The spine is a highly complex and critical component of the musculoskeletal system. Surrounding the spinal cord, the spinal column is made up of bones, ligaments, and shock-absorbing discs in five sections—the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), lumbar (lower back), sacrum (base of the back), and coccyx region (tailbone).
Since spinal injuries can affect any nerve, joint, or muscle, there is a wide range of conditions and injuries encompassed by neck and back pain and other symptoms.
From sacroiliac joint dysfunction, disc herniation, and scoliosis to spondylolisthesis and sciatica, spine, neck, and back pain can be a sign of a serious disorder.
It's important to seek treatment from a pain specialist or spine surgeon as soon as possible before your injury or condition worsens if you have any of the following symptoms of neck or back pain:
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the hands, arms, or legs
- Other related bone, joint, or nerve pain or limitation
- Pain radiating from the back to the leg/foot
- Pain radiating from the neck to the arm/hand
- Pain that increases in the back, leg, or foot when standing or walking but is relieved by sitting
These symptoms can indicate the following injuries and conditions:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Scoliosis or kyphosis (spinal curvature)
- Spinal stenosis
Our surgical spine specialist and physical medicine and rehabilitation physician understand that damage to the spinal cord is not only disruptive but potentially devastating to patients. Spine conditions and injuries should be examined by a spine specialist for proper diagnosis to determine if spine surgery or nonsurgical treatments are needed.
Before working with their patients in developing a treatment plan, which may include spine surgery, our specialists will perform a physical examination and order imaging tests, such as X-rays, to determine the source of pain.
Many spine conditions are treated with nonoperative methods and procedures before surgery is considered. Our fellowship-trained physiatrist offers the following treatments for patients suffering from chronic back pain:
- Epidural steroid injections
- Facet joint injections
- Nerve blocks
- Sacroiliac joint steroid injections
Some spinal problems can be resolved through other nonsurgical methods, such as prescribed physical therapy, but if spinal surgery becomes necessary, our fellowship-trained spine surgeon offers patients the following procedures using open and minimally invasive techniques:
- Discectomy or microdiscectomy
- Spinal fusion
- TLIF (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion)
- XLIF (lateral lumbar interbody fusion)
At Middle Georgia Orthopaedics, your surgeon will only consider spine surgery if nonsurgical methods are unsuccessful. If spine surgery is necessary to obtain the best results, our spine surgeon will use the latest surgical methods proven to restore function, including minimally invasive surgery using small incisions. Your surgeon will ensure that you are well-informed on all viable treatment options before you choose to undergo spine surgery. Your surgeon will also educate you on what to expect before surgery, during your procedure, and after surgery in recovery.
To consult with one of our spine doctors, please request an appointment online or call (478) 953-4563.
Why choose Middle Georgia Orthopaedics?
Our fellowship-trained, board-certified spine doctors at Middle Georgia Orthopaedics have completed additional training on the various treatments of the spine. With this advanced training, our physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, Dr. K. Scott Malone, and our orthopaedic spinal surgery specialist, Dr. Daxes Banit, have the expertise to diagnose and treat your spinal concern and related pain individually to your needs.
To consult with our spine surgeon or pain physician at Middle Georgia Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online or call (478) 953-4563.