Max Steuer, MD
Max Steuer, MD
Carter Cooper, PA-C
Artificial Disc Replacement
Spinal Cord Stimulator
Back and Neck Pain
Can My Spinal Fractures Heal on Their Own with Rest?
May 01, 2022
Spinal fractures, breaks in the vertebrae that make up your spine, can occur for many reasons, especially trauma and underlying bone disease. How you treat them depends, in large part, on the severity of the fracture.
5 Risk Factors for a Herniated Disc
Apr 01, 2022
Herniated discs are one of the most common reasons for back pain and pain that radiates into the extremities. Each year, up to 2% of the population develops a problem with this spinal cushioning structure, with the most common group being men ages 30-50.
Radiculopathy Types and What to Expect
Mar 01, 2022
You’ve likely heard of a pinched nerve, but you might not know the medical term for it: radiculopathy. When a spinal nerve root is compressed or pinched by surrounding structures — including cartilage, muscles, tendons, bone spurs...
Spinal Stenosis: 3 Effective Treatments
Feb 01, 2022
Your spine contains 24 bony vertebrae, each connected above and below by facet joints and separated by an intervertebral disc, a pillow-like cushion that acts as a shock absorber when you walk, jump, or even bend.
Can Aging Cause Sciatica?
Jan 01, 2022
If you have sciatica, you know the pain that comes with this common condition. The sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body, becomes pinched or impinged by some part of your spinal structure — bone, intervertebral disc material, or soft tissue.
Can I Tell if I Have a Brain Tumor?
Dec 01, 2021
If your doctor tells you that you have a brain tumor, you might feel it’s coming out of left field. Then you might wonder if you should have noticed the warning signs earlier.
Warning Signs of a Pinched Nerve
Nov 01, 2021
If anything applies too much pressure on a nerve — including cartilage, muscles, tendons, bone spurs, or the material oozing out from a herniated disc — it interferes with the nerve’s function and causes an array of unpleasant symptoms.
My Child Has Scoliosis. Now What?
Oct 01, 2021
Your spine has the unenviable task of straightening and supporting your body as it distributes your weight effectively. To do this, the cervical and lumbar spines form a vertical S-shape, while your thoracic (chest) spine forms a slight C-shape.
Effective Scoliosis Treatment
Sep 16, 2021
Your spine is a flexible structure made of bone, cartilage, and connecting tissues. To best distribute your body weight, it curves vertically in an S-shape. That also helps to reduce pressure on any single area of your back.
Why You Should Consider Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Aug 30, 2021
Back pain is a common ailment, afflicting 8 out of 10 people at least one time during their lives. Your spine extends all the way from the base of the skull into the neck (cervical spine), through the chest (thoracic spine), and down to the...
Dr. Max Steuer Named to Atlanta Top Docs 2020
Sep 29, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Max Steuer for being named “Top Doctors” in Atlanta Magazine’s annual guide of Atlanta physicians! Dr. Steuer was recognized in the July issue of Atlanta Magazine, taking his place among 1,002 stellar physicians...
Keeping Our Patients Safe During COVID-19
Aug 25, 2020
As the world moves deeper into the COVID-19 pandemic, Polaris Spine and Neurosurgery Center recognizes that the need for safe medical care not related to COVID-19 has become more important than ever.
4 Myths About Regenerative Injection Therapy
Mar 16, 2020
In recent years, regenerative injection therapies (like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma, or PRP) have become very popular as treatment options for back, spine and sports injuries. Unfortunately, the rapid growth in this practice...
Patient's Guide to Sports-Related Spine Injuries
Nov 05, 2019
For athletes, sports injuries are a fact of life. When you’re depending on your body to push it to the finish line and meet extraordinary physical goals, there’s bound to be some collateral damage along the road. Luckily, many common sports injuries...
How to Stay Up to Date with Spine Care: 3 Articles, 2 Quotes, and 1 Question
Oct 30, 2019
I subscribe to a newsletter by James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, entitled “3-2-1 Thursday.” Mr. Clear includes 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question in a regular email newsletter.
