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Back & Neck | Disorders of the Spine

Dr. Spott treats several disorders of the neck (cervical spine), thoracic spine and lumbar spine using the latest minimally invasive surgical advancements and non-surgical treatments.

Disk Disorders- Any condition of the discs between vertebrae with loss of cushioning, fragmentation and herniation related to aging.

Disk Herniation- This condition occurs when the soft center of a spinal disk pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing. Some herniated disks don’t display any symptoms. However, they can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg. Treatment includes medication, physical therapy, and possibly surgery. If surgery becomes the best option for the patient, Dr. Spott uses a “micro” technique leaving the patient with a smaller incision and faster recovery time.

Degenerative Diseases of the Spine- Degenerative spine conditions all involve a loss of normal structure and function in the spine. Degenerative means that the cause of these changes is age-related wear and tear on the spine. The changes are not due to trauma, infection, or some other cause.

Congenital Abnormalities of the Spine- A congenital disorder is a medical condition that is present at or before birth. These conditions, also referred to as birth defects, can be acquired during the fetal stage of development or from the genetic make-up of the parents.

Scoliosis- Scoliosis occurs most often during the growth spurt just before or during puberty. Most cases of scoliosis are mild with few symptoms. Some children develop spine deformities that get more severe as they grow. Severe scoliosis can be painful and disabling. Common treatment includes back brace, self-care (physical exercises), therapies (stretching) or surgery.

Neck or Cervical Spine issues- Neck pain can be caused by several activities including sleeping in the wrong position, slouching, or overuse. Arm pain, tingling, or numbness could be a sign of a more complicated condition. Call our office to schedule an appointment if you would like to speak to Dr. Spott about your neck pain or are having any of these symptoms.