When it comes to experiencing back or neck pain, there could be many causes for the pain you are going through. In order to get the correct treatment for your back or neck condition, you must ensure you get the right diagnosis. Our experienced team of specialists at Centerpoint Medical Center can determine the source of your back or neck pain and design a treatment plan for your specific needs.
Whether you have a recent injury or longstanding pain, or simply want a second opinion, we can help. Every aspect of your diagnostic and treatment plan is coordinated by our spine care team, so you get the care you need, when you need it.
Caring for your spine — and you
From diagnosis and treatment through recovery and rehabilitation, we’ll make sure you have the information, support and services you need at every step. We make sure you understand all your options and explain your treatment plan step-by-step. Then we guide your progress, keep your care on track and get you on the road to recovery.
We’ll start with an evaluation to assess your overall health condition and your symptoms. You may need imaging tests, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound or computed tomography (CT) scans. These tests can help doctors identify your back or neck problem and plan how to treat it. In some cases, a dye or other contrast medium is injected to help doctors see muscle, cartilage and other details and help pinpoint the cause of your pain or problem.
Neck and back pain can have many causes. At Centerpoint Medical Center Spine Care we commonly see patients who need treatment for the following conditions:
- Arthritis of the neck or back
- Bone spur (a growth of bone that can press or rub on other bones or tissues)
- Strains, sprains and fractures
- Disc injuries (Herniated, bulging or slipped discs)
- Leg and lower back pain
- Sciatica (pain along the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back through your hips and down each leg)
- Pinched nerve (damage to a nerve or nerves that can cause pain, numbness or other sensations)
- Degenerative disc disease (damage to the disc from trauma or aging that causes pain and weakness)
- Osteoporosis (a condition that causes bones to become brittle and fragile)
- Facet joint osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage between the facet joints in the back of the spine)
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the open spaces in the spine, which can put pressure on nerves and the spinal cord)
- Spinal tumors (cancerous or noncancerous growths)
- Spondylolysis (a defect in a small segment of bone joining the facet joints in the back of the spine)
- Spinal fracture (broken bone in the spine, with symptoms ranging from mild pain to paralysis)
Your treatment plan will depend on your specific spinal condition, as well as your overall health, goals and personal preferences. We’ll work with you to create a treatment and follow-up plan designed just for you. Depending on your condition and needs, your treatment might include:
- Medication Management - Many medicines are used today to reduce pain and inflammation. Pills and liquids taken orally and creams or gels used topically can help control pain so you can rest more easily and live more actively.
- Injection Therapy - Doctors can often inject pain-relieving or anti-inflammatory medicines directly to the source of the pain. Our specialists are trained in ultrasound-guided injections. Using a special device with a monitor attached to a thin needle, we can deliver pain medicine precisely, even to difficult-to-reach tissue, with the touch of a button.
- Physical and Ooccupational Therapy - Our physical therapists work closely with you to help you recover and regain your movement and mobility. Our occupational therapists can help you regain the skills needed to complete your daily activities.
- Surgery - Some spinal problems must be surgically corrected so you can move, walk and live your life without severe disability or pain. Our surgeons are skilled at spinal surgery, including:
- Discectomy, the removal of a disc that is bulging and pressing on a nerve or on the spinal cord.
- Disc replacement, implanting an artificial disc to replace a damaged disc, to maintain range of motion in the part of the spine that is affected.
- Spinal fusion, joining two or more vertebrae, the small bones that form the backbone, so that they heal into one solid bone. Spinal fusion is often used to treat degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, fractures and other back problems.
- Kyphoplasty, treating compression fractures (when vertebrae collapse) by expanding the vertebra and filling it with a special kind of cement.
- Arthroscopic treatment, minimally invasive surgery using special tools with cameras for visualizing bone and tissue.
- Laminectomy (also called spinal decompression surgery), removing part of the lamina, the back part of a vertebra, to relieve pressure on nerves or the spinal cord. In some cases, an interlaminer implant can be placed to provide stability while allowing range of motion.
Make an Appointment
Call (816) 751-3000 for a physician referral or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.