Demystifying Leg Pain vs. Back Pain
Oct 14, 2019
Because the nerves in the spinal column eventually travel down the legs, pain in one of these regions is often related to a problem in the other. Since many patients are unaware of the close relationship between leg and back pain...
Patient’s Guide to Non-Surgical Spine Rehabilitation
Sep 12, 2019
If you are experiencing significant back pain, perhaps from a back-related sports injury or by some other accident, you don’t need to assume you need surgery to correct the problem. In reality, you have numerous non-surgical options for encouraging spine..
Patient’s Guide to Robotic Spine Surgery
Aug 29, 2019
While minimally invasive surgical techniques have made spine surgery more accurate, less painful and less traumatic in recent years, robotics are now changing spine surgery for the better in ways we could only imagine just a few years ago.
3 Common Myths About Sciatica
Aug 20, 2019
“Sciatica” is a term that many people use loosely without truly understanding what it is or what its ramifications might be. Some people immediately assume their back/leg pain means surgery is in their future; others simply try to diagnose and treat it on
Patient’s Guide to Spinal Pain Management
Aug 15, 2019
As many as 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. However, the fact that back pain is common doesn’t lessen its impact on our quality of life. Spinal pain has the ability to disrupt our routines....
Patient’s Guide to Spinal Curvature Disorders
Jul 25, 2019
Spine curvature disorders affect millions of Americans, but many people still don’t understand what curvature is, what causes it or how it can be treated. If you’ve been recently diagnosed with some sort of curvature, such as scoliosis,...
Patient’s Guide to Regenerative Injection Therapy
Jul 11, 2019
Regenerative injection therapy is a powerful modern medical technique that helps enhance the body’s own natural healing processes. It can help repair injured tissues to provide lasting pain relief and accelerate recovery times after an injury.
Patient’s Guide to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Jun 24, 2019
For patients suffering from neck or back pain, the idea of surgery can be quite intimidating. Indeed, in earlier days, spine surgery could be quite involved and complicated, and the rates of success were inconsistent at best.
15 Questions to Ask Your Neurosurgeon Before Surgery
Jun 12, 2019
Neurosurgery is not to be taken lightly. While some procedures are riskier than others, even the most “routine” of surgeries are not going to feel routine to you. Even if you’re in the capable hands of one of Atlanta’s top neurosurgeons...
How Robotics Are Changing Spine Surgery
May 22, 2019
Every so often, a technological advance or discovery will revolutionize an industry, radically changing the way things are done, as well as changing expectations for success. The emergence of robotic-assisted surgery is having this kind of effect on the...
Robot-Guided Surgery: What Patients Must Know
May 08, 2019
When some people hear the term “robotics” in the context of surgery, their minds jump into the realm of science fiction, perhaps picturing an artificially intelligent machine performing a delicate procedure on them. The real-world scenario...
Spinal Screw Placements with ExcelsiusGPS
Apr 24, 2019
When performing back and spine surgery — particularly with spinal screw placements — precision is key to a successful operation with minimal risk to the patient. That’s why the emergence of robotic-assisted surgery is hailed as such...
The Future of Robotic Spine Surgery
Apr 10, 2019
The use of robotics in surgery isn’t exactly a new concept, but with the technological advances of recent years, it is just now making its first inroads into the mainstream. Thanks to advantages like greater accuracy, smaller incisions and quicker...
What Sets ExcelsiusGPS Apart from Other Spine Surgery Robots?
Mar 27, 2019
If you have been paying attention lately to the buzz coming from our office, you’ve already heard us talk about how proud we are to be one of the first clinics in our region to offer robotic-assisted surgery with ExcelsiusGPS.
Lasers: For Star Wars Only
Mar 15, 2019
After the sudden closure of the Laser Spine Institute, based in Tampa, Florida, many people are now asking, “Was laser spine surgery just a fad? Just a bunch of hype?” The answer, unfortunately, appears to be yes.
