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Back & Spine Care

Our expert orthopedic physicians and neurosurgeons, specializing in the surgical treatment of the head, neck and spine, have extensive experience identifying and treating the full spectrum of spine conditions. 

Our Norwalk Hospital orthopedic and neurosurgery teams use the latest, most advanced technology available to provide expert treatment, surgical and non-surgical, for the full range of back and spine complaints. We offer the complete continuum of multidisciplinary spine care, including physical therapy and rehabilitation. Among the treatments we offer are:

Imaging Procedures

  • X-ray
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • Radiographs: Imaging studies, typically using x-ray, to examine the affected body part and identify the source of pain.

Treatments and Procedures

  • Cervical disk arthroplasty: Artificial disk replacement procedure.
  • Epidural nerve blocks: Injection of a pain-blocking medication.
  • Kyphoplasty: Interventional radiology procedure to fill in a collapsed vertebrae.
  • Microdiscectomy: Surgical removal of a herniated disk in the lower back.
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy: Physical therapy (PT) focuses on helping your injury or impairment to heal, while occupational therapy (OT) focuses on helping you perform activities required in daily life.
  • Spinal Decompression: A non-surgical traction therapy that promotes retraction or repositioning of a herniated or bulging disk.
  • Spinal Fusion: A surgical procedure to fix back pain that, essentially, welds problematic vertebrae together.
  • Vertebroplasty: Interventional radiology procedure involving injection of a type of cement to repair cracked or broken vertebrae.
  • X-stop Procedure: A minimally invasive procedure to preserve range of motion and improve quality of life in carefully selected patients with spinal stenosis.

Compression Fractures

A compression fracture, a fracture of in the vertebrae often has osteoporosis (loss of bone mass) as a root cause.     

Diagnosis and Treatment

Examination and assessment that typically includes a physical examination, medical history and usually some tests, including range of motion, sensitivity and imaging studies. Care is always personalized to your needs but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Interventional Radiology: Kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy
  • Surgery

Concussion

Concussion (often bringing brief loss of consciousness) is a mild brain injury caused by a fall, a bump or a blow to the head. After-effects can include mental, physical and emotional symptoms.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Care always begins with a thorough assessment, to evaluate the likely cause and extent of orthopedic pain. Your assessment includes a physical examination, medical history and usually some tests, including range of motion, sensitivity and, often, imaging studies.

Care is always personalized to your needs but may include:

  • Radiographic studies
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy and/or occupational therapy

Degenerative Disk Disease

Often related to aging, degenerative disk disease describes the breakdown of the cartilage disks located between the vertebrae of the spine.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Examination and assessment that typically includes a physical examination, medical history and usually some tests, including range of motion, sensitivity and imaging studies. Care is always personalized to your needs but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery: Microdiscectomy
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Cervical Disk Disease

Cervical disk disease describes a compromised disk in the cervical (upper) portion of the spine.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Examination and assessment that typically includes a physical examination, medical history and usually some tests, including range of motion, sensitivity and imaging studies. Care is always personalized to your needs but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery:  Cervical disk arthroplasty
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Lumbar Disk Disease

Lumbar disk disease describes a compromised disk in the lumbar (lower) portion of the spine.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Examination and assessment that typically includes a physical examination, medical history and usually some tests, including range of motion, sensitivity and imaging studies. Care is always personalized to your needs but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery: Microdiscectomy
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Sciatica

Sciatica describes numbness, tingling or pain that radiates down the leg from the lower back.

Diagnosis and Treatment         

Examination and assessment that typically includes a physical examination, medical history and usually some tests, including range of motion, sensitivity and imaging studies. Care is always personalized to your needs but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is the medical term that describes an “S” shaped curvature of the spine.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Examination and assessment that typically includes a physical examination, medical history and usually some tests, including range of motion, sensitivity and imaging studies. Care is always personalized to your needs but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Spinal Instability

Abnormal movement between vertebrae due to the breakdown of disks is called spinal instability.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Examination and assessment that typically includes a physical examination, medical history and usually some tests, including range of motion, sensitivity and imaging studies. Care is always personalized to your needs but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery: Spinal fusion
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis describes the narrowing or diminishment of spaces and cushioning between the vertebrae in the spine.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Examination and assessment that typically includes a physical examination, medical history and usually some tests, including range of motion, sensitivity and imaging studies. Care is always personalized to your needs but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery: Decompression, spinal fusion if needed
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a painful condition that occurs when one or more of the disks in the spinal column displace, pushing forward.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Examination and assessment that typically includes a physical examination, medical history and usually some tests, including range of motion, sensitivity and imaging studies. Care is always personalized to your needs but may include

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery: Decompression, spinal fusion if needed
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Spondylolysis

Spondylolysis is the medical term describing wear and tear that causes degeneration of the disks in the spine.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Examination and assessment that typically includes a physical examination, medical history and usually some tests, including range of motion, sensitivity and imaging studies. Care is always personalized to your needs but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery: Spinal fusion if needed
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Whiplash

Whiplash is the common term used to describe neck injury caused by a jerking or jolt, often from a motor vehicle accident.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Care always begins with a thorough assessment, to evaluate the likely cause and extent of orthopedic pain. Your assessment includes a physical examination, medical history and usually some tests, including range of motion, sensitivity and, often, imaging studies. Care is always personalized to your needs but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy