How the Normal Spine Works
The spine is designed to allow for flexibility and support at the joints so that you can move about and stand supported. Your spine is made up of interlocking stacks of bone called vertebrae. Between each pair of vertebrae is a disc, which cushions the bones so they will not grind together. Each disc absorbs shock as you move, by compressing and deforming. Discs allow your vertebrae to rock back and forth, giving you the flexibility to bend and move.
Common Causes of Back Pain and Loss of Mobility
Realistic Expectations about Spine Surgery
Spine surgeries have a proven track record of providing long term pain relief for patients who have significant or progressive symptoms. The team at the Orthopaedic and Spine Center understands that surgery can be an unsettling prospect. People do not know what to expect. They trust their doctors and nurses but are still apprehensive about the unknown. At Touro, patients are well-informed during each step of the surgery process. Through the use of community outreach seminars, multimedia educational tools, pre-op classes for you and your family members and patient guide books, you will know what to expect and when. We take every step possible to make your spinal surgery experience stress free and pleasant. Keeping you informed is the key.
An important factor in deciding whether to have spine surgery is understanding what procedures are available to you. For some conditions, such as a herniated disc, the surgical treatment options will be minimally invasive and include shorter recovery times. For other conditions, such as degenerative disc disease, the surgical treatment options are more extensive and will require a 2 -3 month recovery period. Your orthopaedic surgeon will review the type of surgery best suited for your pain based on your preoperative diagnosis which might include a thorough history and physical, xrays, MRI, CT and EMG tests.