Back or neck pain can be debilitating, and affect many aspects of your daily life. Mount Sinai West spine experts have vast experience treating the full spectrum of conditions affecting the spine, ranging from your lower back (lumbar spine) to your neck (cervical spine). Many spine conditions can be treated non-surgically, but when surgery is the best option to treat your condition, we emphasize minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. We also regularly perform complex reconstructions to treat severe spinal deformities and scoliosis.
If you need spine surgery, you can choose Mount Sinai West with confidence.
Our goal is to correct your spine condition and help you safely return to your usual activities. We specialize in the treatment of degenerative, acute, and congenital spinal disorders, including such problems as:
- Compression fractures
- Herniated discs
- Myelitis or myelopathy
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal tumors
- Traumatic injuries and fractures
Non-Surgical Treatment Options
You can benefit from a variety of non-surgical approaches:
- Medication, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics, muscle relaxants, and other pain-relieving drugs, can help reduce inflammation and pain.
- Physical and occupational therapy helps with misalignment of the spine. We create specialized exercise programs to strengthen the supportive muscles of the spine, and can teach you relaxation exercises and proper lifting techniques. We can assist you in changing your daily activities to decrease further damage to the spine.
- Pain management is a combination of local anesthetic and steroid drugs that can be injected around the spinal nerves or into the joint spaces to relieve pain. Epidural injections — cortisone injected directly into the spinal canal — can ease inflammation around the nerves.
Surgical Treatment Options
If surgery is the best option to relieve your condition, we use minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible, which results in less tissue damage, decreased pain, and a faster recovery. Our expert spine surgeons have vast experience in in the following procedures:
- Discectomy, one of the most commonly performed spinal procedures, involves removing part of a herniated disc in order to relieve pressure and irritation on the spinal nerves.
- Laminectomy, used to help repair numerous spine conditions, consists of removing the lamina (the bony roof over the spinal nerves) at the location where the nerves are being irritated.
- Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive procedures that treat spinal compression fractures. They usually result in the restoration of spinal height, increased spine stability, and significant relief of pain.
- Scoliosis correction includes a variety of techniques to straighten spinal curvatures.
- Disc replacement may be an option if you have severely deteriorated spinal discs.
- Spinal fusion treats spine instability due to infection, arthritis, tumors, or trauma, and can correct deformities such as scoliosis. Spinal fusion involves fusing two or more spinal vertebrae together with a bone graft to create a stable segment of bone.