The spine is a complex structure that supports the upper body and protects the spinal cord. The spinal cord consists of nerves that send and receive messages between the brain and the rest of the body.
Areas of the spine include the cervical region (neck), the thoracic region (middle back), and the lumbar region (lower back). In the adult body, the spine has 33 bones called vertebrae. Discs positioned between each vertebrae act as shock absorbers for the spine. Ligaments, tendons and muscles surround the spine and help keep it in alignment.
Our spines allow us to bend forward and back, side to side and rotate in a twisting motion. Any of these movements could lead to problems caused by poor posture, a fall, a car accident, muscle strain, herniated disc or other spine conditions.
If you have back or neck pain, you know how it can affect everything from your sleep to your job and all aspects of life. Whether you have a degenerative disease like arthritis or a traumatic injury, back and neck conditions are often complex to diagnose and treat.
At The Christ Hospital Health Network, our orthopedic surgeons and specialists are experts in diagnosing, treating and relieving back, spine and neck pain. We customize surgical and nonsurgical treatment methods to help you regain your quality of life. Our goal is to reduce your pain and restore mobility and function.
From diagnosis to recovery, we provide excellent outcomes and exceptional patient experiences.