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. Dennis is the best doctor! Have seen many for my back but she is the first one who knew how to help me. I cannot praise her enough!
Dr. Goins is one of the best physicians I've ever had. He performed Disc Replacement surgery, C5-6 for me. He was so patient explaining what my issues were, what the MRI showed, what his course of action would be. My wife and I were IMMEDIATELY comfortable with him after spending only 10 minutes with him. His demeanor, personality, and skill level were superb. Post -surgery, I am pain free for the first time in over 20 years!! Every thing about Dr. Goins is A+++ in my opinion.
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.
Dr. Chachashvili was very professional and administered a multiple planned attack on my lower back pain of diagnosis, immediate relief, and follow up treatment for long term solution. I felt I was in very competent hands with the care she provided. Great Job!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.