Back, Neck & Spine
Sometimes, when a person experiences neck pain, spine-related pain, or back pain, it’s temporary. For others, their pain is long-lasting—also known as chronic pain. Neck pain, back pain, and spine-related pain can also vary in severity, from mild discomfort to pain so severe it limits normal daily functions.
Our back, neck, and spine specialist at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, Dr. Michael Davis, offers the unique expertise you need to heal from injuries and conditions of the spinal column. As a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, he can expertly pinpoint the source and cause of your pain and advise you on your treatment options.
What Is a Back, Neck & Spine Specialist?
Back specialists and surgeons often treat patients with inflamed back muscles, a traumatic back injury, repetitive use injury, or arthritis. Regardless of the cause, a specially-trained back doctor or back surgeon can help.
Patients often visit with a spine or neck specialist for a neck injury or neck issue after a traumatic accident. Neck doctors can help these patients as well as those whose neck conditions have developed over time, including degenerative disc problems and arthritis.
Nerve dysfunction caused by pinching of the spinal cord is one common cause of spinal pain that spine surgeons and spine doctors treat. Once a spinal condition is diagnosed, these spine specialists may recommend a spine surgery. However, other times the treatment plan may focus on options other than spinal surgery.
Some treatments for back pain, neck pain, and spinal pain are nonoperative. But if nonoperative methods don't get results or the condition is too advanced, a spine surgery or another surgical or minimally invasive procedure may be recommended. Dr. Davis will ensure all conservative measures are taken before recommending spine surgery. If spine surgery is necessary, he will use the most minimally intrusive techniques possible for your condition to optimize your recovery.
If you are suffering from neck pain, a back issue, or spine-related pain, review the checklist below for examples of common symptoms. If you are experiencing any of them, seek out a specialty-trained spine, neck, and back doctor.
- Aching back
- Frequent headaches
- Lumbar (lower back) pain
- Pain that radiates down into the legs
- Pins-and-needles sensation
- Stiff neck
- Difficulty looking over your shoulder or turning your torso
Common Neck, Back & Spine Conditions
Most sources of back and neck pain, as well as spinal disorders that lead to chronic pain, involve a type of spinal deformity. This means that the structure of the spine has been compromised due to injury or physical trauma, degeneration of the bones and cartilage of the spine, or a combination of the two. Spine damage often results in pinched nerves, spinal cord compression, and even muscular problems, and a specialized spine, back, and neck surgeon can diagnose the problem and provide the solution that's right for you.
Common issues you may be experiencing include:
- Cervical disc disease
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated disc
- Nerve-related issues, such as radiculopathy, myelopathy, and sciatica
- Ruptured disc
- Spinal cord injury
- Spinal stenosis
- Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis from spinal stress fractures
- Sports-related injury
Specialized. In Your Spine Care.
As the only subspecialty-trained orthopedic group in Montgomery and Wetumpka, at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, all of our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons strive for excellence in patient-centered care. As part of this dedication, our spine, back, and neck doctor is highly experienced in successfully treating patients who are experiencing debilitating pain related to the spine. He has obtained years of specialized medical training, followed by decades of clinical experience treating patients just like you.
Our highly skilled spine surgeon, Dr. Michael Davis, is fellowship-trained in spine surgery and board-certified in orthopedic surgery. He offers patients evidence-based nonoperative treatment options as well as a range of surgeries using state-of-the-art techniques.