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Back & Spine Care

back painDanbury Hospital’s Center for Orthopedic and Spine Care has earned spine surgery certification from the Joint Commission; our physicians and neurosurgeons (who specialize in the surgical treatment of the head, neck and spine) have extensive experience identifying and treating the full spectrum of spine conditions and use advanced technology to perform innovative procedures to correct back pain. Over 50% percent of our surgical patients go home the same day and require no formal follow-up rehabilitation. 

Our Danbury Hospital orthopedic and neurosurgery teams use the latest, most advanced technology available to provide expert treatment, surgical and non-surgical, for the full range of back and spine complaints. 

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Care always begins with a thorough assessment, to evaluate the likely cause and extent of orthopedic pain. Your assessment includes a physical examination, medical history and usually some tests, including range of motion, sensitivity and, often, imaging studies.

Compression Fractures

A compression fracture, a fracture of in the vertebrae often has osteoporosis (loss of bone mass) as a root cause.

Care is always personalized to your needs, but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Interventional Radiology (kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty)
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy
  • Surgery

Degenerative Disk Disease

Often related to aging, degenerative disk disease describes the breakdown of the cartilage disks located between the vertebrae of the spine.

Care is always personalized to your needs, but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery: Microdiscectomy
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Cervical Disk Disease

Cervical disk disease describes a compromised disk in the upper portion (cervical) of the spine.

Care is always personalized to your needs, but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery:  Cervical disk arthroplasty
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Lumbar Disk Disease

Lumbar disk disease describes a compromised disk in the lower portion (lumbar) of the spine.

Care is always personalized to your needs, but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery: Microdiscectomy
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Sciatica

Sciatica describes numbness, tingling or pain that radiates down the leg from the lower back.

Care is always personalized to your needs, but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Spinal Instability

Abnormal movement between vertebrae due to the breakdown of disks is called spinal instability.

Care is always personalized to your needs, but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery: Spinal fusion
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis describes the narrowing or diminishment of spaces and cushioning between the vertebrae in the spine.

Care is always personalized to your needs, but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery: Decompression, spinal fusion if needed
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a painful condition that occurs when one or more of the disks in the spinal column displace, pushing forward.

Care is always personalized to your needs, but may include

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery: Decompression, spinal fusion if needed
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Spondylolysis

Spondylolysis is the medical term describing wear and tear that causes degeneration of the disks in the spine.

Care is always personalized to your needs, but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery: Spinal fusion if needed
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is the medical term that describes an “S” shaped curvature of the spine.

Care is always personalized to your needs, but may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Medical management
  • Surgery
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Sprains and Strains

Overextension or overexertion of a muscle, tendon or ligament can cause a sprain or strain. Though they sound minor, many people find recovery from a sprain or strain to be longer and more challenging than recovering from a fracture or clean break.

Care is always personalized to your needs, but may include:

  • Medical Management
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy

Imaging Procedures

  • X-ray
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • Radiographs

Treatments and Procedures

  • Cervical disk arthroplasty: Artificial disk replacement procedure.
  • Epidural nerve block: Injection of a pain-blocking medication.
  • Kyphoplasty: procedure to fill in a collapsed vertebrae.
  • Microdiscectomy: Surgical removal of a herniated disk in the lower back.
  • Spinal Decompression: A non-surgical traction therapy that promotes retraction or repositioning of a herniated or bulging disk.
  • Spinal Fusion: A surgical procedure to fix back pain that, essentially, welds problematic vertebrae together.
  • Vertebroplasty: procedure involving injection of a type of cement to repair cracked or broken vertebrae.