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We rely on the healthy function of our backs for more than just bending. Conditions affecting the back, neck, and spine can impact the way we walk, run, and perform even the most mundane tasks—even simply sitting at a computer! When you experience pain, numbness, weakness, or mobility problems, these may be indications of a spinal disorder. A skilled orthopedic back specialist can help determine an accurate diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan.

The EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region Spine Center is the trusted choice for expert, multidisciplinary back, neck, and spine treatment. We focus on patient-centered care, offering the latest approaches in conservative and surgical techniques to alleviate neck, back, and spine pain and discomfort.

Seven Indications It Is Time to See an Orthopedic Back Specialist

A board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic spine specialist understands the complexities involved with the anatomy of the spine (nerves, muscle, vertebrae, etc.). Spine specialists are also skilled and practiced in utilizing a variety of imaging tests (X-rays, MRI, and CT scans), performing examinations, and going over symptoms to identify the presence of a spinal disorder.

People with a neck, back, and spine condition may exhibit the following symptoms:

  1. Pain in the back and/or neck
  2. Sensation of weakness or numbness in the hand, arm, leg, or foot
  3. Balance problems, in coordination, dropping things or difficulty with fine motor tasks (buttoning buttons, picking up coins)
  4. Cramping and pain after standing or sitting for long periods of time
  5. Pain that worsens when bending or lifting
  6. Pain that radiates from the back to the buttocks or down the legs
  7. Pain (varying from moderate to severe) that lasts for weeks at a time (pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks is considered chronic pain)

If symptoms such as fever, chills, unexpected weight loss, or lack of bladder/bowel control occur (with or without additional symptoms listed above), it is critical to seek professional medical attention, as these could be signs of a serious health condition.

Multidisciplinary Back, Neck, and Spine Treatment in Action

When we say “multidisciplinary treatment,” we are talking about utilizing a combination of evidence-based, conservative and surgical approaches to treat a wide range of spinal conditions. From back sprains and spinal stenosis to neck pain and cervical disc degeneration, our highly-trained and specialized orthopedic back specialists practice minimally-invasive and innovative pain management and spine care. This includes:

  • Medication
    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen and naproxen, as well as aspirin and acetaminophen, can help reduce pain and inflammation. Muscle relaxers are often used as well.
  • Steroids
    Steroids can be taken orally, or as injections to provide anti-inflammatory relief.
  • Physical Therapy
    Special exercises and stretches that strengthen and lengthen the supporting muscles of the back and neck, combined with ice, heat, ultrasound, massage, and electrical stimulation can be helpful in alleviating pain and discomfort caused by many spinal conditions.
  • Braces
    The most common type of brace utilized as a nonoperative treatment method to support the spine is the kind that wraps around a person’s back and stomach.
  • Psychological Intervention
    Many patients benefit from behavioral treatment of chronic pain, rehabilitation counseling, and psychological assessment for medical procedures.
  • Surgical Treatment
    Surgical intervention for back pain is only considered when nonoperative solutions have proved ineffective, or a back, neck, or spine condition is severe.

The following surgical procedures are provided by our highly-trained and experienced Spine Center spine surgeons:

  • Spine surgery
  • Lumbar discectomy/microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar decompression
  • Percutaneous lumbar discectomy
  • Lumbar hemilaminectomy/foraminotomy
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Posterior lumbar fusion (PLIF, TLIF)
  • Minimally-invasive posterior lumbar fusion
  • Percutaneous posterior lumbar pedicle screw instrumentation
  • Percutaneous lumbar facet screw instrumentation
  • Anterior lumbar fusion: ALIF, XLIF/DLIF, AxiaLIF
  • Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty for fracture treatment
  • Coflex procedure (less invasive treatment for lumbar stenosis)
  • Lumbar total disc replacement (artificial disc replacement), performed since 2005
  • Numerous FDA clinical trials with minimally-invasive, motion-preserving technology
  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)
  • Anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion
  • Minimally-invasive posterior cervical foraminotomy and discectomy
  • Posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion
  • Cervical spinal fusion procedure
  • Cervical laminoplasty
  • Cervical total disc replacement (artificial disc replacement), performed since 2005
  • Spinal decompression
  • Spinal fusion
  • Scoliosis correction
  • Minimally-invasive spine surgery

Experts in Back, Neck, and Spine Care

From compression fractures, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis to arthritis and sciatica, our orthopedic back specialists diagnose and treat a wide range of back, neck, and spine conditions and diseases, routinely performing multiple surgical procedures each year.

If you have been looking for spine doctors in Raleigh, check out our Triangle Region locations for a practice closest to you. Or, you may request a consultation now. Please call us at 984.279.3650 for any questions you may have.

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