BACK & SPINE

Our comprehensive approach to back and spine care means that our patients receive world-class, individualized treatment from our team of specialists, who are dedicated to providing high-quality care. We know how debilitating spinal injuries can be, and we are committed to helping our patients get back to 100% and doing what they love.

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Welcome

Orthopedic Health of Kansas City formerly Drisko, Fee & Parkins ( DFP ) has been a trusted provider of orthopaedic care, sports medicine, and joint reconstruction in the Kansas City region for over 65 years.

Our reputation of unrivaled orthopaedic surgery and personal patient care is why patients of all ages trust us to help them on their paths to recovery. Itching to start your next adventure? Let’s help you get back out there!

Back & Spine

Anatomy

The spine is made up of 24 vertebrae. These bones stack on top of each other to create a tunnel-like system that protects the spinal cord, which is responsible for sending messages from your brain to the rest of your body.

Not only does your spine protect the spinal cord, but it also supports your head, chest, and the rest of your body as it allows you to bend and twist.

Intervertebral discs separate your vertebrae like cushions to absorb any shock and keep the vertebrae from crashing into each other.

Causes & Symptoms

Herniated Disks

Discs are rubbery pads that grow between the vertebrae to keep them from touching each other and to also absorb shock from running and jumping motions. They also allow the back to bend and flex easily without pain. A herniated disc occurs in the neck or lower back and can cause pain in those areas, as well as the arms and legs.

If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in these areas, don’t hesitate to contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City. Our team of experts can help diagnose a herniated disc; and luckily, non-surgical treatment can alleviate symptoms in 90% of patients!

Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolysis is a stress fracture, usually on the fifth lumbar vertebra, and is most common among adolescents. Typical causes include hereditary from thin vertebral bones, growth spurts, and overuse. Spondylithesis occurs when the bone is severely weakened by the fracture and slips out of place.

If either of these injuries occurs, it may feel like you have pulled a muscle and you may experience muscle spasms. Through x-rays, however, our physicians can diagnose this condition and help you make a full recovery!

Osteoporosis & Spinal

Fractures

Osteoporosis can make you more susceptible to breaks from a fall. As bones weaken, simple activities such as bending, twisting, or even sneezing can cause a bone to break in the spine.

The good news is that most fractures can heal over the course of 6-8 weeks with minimal, noninvasive treatments. One of our physicians will be able to determine whether you will be able to recover with rest and medication, or whether surgery will be required.

Thoracic & Lumbar Spine

Fractures

Spinal injuries are never taken lightly. Fractures are typically caused by high-impact trauma, and are usually accompanied by other injuries. Whether it is from a car accident or the result of age, there are many reasons why you could be experiencing back pain.

Our specialists are trained to assess the scope of the injury and determine the best course of action. Recovery might involve a simple brace and decreased movement in some cases, while back surgery might be required in others. Whatever the scope of your injury, you are in the best of hands when you see one of our expert physicians.

Back & Spine Specialists

If you have any of the symptoms m entioned above, please contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City spine and back specialists. We will perform a complete examination, diagnosing and ultimately treating any problem. From simple physical therapy to complicated surgery, you’re in great hands with Orthopedic Health of Kansas City. We will do whatever it takes to help get you back in action!

Take the first step to recovery

Please feel free to leave a message if you call after hours. We will return your message the next business day. If this is an emergency, call 911 or call our Orthopedic Urgent Care clinic at (816) 303-2400.

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