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Back pain is the second leading cause of visits to the doctor and statistics show that 80 percent of people will experience severe back pain at some point in their lives. At St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage, we understand that back pain decreases quality of life, and our medical staff provides surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Although some conditions may be diagnosed and treated with medicine, rest and physical therapy, others require surgical treatment. Using the latest technology and advanced minimally-invasive surgical techniques, our physicians can alleviate and repair many spine injuries and deformities.

We are equipped to handle a variety of spinal care conditions, including:

  • Anterior Cervical Spine Decompression and Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement- Cervical and Lumbar Spine
  • Cervical ForamentomySpine
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Discetomy
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Procedures
  • Multilevel Anterior and Cervical Spine Procedures
  • Posterior Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Thoracic Spine Procedures
  • Disc Herniation
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Disc Replacement
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Osteoporotic Compression Fractures
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Spinal Instability
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Spinal Trauma and Spinal Cord Injury
  • Vertabral Body Fractures and Kyphoplasty
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Myelopathy
  • Degenerative Spine Condition

Our minimally-invasive techniques use small incisions and microscopes to perform surgery, resulting in:

  • Less pain
  • Fewer infections
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced muscle retraction
  • Decreased postoperative medication
  • Smaller incisions and scars
  • Less soft tissue damage
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery
  • Earlier return to activity

Diagnosis
Following a physical exam, some common tests are often performed to help in diagnosing and treating back pain.

  • CAT scans, X-Rays and MRIs of the back provide doctors with a more complete view of the spine and back.
  • Myleography requires the injection of contrast fluid into the back, followed by a CAT scan, to identify the anatomy of the spinal canal and spinal nerves. The Myleogram procedure is about an hour long.   
  • EMG and nerve conduction testing can help identify the role of nerve involvement in back pain. Nerve conduction testing is an outpatient procedure that takes several hours to complete.

 

neckRecognizing Back and Neck Pain
Back and Neck Pain Risk Factors

  • Heavy physical activity
  • Bending or twisting
  • Congenital spine disorders
  • Poor posture
  • Awkward positions
  • Standing/sitting for too long
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Medications, such as corticosteroids

 

Back and Neck Pain Causes

  • Strain and sprain from physical activity
  • Congenital disorders
  • Trauma or fall
  • Fractures
  • Disk herniation
  • Degenerative disease or arthritis
  • Tumors
  • Infection or inflammation
  • Vascular conditions
  • Referred pain from other causes

It’s important to know the risk factors for back pain to help prevent an injury or disorder from occurring. If you experience back pain, call 832-355-3627 to be directed to a physician who will work with you to alleviate your pain.  

Seek Immediate Medical Attention for Back or Neck Pain that:

  • Becomes constant and intense
  • Gets worse with rest
  • Shoots down one or both arms and legs
  • Causes numbness or weakness in one or both legs
  • Causes bowel or bladder problems
  • Comes with a fever
  • Starts after a fall or trauma 
  • Is associated with unexplained weight loss