Spine and Back Pain
When it comes to the spine, Miami Valley Hospital offers the experience and technology you deserve and expect. No matter the cause, our experienced team is ready to help.
Our team collaborates to provide you with individualized treatment and results, from initial diagnosis to rehabilitative care. Our neurosurgeons, neurologists and neurocritical care specialists lead the region in treatment of spine-related issues, and our neurointerventional specialists are skilled at using minimally invasive techniques to treat specific spine and back disorders. As the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, Miami Valley Hospital has the specialists and technology to treat nearly any back and spine issue.
Diagnosing the Cause
As you get older, the effects of trauma, daily use and aging take a toll on your spine. This can damage bones, joints and discs (cushioning tissues between bones in the spine) and lead to back pain. Misaligned joints and inflammation of tissues from arthritis also can cause back pain.
Back pain is a complex condition that requires a team of experienced professionals, like Miami Valley Hospital’s spine team, who have excellent diagnostic skills and provide advanced treatment options.
Treatment for Back Pain
One of the most common reasons to seek physician attention is back pain. While back pain can often go away without medical care, there are cases so severe that they require medical intervention. Our team of specialists works closely to diagnose and treat back pain in its many forms. Whether we recommend physical therapy, medications or surgery, our goal is to get you back to your life as soon as possible.
The conditions we treat include:
- Chronic back pain
- Degenerative back and neck disorders
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing)
- Spinal vascular malformations/abnormalities
- Disc herniation
- Chiari malformation
- Spinal fracture
- Deformities, including scoliosis and kyphosis
- Primary and metastatic tumors
If you and your doctor determine that surgery is your best treatment option, Miami Valley Hospital’s experienced physicians offer a variety of surgical procedures to relieve pressure on your spinal cord or nerves. Surgery may involve the discs that cushion the bones of your spine (vertebrae) or the vertebrae themselves. Types of back surgery include:
- Discectomy: Removing the herniated (bulging) portion of a disc to relieve nerve irritation and inflammation
- Laminectomy: Removing bone that is narrowing your spinal canal to relieve nerve pressure caused by the narrowing (stenosis)
- Spinal fusion: Connecting two or more bones in your spine to stabilize it and relieve pain caused by nerve compression
- Vertebroplasty: Injecting bone cement into spinal bones (vertebrae) to stabilize spinal fractures and relieve pain due to nerve compression
Miami Valley Hospital surgeons and neurointerventionalists can use minimally invasive techniques for many of these procedures, making small incisions and using tiny instruments. Minimally invasive surgery can mean a faster recovery for patients.
Spinal Cord Injury Diagnosis and Treatment
Spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of motor and/or sensory function. The spinal cord is the major bundle of nerves carrying nerve impulses to and from the brain to the rest of the body. Causes of damage vary widely and can be categorized as traumatic (such as a car accident) or due to disease (such as polio, spina bifida or tumor). The spinal cord does not have to be severed for a loss of function to occur.
Diagnosis and Treatment
A spinal cord injury requires immediate treatment in the field by EMS to avoid long-term damage. Treatment starts with restraining the spine and controlling inflammation to prevent further damage. This can be achieved with bracing or traction.
After the initial injury is surveyed, the multidisciplinary team uses different diagnostic tools to more thoroughly investigate damage to the spine. This can involve x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, angiography or neurological examinations.
Miami Valley Hospital’s team of neurosurgeons work in collaboration with CareFlight Air and Mobile Services and our trauma team in our Level 1 Trauma Center to provide the best possible treatment options for acute traumatic spine injuries.
In more severe cases, surgery is required to stabilize the spine. Our neurosurgical team works collaboratively to tailor the surgical decompression and stabilization techniques to the type of injury the patient sustained.
Rehabilitation to Restore Function
In many cases, spinal cord injuries require substantial physical therapy and rehabilitation, especially if the patient’s injury interferes with activities of daily living. At Miami Valley Hospital, this ongoing care is available through the Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, where we offer physical and occupational therapy, physical medicine specialists and rehabilitation nurses for the final stages of recovery. Learn More About Rehabilitation
Your Spine and Back Pain Team
Miami Valley Hospital’s team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neurointerventionalists, neurocritical care specialists, neuroradiologists, hospitalists and other professionals collaborate with our trauma team to provide treatment for spinal injuries and back pain. Our physicians are experienced with common – and not-so-common – spine conditions. In the event of a spinal cord injury or condition, you want our experienced physicians on your team. Find a Physician.
Preparing for Spine Treatments
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Content Updated: February 16, 2015