SPINE

Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon

Non Surgical

Lower back pain is often caused by injury to the ligament or muscle. Major areas of concern for serious complications are severe and constant pain, weakness in your lower extremity, and loss of control of the bladder/bowels. A pinched nerve may be caused by a bulging or herniated disc, arthritis, bone spurs, or other degenerative disease of the spine. Signs are tingling, numbness, muscle spasms, and shooting pain traveling from the nerve area to other parts of the body.  Pressure on the nerve can come from any other tissue that is inflamed or invading that nerve’s space – bone, cartilage, muscle, and tendons.

If you are experiencing back pain or any of these warning symptoms, it is important to see an orthopedic specialist immediately.  We diagnosis and treat many back issues, including the following conditions:

Non-Surgical Spinal Intervention

A number of non-surgical options for the treatment of neck and back pain are available.  Your doctors will discuss these options with your, tell you how they are administered, and discuss any associated risks.  Please be aware that not all treatments are right for every patient.  Treatment options include:

  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Joint Injections
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Physical Therapy

Surgical Spinal Interventions

A number of surgical procedures are available to our patients.  Each has its unique benefits and risks, all of which your doctor will discuss with you to determine the best choice for your condition or injury.   Our spine specialists have extensive experience in helping patients who suffer from neck and back pain. Whether dealing with an acute injury or debilitating chronic disorder, we provide advanced treatment options to relieve pain symptoms. When non-surgical efforts no longer provide pain relief, patients look to us for effective treatment for lumbar (lower back) and cervical (neck) conditions.  Surgical interventions include:

  • Disc Replacement
  • Spinal Fusion

Artificial disc replacement surgically corrects cervical disc problems by replacing the damaged discs with an artificial disc(s).  With this advanced procedure, the patient retains range-of-motion in the spine and experiences a faster recovery.

Spinal fusion surgically corrects problems with the small bones, or vertebrae, of the spine by eliminating motion between vertebrae. In other words, spinal fusion essentially unites vertebrae so that they heal into a single, solid bone. Spinal fusion also prevents the stretching of spinal nerves and surrounding ligaments and muscles. In essence, if moving vertebrae causes pain, eliminating the movement should relieve pain.  Spinal fusion does decrease the patient’s range-of-motion.

Do you suffer from neck or back pain? You may be a candidate for the spinal fusion or disc replacement surgery. Complete our online back surgery assessment and a qualified health professional will personally review your assessment and contact you about the results.

Spinal fusion is used to relieve symptoms of many painful back conditions, including:

Preventing back pain is much better than having to overcome it. Visit the Back Pain Prevention Page for a few tips to help you reduce your risk of having back injuries.