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Spine Injury and Back Pain Care - Leading Diagnostics and Treatment

Our spines work hard for us every day. Most people experience back pain at least once in their lives.1 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. Learn about some common back pain symptoms and treatments. Onto Orthopedics, the home of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Shawn Hayden, offers some of the leading spine injury and back pain diagnostics and treatments. Our innovative technologies include in-office direct radiography (DR) x-ray system, minimally invasive treatments and leading surgical options. If your back is still not improving after home treatment, please contact us at 214-731-3008 or click to learn more about our spine care services.

Diagnostics and treatments offered for your back or neck pain include:

Orthopedist for Back Pain and Spinal Injuries Direct Radiography (DR) X-Ray on site

Regenerative Medicine

Artificial disk replacements for the neck and low back

Microdiscectomy

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

And More

Common Back Injuries and Immediate Care

back painThe 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.

Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Orthopedics

minimally invasive spine surgeryMinimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) refers to a technique utilizing specialized instruments that provide access to the spine through small incisions (less than 2cms) as opposed to open surgery, wherein the incisions are 5-6 inches long.

Indications-

MISS can be used for spine surgeries in the following surgeries:

  • Discectomy - the surgical removal of a prolapsed intervertebral disc that puts pressure onto the surrounding nerve roots causing pain and pressure symptoms.
  • Foraminotomy- an operation is done to decompress the nerve roots being pressed in the intervertebral space called the foramina.
  • Laminectomy- a procedure in which a portion of vertebra called lamina is resected as it compresses the spinal cord.

Advanced Back and Neck Care

The Spine

The human spine, comprised of boney vertebrae, extends from the base of the skull down to the pelvis. The delicate spinal cord runs through the middle section of the spine and allows the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. Much like the rubber bushings in a car's suspension, soft pliable discs separate the vertebrae while allowing for movement and preventing back pain. Like a vehicle, the spinal discs occasionally become damaged or worn over time and often result in back pain. In fact, numerous spinal issues can cause back pain.

Back Pain and Common Injuries

People typically experience minor back pain during their lives. If you are experiencing minor back pain, it might have originated from an activity that you do not perform very often. Some such causes include yard work, tripping, and occasional heavy lifting. While minor back pain is common, more severe pain is often caused by serious spine injuries.

Back problems are typically split into three groups, overuse injuries, acute injuries, and ongoing back conditions.

-Sudden (acute) injuries include sprains and strains to back muscles and ligaments, a spinal fracture or dislocation, a ruptured or torn disc, or spinal nerve compression.

-Overuse injuries often occur due to improper back posture or movement. You might not even remember when you injured your back in these cases. Fortunately, pain from overuse injuries often resolves itself within a month without any treatment. Home treatment might relieve symptoms caused by minor injuries as well.

Orthopedic Doctor for Back Pain

visit a back surgeon for back pain reliefHave 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.

Back pain can occur due to various reasons. It can occur while playing, while performing sports, dancing etc., or during work. It can also occur while lifting heavy objects, while bending or twisting-turning, or due to tripping, jerking, falling down or after accidents. Another cause of back pain can be psychosomatic i.e. due to stress, anxiety, depression etc. A bad posture, sedentary life or obesity can also lead to back pain.
In some, it may be due to a simple muscle spasm while in others it may be related to a slipped disc or fracture of the spinal vertebrae. It may also be associated with osteoporosis or degenerative wear and tear of the bones.

Shoulder Pain: Actually a Neck Injury?

shoulder pain can actually radiate from the neckBoth 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.

The Shoulder:

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.