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. Strong is very caring doctor. He pays attention and is very thorough. I like a doctor that has the bedside manner that he has which this doctor is not all about the money he's all about the patient. That's a rare find any more!! Highly highly recommend.
- EM Clark
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.
If I could give him (Dr. Sloan) a 10 , I absolutely would! Have had excellent results with his treatment plan.
Dr. Jacob Strong has treated me for a variety of conditions, over a period of 4 years, most recently, for a large synovial cyst on my spine, as a result of DDD. Over the course of numerous appointments and treatments, Dr. Strong has proven to be a totally dedicated, and thorough healer. I have come to know him well, have observed his caring and dedication in multiple office and surgery centers. Every other patient I have encountered through my experiences has shared my view...so very grateful.
- Becky F.
It is my pleasure to give the highest recommendation for Dr. Blanchard! The five stars in each category only tell part of the story; he is also a most caring doctor, even visiting me in the hospital over the weekend . Of course, the ultimate recommendation is for Dr. Blanchard's excellent work! My lumbar fusion eliminated decades of debilitating back pain. I trust him completely for any future spine issues. His resource manager is also wonderful at coordinating and explaining information.
Dr. Paul Jeffords is absolutely the best! He and his Resurgens Team helped me have the best experience possible with my recent spinal surgery! I had a micro-decompression and I feel great already! He called to check on me himself! So thankful for such a caring, thoughtful doctor who is such a fantastic surgeon!!!
Dr. Chachashviliis is FANTASTIC. I have been dealing with lower back pain for well over 10 years. I have done all the normal routines, chiropractor, epidural shots etc. Then I met Dr. Chachashvili, due to insurance she had to follow the guidelines of epidural, but then when that didn't work, which we felt pretty good that it wouldn't, she knew the next option was a Medial Branch Block. My back hasn't felt this good in 10 years, based on the outcome she already knows the next steps if and when it comes back.
Daftari performed 2 back surgeries for me. First he went through my stomach to straighten my spine and then the next week through my back to replace L4-S1 vertebrae's and put all my hardware in. After 3 years of not being able to walk and being in the bed he saved my life! He checked on me so much in the hospital and he was so excited it was so successful. I had a high rate of being paralyzed if I did not get this surgery when I did. I wish I could somehow repay him for saving me!
Dr Kancherla performed an ACDF on me in November. He answered all my questions directly and even agreed that I should get a second opinion. I even asked a few loaded questions just to be sure. Staff was attentive, professional and flexible. His performance went well beyond my expectations. I highly recommend him.
I've been a patient for 12 years, and have a wonderful relationship with the M.A.'s and Dr. Perez. My trust in her knowledge and experience is unwavering!. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, regarding their Dr.'s care, and this is mine!
- L. Miller