Treatment Spine pain
Unfortunately, spine pain is a fairly common condition which sooner or later comes into the life of almost every person. It is a signal of disruption in the functioning of the musculoskeletal system, spine diseases and it also can indicate other problems in the body. Depending on the area which feels sore it is possible for a spine care specialist or chiropractor to determine which parts of the spine or internal organs were affected by pathological changes. If the pain causes discomfort for a long time you must consult a spine doctor at once and to undergo a spine treatment in the orthopedic center near you.
The most common areas of Spine treatment
Surgical treatments for these conditions include:
- Spinal Cord Stimulation
- Minimally Invasive Reconstructions
- Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
- Artificial Disc Replacement
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
- Spinal Fusion
- Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
Causes of spine pain
The pathologies which require spine treatment in Orlando are:
trauma (bruises, fractures, dislocations, ligament ruptures, etc.);
lesion of the spinal column.
The other reasons include spine injuries, incorrect posture, repetitive movements and hypothermia. Spine pain treatment helps to prevent further problems and improve the current state of the spine.
What are the Most Common Afflictions of the Spine?
According to recent estimates, more than 85% of the population has spinal diseases. And over the past 50 years, not only older people but also younger generations have started suffering from these problems. We are talking about such diseases as radiculitis, scoliosis, intervertebral hernia, stenosis and osteochondrosis.
Osteochondrosis is one of the most well-known disorders. This is a lesion of the cartilaginous component of the spinal disk, which leads to ossification of the cartilage. Thus, there is an increase in pressure on the nerve endings and acute pain. It is possible to cure osteochondrosis, but it will take time, since in the initial stage this disease is asymptomatic, and the patient seeks help only when he feels pain. The practice shows that spine pain is already a sign of complications.
Radiculitis is one of the complications of osteochondrosis as well. This is a mechanical effect on the muscle tissue, nerve endings and intervertebral disks. In this case, a person experiences very sharp pain in the dorsal area, as well as hips and buttocks.
In case of a hernia, the displacement and rupture of the intervertebral disks occurs, which entails inflammation and exit of the roots of the spinal nerves. This disorder is common in the cervical and lumbar spine, but if there are curvatures, it can also occur in the thoracic spine. The symptoms include numbness in the legs, dizziness, also pain in the arms and shoulders.
Stenosis is a disease of the spinal cord, a narrowing of the spinal canal. This malfunction can occur after trauma, tumors and in the older age.
Unnatural curvature, deformity of the spine and chest is another illness of the spine called scoliosis. It can be congenital or acquired. It occurs quite frequently during the stage of active growth of a child. Without proper and on-time treatment, there may be pinching of the nerve endings, which leads to disruption of the nervous system.
The causes of spine pain can be associated with the negative changes occurring in the spine and in the psychological state of a person. The main risk factors include being overweight, passive lifestyle or on the opposite, excessive physical exertion. Long-term regular uncomfortable positions and abrupt movements also affect the spine. Professional athletes, cooks, hairdressers, drivers, salesmen and office workers are in the group of the highest risk of spine injuries. The harmful habit of smoking is not only dangerous for the lungs but it destroys the spine as well. There is evidence that the aging process of intervertebral disks of the smokers happens much faster than in non-smokers. Stress and depression can also provoke spine pain and interfere with the patient’s recovery process after spine treatment.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
In contrast to such spine pain treatment as open spinal surgery, minimally invasive techniques have a number of undeniable advantages:
- no need for large cuts;
- short period of hospital stay (from 1 to 3 days);
- discomfort and spine pain after surgery is insignificant;
- the duration of recovery and rehabilitation – from 2 weeks to 3 months, depending on the severity of the clinical case;
- minimal risks of infections;
- no bleeding;
- no complications in the postoperative period.
The spine doctors in the medical center near you “Touch of Health” perform the following procedures:
- laser vaporization of the spinal disk;
- intervertebral disk pulp decompression;
Endoscopic spine surgery is one of the most known non-traumatic spine treatment techniques. It is performed under local or general anesthesia. At the stage of preoperative X-ray marking, the neurosurgeon accurately determines the location of the herniated disk and makes a 7-8 mm incision on the skin. The spine doctor installs an endoscopic cannula into it. A good visual control over the course of the operation is provided by a mini-camera built into the endoscope. The image is broadcast on a screen with high video resolution in two projections. Thus, endoscopic removal of a hernia of the spine excludes damage to healthy tissues: blood vessels, nerve endings, muscle fibers, and osteochondral structures. The duration of the operation is from 30 to 90 minutes.