Globus Medical's ExcelsiusGPS Innovates Spine Surgery
Mar 13, 2019
No matter the specific procedure, any surgical operation on the spine is a delicate procedure requiring the highest levels of precision. Even with the emergence of minimally invasive spine surgery, surgeons place a high value on any...
Can Robotic Spine Surgery Fix Herniated Discs?
Feb 27, 2019
As modern medicine continues to improve on the way we perform spinal procedures, robotic spine surgery represents a huge leap forward. Many minimally invasive procedures can now be performed with remarkable levels of accuracy, minimizing tissue damage...
How Are Stem Cells Used in Regenerative Medicine
Feb 20, 2019
The human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself — sometimes better than any treatment could. Regenerative medicine is an exciting area of practice in which the body’s own self-healing characteristics can be accelerated and targeted to specific...
5 Tips For Speeding Up Spinal Surgery Recovery Time
Feb 13, 2019
Not that long ago, spine surgery typically meant time in a hospital and long recovery times afterward. Nowadays, thanks to modern technology and advances in surgical techniques, many spinal procedures are now minimally invasive and performed....
Finding an Outpatient Spinal Care Clinic in Atlanta
Feb 06, 2019
Thanks to modern medical advances, many spine surgeries, and other procedures can be performed with minimal invasiveness and on an outpatient basis. Outpatient surgery allows you to go home the same day as your procedure...
Can Robotic Spine Surgery Fix Slipped Discs?
Jan 30, 2019
Robotic technology is changing the way many neurosurgeons approach minimally invasive spinal procedures. Thanks to robotic-assisted surgery, we can now make incisions and place implants with higher degrees of accuracy, causing less tissue damage...
How Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Used in Regenerative Medicine?
Jan 23, 2019
The human body is designed to heal itself — but sometimes the process is slower than expected. Sometimes health conditions, poor habits or other circumstances can stunt the natural healing process, and sometimes the pain of injury just demands...
Regenerative Medicine Options for Spine Pain
Jan 09, 2019
It wasn’t that long ago that patients suffering from spine pain and injury had a limited number of treatment options, none of which was optimal. They could live with the pain and try to manage it; they could take powerful pain medications with the risk...
Robotic Spine Surgery Arrives in Atlanta, GA
Jan 03, 2019
As modern medical advances in recent years have made spine surgery much less invasive and more precise, the latest technology takes this trend to a whole new level. Robotic-assisted surgery now enables spine surgeons to conduct procedures with...
Safe Pain Management for Chronic Spinal Pain
Dec 18, 2018
When you’re experiencing chronic spinal pain, the first thing on your mind is how to find relief. Some patients prefer to bypass pain management, assuming that the only way to find permanent relief is through some type of surgery.
What Conditions Can Robotic Spine Surgery Correct?
Dec 18, 2018
The emergence of robotic-assisted spine surgery is an exciting development that promises higher levels of accuracy and success with spinal procedures, as well as reduced risks and decreased recovery times for patients.
Can Robotic Spine Surgery Fix Leg Pain?
Dec 16, 2018
Robotic-assisted spine surgery is an advanced technology that makes minimally invasive spinal procedures even less invasive, safer and less painful. As patients become more aware of this technology, they are naturally curious as to whether...
What Causes Spine Curvature Disorders?
Dec 11, 2018
The spinal column is designed to protect the spinal cord while providing skeletal support and balance to the body, allowing humans to stand upright. Seen from the back, a healthy spinal column appears straight; from the side, it maintains a gentle curve.
What is Recovery Like After Robotic Spine Surgery?
Dec 03, 2018
Robotic-assisted surgery is a revolutionary medical/technological advance that may transform the way many back and spine procedures are performed. Incisions and implants can be performed with much higher degrees of accuracy and...
The History of Robotic Spine Surgery
Nov 21, 2018
The use of robotics in spinal surgery is getting a lot of attention these days as a revolutionary medical advance — but the beginnings of robotic spine surgery actually go back almost 20 years, and the roots of robotic surgery in general date back decades.
