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Back & Neck

Chesapeake Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center specializes in healing spine-related conditions that may be causing you discomfort and pain. While surgery is an option, there may be other ways to treat back and neck pain. It is our goal to provide comprehensive orthopedic care for your entire body.

In a healthy back, the vertebra joints make up the spinal column. These joints work together to permit multiple degrees of motion. For patients with degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, or a weak or unstable spine caused by infections or tumors, fractures, scoliosis, or other deformities, abnormal and excessive motion of the back may result in pain. After examination and review of your medical history, our surgeon will discuss possible methods of treatment for your problem, and let you know if surgery is necessary.

Back and neck conditions we treat:

Learn more about the spine and common surgeries we perform below.

How the Spine Works

The spine has 25 joints connecting with 33 individual bones (vertebrae) and is basically made up of 5 main segments:

  • The neck or cervical vertebrae, which supports the skull
  • The chest or thoracic vertebrae, which is connected to the ribs
  • The lumbar vertebrae
  • The bottom 4 bones of the spine that are fused together to form the tailbone (coccyx)
  • And the 5 bones above the tailbone that are fused together to form the sacrum, all caged within the bones of the pelvis

Each bone in the spine is called a vertebra. The vertebrae are kept separate by disks of cartilage and the cartilage prevents the vertebrae in the spine from wearing against each other. The interconnected series of deep muscles and ligaments keeps the spine supported.

The information below highlights some of the most common back procedures our surgeons perform.

Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery

At each vertebra in the spine, there is a disc space in the front that is paired with facet joints in the back. In a back in which injury or degeneration has occurred, movement is painful. Spinal fusion surgery is designed to stop motion in the area where the vertebra is damaged.

All lumbar spinal fusion surgery involves adding bone graft to an area of the spine to cause it to grow between the two vertebrae and thereby stop the motion between those vertebrae. In general, lumbar spinal fusion surgery is most effective for those conditions involving only one vertebral segment (one-level spine fusion). Most patients will not notice any limitation in motion after this type of surgery.

There are several types of spinal fusion surgeries, depending on your condition. Your doctor will discuss what is best for your specific situation. The goal of spine surgery is to decrease the pain generated from the joint causing the pain. It is important to note that with any type of spine fusion surgery there is the risk that your pain will not go away, despite achieving a successful fusion.

Artificial Disc Replacement

Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor may recommend disc replacement surgery as an alternative to fusion. Unlike a fusion, which limits range of motion at the location of the diseased disc, replacement of the diseased disc helps you maintain mobility.

Other advantages include:

  • Better range of motion
  • No fusion stiffness
  • Quicker recovery
  • Prevention of future degeneration above or below the diseased disc

Recovery

Spine surgery is a major undertaking. Depending on what type of spine surgery you have, your doctor will determine what course of rehabilitation you should have.

During your recovery and rehabilitation, you will work with physical therapists. These specially-trained individuals will focus on muscle facilitation in areas where the muscles may need special re-training to gain strength and provide stability following back surgery.

These types of exercises may focus on muscles in the incision area and/or muscles that may have been weakened by nerve problems before the surgery. Many of the techniques you’ll learn are simple and easy to do and can be done at home or at work throughout the day.


Get relief for your chronic back or neck pain today. When you need a spine specialist, come to Chesapeake Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center in Glen Burnie and Hanover, MD. Call (410) 768-5555 or (888) 313-5209 today or request an appointment online.