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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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Trauma

Description

Spinal trauma results from significant physical injury sustained as a result of high energy impacts or falls. Motor vehicle accidents and common falls account for a large portion of spinal trauma. These injuries can lead to compression of one or more vertebrae. Weakened bones (osteoporosis) can also lead to fracture at a low level of trauma. A traumatic episode can result in the sudden onset of back pain.

Symptoms

  • Back pain after an incident
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Paralysis

Causes

  • High energy impact trauma
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Falls
  • Weakened bones (Osteoporosis)

Possible Treatment Options

Non Operative Treatment
Pain medications, patience, and bracing are sometimes needed. Surgery may be considered for those who do not improve.

Lumbar Vertebral Body Replacement
If a vertebral body has been severely fractured in a traumatic event, the entire vertebral body may be replaced with a stabilized metal cage or bone strut. Instrumentation anchored to the surrounding vertebral bodies stabilizes the construct.

Decompression
This surgical procedure involves removing all or a portion of the lamina, removing bone spurs and/or enlarging the foramen to relieve pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord.

Posterolateral Fusion
Often times, in addition to a decompression, your surgeon will perform an instrumented posterolateral fusion by inserting a series of rods and screws coupled with the placement of bone graft. This fusion provides increased spinal stability depending on the severity of the injury.

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