Spine Center Network - Second opinion before Spine Surgery - Spine Centers throughout the United States that emphasize non-surgical spine treatment first

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Wouldn’t it be convenient if someone created a listing of spine centers of excellence across the United States that all emphasize nonsurgical treatment options for back pain and neck pain before surgery is considered? Where the spine center physicians included board-certified spine specialists who are fellowship-trained in spine - the highest level of training available in the United States? Where spine surgeons work closely with physical medicine & rehabilitation MDs and spine specialized physical therapists as a multi-disciplinary team?

Finally, there is a place:


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The challenge for those with back pain or neck pain

For those with complex back pain or neck pain that hasn’t resolved with home remedies or local treatment, searching for a spine doctor can be a frustrating ordeal. According to Dartmouth Medical Atlas, which collects and reports outcomes data, there is great treatment variation within the spine field. Some areas of the country can have 8 times the amount of spine surgery. Some experts estimate that there is twice the amount of back surgery in the U.S. as in other countries.

A big part of the problem is that treatment is often biased to the specialty of the doctor. Surgeons can naturally be biased toward recommending surgery. Some nonsurgical back doctors can be equally guilty of protracting non-productive treatment and excessive use of drugs to mask symptoms rather than resolve the cause of back pain or neck pain.

Pursuing a second opinion for spine surgery can be helpful. But the best quality spine care comes from having a multi-disciplinary TEAM APPROACH that combines the expertise of physical medicine physicians, spine therapists and spine surgeons. If surgery is necessary to repair a ruptured disc, then fellowship-trained spine surgeons can make use of the most advanced technology that enables them to operate through instruments the width of a ball point pen. This causes less disruption to muscles and ligaments, lessens time in the hospital, and speeds return to activity.

But the best healthcare quality starts with an educated patient. Because who the person selects will determine the quality of the healthcare you receive.


Should you see a spine specialist?

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Loss of bowel/bladder control is an EMERGENCY symptom. You need to see a spine surgeon or go to an Emergency Room within 24 hours, or the symptom could become permanent.

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Numbness, pain or tingling into a leg or arm, especially when it extends below a knee or elbow, could imply a disc problem, and should be seen by a spine specialist within 2 days.

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Difficulty moving an arm or leg could imply a disc problem, and should be seen by a spine specialist within 2 days.

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Any traumatic fall or car accident could have fractured bones in your spine, or herniated a disc. You should see a spine specialist promptly who may perform X-rays to assess you.

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Neck pain with headache/nausea is an EMERGENCY symptom. See a doctor in 24 hours.

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Did the pain come on after lifting, or after aggressive exercise or sports activity?

Lifting or sports activities can strain muscles, ligaments & tendons, causing painful spasms. Extreme pain can require a spine specialist. Home remedies include anti-inflammatories like Advil/Nuprin, rest, ice and some simple stretching exercises. However, if symptoms don’t improve over 3 days, you need to be assessed by a spine specialist.

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Is the pain mostly in your low back, AND accompanied by a FEVER, or making you sick?

Pain in the low back, along with a fever, could be a kidney infection. You should see a spine specialist immediately.

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Back or neck pain that doesn’t radiate pain or numbness into a leg or arm can be caused by a variety of problems, including a strain of the muscles or ligaments in the back or neck.

Home remedies include anti-inflammatories like aspirin, Advil or Nuprin, rest, ice and some simple back/neck exercises. Don’t do any exercise that causes an increase in pain.

If pain persists you may need to see a spine specialist. Request an Appointment

Remember: Those who self diagnose themselves and self treat themselves do so at their own risk. Back and neck pain can arise from a variety of causes and may require a spine specialist to perform diagnostic tests to identify your problem and the best treatment. A spine specialized therapist can also create a home exercise program customized for you.

Spine Centers of Excellence

South Georgia

Center for Spine Health
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Northern Illinois

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