“I saw Dr. Snook about my ongoing problems with spinal arthritis and disc compression. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and respectful of me as a patient. He explained things clearly, in a way I could understand without talking down to me. He looked at my x-rays, showed the problem areas, and recommended an MRI as the next step before devising a treatment plan. He told me he thinks he will be able to help me, which gave me strong hope of pain relief in my future. He also happens to be one of the more friendly surgeons I’ve met, for me in a surgeon that is not a requirement in a surgeon, but does makes for a better experience. All in all I am very impressed with him, much moreso than several other spinal surgeons I’ve seen over the years. I trust him much more to be able to help me with my pain. I will definitely be back for ongoing care from Dr. Snook.” — Gerald P.
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Since our spine, neck, and back are all closely related, sometimes it may be difficult to pinpoint exactly where our pain is coming from.
At JIS Orthopedics, we understand how difficult it can be for you to describe your discomfort. Schedule an appointment today at one of our 3 offices conveniently located in New Albany and St. Clairsville to receive a proper diagnosis!
The spine is one of the most important and complex structures in the human body. It supports your head and neck, allows for the movement of your limbs, and protects your spinal cord. However, it can also be susceptible to a variety of problems.
Our specialists are experienced in treating anything from compression fractures to even the most complex spinal conditions. We always try to implement non-surgical options first before recommending spine surgery.
There are many common spine conditions that may be causing you spinal pain. Below you’ll find a list of these ailments.
A pinched nerve occurs when surrounding tissues, such as bones, ligaments, or discs apply too much pressure to a nerve. Nerve compression can be extremely painful and cause tingling, numbness, or weakness.
A common condition that results in the deterioration of the discs that cushion the vertebrae in your spine. As the discs begin to deteriorate, they lose their ability to absorb shock and protect the spine.
Spinal deformity is a condition in which the spine is abnormally curved. The most common type of spinal deformity is kyphoscoliosis.
Radiculopathy occurs when there is nerve compression or irritation of a nerve root in the spinal column. This can happen due to a herniated disc, bone spur, natural degeneration, or spinal stenosis.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, running from your lower back down to the back of your legs. When the lower lumbar nerves become pinched, they can cause a sharp pain that radiates through your entire leg.
Disc herniation is a condition that can occur when the discs in your spine become damaged or weakened. This can cause the inner portion of the disc to bulge outwards, putting pressure on the nerves near your spine.
Arthritis of the spine refers to inflammation of the joints between the vertebrae. There are several different types of arthritis that can affect the spine, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.
This condition occurs when the spaces in your spine narrow, placing pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. This can lead to pain, numbness, and weakness in the arms and legs.
A slipped disc refers to a condition where the vertebra moves in relation to the adjacent vertebra due to arthritis. It is commonly associated with stenosis of the spine.
Neck pain can also prove to be a source of significant discomfort. Our necks are full of multiple pain generators, and unless they cause considerable radiation into your arms and hands, they are typically harmless.
The non-surgical treatment options recommended for acute pain include:
Generally, neck pain tends to improve within a few days to a couple of weeks. However, if your discomfort lasts longer, it is best to seek medical attention. Your doctor may recommend X-rays, an MRI, or the following conservative treatments:
If your body does not respond to these conservative measures, surgical treatment may be necessary. This may include:
There are many internal factors that can generate back pain, including your bones, ligaments, discs, and nerves.
Thankfully, there are also several minimally invasive techniques that can be used to counteract your back pain, including:
If your back pain persists, X-rays or an MRI may be recommended. Seek medical care if you realize that your back pain is coupled with a substantial amount of pain that radiates in your legs or if you experience any numbness or weakness.
Surgical options used to relieve back pain may include:
The team of specialists at JIS Orthopedics knows what it takes to help you feel better again. Schedule an appointment today at one of our offices located in New Albany or St. Clairsville, OH to have any of your questions about the spine or neck. We look forward to assisting you with your discomfort!
If you’re suffering from back pain, neck pain, or any spine injury, learn how Dr. Derek Snook and JIS Orthopedics can help you get back to living your life without limits. To schedule a consultation, click the button below!