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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.

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.

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.