How Effective is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Injuries?
Nov 06, 2018
An injury of any kind can be highly painful and very life-disruptive. However, in some cases, the recommended treatment (surgery) can be just as disruptive and painful, and it may only be partially effective.
Spinal Pain Management Without Surgery or Narcotics
Oct 30, 2018
If you’re experiencing spinal pain to the point that you’re seeking out medical help, chances are your quality of life is being affected. After all, spinal pain is distracting, it can restrict mobility, it can affect your performance at work — the ...
Most Common Questions About Robot-Assisted Surgery
Oct 24, 2018
The idea of robot-assisted surgery certainly raises a number of questions, most notably by people who may be considering such a procedure. Below are answers to a few of the most common questions we receive about robot-assisted surgery...
How Soon Can Athletes Return to Sports After a Back Injury?
Oct 17, 2018
“Doctor, how long before I can get back in the game?” When treating athletes for back injuries, this is one of the most common questions we hear. They’re often not as concerned about the extent of the damage to their back as to how soon...
Is Robotic Spine Surgery Right For Me?
Oct 10, 2018
Robotic spine surgery is one of those significant medical advancements with the potential to completely revolutionize the way spine and neurosurgeons approach surgical treatment for their patients. Of course, with every new technology comes...
6 Surgical Options For Fixing Severe Back Injuries
Oct 03, 2018
Many types of back injuries can be healed over time without the need for surgery. However, if the injury is particularly severe and debilitating, or if non-surgical treatments aren’t doing enough to promote healing, a surgical procedure...
9 Things Patients Need to Know About Robotic Spine Surgery
Sep 26, 2018
There’s a lot of chatter and excitement in the medical community these days about robotic spine surgery. Touted as a major medical advance in our field, robotics has the potential to significantly change the way many spinal surgeons perform procedures.
Does Stem Cell Therapy Really Work For Back Injuries?
Sep 19, 2018
There’s an increasing amount of chatter, excitement (and yes, sometimes hype) these days about stem cell therapy as a method of accelerating the healing process for injuries. This regenerative injection therapy has already shown promise in treating...
How Epidural Steroid Injections Relieve Spinal Nerve Pain
Sep 12, 2018
If you’re experiencing spinal nerve pain emanating from your lower back, especially pain associated with sciatica due to a ruptured disk or spinal stenosis, your spinal specialist may recommend epidural steroid injections to relieve the pain...
What Kind of Surgeries Can Be Performed by Robots
Sep 05, 2018
Ever since the first robotic surgical system was approved in 2000 by the FDA, robotic surgery has seen a rapid adoption rate in hospitals and outpatient clinics throughout the country. Robotic surgical systems are typically designed as an assistive...
Holistic Pain Management for Spinal Injuries
Aug 29, 2018
It’s tempting to treat illnesses and injuries in a compartmentalized, almost quick-fix fashion. In pain? Infected? Out comes the prescription pad for pain medication or antibiotics. Injured? Surgery.
6 Non-Surgical Options for Fixing Severe Back Injuries
Aug 22, 2018
There are few physical conditions that can be more disruptive to your life than a significant back injury. Mobility can be severely limited, and the pain can be excruciating. Surgery may often provide relief and enable recovery, but invasive procedures...
5 Advantages of Robotic Spine Surgery
Aug 16, 2018
Robotic technology is changing the way surgeons perform surgical spine operations, and Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center is excited to be at the head of this new technology with the adoption of Excelsius GPSTM.
Opioids: Health Hazards and Alternative Treatments
Aug 09, 2018
The opioid crisis is one of the biggest problems our society is facing. Stories of celebrity overdoses, high-profile drug busts, and lethal new compounds of fentanyl are constantly in the media.
Treating Back Pain With Regenerative Injection Therapy
Aug 02, 2018
Modern medicine has given us many positive options for treating back pain, but perhaps one of the most innovative and promising among them is regenerative injection therapy. While this approach was developed and came into use decades ago....
