If you’re considering spine surgery to treat your neck or back pain, North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic in Durham can help. Our team of orthopaedic surgeons includes fellowship-trained spine specialists who have years of experience diagnosing and treating the many conditions that affect the spine.
Whether you are seeking treatment for a spinal condition for the first time or have already explored treatments in the past, our spine surgery specialists will work closely with you to figure out the cause of your pain and seek to find the best treatment for you. When you make an appointment, we’ll first determine the cause of your symptoms. Patients from Durham, NC, who have visited our clinic have a variety of conditions.
For example, they may have bulging or herniated discs. Discs are the flat, round cushions between the vertebrae, the bones that make up the spine. If they’re bulging, the outside layer has weakened, and the disc is flatter and wider, peeking out from between the vertebrae. When they herniate, the outer layer tears, and the gel-like substance inside leaks into the spine. Degenerative disc disease can lead to bulging or herniated discs. Spinal fusion surgery is often recommended for these problems.
Scoliosis is another condition that may require spine surgery. Scoliosis causes a sideways curve in the spine, making it look like an S on the back instead of an I. Generally, it causes discomfort or pain, but in severe cases, breathing problems arise. Spine surgery is recommended if the curve gets worse.
Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra slips out in front of the one below it. It causes back pain and may induce sciatica—pain or tingling in the leg. Spinal fusion surgery is the suggested treatment in more severe cases.
Spine fractures may happen as a result of an injury or trauma, but spinal arthritis can also lead to fractures in the vertebrae. Spine surgery is often recommended to stabilize the spine.
Cervical stenosis may happen because of wear and tear from aging. The cervical area of the spine consists of seven vertebrae that begin at the base of the skull and extend to the bottom of the neck. Cervical stenosis a condition where the spinal canal narrows in the neck region, putting pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves that connect to the rest of the body.
No matter what spinal condition is behind your neck, leg, or back pain, our specialists will help you understand your condition and treatment options. We take a conservative approach to treatment and typically recommend the least invasive option that will provide you with adequate relief. That includes treatments such as:
- · Lifestyle changes
- · Rest
- · Physical therapy
- · Bracing
- · Anti-inflammatory medication
- · Steroid injections
- · Chiropractic care
If spine surgery is recommended, we offer a number of procedures, such as discectomies and spinal fusions, to address the underlying condition and alleviate your symptoms.
Why You Should Consider Spine Surgery at North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic
Our team is ready to help you understand your condition and provide you with the treatment and care you deserve. To discuss spine surgery with one of our specialists, contact North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic today. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you at our clinic in Durham, NC.