Orthopedic Spine Surgery in Kansas City, MO

At Orthopedic Health of Kansas City, we have a comprehensive approach to back and spine care, which means that our patients receive world-class, individualized treatment from our team of specialists that are dedicated to providing and delivering high-quality care. Whether it’s a pulled muscle,

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Herniated Disk

Herniated discs occur in the neck or lower back and can cause pain in those areas, along with the arms and legs. 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 thick outer ring of tough cartilage protects the jelly-like substance inside the discs. When a disc herniates, the soft center pushes through the outer lining and back toward the spinal canal, putting pressure on the nerves and causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs.

As we age, these discs lose water content and become less flexible. They shrink, allowing the vertebrae to move closer and closer. Symptoms of lower back herniation include lower back pain, neck pain, but can more commonly include a shooting pain from the buttock down the back of one leg (sciatica). Herniated discs in the neck can cause pain shooting down the arm, burning pain in the neck, headaches, and even loss of bladder or bowel control.

Our team of experts can help diagnose a herniated disc. Luckily, non-surgical treatment can alleviate symptoms in 90% of patients. Rest, pain relievers, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory medicines and cold compresses are usually recommended. If the disc fragments lodge within the spinal canal and puts pressure on nerves, surgery may be required.

Fractured Spine

Spinal injuries are never taken lightly. There are many reasons why you might be experiencing back pain. Whether it was from a car accident, is hereditary, or is caused by age, our specialists are trained to assess and determine the scope of the injury and the best course of action.

The most common fractures to the spine occur in the mid-back (thoracic), lower-back (lumbar), or at the connection of the two sections (thoracolumbar junction). Fractures are typically caused by high-impact trauma, such as car accidents, falls from significant height, sports accidents, or gunshot wounds.

Because these fractures are typically accompanied by other injuries, a physical examination by a doctor is followed by a radiologic exam. Often times, depending on the fracture, recovery involves a simple brace and decreased movement. More severe injuries may require back surgery.

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If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City spine and back specialists. They will perform a complete examination, diagnosing and ultimately treating any problem. From simple physical therapy to complicated surgery, you’re in good hands with Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and we will do what it takes to get you active again.