What types of conditions does an orthopedic spine surgeon treat?

Our orthopedic spine surgeons treat a wide range of spinal disorders and conditions, including:

  • Cervical Conditions (Neck Conditions)
  • Chronic Spine Pain or Lumbar Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Genetic Spinal Conditions
  • Herniated Discs
  • Kyphosis
  • Neurological Conditions (Nerve Conditions)
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Problems Related to Sports Injuries
  • Spondylolisthesis

What should I expect at my first visit to my orthopedic spine surgeon?

Your first visit to an orthopedic spine surgeon will likely involve a comprehensive evaluation of your spine condition, medical history, and symptoms. Here’s what you can expect:

  • MEDICAL HISTORY & PHYSICAL EXAM: The surgeon will ask you about your symptoms, medical history, and any previous treatments you have received. They will also perform a physical examination to assess your spine’s range of motion, muscle strength, and any signs of injury or deformity.
  • IMAGING TESTS: Based on the initial evaluation, the surgeon may recommend imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans to get a detailed view of your spine’s structure and identify any abnormalities.
  • DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT PLAN: After reviewing the imaging results and examining you, the surgeon will discuss your diagnosis and treatment options with you. They may recommend conservative treatments like physical therapy or medication, or suggest surgery if deemed necessary.
  • DISCUSSION OF RISKS & BENEFITS: If surgery is recommended, the surgeon will explain the potential risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as the recovery process and any limitations you may face post-surgery.
  • FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENTS: The surgeon may schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed.

Remember to bring a list of questions you may have about your condition or treatment options to ensure that you fully understand the recommended course of action.

What are some of an orthopedic spine doctor’s non-surgical treatment options?

Here are some common non-surgical treatment options that our spine doctors may recommend:

  • PHYSICAL THERAPY: Physical therapy involves exercises and stretches designed to improve spine mobility and strength, as well as reduce pain.
  • MEDICATIONS: Orthopedic spine surgeons may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to manage pain and inflammation associated with spine conditions.
  • INJECTIONS: Epidural injections of steroids or other medications can help relieve pain and inflammation in the spine.
  • BRACING: A brace may be recommended to provide support and stability for the spine, particularly after a spinal injury or surgery.
  • LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS: Orthopedic spine surgeons may recommend lifestyle modifications such as weight loss, smoking cessation, and proper posture to manage spine conditions.

When should I seek spine treatment?

Seeking treatment from an orthopedic doctor if you experience any of these spinal symptoms:

  • Persistent or severe back or neck pain that does not improve with rest or self-care measures
  • Pain that radiates down the arms or legs, or numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • Loss of sensation, muscle weakness, or difficulty controlling the bowels or bladder
  • Spinal deformities, such as scoliosis, that cause pain or affect quality of life
  • Herniated discs or other spinal conditions that require surgical intervention
  • Osteoporosis or other conditions that increase the risk of spinal fractures
  • Arthritis or other degenerative conditions that affect the spine
  • Traumatic injuries, such as fractures or dislocations, that affect the spine

Remember, early intervention can help prevent further damage to the spine and improve your overall quality of life. So don’t wait to get treatment.