How an orthopedic doctor treats neck and back pain

Neck or back pain from a spine condition is usually classified as chronic if it lasts for more than three months. In addition to pain, symptoms of tingling, numbness and muscle weakness can be debilitating, affecting your family, job or even just being able to walk your dog or work in the yard. If you have exhausted conservative options such as medication and physical therapy, your primary care doctor may refer you to an orthopedic doctor to consider surgical options.

An orthopedic doctor deals with disorders of the musculoskeletal system, such as those affecting the spine. They can work in many different facilities, including hospitals, comprehensive pain management clinics and outpatient surgery centers. Since the skeleton and muscles can be found in many parts of the body, most orthopedic doctors will specialize in a particular region, such as the spine or the hips and knees.

Conditions treated by a spinal orthopedic doctor

The spine is so prone to developing conditions because it is delicately constructed for movement while still needing to withstand pressure from the upper body. Years of this pressure, as well as sudden traumatic injury, can cause parts of the spine to become displaced. This results in compressed nerves and the symptoms that cause so many patients to seek the help of an orthopedic doctor.

Conditions treated by an orthopedic doctor specializing in the spine include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Bulging discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Facet disease
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica

Traditional open spine surgery is viewed as a treatment of last resort by most doctors and patients alike. Orthopedic doctors generally want to make sure all avenues of conservative care have been fully explored. This is because traditional procedures require a large, muscle-tearing incision that requires extended hospitalization and a long, difficult recovery period.

The Laser Spine Institute team

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, which is an alternative to traditional open back procedures. Our highly skilled team of orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons can access the spine using a less than 1-inch incision which causes far less muscle disruption and leads to a shorter recovery period^ for our patients compared to traditional open spine surgery.

Contact Laser Spine Institute today for a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.