Neck and Back Care
At Midwest Orthopedic Specialists, our spine doctors diagnose and treat neck pain, back pain and spine disorders including:
- Spinal Lumbar Fusions
- Minimally-Invasive Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Spine Surgery (ALIF)
- Minimally-Invasive Posterior Fusion Spine Surgery
- Lumbar Discectomy
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
- Lumbar/Cervical/Thoracic Epidural Injections
- Trigger Point Injections
- Facet Joint Injections
Our Neck And Back Services
Spinal Lumbar Fusions
Lumbar spinal fusion is an operation that causes the bones of the spine in the lower back to grow together. The goal of the lumbar fusion is to have the two vertebrae fuse (grow solidly together) so that there is no longer any motion between them. Removing the intervertebral disc or bone spurs can reduce some of the pressure on the nerves, helping to reduce the pain. Additionally, by fusing the two vertebrae together this will stop the formation of bone spurs at that location, further reducing pain and potential nerve injury. There are many different specific techniques to try to fuse the vertebrae together. the surgery can be performed either through an incision in the back, the abdomen, or a combination of both.
Minimally-Invasive Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Spine Surgery (ALIF)
Minimally-Invasive Posterior Fusion Spine Surgery
Anterior Cervical Discetomy and Fusion (ACDF)
Lumbar/Cervical/Thoracic Epidural Injections
An epidural steroid injection (ESI) is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve neck, arm, back and leg pain caused by inflamed spinal nerves. ESI may be performed to relieve pain caused by spinal stenosis, spondylolysis, or disc herniation. Medicines are delivered to the spinal nerve through the epidural space, the area between the protective covering of the spinal cord and vertebrae.
Trigger Point Injections
Face Joint Injections
Face pain and inflammation can be caused by spinal stenosis, spondylolysis, sciatica, arthritis, and herniated disc. You may be a candidate for facet injections if you have spine-related pain that is not relieved by conservative treatments. Face injection treatments involve injecting the facet joint capsule or surrounding tissue with corticosteroid and anesthetic medication. Face injections can also be used for diagnostic purposes to determine if the cause of your pain is actually coming from your facet joint.
To relieve your pain, our doctors will always try conservative treatments before resorting to surgery. However, if spine surgery is necessary, our spine doctors perform the latest, minimally-invasive procedures, such as:
Bulging and Herniated Discs
Pain management is helpful for many people. However, pain management treatments cannot correct structural changes and narrowing in the spine For a certain percentage of people with spinal stenosis, surgery may be necessary.
Degenerative Disk Disease
Degenerative Disc Disease can occur in any part of the spine. It develops more frequently in the lower back. Aging can cause the discs to lose fluid, collapse and sometimes rupture. This decreases the space between the vertebrae, which is why some people become shorter as they age. As the disc deteriorates, it affects the structure of the vertebrae. These changes can lead to conditions that put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Most symptoms of pain can be treated non-surgically. However, surgery is recommended if the spine is unstable or when pain cannot be relieved by other means.
Trauma, spinal conditions or medical conditions that irritate the sciatic nerve cause sciatica. The majority of people with sciatic experience relief with non-surgical treatments. However, those with spinal conditions can benefit from surgery that eliminates the pressure on the sciatic nerve if other treatments fail.
Slipped Vertebrae - Spondylolisthesis
Small bones, called vertebrae, align to form the spine in your back. A healthy spine supports the body, while allowing movement. Spondylolisthesis occurs when age or injury cause a vertebrae in the lower back to slip forward and change position.
Spondylolisthesis may not cause symptoms, but spondylolisthesis can cause back or leg pain. The majority of people with symptomatic spondylolisthesis are treated successfully with pain management and restoring function.
*Spondylolisthesis is a term to describe a stress fracture that occurs in the vertebrae or lower spine. Vertebrae are the series of bones tat make up your spine. Spondylolisthesis can result from excessive and repetitive force during some sports.
Spondylolisthesis may not cause symptoms. It can cause pain that spreads throughout the lower back. Rest and back bracing can prove symptom relief. Spinal fusion surgery may be necessary if non-surgical treatments are ineffective or if your condition gets worse.
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