Conditions the Orthopaedic Spine Center treats include:
Ankylosing spondylitis: A type of arthritis that affects the spine, causing inflammation of the spine and large joints, resulting in stiffness and pain.
Cervical radiculopathy/myelopathy: Cervical radiculopathy is the result of injury to or compression of the root of a nerve in the neck. Cervical myelopathy affects the spinal cord in the neck rather than the nerve root.
Flat back/fixed sagittal imbalance: A type of deformity where loss of the normal sway of the lumbar spine causes the torso and head to pitch forward relative to the hips and pelvis.
Herniated disc: A tear in the outer ring of a disc in the spinal column allows the soft, central portion to bulge out beyond the damaged outer rings, pressing on nerve roots and causing pain, weakness and numbness.
Kyphosis: A curving of the spine that causes a bowing or rounding of the back, which leads to a hunchback or slouching posture.
Low back pain: Pain in the lower back which can range from mild, annoying pain to severe, disabling pain, restricting mobility and interfering with normal functioning.
Neck pain: Neck pain can result from many different causes, from congenital conditions, tumors, injury to the muscles, tendons and/or ligaments, to inflammatory disease, such as arthritis.
Sciatica: Pain that originates along the sciatic nerve, the primary nerve of the leg, and the largest nerve in the entire body.
Scoliosis: A curvature of the spine measuring 10 degrees or greater on X-ray that can occur in any part of the spine.
Spinal stenosis: An abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal that may occur in any of the regions of the spine and restriction to the spinal canal, resulting in a neurological deficit.
Spine fractures: A condition in which the bones of the spinal column become broken due to injury or illness.
Spinal cord injury, trauma: A traumatic injury that can either result in a bruise, partial tear or a complete tear in the spinal cord, resulting in decreased mobility, sensation and body organ function below the level of the injury.
Spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis:Spondylolysis is a defect or fracture of part of the vertebral bones that usually occurs in the fifth lumbar vertebra and, less commonly, in the fourth lumbar vertebra. Spondylisthesis is a slippage of one vertebral body on top of another.
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