Back & Spine
There are many diseases and disorders affecting the spine that can cause pain and immobility, and Orthopedics at Spartanburg Regional can help with the treatment of most of these conditions.
Pain can be caused by arthritis or many other conditions. In fact, anything causing pressure on your back muscles or nerves can be painful as is an injury or damage to your spine. Although the cause of back pain in most people is undetermined, most is caused by minor strains, overuse or sprains. Stress can also cause pain and deter recovery from back pain.
If you have back pain with the addition of any of the below listed factors, you should see a physician:
Back pain you’ve suffered for more than six weeks;
Back pain along with fever but no other symptoms;
Back pain from an injury or fall;
Numbness or weakness in one or both legs;
Pain for more than three weeks which prevents you from sleeping;
Pain traveling down one leg below the knee.
Some other causes of back pain are listed below. Orthopedics at Spartanburg Regional offers care for all of these conditions.
Fractures and Dislocations
Unsuccessful Previous Surgery
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical treatment used in the treatment of vertebral compression fractures of the spine most commonly caused by osteoporosis. Vertebral fractures are also caused by a fall or from another condition such as radiation therapy for cancer or multiple myeloma.
Kyphoplasty corrects spinal deformity and relieves pain, thus offering an improved quality of life for patients by restoring function.
A catheter is placed into the damaged vertebral body and a balloon is inflated to reestablish the correct bone height and restore alignment. The balloon is then removed, and specialized bone cement is then used to fill in the space.
In most cases, patients experience immediate pain relief and can soon return to normal daily activities.
Spine Surgery for Rheumatoid Arthritis
After a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis of the spine, surgery may be able to help in several instances:
The presence of rheumatoid arthritis can be removed by removing a diseased joint and creating a permanent bond between affected vertebrae, also known as fusion.
Restoring normal spinal alignment prevents degradation of basic functions such as cardiopulmonary fitness.
Decompressing damaged nerves can alleviate pain and slow progressive nerve function loss and may lead to improved function.