Conditions We Treat
Cervical Neuropathy (Radiculopathy)
Cervical radiculopathy, also known as a pinched nerve, is an orthopedic condition that occurs when a herniated disk or arthritic bone spur compresses a nerve in the neck.
Cervical Osteoarthritis (Arthritis in the Neck)
Cervical osteoarthritis, also known as cervical spondylosis or arthritis in the neck, is a condition that occurs as the bones, discs, and joints in the neck wear down as you age.
Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
Cervical myelopathy is spinal cord damage in the cervical spine caused by degeneration.
Most common in older adults who have osteoporosis, painful compression fractures occur when a weakened bone in the spine collapses. Some patients may slowly become shorter because several of their bones have collapsed.
A concussion can occur as a result of an impact to the head or from a motion that causes your neck to whip back and forth.
Disc (Disk) Herniation
Disc herniation, also called a herniated disc, slipped disc, or ruptured disc is an orthopedic condition that may occur when a disc in your spine degenerates or changes position.
Injury, physical stress and the aging process can all cause any of the cushioning discs between the vertebrae to rupture and leak a jelly-like substance. Ruptured discs can irritate nerves. Symptoms may range from mild to extreme back pain and sciatica. Treatment ranges from rest and anti-inflammatory medications to physical therapy and surgery, depending on the severity of symptoms.
When the spinal cord is being pressed and squeezed, it can cause a condition known as compression or myelopathy. Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is a common problem for people over the age of 55 when arthritis of the spine and normal aging causes changes in the bones, discs and ligaments putting pressure on the spinal cord. Symptoms of CSM include arm pain, a stiff neck, numbness in the hands, arm and leg weakness, stiff legs, gait problems and loss of bladder or bowel control.
Neck Sprains and Strains
A neck strain is an injury to the muscle or tendon in the neck that generally occurs when the neck muscle or tendon stretches too far and tears.
Ossification Of Posterior Longitudinal Ligament (OpLL)
Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OLL) occurs when the posterior longitudinal ligament becomes thicker and less flexible.
When spinal fusion surgery fails to create a solid fusion, patients have pseudoarthrosis. Fortunately, this condition happens less frequently to patients today thanks to improved surgical techniques and guidelines. Several health issues can increase the risk of pseudoarthrosis: obesity, osteoporosis, smoking, type 2 diabetes, malnutrition and chronic steroid use are some examples. Additional surgery may be recommended to treat pseudoarthrosis.
A condition caused when a spinal nerve root becomes compressed, inflamed or injured. Symptoms include pain, numbness and tingling. The pain may travel to other parts of the body affected by the nerve. People who have spinal stenosis or herniated and ruptured discs may experience radiculopathy.
Scheuermann's Disease (Kyphosis)
Scheuermann’s disease, also known as Scheuermann’s kyphosis, Calvé disease, or juvenile osteochondrosis of the spine, is a skeletal disorder that causes irregular vertebral growth in the upper or lower back.
Sciatica is a painful nerve condition that affects one side of the body.
Scoliosis is a sideways curve in the spine. Typically, it occurs during the growth spurt that happens before puberty.
Spinal (Vertebral) Compression Fractures
A spinal compression fracture, also known as a vertebral compression fracture, occurs when a bone in the spine collapses.
Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation
Arteries and veins that are tangled can develop in the spinal cord, causing widespread problems. Many people have few, if any, significant symptoms but these abnormalities can become debilitating and potentially life-threatening. There are two types of arteriovenous malformations in the spinal cord, AVMs of the dura mater and AVMs of the spinal cord. The malformations can cause spinal damage by bleeding into surrounding tissues and by compressing and displacing parts of the spinal cord.
People who have spinal AVMs may have sudden back pain that is similar to the kinds of symptoms a person experiences when they have a slipped disc.
Spinal deformities, which affect the spine's alignment, can cause fatigue and excruciating pain to the point that it keeps you from going about your daily activities.
The three most common spinal deformities and related conditions are:
Kyphosis - a curving of the spine that leads to a hunchback posture where the upper back is rounded or appears to be slouching.
Scoliosis - a sideways curve of the backbone, often shaped like a C or S.
Lordosis - when the lower spine curves significantly inward to create a swayback.
Spinal Osteoarthritis (Arthritis in the Spine)
Spinal osteoarthritis, also known as OA, is a degenerative joint disease that is caused by degenerating cartilage in the spine.
Spinal stenosis is an orthopedic condition that occurs when the spaces between the spine become narrowed and put pressure on the spinal nerves.
A spinal tumor is a benign (non-cancerous) or metastatic (cancerous) mass of tissue that surrounds the spinal cord or spinal column.
Bacteria or fungal organisms can cause infections in the spine. Surgery, cancer, diabetes and obesity increase a person’s risk for having a spine infection. In some cases, a long course of treatment will be needed to clear the infection and possibly surgery if there’s pressure on the spinal cord.
This condition occurs when tissue attached to the spinal cord limits the movement of the spinal cord within the spinal column. This type of tethered cord is linked to spina bifida.
Adults can also develop tethering after a spinal cord injury that creates scar tissue. Surgery may help alleviate symptoms and restore spinal cord movement.
Whiplash, also called a neck sprain or strain, is caused by a forceful forward and backward motion of the head.