Orthopedic & Laser Spine Surgery in Tallahassee
NJ Spine and Orthopedic is proud to have an office in Tallahassee. At NJSO, our spine and orthopedic specialists are dedicated to delivering minimally invasive laser spine surgeries to eliminate the pain caused by numerous conditions of the neck and back. Our award-winning team of spine surgeons and medical staff offer the latest in research, technology, and treatments for neck and back pain management. We offer our patients expert diagnosis and treatment for pain caused by degenerative disc disease, failed neck or back surgeries, trauma, and many other conditions.
If you are struggling with back pain in Tallahassee, the surgeons at NJSO are here to help you tackle your pain and regain your quality of life.
What Is Causing My Back Pain?
Back pain can occur from a variety of causes and conditions. Back pain typically occurs when your spinal joints, muscles, and discs do not properly fit or move together. Your back is divided into four areas: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral. Most people experience lower back pain, which is the lumbar region. Your lumbar is composed of five vertebrae and supports the majority of your upper body weight. When any of the vertebrae or discs in your lumbar are not functioning properly, it manifests as lower back pain.
There are many things that could be causing your back pain. However, some of the most common causes of back pain include:
- Herniated or slipped discs. The discs in your back are composed of two parts: a soft inner portion composed of a hydrated gel substance and a tough outer layer composed of lamellae. A slipped or herniated disc occurs when the inner portion of a disc protrudes through the outer ring. In some cases, the slipped disc can compress one of your spinal nerves, causing severe pain and discomfort.
- Degenerative disc disease. Degenerative disc disease occurs when the discs in between your spine’s vertebrae shrink or tear, which causes your bones to rub together.
- Spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis occurs when one of the bony openings—also referred to as foramina—in your back begins to narrow, reducing the space for your spinal nerves. Over time, the narrowing can cause your spinal nerves or cord to compress, which can cause pain and tingling.
- Cervical radiculopathy. Commonly referred to as a pinched nerve, cervical radiculopathy occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by the surrounding tissues such as the bones, cartilage, or tendons. As a result, you may feel pain, tingling, or numbness in your back or down your legs.
- Accidents and injuries. Bad falls, car accidents, and muscle strains can all cause back pain.
In addition, health and risk factors such as obesity, psychological stress, and inflammatory conditions are common culprits of back and neck pain.
Should I See a Doctor for My Back Pain?
The majority of back pain will resolve within a few weeks without treatment. It is important to note that while taking it easy is a good strategy for helping your back pain, bed rest is not recommended. When your symptoms start, you should try taking an over-the-counter medication—such as aspirin or ibuprofen—to help reduce the pain. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor sooner:
- Pain, numbness, or tingling down one or both of your legs
- A fever
- Bowel or bladder problems
- Unexplained weight loss
In some cases, back pain can signal a more serious medical condition, such as cancer. If you are aware of any risk factors, such as a family history of cancer, you should seek medical care at the onset of your pain.
How the Surgeons at NJSO Approach Back Pain Treatment
At NJ Spine and Orthopedic, we are dedicated to helping our patients find the treatment plan best suited for their neck and back pain. We understand that to be successful, a treatment plan must be personalized to each patient’s specific symptoms.
When you schedule an appointment with one of our spinal experts, they will take a full medical history of your back pain and perform a thorough physical examination. Once the underlying cause of your pain is identified, your doctor will design a personalized treatment plan specific to your medical history and pain. In devising treatment plans, our doctors use both conservative and surgical procedures. However, the conservative, minimally invasive approach is always our primary strategy. Some of the cutting-edge services that we offer include:
- Artificial disc replacement
- Interlaminar spacer
- Laser spine surgery
- Spinal cord stimulation
These are just a few of the many treatments we offer to treat back and neck pain. When you meet with one of our doctors, they will advise the best treatment plan specific to your situation.
The Best Spine Surgeons in Tallahassee
Are you suffering from back pain and living in the Tallahassee area? Visit your local NJ Spine and Orthopedic branch to receive expert medical care. At our Tallahassee branch, you’ll find highly skilled board-certified surgeons who are trained in the most advanced medical procedures for neck and back treatment. At NJSO, we pride ourselves on our ability to orchestrate personalized care plans that serve the unique needs of our patients.
To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled spine experts, call (855)-853-6542 or fill out our online contact form.
Dr. Monica McPhail-Pruitt
Dr. Monica is a multi-disciplinary pain management expert and an indispensable part of the Altamonte Springs surgical team. She administers anesthesia and provides perioperative pain management. Her patient-focused approach to medicine has made her a favorite among patients. If you have any questions before your...Read More
Dr. Morgan Lorio
Dr. Morgan P. Lorio is a board-certified orthopedic spine & hand surgeon with over 20 years of surgical experience. Dr. Lorio completed his undergraduate education at Lousiana State University – Baton Rouge, where he received a B.S. in Biochemistry. Dedicated to undertaking a career in...Read More
Dr. Scott Katzman
Dr. Katzman is a renowned orthopedic specialist with over 17 years of experience. From when he was first trained in 1989, Dr. Scott has been helping patients with percutaneous and endoscopic discectomy. He is also an expert in spinal disc replacements and has successfully performed...Read More