Orthopedic specialists

Orthopedic specialists will often focus on one area of the musculoskeletal system. For instance, if you injure your knee during a soccer game, you should see a physician that is devoted to orthopedic sports medicine. If your child has developed a tumor or cyst in his or her wrist, you will want them to see an orthopedic pediatric oncologist. If you’re experiencing frequent neck and back pain, you will want to see an orthopedist who specializes in treating the spine.

Many cases of neck or back pain, including spine issues like a herniated disc or arthritis, can be managed through nonsurgical treatments. Physicians will often recommend rest, over-the-counter pain medication and physical therapy to overcome symptoms and mobility issues. Surgery is usually explored if these methods do not bring sufficient relief to return to everyday activity, and making the right surgical decision means finding an orthopedic specialist who is right for you.

Spine conditions an orthopedic specialist can treat

Because there are different concentrations within spinal orthopedics, you should look for orthopedic specialists who have extensive experience in treating your condition. Being familiar with your symptoms and your diagnosis will help you narrow your search for orthopedic physicians and back pain specialists.

  • Herniated disc. This occurs when a weakened spinal disc tears open and inner-disc material is pushed into the spinal canal, potentially causing painful nerve compression.
  • Bulging disc. A bulging disc occurs when the wall of a disc begins to deteriorate and bulges out from one side of the vertebral column, which can compress nerves by narrowing the spinal canal or a nerve root exit.
  • Facet disease. The facet joints, which are the hinges connecting adjacent vertebrae, are lined with cartilage and synovial fluid. As we age, this cartilage wears away, which leads to painful friction each time the non-lubricated joints move.
  • Sciatica. This is often caused by a spine condition in the lower back. Compression of the sciatic nerve sends traveling pain through the buttocks and down the length of the leg.

Laser Spine Institute

If you have seen your primary doctor and undergone a physical examination, medical imaging, conservative treatment and are still struggling with neck and back pain, it may be time for you to contact a few spinal orthopedic specialists to take the next step.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute is here to help. Our highly skilled team of surgeons, including orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons, use state-of-the-art technology to access the spine with a small, muscle-sparing incision. This offers our patients an outpatient experience with less risk of complications like infection and failed back surgery syndrome.

Contact us today for a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to see if you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.