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Your Spine Is the Foundation of Your Entire Skeletal System

Our Spine Center is the most highly regarded practice in the region of comprehensive interventional and surgical techniques to address all conditions affecting the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Our physicians treat the full range of spine-related conditions. Contrary to what you may believe, the majority of our spine patients are treated without surgery, and when surgery is required, we use minimally invasive procedures whenever possible.

At the Spine Center you will also find exceptionally compassionate and integrated care. The Spine Team works closely with our Pain Management physicians, as needed, to customize treatment for each and every patient. They are joined by our Chiropractic team, who are experts in the latest chiropractic practice for hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments to improve alignment, advance function and reduce discomfort or pain.

Patients receive highly personal attention to address their unique problems and concerns. As a result, our patients have less pain, recover faster, and don’t have the negative effects of a large incision. Experience, personalized care, and optimal results are the backbone of The Spine Center.

Conditions and Injuries treated:
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Frequently Asked Questions

 
What is the difference between Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and Neurosurgeon?

The main difference between an orthopedic spine surgeon and a neurosurgeon is their training and focus of their surgical practice. Both are highly skilled medical doctors with an orthopedic spine surgeon specializing on musculoskeletal and joint issues with deep knowledge of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. An orthopedic spine surgeon diagnoses and repairs conditions of the spine, back and neck such as cervical, thoracic, lumbar spinal anatomy problems but will also treat fractures, hip/knee arthritis, shoulder pain and musculoskeletal injuries. A neurosurgeon focuses on the conditions of the brain, spine, peripheral nerves, and cerebrovascular system and treats conditions such as brain aneurysm and tumors, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, as well as spinal cord injury. Both orthopedic spine surgeon and neurosurgeon often work as a team to treat all spine conditions.

 

What spine problem is common with older adults?

Older adults commonly have age-related back, neck and spinal pain or stiffness from our cartilage, joints and discs wearing down from everyday usage or losing water and shrinking as we age. Over time, we can also experience narrowing of the space around our spine, or spinal stenosis, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves causing symptoms ranging from pain, numbness, tingling to progressive loss of function. Spinal arthritis, also a degenerative condition, can occur when the joints above and below vertebrae begin to degenerate. In addition to age-related wearing down of the disc and other tissues, this could result in abnormal curvature of the spine commonly referred to Degenerative Scoliosis. This condition could cause a debilitating functional problem. Some adults experience decreased bone mass – osteopenia or osteoporosis, which leaves us more vulnerable to vertebral fractures even with a low impact injury or fall.

If you experience neck and back pain, don’t ignore it because even if it’s age related there are treatments that can help no matter what your age.

 
How do you know if you have a spine problem?

Although symptoms do vary, but common symptoms of spine problems include a burning, aching, shooting dull or sharp pain from your neck to arm, forearm, or hand and back to buttock, thigh, leg, or feet. There could also be associated tingling and numbness. Symptoms could also be as severe as weakness in your hands and legs, as well as difficulty using your hands, and walking due to poor coordination. If your spine is malaligned, you may feel discomfort when walking due to fatigue, inability to stand straight and pain, tingling, and numbness in your legs.
Most spine problems are not emergencies, but if you have back pain with pain going down one or both legs, urinary retention, loss of feeling around the buttocks please get to the nearest emergency department as soon as possible.

 
What is the reason for spine pain?

Pain in the neck, back, and spine is common. Most common cause is from pulled or torn muscle or ligament known as Muscle or ligament strain. Poor posture, lack of exercise and physical fitness, as well as being overweight are some of the contributing factors. Other things that can contribute to spine pain are previous injury, arthritis, fracture, tumor, metastasis, infection, trauma.