Our orthopedic physicians at Trident Health strive to treat your joint, back and neck pain with compassion and individualized treatment plans. We offer a variety of services to properly treat your orthopedic needs, ranging from physical therapy to surgery.
In the past, most orthopedic surgical procedures required large incisions, lengthy hospital stays and weeks of recovery. Today, the use of small viewing scopes and much smaller surgical instruments have transformed the way that orthopedic surgery is performed.
Back and neck pain
Back and neck pain are typically the result of a muscle strain or a soft tissue injury. While painful, they aren’t normally an indication of a serious medical condition.
There are circumstances where back and neck pain are symptoms of a serious problem, such as a herniated disc, scoliosis, spinal stenosis or spondylolysis. If your pain does not get better in 72 hours, you should consult a physician.
Low back pain
Low back pain is common among adults. The lower area of the spinal cord is made up of small bones that protect the spinal cord and nerves. Some of the causes of back pain include:
- Strain/sprain of muscles or ligaments
- Herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
Back pain is typically diagnosed in at least one of the following ways:
- Physical exam
- CT scan
- MRI scan
- Bone scan
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
Treatment options for back pain can vary. Possible treatment options include:
- Short-term bed rest for those with debilitating back pain
- Medication, including pain relievers, OTC anti-inflammatories and cortisone shots
- Physical therapy
Repeated and chronic neck pain can result in degeneration of the cervical spine. Pain may range from mild to severe, but if it persists for more than six months, you should consult a physician. Causes of neck pain may include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Muscle strain
- Mechanical neck pain
- Pinched nerve
- Poor posture
- Prior spine surgery
- Spinal stenosis
Typically your doctor will conduct a physical exam in order to diagnose your neck pain. You may be recommended to see a specialist, such as an orthopedist or neurologist. Other means of diagnosing neck pain include:
Treatment options for neck pain include:
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
Kyphosis is the rounding or curving of the spine. There are three different types:
- Postural kyphosis – the most common condition, caused by poor posture
- Congenital kyphosis – babies are born with this condition
- Scheuermann’s kyphosis – this type is genetic and usually shows up during a person's teenage years
The causes of kyphosis include:
- Bad posture
- Fractures of the vertebrae
- Spinal trauma
- Spine infection
- Abnormal fetal development
- Certain diseases, including Marfan syndrome, cancer, tuberculosis, cerebral palsy and polio
Kyphosis is typically diagnosed through an X-ray of the spine that uses radiation to photograph structures inside the body. A breathing test may also be conducted.
Postural kyphosis is commonly treated by correcting the patient’s posture while sitting and standing as well as through strengthening exercises for the back muscles. In some cases, surgery may be necessary. Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive spinal surgery to treat a vertebral compression fracture that may be caused by kyphosis. Also, severe forms of congenital kyphosis are treated with surgery. In some cases, a physician may prescribe a back brace, medications or physical therapy.
Joint replacement procedures
We perform the following joint replacement procedures:
- Total hip replacement
- Revision of total hip replacement
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- Total knee replacement
- Revision of total knee replacement
- Unicompartmental knee replacement
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- Total shoulder replacement
- Partial (hemi) shoulder replacement
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