First Aid For Back-Related Sports Injuries
Jul 24, 2018
When you get involved in sports, whether seriously or for fun, back strains and injuries are a common potential pitfall. Many such injuries are minor and will heal naturally, while others require medical attention. How you respond in the minutes...
8 Most Common Sports Injuries
Jul 12, 2018
Participating in one or more sports is a vital part of a healthy, active lifestyle — good for the heart, good for the respiration, good for building and maintaining muscular strength, etc. In a perfect world, only good would come of playing sports...
Is Robotic Spine Surgery Safe?
Jul 06, 2018
Recent advances in medical technology tend to excite healthcare professionals — but at the same time, they can intimidate patients who don’t fully understand it. One example is the emergence of robots that perform surgical procedures.
How Soon Can I Get Back to Sports After Back Surgery?
Jul 02, 2018
When it comes to sports-related injuries and recovery times, athletes can be naturally impatient. When a spine or back surgery becomes necessary, we often hear the question, “How soon can I get back to sports after back surgery?”
How Excelsius GPSTM Optimizes Patient Outcomes
Jun 28, 2018
Recently, Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center became the first outpatient surgery center in the southeastern U.S. — and the second nationwide — to utilize Excelsius GPSTM, a state-of-the-art robotic system...
How Stem Cell Therapy Can Promote Healing in a Back Injury
Jun 21, 2018
In recent years, stem cell therapy has come into wider use as a viable treatment option for healing injuries and regenerating damaged tissues. Stem cells have been used to treat arthritic joints, knee and joint injuries, chronic wounds and similar...
Healing Your Back with Robotic Surgery
Jun 14, 2018
Patients needing back surgeries now have a safer, more accurate alternative to traditional surgery in their quest for healing and long-term relief. Robotic surgery has enabled spine surgeons to perform a variety of minimally invasive back procedures...
6 Treatments for Sports-Related Back Injuries
Jun 12, 2018
Maintaining an active lifestyle is always important to good health, but it can also come with the occasional risk. Most athletes, for example, can be susceptible to injury, including injuries to the back. Common sports-related back injuries may include...
How Does Robotic Spine Surgery Work?
Jun 06, 2018
The use of robots in surgery might be one of the most exciting medical innovations of our time — and yet many patients are unaware of the benefits or are concerned about the outcomes.
How Long Does Back Pain Recovery Take?
May 30, 2018
When patients experiencing back pain or injury come in for treatment, one of the most common questions asked is, “How long does back pain recovery take?” Back pain affects about 80 percent of us at some point in our lives, and when it happens...
3 Low Back Pain Rehabilitation Exercises
May 22, 2018
The vast majority of us will suffer some sort of lower back pain at some time in our lives. In many cases, back pain occurs due to overuse, strain and injury due to sports activities.
Returning to Sports After Regenerative Injection Therapy
Mar 21, 2018
When considering regenerative injection therapy to treat a sports-related injury, the top priority initially is to alleviate the pain and heal the injury itself. After the healing begins, however, the nagging question for most athletes is when they...
How to Rehab a Back Injury Caused by Exercise
Mar 14, 2018
While regular exercise is a critical element of a healthy, active lifestyle, it’s still possible to overdo it on occasion. Perhaps you didn’t warm up properly beforehand, or you lost your balance, or maybe you’ve just been doing too much...
The Body’s Repair Kit at Work – Stem Cell Therapy
Mar 12, 2018
Our patient Debi Neisess, is a hands-on woman. She has been in the real estate business for 32 years and fixes up most of the properties she sells. She enjoys tennis and power walking. “I’m a very active person,” she says.
The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy After a Spinal Injury
Mar 07, 2018
Patients who are recovering from a spinal injury must typically walk a fine line between restoring flexibility and strengthening muscles without aggravating their injury. Aquatic therapy (which is essentially physical therapy in a warm pool)....
