Whether you’re training for a marathon or working to squeeze a daily walk into your schedule, occasional aches and pains in your back are completely normal. Your spine is truly at the center of your health, which is why taking care of the backbone of everything you do has never been more important.
If the occasional aches become more consistent or more painful, there may be a problem that can affect your quality of life. Our goal at AdventHealth Zephyrhills is to get you back to your active, happy and healthy life as soon as possible, using advanced technology and state-of-the-art equipment to care for your spine.
Board-certified Neurosurgeon Amir Ahmadian, MD, says, “We see patients regularly who have delayed seeking medical surgical care. What worries us the most is that these patients tend to have waited too long because they present to our office with irreversible nerve injury or spinal cord injury. These injuries are permanent and not reversible, a lot of times if the patient had sought after professional help earlier, it could have been avoided.”
Types of Spine Conditions
At AdventHealth Zephyrhills, we provide expert care for any spine condition. Your spine is complex and requires a specialized approach and a compassionate touch. Our independent team of experienced neurological and spine specialists are highly trained professionals who care for a variety of spine conditions. Using minimally invasive technologies, we treat a range of spinal conditions, including:
Carpal and Cubital Tunnel Syndromes
When there’s increased pressure on a nerve in the wrist, arm or elbow, you may develop a nerve compression syndrome.
Degenerative Disc Disease (Spinal Arthritis)
If your spinal disks begin to show signs of drying out or cracking as you age, you could begin to feel pain in your lower back, buttocks or upper thighs.
This occurs when the vertebrae in the spine slips out of place or becomes damaged. If a herniated disc puts pressure on a nerve, you may feel pain, numbness and/or weakness.
Sacroiliac Pain Syndrome
If your sacroiliac joint (SI joint) becomes inflamed, either by falling, playing sports, jogging, etc., you may notice a dull or sharp pain in your spine that moves to your buttocks, thighs, groin or upper back.
Scoliosis is a curve in your spine that is usually first detectable in childhood or teenage years. Sometimes it causes a noticeable curve in your back, as well as low back pain and stiffness.
This is usually caused by a trauma and can cause bone fragments to pinch and damage the spinal nerves.
Pressure can be added on spinal nerves by this condition that causes narrowing of the spaces within your spine.
When you have back or neck pain, it can be hard to imagine life without it. We’re here to help you find hope and reach for a more active, pain-free lifestyle. We know surgery is likely the last thing you want, so we’ll first consider every conservative approach possible.
Our first goal will be to locate the source of your pain, starting with an informed conversation about your medical background and past injuries. If necessary, diagnostic tests and screenings may be required to better diagnose the source of your pain and develop a personalized treatment plan.
If we can’t relieve your pain with medications and non-invasive treatments, then we’ll consider other options. We offer some of the most advanced spinal surgeries and minimally invasive procedures available to help restore your spine. And we do it all with a focus on compassion and whole-person care.
“We approach Spine Care in a very conservative manner. The patient will be initially evaluated by a surgeon, then placed into a ‘back program’ that focuses on physical therapy, pain management, injection therapy, and other modalities that would help them make surgical intervention a last resort. Usually less than 10 percent of patients will progress to needing surgery,” says Dr. Ahmadian.
Your care doesn’t end with a treatment plan. Our Spine Nurse Navigator, Rachel Force, RN, MSN, ONC, provides guidance, answers to your questions, and help scheduling appointments or connecting with your physician to ensure you stay on the path to recovery.
If you’re interested in connecting with an expert in spinal health, call Call813-783-6190 or email [email protected] to request an appointment. You can learn more about services available at AdventHealth Zephyrhills by clicking here.