Spine Care Specialists
In caring for conditions or injuries of the spine, Virginia Orthopedics offers a range of non-operative options such as activity modification, stretching, anti-inflammatory medication, and possibly physical therapy. Often, a conservative treatment plan with rest will be sufficient in reducing your pain and restoring the function of your spine.
Common Conditions of the Spine
The spine is our body’s central support structure. It keeps us upright and connects the different parts of our skeleton to each other, such as the head, chest, pelvis, shoulders, arms and legs. It consists of many moving parts and has flexibility within the elastic ligaments and spinal discs that are between each vertebra. The spine also protects the spinal cord carrying nerves to the peripheral body parts and is the system for which the brain communicates with the body.
There are many conditions of the spine that are treatable with conservative measures, and depending on the extent of your spine condition or injury, surgical procedures. Some conditions of the spine include:
- Chronic back pain
- Spinal tumors
- Degenerative back conditions
- Herniated or ruptured disc
- Degenerative neck conditions
- Pinched nerve
- Disc replacement
- Arthritis of the spine
- Spinal fractures
Our orthopedic surgeons are trained and certified in every aspect of orthopedic and spinal surgery. Your spine must last a lifetime. With proper care and treatment your function as well as your quality of life will be improved.
An accurate diagnosis is critical when treating conditions of the spine. At Virginia Orthopedics, we apply the latest technology to determine the source of your pain. Our team of doctors will utilize diagnostic imaging tools such as MRI, CT Scans and x-rays to obtain a precise diagnosis. Diagnosis guides the path for treatment. Often, patients have been misdiagnosed, treated incorrectly and are unable to heal from a condition or injury.
Our team of orthopedic specialist will take the time to explain your diagnosis and partner with you to determine the optimum treatment plan that will restore the health of your spine. At Virginia Orthopedics, we journey with you and we are dedicated to your recovery.
When conservative treatments fail to yield satisfactory results, we may need to consider surgical treatment options. There are numerous minimally invasive procedures that can be performed to treat your spine conditions. Several of our doctors are spine specialist with fellowship training offering you highly qualified treatment and care.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)
If you are a candidate for surgical treatment, most conditions of the spine can be performed with minimally invasive procedures. The minimally invasive approach offers many benefits such as:
- Less pain as less of the natural anatomy is disrupted (less soft tissue damage)
- Lower risk of infection and complications as patients are able to get up and move around after surgery more quickly
- Smaller surgical incisions
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter time in surgery
Spine Conditions Treated with Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)
At Virginia Orthopedics, your surgeon will determine if your spinal condition can be treated with a minimally invasive surgery. MIS techniques are now well established and utilize state-of-the-art technology to achieve the best results with minimal impact to your health and quality of life. Some common spinal conditions that respond well to minimally invasive surgery are:
- Lumbar laminectomy
- Cervical fusion
- Artificial disc replacement
- Nerve decompression
- Spinal fusion
- Spinal cord stimulation
Post Surgical Care
Virginia Orthopedics is with you every step of the way from diagnosis to recovery. Following post surgical recommendations will give you the best chance of achieving maximum healing. Depending on the procedure, a rehabilitation program will be prescribed to help you regain strength and function. As always, we recommend your comfort level determine how hard you push yourself. Listening to your body is an effective way to prevent injuries and stay healthy.