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Neck & Back

The spine includes the bones of the neck and back, a column of 33 bones, or vertebrae, that extend from the skull down to the pelvis. The spine team consists of board certified, fellowship trained spine surgeons, Dr. Mikles and Dr. Thibaudeau, who are trained to treat strains, sprains, fractures and other spinal conditions or injuries. 

The spine surgeons collaborate with non-operative physicians who are also spinal specialists (physiatrists) to treat most problems without surgery.  

For problems that might benefit from surgical treatment, the spine surgeons perform surgery using the most modern techniques and in a minimally invasive fashion when possible.

Common neck and back issues treated at Raleigh Orthopaedic

More than 80% of adults will experience significant back or neck pain at some time during their life. In most cases, back pain is due to a sprain or strain. If you have pain that radiates down your arm or leg may be a sign of a spine condition. Here are some of the most common neck and back injuries that Raleigh Orthopaedic treats:

Surgery in most cases of back pain is not the only solution.

There is a high probability that your spine condition will not require a surgical procedure. There are many nonsurgical treatments to ease your symptoms prior to discussing spine surgery, which include ice, heat, spinal injections, physical therapy, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) medications. Exercise also relieves back pain and can potentially keep it from recurring.

Reasons you may need a spine surgery

Raleigh Orthopaedic spine surgeons may recommend surgery if you have one of the following conditions:

  • A slipped disk that isn’t getting better on its own
  • Bone spurs in your spine (these are often caused by arthritis) that are putting pressure on your spinal cord
  • A degenerative spinal condition like stenosis (narrowing of the protective bony canal around the spinal cord) that’s causing side effects, like weakness
  • Weakness or numbness in your arms and legs
  • Trouble walking or using your hands
  • Lost bladder or bowel control because of a problem with the nerves in your back
  • A spinal infection, or a high fever with back pain — this can be a sign of a spinal infection
  • A broken or dislocated bone in your back
  • A tumor on your spinal cord

The Raleigh Orthopaedic spine team is committed to providing the highest quality spine care to all of our patients in the treatment of all spine conditions. 

Using clinical protocols and utilizing the latest technology, our neck and back specialists strive to provide the right treatment at the right time for each patient. The goal is to empower the patient with the tools that will assist them in returning to their highest level of function.

Ready to relieve your back pain?

Schedule an appointment with a neck and back specialist today. Start living without neck or back pain.