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Spine Surgery

The neck and back are the body’s most common sources of pain. We provide both nonsurgical and surgical treatment for neck and back pain, injuries and disorders. Our conservative approach includes physical therapy, medication, exercise and interventional spinal therapies. We always focus on the least invasive procedures to promote a safe and effective return to active, healthy living.

For some problems, however, surgery is the best possible solution. Although spinal surgery is often delicate and complex, our skilled surgeons offer a range of solutions for even the most difficult spine conditions, including the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques, when appropriate.

Orthopedic Associates also provides advanced interventional spine pain management therapy using minimally invasive techniques performed with the guidance of fluoroscopic x-ray machines that target specific areas for diagnosis and treatment.

Orthopedic Associates physicians and surgeons treat all spine, neck and back conditions, including:

  • Surgical
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Basilar invagination (cranial settling)
  • Cervical and lumbar herniated disks
  • Chordoma
  • Cranial settling
  • Degenerative disk disease (DDD) and other degenerative conditions
  • Facet joint osteoarthritis
  • Kyphosis
  • Low back and neck pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Platybasia
  • Primary and metastatic spinal
  • column (bony) tumors
  • ScoliosisSpinal cord trauma
  • Spinal cord tumors
  • Spinal dysraphism
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic disks

What is Interventional Pain Management?

Pain management is a branch of medicine that uses an interdisciplinary approach to ease suffering and improve the quality of life for those living with acute and chronic pain. Everyone experiences pain at one point or another, and it is often an indication that something is wrong. Each individual is the best judge of his or her pain.

What is Acute Pain?

Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality lasting for moments, or it may be severe and last for weeks or months. In most cases, acute pain does not last longer than a few months and it disappears when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed. Acute pain may be caused by various events or circumstances, including:

  • Surgery
  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strain/sprains
  • Tendonitis

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain persists despite the fact that a injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, month, or years. Physical effects include tense muscles, limited mobility, and a possible lack of energy. Common chronic pain complaints include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis pain
  • Neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to nerves; it can be burning, tingling, or numbing in nature.
  • Psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease, injury, or any visible sign of damage

How is Pain Treated?

Depending upon its severity, pain may be treated in a number of ways. Symptomatic options for the treatment of pain may include one or more of the following:

  • Drug treatments such as non-prescription medications or stronger pain medications
  • Trigger point injections
  • Nerve blocks

How do you know if you are a candidate for Interventional Pain Management?

Have you received medical or surgical treatments and you continue to have pain?

Do you have pain that interferes with physical or vocational functioning?

Have you experienced pain lasting for 3 months or more?