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Cervical & Lumbar Spine

Deciding the right way to treat your neck or back pain begins with an accurate diagnosis, which involves a thorough orthopaedic evaluation and the use of tools such as MRI and electrodiagnostics.

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Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy is a common surgical procedure in which a joint is viewed using a small camera. Arthroscopy gives doctors a clear view of the inside of the joint and helps treat orthopaedic problems.

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Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is specialized medical care for treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries. From athletes to active individuals, sports medicine helps patients continue injury-free active lifestyles.

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Herniated Disc

Description

A herniated disc occurs when a portion of the vertebral disc ruptures. This ruptured portion may push on nerves in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar areas.

This pressure on the nerves can often lead to numbness and pain. Smaller herniations are sometimes called protrusions.

Symptoms

Cervical

  • Discomfort in one or both arms
  • Shooting pains in one or both arms
  • Weakness or numbness in one or both arms
  • Burning arm pain

Lumbar

  • Discomfort in leg, ankle, or foot
  • Shooting pain, weakness or numbness in leg
  • Leg pain is usually worse when sitting

Causes

Cervical

  • Degeneration due to normal aging process
  • Trauma
  • Episode of heavy lifting
Lumbar
  • Degeneration due to normal aging process
  • Trauma
  • Episode of heavy lifting
  • Sudden twisting

Possible Treatment Options

Non Operative Treatment
Medications and non operative treatments (physical therapy) are sometimes needed. Occasionally epidural injections are indicated for pain relief. Surgery can be considered for those who do not improve.

Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion Instrumented
The ruptured disc is removed. It is then replaced by a bone graft. An anterior cervical plate is implanted for stability.

Posterior Cervical Laminotomy
The spinous process and lamina are removed to decrease pressure on the spinal cord. Instrumentation may be used to increase post-operative stability.

Lumbar Partial Discectomy
Removal of herniated portion of the disc relieves the pressure on the painful nerve.

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