Spine

Overview

The spine plays a significant role in the body’s strength, posture and ability to move. Spinal pain can seriously limit your daily life. Issues stemming from the spine can present as excruciating pain, deep aching, cramping, back spasms, tension, stiffness, leg numbness and weakness, sensation changes, and deformities (hunched or uneven posture/stance). Symptoms can include the lower back (Lumbar Spine), mid back (Thoracic Spine), and/or neck (Cervical Spine). Patients can also experience radiculopathy, where pain, numbness, or tingling radiates into other areas of the body such as hips, buttocks, legs, shoulders, and arms. Back problems affect individuals of all ages and can result from injury, develop over time, or be hereditary in nature. The most common causes of back pain include degenerative wear and tear affecting joints and discs and soft tissue injuries including muscles, tendons and ligaments. Often, poor back and muscle tone, sedentary lifestyle, and weight can compound less severe underlying back conditions significantly worsening the symptoms. The pain can diminish an individual’s quality of life affecting the ability to work, take part in leisure activities, and perform everyday activities.

Most spinal ailments can be effectively treated with conservative, non-operative treatments. Common non-surgical methods for treating neck and back pain include physical therapy, medication (anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and over-the-counter pain relievers), spine injections, bracing, activity modification, and exercise (strengthening, low-impact, and special extension exercises). For carefully selective cases, spine surgery may also be an appropriate treatment option if conservative treatments fail.

Our Personalized and Patient-Centered Approach

Orthopaedic Associates focuses on conservative treatment measures for patient-centered care.  Our specialists acknowledge that a vast majority of back issues are effectively treated and recover through non-operative treatment. Surgery may be considered appropriate after all non-surgical treatment options have been exhausted.  In those instances our office will refer you to a highly skilled operative spine specialist. Our specialists engage closely with you to build a comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation plan.

We feel that an accurate diagnosis of the cause for the pain and patient education is invaluable in avoiding unnecessary surgery. Diagnosing and treating spine ailments opens provides a wide array of treatment options to reduce pain and improve daily function. In the cases where therapy is indicated, our multi-disciplinary team of non-surgical specialist and physical therapists work together closely to individualize a therapeutic rehabilitation program which aims to strengthen the spine and its surrounding structures. The aim is to not only reduce pain, but also the risk of recurrent injury and narcotic pain medication usage.

Common Conditions

At Orthopaedic Associates, our providers treat musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders that affect the spine including but not limited to the following:

  • Neck (Cervical), Midback (Thoracic and Sacral), and Low Back (Lumbar) Pain
  • Intervertebral Spinal Conditions
  • Sprain and Strain
  • Disc Herniation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolysis / Spondylolisthesis
  • Whiplash – Neck Sprain or Strain
  • Fractures / Broken Bones- Compression Fractures, Vertebral fractures, Coccyx
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Work and Sports Related Back Injuries
Surgical Interventions

Orthopaedic Associates treats the above conditions non-operatively. For the limited cases where surgical intervention is indicated, we will refer you to a highly skilled operative spine specialist.

Common Conditions

At Orthopaedic Associates, our providers treat musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders that affect the spine including but not limited to the following:

  • Neck (Cervical), Midback (Thoracic and Sacral), and Low Back (Lumbar) Pain
  • Intervertebral Spinal Conditions
  • Sprain and Strain
  • Disc Herniation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolysis / Spondylolisthesis
  • Whiplash – Neck Sprain or Strain
  • Fractures / Broken Bones- Compression Fractures, Vertebral fractures, Coccyx
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Work and Sports Related Back Injuries

Cranston, RI

Cumberland, RI

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