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. Krystal Chambers is an exceptional physician; thorough, knowledgeable, excellent communicator, patient. I would return to her in future should I even need further orthopedic care, and recommend her. Very happy with my treatment at Resurgens, and with all the staff there.
Front office staff was friendly and helpful...back office staff the same. Dr. Cottrell was professional, informative and attentive to my needs as a patient, taking time to explain my test results and answer my questions. Overall, my experience at this office was exceptional.
If I could give him (Dr. Sloan) a 10 , I absolutely would! Have had excellent results with his treatment plan.
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.
Couldn't be happier with Dr. Bennett Grimm at Resurgens! To say he helped change my life back would be an understatement. I had suffered from a ruptured L4L5 in my back for almost 4 months. I had previously been misdiagnosed with sciatica by other metro Atlanta orthopedists before I met with Dr. Grimm. The first day I limbed into Dr. Grimm's appointment he had an idea what was wrong. Being the brilliant doctor he is he was correct. Within less then two weeks he had me under getting that disc removed. Great Surgery. Great recovery. Great doctor! I highly recommend Dr. Grimm at Resurgens Orthopedics.
Dr. Harvey is an outstanding Physician. He is considerate, thorough, and concise. You cannot find a better orthopedist for your back.
Dr. Harvey is amazing! I have been living with chronic pain for 5+ years. I went to see him and he immediately diagnosed my condition as SI joint dysfunction. I am now 15 days post-op and virtually pain free after the iJoint surgery. He, along with his very talented staff have changed my life. Along with his mad skills, he is also a very genuine and compassionate person. I can tell he loves what he does. I now consider him my friend for life. Thanks Dr. Harvey!!!!
Dr. Mortazavi cares very much about his patients well being. Excellent explanation of my condition and the expectations of the surgery to correct my back issues. After having the surgery, he remains attentive to patients needs. His PA, Curtis, is also knowledgeable and displays the same concerns for the patients well being. Overall great experience and glad I chose Dr. Mortazavi to perform my surgery!
- John M
I've been seeing Dr. Kelly for several years for bulging disks in my lower back. He and his staff are always very pleasant and thorough during my office visits. I also had several epidural injections by Dr. Kelly at their Morrow outpatient clinic. Everything has always gone smoothly and the clinic staff has always been very kind and competent.
I just can't say enough about Resurgens and Dr. Chris Blanchard. I have had moderate to severe pain in my neck, shoulders, and right arm for many years. Dr. Blanchard did ACDF for me on 2 levels 10 days ago, and I feel better than I have in 20 years! I'm essentially pain free! Dr. Blanchard is caring, patient, and professional - I would highly recommend him!
- Tina B.