Our spines work hard for us every day. Often, a bit of down time is all it takes to get us up and moving again, however sometimes more significant steps must be taken. Click here for common back pain symptoms and treatment information. If your back is still not improving after home treatment, please contact us or click to learn more about orthopedics.
Care and services offered for your back or neck pain include:
- Artificial disk replacements for the neck and low back
- Minimally invasive fusions when necessary
- Vertebral compression fracture management including kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
- Treatment of spinal deformity
- Treatment of spinal instability
- Treatment of spinal stenosis
- Cervical discectomy
- Foraminotomies for cervical or lumbar foraminal stenosis
- SpineviewTM endoscopic decompression
This list is by no means comprehensive! Please give us a call even if you have another spine-related issue.
Have you or any member of your family recently experienced back pain? Most of us at some point experience it. Generally, people tend to take back pain lightly considering it “just another ache”. Studies have shown that back pain is one of the commonest complaints in all countries, just as common as a headache or the common cold.
The ‘back’ extends from the neck to the tailbone. It can be divided for ease of understanding into three parts – upper, middle & lower. Pain can occur in any part of the back, but the commonest is lower back pain as the entire weight of the body is borne by the lower back. The back consists of the spinal vertebrae and the joints formed by them, the vertebral discs between the vertebrae and the muscles, ligaments and the posterior rib cage.
The back bears the major brunt of stress caused by our mobility. Back injuries occur as a result of damage, wear or trauma to the bones, muscles or other tissues of the back. Common back injuries include sprains and strains, herniated disks and fractured vertebrae. Sports activities and motor vehicle accidents, apart from lifting heavy weights and chronic wrong posture, are common causes of back injuries.
Back Sprains and Strains:
A sprain is the result of overstretching or tearing of parts of a ligament. It is caused due to twisting or pulling forces on a muscle or a tendon and can also be caused by a single instance of improper lifting or by overstressing the back muscles.
Strains are injuries to either a muscle or tendon caused from a fall or a sudden twist or blow to the body that forces a joint out of its normal position.
The treatment for strains and sprains is similar, and is carried out in 2 phases. The first phase includes reduction of pain and spasms by rest and using ice packs along with compression during first 24-48 hours after injury. After the first 24-48 hours, you can return to your normal activities as much as tolerable. Continued bed rest or immobility lengthens the symptoms and delays recovery. If symptoms continue for more than 2 weeks, more rigorous treatment may be needed. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hayden if symptoms continue.
Both the shoulder and the neck are leading sources of pain for many Americans every year. In fact, close to 1.2 million in 2010 visited an emergency room for shoulder issues alone.1 Due to the way our bodies are designed however shoulder pain can actually imply a neck injury. When the brain has trouble determining the location of a neck or shoulder injury, pain can radiate through the shoulder and down the arm. Whether the source of your pain is your neck or shoulder, the medical experts at Onto Orthopedics can help diagnose and treat your injury. Read more to discover some common ways to help pin-point the location of an injury and relieve the pain it causes. If you continue to experience neck or shoulder pain, please feel free to contact our orthopedic office to schedule an appointment.
How do you differentiate between pain from a shoulder injury and pain referred from the neck? One common strategy is to isolate the source of pain as much as possible. Most shoulder pain is caused by injuries to the rotator cuff, a series of joint-stabilizing muscles and tendons. As we age, the rotator cuff can become damaged and produce shoulder pain. If your pain occurs when lifting your arm above your head or while lifting objects, is dull or aching, subsides when you rest your arm, and originates in the shoulder itself, you might have a shoulder injury.