The typical human spine has about 30 bones. And, every one of them – individually and collectively – matter. The spine lets us stand tall and bend low. It supports our head, shoulders and upper body. It also protects the spinal cord -- the vital path for signals between brain and muscles. In short, the spine is a sophisticated, essential network of bone and nerves that is, at once, solid and flexible, delicate and sturdy, strong and vulnerable.
For all its strength, the spine can experience problems: breaks, sprains, diseases and various conditions. Fortunately, we now have more options for spinal care than at any time in human history. At Bon Secours Orthopaedic Institute, we routinely employ modern diagnostic tools for spine care. Not only do we have x-rays but also magnetic resonating imagery (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) that give cross-sectional views of the spine. Our patients also have access to nationally-recognized pain management experts. They can provide a wide array of medicines and treatments to ensure comfort and to aid recovery.
In addition, we make sure that our patients have access to a wide range of medical professionals. For example, when needed, our orthopaedic surgeons work closely with neurosurgeons. Our patients also can receive help from nationally-recognized pain management experts. They can provide a wide array of medicines and treatments to ensure comfort and to aid recovery.
Our doctors have mastered state-of-the art treatments. In some cases, we pursue nonsurgical treatments, including rest, exercise, physical therapy, casts or braces. We also use various injections when appropriate. Epidural steroid injections, for instances, can be an effective short-term way to reduce back pain as well as tingling and numbness. These injections work by reducing inflammation around irritated nerves. Patients also may receive non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications. These also can decrease inflammation and pain. The type and dosages vary depending on each patient’s individual case.