How Athletes Can Prevent Back Injuries
Feb 27, 2018
It’s the bane of the athlete’s existence: The ongoing threat of injury. When a season-ending back injury pulls you out of the game, the frustration can be just as torturous as the pain itself.
What Injuries Can PRP Therapy Treat?
Feb 20, 2018
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP therapy, for short) has become immensely popular as a treatment for various injuries, especially athletic-related injuries. An innovative technique that effectively speeds up the body’s self-healing capabilities...
8 Exercise Mistakes That Exacerbate Back Pain
Feb 13, 2018
When you’re experiencing back pain, there’s nothing wrong with continuing some sort of exercise routine. In fact, exercise in general is encouraged because it helps increase strength and flexibility to support the back and promote healing.
What to Look For in an Atlanta PRP Specialist
Feb 06, 2018
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) has gained a lot of attention in recent years as a way to accelerate the healing of various injuries by injecting a patient’s own platelet cells into the injury site, enabling the body to heal itself more quickly.
Laser Spine Surgery: Why Our Spine Surgeons Say No
Dec 20, 2017
There’s something about the term “laser surgery” that automatically suggests “cutting edge,” the apex of technology. We automatically assume that the use of lasers suggests unmatched surgical precision. However, despite Polaris’ commitment to employing...
What Causes Back Pain?
Dec 14, 2017
If you’re experiencing back pain, you’re in good company. Experts at the Mayo Clinic estimate that as many as 80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.
Pain Management Treatments for Severe Back Injuries
Dec 11, 2017
If you’ve suffered a moderate to severe back injury, you already know that the pain can be at times overwhelming and unbearable. Many people assume the default solution for this type of injury is major invasive surgery, which they assume is costly...
Finding Back Pain Relief with Spinal Surgery
Dec 07, 2017
When other, non-invasive treatments have not sufficiently lessened the pain, many patients ultimately find back pain relief with spinal surgery.
What Are Treatment Options for Spondylolisthesis?
Dec 04, 2017
Spondylolisthesis — it’s a mouthful to say, but it is nothing to smirk at. It can be a source of significant pain, causing restricted mobility, numbness and in rare cases even incontinence.
Manage Back Pain with Regenerative Injection Therapy
Nov 30, 2017
As an alternative to invasive surgical procedures, many patients suffering from back pain are able to manage the pain with regenerative injection therapy.
How to Keep Low Back Pain from Getting Worse
Nov 27, 2017
Anyone who has suffered from low back pain knows how disruptive and demoralizing it can be, especially if left unchecked. Even modest bouts can restrict your activities, distract you at work, add to your stress and even cause depression...
Patient Testimonial – Phillip S.
Nov 20, 2017
"I was having a lot of trouble with my left knee after playing golf or snow skiing. I would have to put ice on it to reduce the swelling. I was told about Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center.
How to Choose an Atlanta PRP Specialist
Nov 20, 2017
Platelet-rich Plasma Injection Therapy is growing in popularity as an effective treatment for various types of injuries, including ailments of the back and spine. Accordingly, a growing number of medical facilities are offering PRP therapy as an option.
How Stem Cell Therapy Heals Your Body
Nov 16, 2017
Thanks to modern medical advances and research, regenerative medicine is currently revolutionizing the way we treat injuries in the body. Stem cell therapy, in particular, shows great promise and produces remarkable results by helping the body heal itself.
Does My Back Pain Require Surgery?
Nov 14, 2017
When a person develops significant or acute back pain, it also quite often is accompanied by fear of painful, invasive surgical procedures that may or may not even work. One of the most common questions we hear is “does my back pain require surgery?”
How to Get Better Sleep With Chronic Lower Back Pain
Oct 04, 2017
It’s a bit of a paradox: Having chronic lower back pain can make it difficult to sleep, yet sleeping well at night is one of the keys to promoting good back health overall. How do you break the vicious cycle?
What to Expect Before, During, and After Minimally Invasive Surgery
Sep 27, 2017
Thanks to modern medical advances, many spine ailments and injuries can be medically addressed with minimally invasive surgery. In days past, back or neck surgery of any kind always meant days or even weeks in the hospital, followed by long...
