Back Neck and Spine
Neck and back pain is a common health issue affecting 50 % of Americans at some point in their lives, and can range from relatively minor to severe. In many cases, neck and back pain is simply the result of muscular strain or soft tissue injury and can be resolved with rest, exercise and anti-inflammatory medication.
NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital offers a full-service advanced facility dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, including subspeciality treatment in neck and back pain and spine disorders.
Orthopedic specialists offer a range of surgical and non-surgical options to treat back and neck pain and help patients return to normal, everyday activities.
Neck, Back & Spine Conditions
Neck and back pain and spine disorders may have several causes, including poor posture, inactivity, obesity, nerve and muscular problems, abnormalities in the bones and joints, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis.
Neck and back pain and spine conditions orthopedic specialists treat include:
- Herniated disk
- Degenerative disc
- Neck pain
- Back pain and low back pain
- Bone spur
- Osteoarthritis of the spine
- Spinal stenosis
Diagnosing Neck, Back and Spine Conditions
Often your physician can establish a diagnosis by performing a physical examination and a medical history review. Depending on the cause of your injury, the location of your pain and your other symptoms, your physician may order tests to help determine the cause of your neck and back pain.
The NHRMC Health and Diagnostics offers advanced imaging services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the Orthopedic Hospital on the Cape Fear Hospital campus, as well as through outpatient locations around the region.
Diagnostic radiology services include CT scans, diagnostic x-rays, fluoroscopic procedures, ultrasound, and MRI.
Treatment of Neck, Back and Spine Conditions
Many neck and back conditions can be treated non-surgically. Orthopedic specialists will first determine if there are ways to help reduce pain and restore function before recommending surgery.
Non-surgical treatments include rest, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen, physical therapy, stretching and strengthening home exercise programs, activity modification, and muscle relaxants.
Surgical Treatment of Neck, Back and Spine Conditions
When neck and back pain becomes chronic, fails to respond to non-surgical remedies, and begins to interfere with life’s daily activities, surgical treatments may be required. Meeting with an orthopedic specialist will provide you with options that best meet your individual needs.
Surgical options for neck and back pain include discectomy or laminectomy, spinal fusion, minimally invasive spinal surgery, microdiscectomy and artificial disk implantation.
NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital
Neck and back surgeries at NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital are performed in a stand-alone dedicated facility in which staff is entirely focused on your orthopedic care. The largest orthopedic program in Eastern North Carolina, NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital offers eight operating rooms and a pre-op clinic outfitted specifically for orthopedic care, advanced imaging and diagnostic equipment, surgical suites, and rehabilitation services.
Finding an Orthopedic Specialist
25 board-certified or board-eligible orthopedic surgeons are on the medical staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The practices have office locations Wilmington, Burgaw, Jacksonville, Leland, Porters Neck, and Whiteville to better serve people throughout southeastern North Carolina.
Visit our Physician Directory to find an orthopedic physician who specializes in back, neck and spine conditions and care.
Our commitment to exceptional orthopedic care continues after surgery with specialized services to ensure a smooth transition to full recovery. Therapists with NHRMC Rehabilitation Services start working with patients before they leave the hospital and are available to assist with ongoing, outpatient therapy after discharge from the hospital.
If Home Care services are needed, NHRMC staff will work with you to set up visits with the home care agency of your choice, including NHRMC Home Care, an affiliate of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
More Information on Neck, Back and Spine Conditions
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