Center for Spine Care
Our orthopedic spine specialists emphasize conservative treatment of your spine problems; surgery is available as the last option. In fact, the large majority of our patients receive conservative treatment to help cure their back problems—more than 95% of our patients are treated without the need for surgery.
Most of us experience bouts of back or neck pain at some point. Many times the pain is due to an injury; at other times, it may be due to degeneration or arthritis of the spine.
Most back and neck problems resolve within a short period of time by limiting activities and taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications. If your pain becomes severe or lasts longer than a week or two, you should be evaluated by a physician.
OIP has a team of physicians and assistants who can evaluate and assist with spine problems. We thoroughly evaluate our spine patients to best diagnose the source of their pain. Digital X-rays, MRIs, CAT scans, and EMGs are some of the tools we use to assist us in making a diagnosis.
At OIP, conservative treatment is emphasized in all types of back and neck problems and may include:
- Modification of your activities
- Home exercises
- Physical therapy
- Cortisone injections
- Nerve blocks
If surgery is needed, our spine specialists will cover all options with you. In general, a “less is better” approach is used. If minimally invasive techniques or microsurgery can be effective for your problem, our spine surgeons can perform those surgeries.
If a more significant operation is needed, our surgeons will go over in depth why such a surgery is needed, what it would involve, what you can expect in your post-operative time and how long of a recovery period is expected. All of this information should help alleviate any fears or anxiety you may have about back or neck surgery.
Our surgeons have the skill and experience to care for the most complex of spine problems. Some of the spinal conditions our surgeons handle routinely include:
- Spondylolisthesis (slipped disc)
- Spinal stenosis
- Disc herniation
Our surgeons balance years of experience and tried and true techniques with the latest technology. Our surgeons have experience with the following techniques:
- Microsurgery: Used to take pressure off of nerves due to herniated discs or arthritis. Usually is done as an outpatient.
- Minimally invasive surgery: Smaller incisions, less down time and speedier healing may be seen with this technique.
- Kyphoplasty: “No incision” technique used to treat painful spinal compression fractures due to osteoporosis. It is usually done as an overnight stay in the hospital. Without kyphoplasty, you can expect weeks of severe pain before the fracture heals. With kyphoplasty, most patients experience immediate relief of pain.
- Disc replacement surgery: This new technique involves replacing the disc rather than performing a fusion. Your doctor will determine if this is an option for you.
- Laminectomy and spinal fusion surgery: Our surgeons use the latest techniques to optimize your recovery from back surgery.
- Deformity correction: Curvatures of the spine—including scoliosis, kyphosis (hunchback) and lordosis (straight back)—can be corrected with this type of surgery.
- Motion preservation technology: This surgery can be used in place of fusion to allow a more normal movement of your spine after surgery.
Your doctor will discuss with you how to best treat your spine problem so that you have an active role in the decision process.
To set up an appointment at our orthopedic spine center, call 717-761-5530.