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.
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. 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!!!
I can say with no hesitation that Dr. Cone-Sullivan saved my life. I was in a horrible car accident, and after 4 procedures and 2 surgeries - I am living a much better life. She listened to me, worked with me, even held my hand when I was crying. The nursing staff that also took care of my were always so kind. I can't tell you how grateful I am. Thank you, may God bless you and your family.
Very professional place. They actually treat you like a human, not a dollar sign. Very glad I made the choice to see Dr. Perez and then Kenin in Physical Therapy, very nice and easy to talk to.
- Chad R.
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 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.
I had been dealing with severe pain for several months and trying traditional non-invasive treatments (Chiro and PT) with very little results. In checking with coworkers in the healthcare community Dr Daftari was highly recommended. After being assessed by Dr Daftari and his team it was determined that I had a severely herniated disc which required prompt intervention to avoid nerve damage. My pain was gone as soon as I woke up from surgery! I highly recommend Dr Daftari and his team!
Dr Sloan takes the time to explain fully what he is doing. Excellent at identifying problem. Very professional.
- Harvey M
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.
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