The spine is a complex structure that provides both mobility and strength. Proper functioning of the neck and back allows for fluid, effortless movement. But, when there is a deformity, injury or disease of the spine, common activities such as turning, bending, or stretching often become painful. Eight out of 10 people will suffer from back or neck pain at some point in their life.
Spinal surgery requires a high degree of skill and precision due to the proximity of the spinal cord and nerves. HCA Virginia’s team of neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons have years of experience using innovative surgical techniques that improve patient outcomes. We emphasize a conservative approach to treatment and perform minimally invasive surgery for cervical, thoracic and lumbar herniated discs often the same day for most lumbar herniated discs and decompression procedures for cervical, thoracic and lumbar stenosis.
When to Seek a Spinal Evaluation?
The spine can be affected by arthritis, degenerative wear and tear problems affecting the joints and disks, as well as a variety of other abnormalities that cause back or neck pain. Most simple back pain will start to improve within a day or two of restricted activity or over-the-counter medication. If you find yourself taking more and more pills to relieve back or neck pain, you’ll want to see a specialist.
- Spinal Fusion – the welding of two vertebrae of the spine Laminectomy-removal of the portion of the lamina, which makes up the vertebrae
- Microdiscectomy – removal of a herniated disc through a small incision
- Artificial cervical disc spinal surgery – an alternative to a traditional spinal fusion to repair a severe disc problems
- Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty – the insertion of an inflatable balloon into the fractured or collapsed vertebra to return it to the correct position
- Digital biplane angiography (3DBRA) – to pinpoint precisely and target to help deliver treatment to problems in the spine
Tips for Healthy spine:
- Lift light and lift right – keep your back straight and bend at the knees rather than at the waist.
- Stand tall – good posture helps your spine!
- Work smart – Many of us spend hours each day working at a computer. Poorly designed workspaces can wreak havoc on your back and neck.
- Start moving – exercise is critical for keeping your back healthy.
- Sleeping and lying down – The proper way to sleep or lie down with your neck, low back, and knees supported. Try to sleep in a position that helps you maintain the curve in your back.
Call our Consult-A-Nurse® team 24/7 at 877.689.DOCS (3627) to find an orthopedic specialist, make an appointment or learn more about orthopedic services at Parham Doctors’ Hospital.