Soothe Chronic Back Pain with Massage Therapy
Sep 20, 2017
In the not-too-distant past, the baseline treatment for people suffering from chronic back pain was for doctors to prescribe some form of pain medication. However, with growing concerns about opioid addiction (including legally prescribed pain meds)...
Tips for Preventing Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
Sep 13, 2017
Scoliosis is a condition affecting the curvature of the spine, either to the right or to the left. Left untreated, it can often lead to chronic pain and deformity.
Why You Need a Customized Treatment Plan for Lower Back Pain
Sep 05, 2017
When it comes to treating lower back pain, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment plan. The back may seem like a deceptively simple part of the body, but it’s actually a very complex system of nerves, vertebrae...
How Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Can Get You Back in the Game
Aug 31, 2017
One of the most remarkable wonders of nature is the body’s own ability to heal itself. In recent years, modern medical advances have unveiled revolutionary regenerative injection therapies that actually help facilitate...
6 Non-Surgical Treatments for Spinal Rehabilitation
Aug 24, 2017
It seems like most people recoil at the very hint that their back pain might point to an injury or deformity of the spine. Due perhaps to the abundance of horror stories in circulation, many folks immediately assume that their back problems...
What Sports Are Safest For People With Lower Back Pain?
Aug 17, 2017
People often assume that once they develop lower back pain, their athletic days are pretty much over. Indeed, many of us don’t feel like doing much exercise when we’re in pain, and our first impulse is to restrict movement in order to avoid...
Developing An Effective Pain Management Plan After Spinal Surgery
Aug 10, 2017
While some pain is to be expected after spinal surgery, the idea that you just have to “live with the pain” is misguided, especially in today’s world of modern medicine.
Choosing an Atlanta Spine Wellness Center to Alleviate Lower Back Pain
Aug 03, 2017
Whether you’ve experienced a recent injury or have been grappling with chronic low back pain for years, choosing the right Atlanta spine wellness center is a critical decision. There are many things to consider when choosing an Atlanta spine specialist...
4 Tips for Finding the Best Neurosurgeon in Atlanta
Jul 03, 2017
If you need surgery of the brain or spine, it’s important to work with a clinic that is known for the best neurosurgery in Atlanta, with proven experience and skill, someone you can trust.
The Post-Operative Guide to Recovering from Spine Surgery
Jun 29, 2017
Regardless of whether you are using surgical or non-surgical treatments, recovering from back pain can be a long road. If you and your doctor determine minimally invasive spine surgery is right for you, the procedure itself is only the beginning.
10 Questions to Ask Your Spine Surgeon Before Surgery
Jun 27, 2017
Spine surgery can be serious business, but if you have chosen an experienced and knowledgeable spine surgeon, you’ll be in good hands. But even surgeries that are considered “routine” for our surgeons, may not be routine for you.
Tips from Atlanta’s Top Spinal Surgeons for Relieving Back Pain
Jun 22, 2017
If you’ve ever experienced back pain, you know that even in mild cases it can have a profound impact on your lifestyle. While nearly 80 percent of us will experience some form of back pain as a normal part of life...
3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Spine Specialist in Atlanta
Jun 20, 2017
If you live in Atlanta and are experiencing back pain and/or spine issues, the task of choosing a spine specialist in Atlanta is not necessarily an easy one. You want someone with knowledge and experience, someone who listens with compassion....
What to Expect After Regenerative Injection Therapy
Jun 15, 2017
Regenerative injection therapy is a groundbreaking form of medicine that injects natural substances into strategic parts of the body to help it heal itself without drugs or invasive surgeries.
5 Scoliosis Myths In Honor of Scoliosis Awareness Month
Jun 09, 2017
Scoliosis is a common spinal deformity that usually manifests as a curvature of the spine. It affects approximately 3 percent of the population and usually appears during childhood. Despite how frequently scoliosis occurs and the medical advances that...
