Spine Surgery Specialist

SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center

Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Neurosurgery & Nutrition Located in Huntsville, Madison, Athens & Decatur, AL

Your spine is a beautifully balanced column of bones, discs, and connective tissues surrounding the nerve center of your body, the spinal cord. It takes exceptionally skilled surgeons to carry out spine surgery, which is what you’ll find at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center, a comprehensive orthopedic practice serving the communities of Huntsville, Madison, Athens, and Decatur, Alabama. If you have neck or back problems, call SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center today or use the online form to book an appointment.

Spine Surgery Q & A

What is the spine?

Your spine is a complex system that has 24 vertebrae, around 120 ligaments, over 100 joints, and over 200 muscles. 

The spine gives your body structure to keep you upright, and it supports your body’s weight. It also provides flexibility and mobility that enables you to carry out both everyday tasks and more complex feats of athleticism.

Your spine also protects your spinal cord, the collection of nerves that acts as a hub for communication between your brain and the other parts of your body. Your spinal cord controls major bodily functions like: 

  • Movement
  • Organ function
  • Heart rate
  • Breathing
  • Reaction to temperature
  • Emotional responses

Keeping your spine healthy is essential for leading an active, healthy lifestyle. 

Why might I need spine surgery?

Spine surgery is sometimes necessary when you have a back problem that isn’t improving using other treatment methods.

Back pain is one of the most widespread medical conditions, affecting around eight in 10 people at some point throughout their lives. Back and neck pain, along with other symptoms like weakness and numbness, can be due to a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Bulging or ruptured (herniated) discs
  • Pinched nerves
  • Acute injuries
  • Spinal fractures
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Due to the complexity and the risk of damage to the spinal cord, conditions affecting your neck and back require highly trained and experienced specialists, like those at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center, to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment.

To start with, your treatment program is likely to consist of conservative approaches, including physical therapies, activity modification, and medication. If these approaches and next stage treatments like epidural injections aren’t helping, spinal surgery could be your best option.

What sort of spine surgery might I need?

Some of the most common types of spine surgery the team at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center performs include:

  • Anterior or posterior spinal fusion
  • Extreme lateral spinal fusion
  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Laminectomy
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)
  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)
  • Cervical laminoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Discectomy
  • Spine decompression
  • Scoliotic deformity correction

The orthopedic spine and neurology team at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center has two neurosurgeons, two orthopedic spine surgeons, and two physiatrists (specialists in pain and physical rehabilitation medicine). 

This combination of spine specialists provides the most comprehensive treatment options for patients and is unique to SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center. 

The team uses advanced imaging technologies, including 3D image-guided software, to carry out minimally invasive and complex spine procedures. Real-time feedback enables your surgeon to operate with greater accuracy, making smaller incisions that result in increased safety and better patient outcomes.

If persistent spinal pain is limiting your ability to move, SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center can help. Call today to find out more about spine surgery or book an appointment online.