupt pain signals. It may reduce your need for pain medications. Swift Institute providers, Dr....
Dr. Edward Perry is uniquely trained in the removal of spinal tumors. He is able to remove spinal tumors through very small incisions that minimize tissue trauma. What is the difference between...
Spinal cord stimulation (also called SCS) uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain of the back, arms and legs. It is believed that electrical pulses prevent pain signals from being...
The overall goal of spine surgery is to get to the root of the problem, while at the same time causing the least amount of disruption to the patient’s lifestyle....
Request a free home remedy book with exercises to help relieve back and neck pain, click here. When you go to the dentist to get a cavity filled, the dentist will...
Orthobiologics therapies available at Swift Institute include platelet rich plasma, prolotherapy, bone marrow aspirate therapy, and Lipogems. Orthobiologics is the specialty focused on using new technologies and therapies to address...
One in six Americans suffers from back pain every day.1 Fortunately, there is a treatment option called radiofrequency ablation that can bring quick, long-lasting relief.2-7 Radiofrequency ablation or lesioning is...
SI Joint Pain starts in your lower back and buttock. The spine specialists at Swift Institute in Reno and Carson City are experienced in treating SI Joint Pain.
A posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion is a procedure used to decompress and stabilize the cervical spine. This relieves pain, weakness and numbness caused by narrowing of the spinal canal,...
The Physical Therapy team at Swift Institute has experience in treating spine as well as musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, orthopedic and sports injuries, vestibular and balance disorders, and pre /...
If you have chronic pain, peripheral nerve stimulation can help. It uses electrical pulses to disrupt pain signals. It may reduce your need for pain medications. Here’s how it works....
Because chronic pain may affect the sufferer in many ways, the most beneficial treatment may require a multi-disciplinary approach. This means providing treatment not just for the physical pain, but...
Spinal cord stimulation (also called SCS) uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain of the back, arms and legs. It is believed that electrical pulses prevent pain signals from being...
The cervical spine has discs between each bone that provide cushioning for movements and body loads. The discs and bones in a healthy neck allow bending from side-to-side and front-to-back,...
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion helps relieve low back pain or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease. The mini-open ALIF is performed with the patient lying on their back, usually...
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion helps relieve neck and radiating arm pain by removing pressure on the nerve roots. The procedure is typically used to treat a herniated or diseased...
The NuVasive® Maximum Access Surgery (MAS) PLIF procedure is a minimally disruptive approach to traditional back surgery. During a PLIF (Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion) procedure, the damaged disc is removed...
Endoscopic techniques for diagnostic purposes have been in use since the late 1970s. The endoscopic surgery techniques that became widely used in the 1990s for other surgery disciplines are now...
Using a minimally invasive laminectomy, the location of the incision is often established by an intraoperative X-ray, using fluoroscopy. A skin incision about 1 inch in length is made to...
A Lumbar laminectomy and fusion is a procedure used to decompress and stabilize the lumbar spine. This relieves pain and weakness caused by narrowing of the spinal canal, a condition...
Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF®) exposure showing safe and reproducible path to spine with MaXcess® retractor and CoRoent® Interbody Spacer. XLIF® is typically used to treat leg or back pain caused...
Does Swift Spine Institute Minimally Invasive Spine Institute use lasers when performing spine surgery? Is laser spine surgery better than traditional spine surgery? Americans can be attracted to reports of...
A minimally invasive laminotomy is a surgical procedure to relieve pressure on nerves that is causing pain and weakness to the patient. A ruptured disc putting pressure on nerves within...
Stenosis is a condition that can develop as a person ages, particularly in those over 50. It is characterized by a narrowing of the spinal canal, which places pressure on...
A Minimally Invasive Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy is a surgical procedure to relieve pain/weakness resulting from a pinched spinal nerve. The surgical procedure is designed to allow for more space for...
A minimally invasive microdiscectomy is a procedure to remove herniated disc material that presses on nerves or the spinal cord causing pain and weakness in the patient. Many ruptured discs...
The overall goal of spine surgery is to get to the root of the problem, while at the same time causing the least amount of disruption to the patient’s lifestyle....
A physiatrist, or physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor, specializes in the nonsurgical management of spine and musculoskeletal pain, including back, neck, hip, knee, shoulder, arm, ankle, foot and elbow. While...
Functional dry needling (FDN) is a treatment technique that uses small filiform needles to release tight muscles with the goal of permanently reducing muscle pain and dysfunction. Dry needling can...
An ACDF, or anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, is a minimally invasive procedure used to relieve pain caused by a herniated disc, collapsed disc space, or foraminal bone spurs. The...
Augmedics xvision is the first Augmented Reality Guidance system to be used in surgery. It allows surgeons to visualize the 3D spinal anatomy of a patient during surgery as if...
Interlaminar Lumbar Instrumented Fusion, ILIF, is typically used to treat back pain caused by spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis. About the ILIF Procedure During the ILIF procedure, the surgeon makes a...
Orthobiologics therapies available at Swift Institute include platelet rich plasma, prolotherapy and bone marrow aspirate therapy. Orthobiologics is the specialty focused on using new technologies and therapies to address and...
Peripheral neuropathy is a problem with the peripheral nervous system. These are the nerves that branch out from your brain and spinal cord and travel to all of the other...
CoreAlign by Balance Body is designed to help patients improve posture, balance and functional movement. CoreAlign was developed by physical therapist Jonathan Hoffman. The exercises on the CoreAlign stimulate core stability...
Dr. James Lynch at Swift Spine Institute recently became the first in Northern Nevada to use the coflex® Dynamic Stabilization device for the treatment of Spinal Stenosis. This non-fusion treatment...
What is Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM)? We are excited to share the latest technologies with our patients. Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) is a medical service covered by Medicare, Medicaid and...
Injection therapy is intended to be a means to an end. The goal is to provide the patient with enough pain relief to bridge from inactivity to physical therapy, where...
For damaged structures to heal, good blood supply is essential for repair and to remove waste products. The bones, ligaments and muscles in the back have a good blood supply,...
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