Tips For Finding a Top Spine Surgeon in Atlanta
Jun 05, 2017
If you need a spine procedure performed, you don’t want to entrust yourself to just anyone. Spine surgery is a highly specialized field requiring flawless precision, so it is critical to find a surgeon with an excellent track record and...
Finding Neck Pain Relief Through Minimally Invasive Surgery
May 29, 2017
Not that long ago, finding relief from chronic neck pain required open neck surgery, which is an invasive procedure accompanied by hospital stays and long recovery times. Nowadays, thanks to modern medical advances, more and more people...
How to Prepare For Your First Appointment With a Spine Doctor
May 20, 2017
Your initial appointment to see a spine doctor can feel a bit daunting at first. If you’ve never been treated for back and spine issues, you might be unsure of what to expect. Not only are you probably experiencing some back pain now,...
What It Takes to Be One of Atlanta’s Top Neurosurgeons
May 10, 2017
Issues with the brain, spine, and neck can have a ripple effect on so many other parts of the body, which is why you should only entrust your care to the most qualified medical professionals when you need a neurosurgical procedure.
Can Adults Develop Scoliosis?
Apr 01, 2017
Yes, adults develop scoliosis more often than you think. Scoliosis refers to a curvature of the spine, either to the right or left, caused by any of a number of factors.
How Do I Prevent Kyphosis?
Apr 01, 2017
Kyphosis is a rounded curvature of the upper spine that contributes to a “stooped” or “hunched” look. It may be caused over time by a number of factors, including congenital defects, osteoporosis, bad posture, and even nutritional...
Can Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) Repair Injured Tissues?
Apr 01, 2017
Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) does not directly repair an injury. Rather, it stimulates the body to begin healing itself. To understand how it works, we must first understand the body’s healing processes.
What Conditions Can Be Treated With an Epidural Steroid Injection?
Apr 01, 2017
An epidural steroid injection (ESI) is an injection used for the purpose of relieving back, leg or arm pain caused by a number of conditions. The injection consists of a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation and an anesthetic that is used...
Does Acupuncture Really Work?
Mar 24, 2017
Acupuncture is an ancient practice from traditional Chinese medicine that is used to relieve pain and other symptoms on the premise of restoring the flow of energy (“qi”) along the pathways of the body. While this explanation might seem a bit mystical...
Is Electromyography (EMG) Painful?
Mar 22, 2017
Electromyography (EMG) is a test that measures and graphs the electrical activity in your muscles as they move. Muscles contract when nerve cells (called motor neurons) send a small electrical impulse into them.
What to Expect After Undergoing a Laminectomy
Mar 20, 2017
A laminectomy is a surgical procedure in which your spinal surgeon removes a portion of one or more of your vertebrae to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. This is performed under general anesthesia.
How is Spondylolisthesis Treated with Surgery?
Feb 17, 2017
Spondylolisthesis is a condition of the back in which one vertebra slides forward or backward onto an adjacent vertebra, often causing significant pain, weakness or numbness in areas ranging from the lower back and buttocks to running down the legs.
What Are My Options For Disc Replacement?
Dec 12, 2016
If you have been suffering from lower back pain for an extended period of time and non-surgical treatments have not helped enough, you may be wondering about your options for spinal disc replacement surgery.
Top 10 Back Pain Causes
Oct 03, 2016
Almost everyone experiences back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, recent estimates suggest that a third of the population — as many as 100 million Americans — experience chronic back pain.
5 Easy At-Home Back Pain Remedies
Jun 22, 2015
The back is one of the more complex parts of your body. It is composed of the spine, discs, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Any or all of these parts of the back can become injured or strained, resulting in back pain.
What is Thoracic Spine Surgery?
Jun 18, 2015
The thoracic area of the spine resides within the upper back and abdomen, between the cervical spine in the neck and the lumbar spine in the lower back. It is comprised of the vertebrae T1-T12.
Max Steuer, MD
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Address: 5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Suite 101, Atlanta, GA 30342
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