Spine doctors, who can be orthopedists or neurosurgeons, diagnose and treat problems linked to your spine. They can help with neck and back pain as well as injuries, trauma and diseases related to the spine. You may need to see a spine specialist if you have a herniated disk, nerve damage, sciatica or chronic back pain.
Spine care center in Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Orlando
The Spine Center at HCA Florida Osceola Hospital is dedicated to getting you back to an active, healthy lifestyle.
Many spine conditions may be caused by injury, but some are present at birth and others develop later on in life. Our experienced staff uses advanced technology to diagnose and treat all of these different types of spine conditions.
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Spine conditions we treat
Our back doctors diagnose and treat many conditions relating to the neck, spine and back, including:
- Degenerative scoliosis
- Facet osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis)
- Herniated discs
- Kyphotic deformities (humpback)
- Osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (VCF)
- Spinal stenosis
- Traumatic spinal fractures
Treatment of spine conditions
Our surgeons are specialized in orthopedic care and will determine the best option to treat your condition.
Nonsurgical back pain treatments
When possible, we will use nonsurgical options to treat your condition. These treatments may include:
- Epidural steroid injections: minimally invasive procedure designed to ease lower back and leg pain; steroids are injected in the epidural area using X-ray guidance
- Transforaminal injections (nerve block): long-acting steroid injection that reduces pain and inflammation of the nerve root
- Facet blocks (joint block): an injection of numbing medicine into one or more of the small joints on the side of each vertebra on both sides of the spine in the lower part of the back
- Physical therapy: rehabilitative care to ease pain and maintain function and mobility
- Radiofrequency rhizotomy: procedure using heat to stop or reduce pain
Some of the advanced spine surgeries we perform include:
- Decompressive laminectomy: surgery performed to relieve pressure on a spinal nerve caused by age-related spinal changes
- Discectomy: removal of disc material that is pressing on a spinal nerve and causing pain
- Spinal fusion: procedure to correct issues with the small bones in the spine
- Vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty: procedures to repair compression fractures using a cement mixture and balloons
Minimally invasive spine surgery
Our spine surgeons are also experienced in performing robotic surgery, which may be an option for certain spine procedures. By using robot-assisted technology, our surgeons are able to operate with enhanced precision and visualization. This is a highly effective tool when operating on delicate spinal nerves and structures.
Spine nurse navigator
At our Spine Care Center, we want to ensure you receive the best care possible from pre-treatment to post-treatment care coordination. To do this, we will pair you with a spine nurse navigator who will be your point of contact and address your questions and concerns.
The nurse navigator will also help with the following:
- Educational classes on your procedure
- Facilitating the necessary appointments to physician clinics
- Setting up your surgery
- Meeting with you post-surgery
How does your back feel?
Almost everyone at some point suffers from back pain, and it is one of the most common reasons people visit doctors. This doesn't mean you shouldn't seek treatment if you have even minor back pain. In fact, quite the opposite is true. It's important to understand that back pain is a symptom of a medical condition, not a diagnosis in itself.
When to see a doctor for back pain
If you you answer "yes" to any of the questions below, we encourage you to talk to your doctor or make an appointment with one of our specialists.
- Do you have pain that moves down your back and into your buttocks or even radiates into your calves?
- Do you have numbness or tingling in your legs?
- Do you feel better when you lean over on a shopping cart when walking?
- Do your legs and back get tired after standing for 10 minutes?
- Do you have pain in your neck?
- Do you have pain that moves down into your arm and hand?
- Have you experienced sudden pain in the middle of your back?
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