• Spine

  • Conditions We Treat

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    The team at Penrose-St. Francis Total Joint and Spine Care treat patients suffering from various spinal ailments and diseases. These conditions often present themselves in the back and neck. Our spine surgeons are experts in their field. The most common spinal conditions we treat are:

  • Coccydynia is a condition which causes pain in the coccyx or "tailbone" region of the bottom of the spine.
    Degenerative disc disease is a gradual wearing process on the spine and is considered a natural part of aging.  The soft, cushion material between the bones can become stiff and rigid and may cause pain in the area of the neck or back.
    A herniated disc occurs when the soft, cushion material between the bones bulges or ruptures.  This bulging may press on a nerve and cause pain or numbness.  A herniated disc can occur suddenly or happen over time.
    Your mid-back region (thoracic spine) is supposed to curve outwards, and this is called a kyphotic curve. If you develop too much of a curve you may have an abnormal kyphosis. This abnormal kyphosis can round your upper back and give you a "hunchback or humpback" appearance.
    Myelopathy is a term that means there is a disturbance or change in the spinal cord.
    Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage located around your joints breaks down.
    Osteoporosis is a condition where there is a  loss of bone density and the bone becomes thin.
    Piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscle becomes tight or spasms and then puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. Pain usually occurs in the buttock region and travels down the leg.
    The sacral iliac joint is located below the lumbar spine and above the tailbone. This joint is small, has limited motion and acts as a shock absorber. Problems with the sacral iliac joint may cause low back and leg pain.
    Sciatica is a term used to describe symptoms. Typically the person has pain shooting down the leg and may also have numbness and tingling of that leg. "Sciatic pain" can be caused by a number of conditions.
    Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves sideways in the body.
    A spinal fracture is a break in the bone of your spine. Some causes of a spinal fracture are trauma, such as a fall, car accident, etc or a medical condition such as osteoporosis. This type of fracture can be severe since the fracture may cause harm to your spinal cord.
    Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spine. Since your spinal cord and nerves run through the spine, this narrowing puts pressure on them.
    Spondylolysis is a degeneration process of the spine that is  considered a natural part of aging. This degeneration may impact the neck (cervical), upper back (thoracic) and/or lower back (lumbar) of the spine.
    Spondlolisthesis is a condition that occurs when one bone (vertebra) in your spine moves out of the proper position onto the bone underneath it. Spondylolisthesis can occur in your neck and/or back.
  • Treatments We Offer

  • Our spine care team treats spine conditions both non-surgically and surgically. We will meet with you to create a unique care plan to get you back on track, safely and effectively.

  • Non-Surgical Treatment

  • Muscles can become tense and pull on others muscles or ligaments, which tense up. Before it's realized, pain begins to increase. This is a technique that teaches people how to be more mindful of their body to decrease pain and muscle tightness.
    These are physician injections of Botox (botulinum toxin) or other medications that are placed into a muscle that has tightened up or cannot be stretched out. The injection can break up the tightness, decrease the tension of the muscle and relieve pain.
    These studies are tests that show nerve activity in muscles. These are typically ordered when you have pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg. Physicians use this information to determine how the nerve functions in the muscles of your arm or leg. Tell your physician if you are on any blood thinners before these tests.
    There are several types of procedures available to help alleviate pain from nerves or areas were nerves are being pressed and irritated. The ones listed above are a few of those procedures. Your specialist will determine which one or one(s) may help your specific area of concern. Spinal cord stimulator is another procedure used to relieve pain. See surgical treatments below.
    A therapist will perform a detailed evaluation and help to determine an appropriate course of non-invasive care. Therapists will help in the pool and on land to help patienst move better, relieve pain, and improve function and fitness levels. Therapists will use a combination of stretching, exercises, massage, manual therapy, dry needling, and modalities to help in your recovery process. The therapists in our spine care program have many years of experience in treating all types of neck and back and dysfunctions.
    Pain not only affects the physical body but also the social and emotional parts of our lives. Having pain can be stressful. Psychosocial support is another tool available to help self-manage pain and find approaches to improve our daily function. These meetings are short term and sometimes include group time with other people struggling with pain.
    There are a variety of medications available to assist with pain management. The key is that while medications can certainly help, it is only a part of the treatment. That is why Colorado Spine Care uses a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • Surgical Treatments

  • Decompression is not a specific surgery but is a result of any number of different types of spine surgery that is completed to relieve symptoms caused by pressure on the nerve root or spinal cord.
    Discectomy is a type of decompression surgery where the surgeon removes part of the disc to relieve the pressure of the disc on nerves.
    • Minimally invasive surgery - Minimally invasive surgery is a technique where surgery is completed through the use of computer-assisted technology and highly specialized tools to decrease the incision size and limit damage made to muscles and ligaments.
    • Spinal cord stimulation - The spinal cord stimulator is a small programmable device with electrical leads is implanted beneath the skin. The purpose of the electrical lead implantation is to divert the pain sensation and replace with a slight tingling sensation so that the brain is not able to sense pain in a particular area.
    Disc replacement is the use of an artificial disc that is placed into the spine to imitate the functions of a normal disc.
    Foraminotomy is a type of decompression surgery used to enlarge the passageway for the nerves.
    Kyphoplasty is a type of minimally invasive surgery offered to help relieve pain caused by a compression fracture.  This procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia.
    Laminectomy is a type of decompression surgery which is performed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerve by creating more space within the spinal canal.
    Microdiscectomy is a type of minimally invasive decompression surgery where the surgeon removes part of the disc to relieve the pressure of the disc on nerves.
    Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to fuse two or more vertebrae (spine bones) together.
    Vertebroplasty is a type of minimally invasive surgery offered to help relieve pain caused by a compression fracture.  This procedure can be performed with sedation and the patient awake.
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