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Our spine doctors are recognized experts in the field and have the specialized knowledge to assess, diagnose, and treat a full range of spinal injuries and conditions.

Different activities can affect your entire spine and back, or just one part. Similar to neck pain, many people experience spine pain in their upper, middle, or lower back. Poor posture, pressure, repeated actions, strains, stress, and trauma can impact your spine and entire back. In some cases, spine pain may start in the back then radiate out into the arms or legs, or another part of the body. There is a wide range of injuries associated with spine pain, so it’s important to see a spine specialist experienced in spine care.

Know When It’s Time to See a Spine Doctor

If you think your pain may be due to a spine injury or if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact a spine doctor near you:

  • Clumsiness when trying to move the arms or hands
  • Numbness in the legs
  • Pain down the legs
  • Pain after lifting heavy items
  • “Pins and needles” sensation
  • Radiating pain from the neck to the arm/hand
  • Severe neck or lower back pain
  • Tightness
  • Tingling sensation or weakness in the arms or legs

You should also see a physician if you experience ongoing pain after a fall or injury. Other signs of a serious spinal condition include trouble urinating, fever, or unintended weight loss.

Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries that affect the spine and can be treated with both conservative treatments and minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Arthritis
  • Brachialgia
  • Compression fracture
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Herniated discs
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar disc disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pinched nerve
  • Prolapsed disc
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained spine doctors understand the first step towards reducing your pain and restoring you to better health is a proper diagnosis to pinpoint the specific cause of your spine pain and the most effective treatment for your individual spinal issue.

To consult with an orthopaedic doctor who specializes in spinal pain or spine surgery at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, you may request an appointment online or call one of our three locations in EdwardsFrisco, or Vail.

Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the spine, our esteemed specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are unparalleled nonsurgical and surgical experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating spine injuries and conditions. 

Our physiatrist and neurosurgeon take a team approach in treating a full array of injuries and disorders. Dr. Ernest Braxton and Dr. Scott Raub have the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely. Dr. Braxton, our spine surgeon and neurosurgeon, is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and specializes in brain tumors, neurotrauma, and complex spine surgery as well as minimally invasive techniques. Additionally, Dr. Raub, our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and has additional certification of added qualification in pain management.

To consult with our Vail-Summit Orthopaedics specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online. You can also learn more about the spinal conditions we treat through our patient education resources. 

Tips for a Healthy Spine

The following are tips to help you increase your chances of staying pain-free. Use these techniques to help protect your back from injury and pain.

Avoid Lifting
Always pick up items using the muscles in your legs, not your back. Try to avoid carrying heavy items. If you must carry something heavy, be sure to hold it close to your body to avoid spine injury.

Avoid Joint Stiffness
If you normally sit for long periods of time, such as in an office chair, be sure to get up periodically throughout the day to stretch and walk. This small, regular practice will help keep your spine healthy and your back from becoming stiff.

Avoid Carrying Heavy Bags or Backpacks
If you must carry a bag or backpack, you should not carry more than 10% of your body weight. Additionally, never sling a backpack over one shoulder, but always use both straps to evenly distribute the weight on your back.

Maintain Good Posture
How you carry your body can have as much of an impact on your bones and joints as moving and flexing them. Practice good posture and adjust your living and work spaces in ways that will support good posture and spine health.

Sleep on Your Side
To relieve strain on your spine and back, try placing a pillow between your knees when you go to bed to help keep your spine in a neutral position.