When Should You See a Spine Specialist?
Our spines are complex support structures that make all kinds of movements possible. Running from the top of the neck to the base of the tailbone, the spine is composed of thirty-three bones, called vertebrae, which are divided into five regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral and coccygeal. You can learn more about the anatomy of the spine here.
Different kinds of spinal injuries - and how they should be treated - can be categorized by the amount of time and the extent to which they affect you. Acute spine pain, which is often caused by a traumatic fall or heavy lifting, can last up to 6 weeks. In these cases, a chiropractor may be able to help treat acute back pain, but it's still important to see a spine doctor to determine the root issue and treat it effectively.
Chronic spine pain, on the other hand, typically lasts more than 3 months. Persistent or lingering conditions should be treated by an expert orthopaedist at Resurgens. This is especially true if you experience problems with bladder or bowel function, numbness around the genitals, trouble sleeping, or pain accompanied by fever, chills, or sweats.
What Causes Back or Neck Pain?
When you suffer a spinal injury, the consequences can range from mild pain and discomfort to debilitating pain and restricted movement. If you experience any level of discomfort in your spine, it's important to see a spine doctor to determine the cause and treat it effectively.
Conditions like strains of the lower back muscles, herniated discs, or sciatica, which is the compression or irritation of your spine's nerve roots, are all common culprits behind spine pain or limited motion. However, other serious, degenerative conditions, such as osteoporosis or spondylosis, could be affecting you as well.
Learn more about the anatomy of your spine to better understand where you might be suffering a potential spine condition. This will help you discuss your condition with your spine doctor.
How Resurgens Diagnoses Back and Neck Pain
When you suffer from a spine injury of any kind, it can greatly impact your ability to do even the simplest tasks. That's why it is critical for patients to work with the Resurgens Spine Center to immediately identify the underlying conditions causing their back or neck pain, and then develop an appropriate treatment plan.
The Resurgens Orthopaedic Spine Center uses a variety of diagnostic tests to help identify the specific nature of your injury or condition. Visit our educational portal to learn more about the state-of-the-art diagnostic tests and technology Resurgens Orthopaedics uses to diagnose back and neck conditions.
Non-Surgical and Surgical Treatment for Spine Pain
Depending on the severity and location or your spine condition, various treatment solutions are available - both non-surgical and surgical. Our Resurgens physicians will always work with you to decide the best treatment option based on your unique situation and lifestyle, while also ensuring conservative measures are attempted before considering surgical procedures.
It's important to know that not every visit to an orthopaedic spine surgeon results in surgery. Non-surgical solutions are available, such as spine injections and spine therapy. Learn more about our non-surgical solutions and spine rehabilitation treatment options and talk with your spine specialist to find out if any of these options are right for you.
More critical spine conditions or injuries could require surgical solutions. While we will ensure less intensive solutions have been explored before pursuing a surgical treatment plan, our team of spine surgery specialists at Resurgens Spine Center are trained in the latest surgical techniques, including minimally-invasive spine surgery and outpatient surgical procedures. Read about our surgical spine treatments here.
We understand how consequential a spine injury, no matter how big or small, can be for someone's daily life. A spine treatment procedure can be just as impactful, which is why our spine physicians have answered the frequently asked questions surrounding spine pain, conditions, and procedures.
Check out our spine FAQ to find out more.
Dr. Goins has done spinal surgery on me, and 3 other immediate family members. We are all so appreciative of his expertise, caring attitude, & our excellent outcomes. I cannot say enough about this excellent, compassionate, skilled surgeon!
I had surgery with Dr. Jeffords and it was 100% successful. I have been pain free for 5 years. I have recommended him to several people in St. Simons where I live .....they have had spine surgery with Dr. Jeffords and they thank me because their surgeries were 100% successful too. He is a GREAT Surgeon...patient, kind, knowledgeable and talented.
- Carol W
One of the best spine surgeons in the business. Dr. Greenfield saw me after 2 prior failed surgeries to repair my lower back. I had lived with crippling back pain for 10 years. I had heard of Dr. Greenfield's expertise and I was grateful to finally see him. He rebuilt my lower back and its been 3 years since the surgery and he made sure everything went as planned. I have had the best 3 years since the surgery. Was able to work again and do all the things that I had missed doing with my family. Due to see him again shortly for a follow up. Thank you Dr. Greenfield for your expertise and caring patient manner.
I am writing to express my sincere thanks to Dr. Marly N. Dows-Martinez, M.D. for her technical expertise and compassionate patient care. As a former military pilot, I developed lower back pain and radiating pain that she correctly identified as Sciatica. She took the time to listen and evaluate my symptoms, then methodically progressed through the levels or remediation. As a result of her actions, the excruciating radiating pain down my thigh and legs have gone from a 10 plus to a 1-2 level. Well done and thank you so much.
Dr. Velez is always compassionate and patient. I trust him totally with my medical needs. He has helped me tremendously from my pre-op visits through my surgery and post-op. His office cannot be nicer either. They are a wonderful group of individuals who go beyond courtesy and friendliness.
- Agnes H.
Excellent staff, excellent surgeon. I had back surgery, quite extensive, and have not had a moment of difficulty. I would recommend Dr. Ali Mortazavi highly.
Dr. Dopson was GREAT! Cervical surgery was PAINLESS, and healing time was rapid. Couldn't have asked for more. He has a wonderful bedside manner and I would recommend him to my family and my best friend! Claudia Booth, RN
I recently moved to VA from GA. I tried other doctors in VA. Needless to say I am back to Dr. Levine. I have lived with back pain for over 20 years in varying degrees. She really listened to my complaints and what I wanted out of my life. She gave me the options and expected results. She doesn't give me platitudes. I can now play tennis and live my life instead of taking multiple pain pills and suffering. I wouldn't be able to fully live my life without her as my back doctor.
My husband Eddie Rush had neck surgery performed by Dr Middlebrooks April 2018 and he was very pleased with him and the results. Dr Middlebrooks ordered xrays and explained in detail what the problem was with the neck and what the surgical procedure would and would not correct due to arthritis also being involved with the issue. He took the time to explore the problem explain the issues in great detail and offer what the surgical procedure would change about Eddies quality of daily life. Eddie has been very pleased and grateful for the relief of constant pain resolved by the surgery performed by Dr Middlebrooks. The entire staff of Dr Middlebrooks and Resurgens Orthopedics are an invaluable asset to anyone suffering from any type of orthopedic issue. We would highly recommend them and in fact my sister and my niece both had treatment and foot/ankle surgery at Resurgens Orthopedics in Lawrenceville years ago. We hope we do not need them again but have full confidence of the help we would receive if we did. Thoroughness, Thoughtfulness, Compassionate, Results and Relief !!
- Bonnie R.
Dr. Harvey is an outstanding Physician. He is considerate, thorough, and concise. You cannot find a better orthopedist for your back.