Advanced Treatment for Chronic Back and Spine Pain
Back pain is one of the most common health problems among adults in the United States. The American Chiropractic Association estimates that more than 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
Corona Regional Medical Center offers several treatment options to help patients deal with chronic back and spine pain.
When your spinal nerve root is compressed, injured or inflamed, it can cause pain in the mid and lower back as well as the neck. It can also cause weakness or burning in the arms or legs. Nonsurgical treatment can be successful in some cases, but sometimes surgery is needed.
Spinal Stenosis Surgery
Spinal stenosis occurs as a result of aging and everyday wear-and-tear on your spine. Symptoms can include lower back pain, numbness or weakness in the arms, buttocks and legs and symptoms that improve while resting, lying down or bending forward. Decompression surgery can relieve the associated pressure and pain.
Spinal Fusion for the Spine
If you have degenerative spinal disease it may require spinal fusion surgery to stabilize the vertebrae and alleviate the severe, chronic back pain. Spinal fusion involves correcting an unstable part of the spine by joining two or more vertebrae. Traditionally, open-surgery spinal fusion has been associated with a low complication rate and pain relief for 90 percent of patients.
For those who qualify, we also offer alternatives to traditional spinal fusion surgery.
Scoliosis and Kyphosis Surgery
On an X-ray, the spine of a scoliosis patient looks more like an "S" or a "C" than a straight line. A normal spine curves backward (kyphosis) in the upper back and gently inward in the lower back. Some of the bone in a scoliotic spine may also be slightly rotated, causing a difference in the person's shoulder height when standing, a prominence in one part of the back of the chest or a prominence in the lower back when standing or bent over. The degree of scoliosis may range from mild to severe.
Sometimes, scoliosis or kyphosis can cause local back pain or can contribute to spine stenosis. In these cases, surgery can be performed to alleviate back pain or stenosis. Spinal decompression and fusion is the most common surgical option for scoliosis.
Spine Surgeons at Corona Regional Medical Center
- Wayne K. Cheng, MD, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Bones and Spine Surgery, Inc.
- Dennis E. Cramer, DO, Neurosurgeon, Haider Spine Center Medical Group, Inc.
- Babak R. Khamsi, MD, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Haider Spine Center Medical Group, Inc.
- Sean W. Kaloostian, MD, Neurosurgeon, Bones and Spine Surgery, Inc.
- Gordon G. K. Yee, MD, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Bones and Spine Surgery, Inc.