Eight of ten Americans will experience a lifestyle-altering episode of back pain at some point in their lives.
Washington Health System Orthopedics and Neurosciences provides comprehensive surgical treatment of spinal diseases and injuries. Our physicians and surgeons are experienced in all spinal disorders, including tumors, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, vascular malformations, and arthritis of the spine. State-of-the-art treatment is provided by our coordinated team of neurosurgeons, consulting medical specialists, therapists, nurses, and support staff. Our goal is to improve each patient’s condition and quality of life with the most advanced, least invasive treatment available. Some of the clinical services provided include:
- Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disc disease care
- Adult compression fractures
- Cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis
- Scoliosis and spinal deformity
- Arthritic conditions of the spine
- Cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacement
The first goal of care for non-urgent spinal problems is to employ state-of-the-art medical treatments, as many patients will become symptom-free in four to six weeks. Only when problems do not resolve with this approach and the problem becomes functionally limiting are surgical approaches considered. With urgent spinal problems--those that are causing or may cause loss of neurological function---immediate surgery may be necessary. Ninety percent of single episodes of back pain become recurrent.
While certain diseases and traumatic injury can cause back pain, research shows that the most common causes of back pain or injury are: poor physical condition, poor posture, improper body mechanics, and the prolonged repetitive use of incorrect bending or lifting techniques. At Washington Health System Orthopedics and Neurosciences, preventing and providing relief for back pain and spinal disorders is one of our specialties.