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Spine Pain

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Treatment of spinal conditions and injuries requires a multidisciplinary approach and often uses advanced technology. The UK Orthopaedic Surgery Spine Service is able to collaborate with UK Neurosurgery for very complex spine conditions, such as tumors or significant deformities. Our Interventional Pain Associates and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation services allow a full range of nonsurgical treatments for our patients.

We have access to all of the latest advances in technology and our specialists use the most recent data on treatments to the benefit of our patients.

  • Spine pain conditions

    In addition to advanced traditional and minimally invasive surgical procedures, experts with UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine also offer nonsurgical treatment options for patients who may benefit from a more conservative approach.

    Examples of conditions treated include:

    • Cervical myelopathy
    • Cervical spinal stenosis
    • Deformities of the spine
    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Disc herniation
    • Fractured vertebrae
    • Scoliosis
    • Slippage of vertebrae (spondylolisthesis)
    • Spinal stenosis
    • Spinal tumors
  • Spine pain surgical options

    • Vertebral augmentation with balloon kyphoplasty — a procedure to bind painful vertebrae fractures and prevent future pain, especially in patients with osteoporosis
    • Tumor ablation — Used in select situations where a tumor of the spine is causing pain. A tiny incision is used to pass a thin wire into the spine tumor and the mass is ablated with radiofrequency.
    • Minimally invasive spine fusion — Procedure used in patients with significant back pain due to spine slippage. Two or more bones are fused together through two small incisions, with minimal soft tissue injury. Most patients go home the day after surgery, whereas typical hospital stay is two – three nights.
    • Cervical total disc replacement — A technique to treat painful cervical disk herniations with a device that allows motion, as opposed to a cervical fusion. Ideal for those younger than 50, dealing with a disk issue in the neck.
    • Cervical laminoplasty — Another nonfusion technique to deal with cervical stenosis, using small plates in the back of the spine instead of a standard cervical fusion.
    • Spinal navigation — This is equipment that can be used to make surgery safer and more precise, and often limit the amount of surgery necessary to treat a problem.
    • Complex reconstructive surgery – Having surgery at an Academic Medical Center allows patients access to all specialists necessary for major surgery.  Our orthopaedic surgeons often work together with our neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons and ICU physicians to make even the most complicated surgeries as safe as possible.