THE NECK, BACK, & SPINE

MEET OUR NECK, BACK, & SPINE SPECIALISTS

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DR. ERNEST BRAXTON

Back, Spine, & Neurosurgery

DR. MATTHEW GNIRKE

Interventional Sports, Spine, and Regenerative Medicine

DR. SCOTT RAUB

Back, Neck, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spine

A complex system requires a skilled surgeon.

The neck is a complex system of muscles, nerves, and vertebral bones confined in a small space, making it vulnerable to damage and injury. Pain can be caused by a myriad of orthopaedic issues, including abnormalities in the bones or joints, traumatic injuries, poor posture, degenerative diseases, and muscle strains. 

 

The spine is a highly complex and crucial structure in the human body, comprised of muscles, bones (or vertebrae), tendons, ligaments, and sensitive nerves. The spine protects the spinal cord while providing, support, strength, and flexibility.

 

Maintaining a healthy spine is vital to living an active lifestyle. However, the spine's ability to offer support and flexibility simultaneously introduces an increased risk for injury. Due to its unique structure and its proximity to the spinal cord, injuries of the spine can affect any appendage of the human body. Symptoms that may indicate the presence of a spine injury are wide-ranging and may seem unexpected or seemingly unrelated.

 

Causes of spine conditions are also wide-ranging and abundant, as they can affect the bones, nerves, muscles, or tendons. For this reason, an accurate diagnosis made by a spine specialist is a crucial prerequisite to determining a course of treatment. Additionally, many spine conditions worsen over time, often exacerbating pain and causing further damage. Therefore, it is imperative to seek immediate treatment with a spine specialist if you suspect you are suffering from a spine condition or injury. You may be suffering from a spine condition or injury if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: 

 

 

When should I consult a neck specialist?

Though neck pain is quite common, it is important to seek treatment with a neck specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of neck pain:

 

  • Pain that radiates to the arm or hand

  • A weakness of the arm or hand

  • Sensitivity or sensory disturbance of the arm or leg

  • Clumsiness or deteriorating coordination of the arm or hand

 

Neck injuries can result in spasms and pain in the muscles as well as referred pain experienced as headaches. Additionally, structural problems within the vertebrae, discs, and nerves of the neck can present as neck pain, headaches, and paresthesia. If left untreated, neck injuries and conditions can progress and cause further damage and severe discomfort, leaving you to suffer from chronic pain, weakness, or numbness. Seek specialized treatment to ensure that a proper diagnosis is made.

 

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, we know that a neck injury or condition can be extremely painful and cause a host of disruptive symptoms. Our doctors understand that a timely and accurate diagnosis is the key to determining the most effective treatment plan for your individual condition. Our Vail-Summit Orthopaedics neck doctor is committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely. To consult with our neck doctor at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online. 

When should I consult a spine specialist?

 

You may be suffering from a spine condition or injury if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: 

 

  • Radiating pain from the neck to the arm/hand  Radiating pain from the back to the leg/foot

  • Back, leg, or foot pain that worsens while standing or walking and is relieved by sitting

  • Nagging pain after episodes of heavy lifting, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs

  •  Nerve or dexterity problems in the arms and hands

  • Numbness or tingling in one or both legs

  • Weakness localized to a specific area of the leg or arm

 

Go to the emergency room if these symptoms accompany incontinence. Our spine doctor at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics understands that damage to the spinal cord is not only extremely painful and disruptive to your active lifestyle, but also potentially devastating, as it often restricts mobility and significantly reduces your quality of life.

 

Our spine doctor is committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely. Please rest assured, while spine conditions and injuries sometimes require surgical intervention, our spine doctor only considers surgical treatment options after nonsurgical methods have proven unsuccessful.

Don't let neck or spine pain disrupt your lifestyle.

Our specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics  & Neurosurgery understand that neck and spine pain can disrupt your lifestyle and make simple, everyday activities difficult. Our doctors are committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

 

To consult with a neck & spine doctor at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online.