Spine Care Specialist

Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Physicians & Pulmonologist located in Metairie, LA

Your spine includes a series of bones called vertebrae, as well as the joints between them, that help you bend down, sit up, and twist. With spinal injuries and conditions, you might experience paint or lose some of the mobility in your back. At Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine in Metairie, Louisiana, Luis Espinoza, MD, and their team specialize in spine care and management. They can diagnose your condition and help ease the inflammation that comes with it. Book your appointment for expert spine care by phone or online at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine today.

Spine Care Q&A

What is spine care?

Spine care involves the diagnosis, treatment, and management of disorders and injuries affecting the bones in your spine. 

Many injuries and conditions could lead you to seek attention for your spine, and the team at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine is prepared to help reduce your pain and improve your mobility. You might need spine care for any of the following issues:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spinal osteoporosis
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal stenosis

These and other conditions affecting your spine can lead to tissue inflammation, pinched nerves, and other complications. At Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine, the team diagnoses your condition or injury and helps you ease or manage your symptoms. 

What are some signs and symptoms of a spinal complication?

Spinal injuries and conditions can cause a wide variety of symptoms that may not only affect your back. Because all of the nerves in your body stem from your spinal cord, spinal injuries can pinch them and cause pain or numbness in other regions. Your symptoms might include:

  • Back pain or aching
  • Neck pain
  • Radiating pain in your arms or legs
  • Numbness or tingling in your arms or legs
  • Worsening pain or numbness when you lift, stand, or bend down
  • Trouble sleeping because of your discomfort

You should visit the Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine for diagnosis and treatment if your symptoms interfere with your day-to-day life or affect your mobility. Other symptoms, like fever, trouble holding your bowel movements, urinary incontinence, or weight loss, can indicate a serious condition and require prompt care. 

What does spine care involve?

At Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine, the team creates an individualized spine care plan for you based on your symptoms and diagnosis. They might use X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to view the bones and tissues in your spine and diagnose the cause of your symptoms.

In most cases, spine care focuses on relieving inflammation to ease pressure on nearby nerves. To alleviate pain and inflammation, the team might recommend anti-inflammatory medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids. 

They also use physical therapy to help keep your back flexible and strong. If your condition is severe, they might use arthroscopic surgery to decompress your spine or make minor repairs with minimal risks and downtime.

For more information about spine care and what it might for you, call Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine or book an appointment online today.