Your spine provides integral support and structure for your body. The spine itself is made up of a series of connected smaller bones called vertebrae, which stack up on top of each other and provide protection for the spinal cord. Like any other part of the body, the spine is vulnerable to injury and can be especially painful if left untreated.
Whether you are dealing with spinal arthritis, a herniated disk, or some other type of spinal injury or condition, contact us today to set up a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.
What Do Spine Surgeons Do?
Not all spine conditions require surgery, so our spine surgeons can provide a range of surgical and non-surgical solutions depending on your injury. They can treat a wide range of disorders impacting the following areas of the spine:
- The upper part of the spine (the neck), known as the cervical spine
- The middle back, called the thoracic spine
- The lower back, known as the lumbar spine
Within these areas of the spine, your vertebrae, connective tissue, or nerves may encounter problems, which our spine surgeons are able to evaluate and treat.
What Conditions Affect the Spine?
A range of disorders could impact your cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine. Some of the most commonly reported conditions include:
- A herniated disk occurs when the connective tissue between your vertebrae is damaged, normally due to an impact or injury to the spine.
- Stenosis is when the openings within the vertebrae or spinal cord start to narrow and provide less space for the nerves.
- Vertebral compression fracture (VCF) is generally more common within aging populations as the bones weaken due to osteoporosis. It occurs when one of your vertebrae collapses, which can cause severe pain, more commonly in the middle back.
- Arthritis of the spine could lead to the conditions mentioned above as the condition weakens the bones and the spine.
These conditions can put a lot of pressure on your nerves, or even on your spinal cord. Pain is caused by pressure being put on the nerves. Cervical disorders may lead to pain in your arms, whereas thoracic and lumbar disorders tend to affect the torso and legs. Cervical conditions can also cause pain in the rest of the body.
Why Visit GPOA?
Our expert spine surgeons at GPOA have a wealth of experience in the field of spine surgery and conditions related to the spine. We are your partners in spine care, and we want to help you with the best treatment plan for your needs. To learn more, contact us today and schedule an initial consultation!