Spine surgery is effective in 90% of cases. The regenerative potential of cartilage and bone tissue is different for everyone. Soreness occurs after any surgical intervention. It can be successfully reduced with the help of analgesics prescribed for 10-14 days.
The spine pain treatment, such as this, is a well-planned process. The course of surgery is carried out according to pre-drawn up protocol under X-ray and video control. Initially, the patient is diagnosed to identify contraindications. If they are not present, the date of the operation is assigned.
- Before the procedure, light sedation is injected to relieve anxiety.
- Anesthesia is performed. This is a modern combined sevofulrane anesthesia. The patient’s condition is controlled by an anesthesiologist.
- The operation field is being assessed. Endoscopic methods require the size of the incision of about 2cm. For decompression-stabilizing interventions, the size of the incision is larger.
- Then such processes take place as treatment of bone sites, decompression of the nerve roots, removal of the nucleus pulposus.
- The final stage is stabilization, depending on the type of an operation.
- Control diagnostics is performed. If the goal of an operation is achieved, then stitches are applied. On average, the work of the operating team takes 1.5-4 hours. The duration depends on the volume, degree of complexity, access, and which metal structure is chosen for the intervention. High-tech endoscopic techniques can shorten the duration of the spine pain treatment process.
- From the operating room, the patient enters the intensive care unit. Observation lasts from 4 to 7 days. A sick leave is issued for the whole period of spine treatment.
The specialists of our center know and love their work very well, daily helping hundreds of people to return to their usual way of life. Thanks to the help of the professionals in “Touch of Health” orthopedic center, the period of rehabilitation is minimal, and soon you will be able to enjoy all the colors of life!
How to prevent spine disorders
These simple rules from the spine care specialists in Orlando will help you to keep the spine healthy and to avoid urgent spine pain treatment and spine surgery:
If you spend a lot of time at your desk, make sure you get the right fit. It is necessary to sit straight while the lumbar region should be pressed at the back of the chair
Avoid prolonged static position. Take breaks every half an hour, get up, walk, do a little warm up to release the tension
Choose your bed wisely. It should be neither too hard nor too soft as your spine should stay in a straight position all over the night. We strongly advise to use an orthopedic mattress
Take care of your muscles. Regular physical activity will help to strengthen the core because the deep back muscles support the spine.
Orthopedic Center Touch of Health in Orlando is a highly competitive medical institution. It is known for its experienced orthopedic spine surgeons, chiropractors and qualified spine pain treatment. Chiropractic care in Orlando is one of the most effective treatments sudden or chronic spine pain.
Our center is located near these locations:
Pine hills, Downtown, Winter garden, Metrowest, Altamonte, Apopka, Ocoee, Windermere, Doctor Phillips, Belle isle, Pine castle, Edgewood , Baldwin Park, College park, Millenia, Winter park, Goldenrod, Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Casselberry, Azalea, Oviedo, Lake Mary.
Our Spine Experts
Dr. Mark Biondi was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa. At the age of three, his parents relocated to Merritt Island, so he has spent most of his life on the Space Coast and around Central Florida. He attended Merritt Island High where he developed an early interest in athletic training and sports medicine that would later lead him to pursue a career as a Chiropractic Physician. He attended Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida State College) and the University of Central Florida. He then enrolled at Logan University, College of Chiropractic Medicine, where he received his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree.
Dr. Michael A. Thomas is a board-certified neurosurgeon who practices general neurosurgery with a specialty in minimally invasive spine surgery, skull base and endoscopic brain surgery. He treats conditions and diseases affecting the nervous system, which includes the brain, spine, spinal cord, and the peripheral nerves. Dr. Thomas has been referred to as a patient-focused professional and a conscientious and skilled neurosurgeon by his colleagues. He is certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Surgeons with a Neurosurgical discipline and the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.
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