We use a variety of state-of-the-art techniques to treat an array of spinal conditions and spine pain.
Some of the conditions include, but are not limited to:
Disc bulges and herniation
Discs are made of a layer of tougher cartilage that surround softer cartilage in the center, and serve as cushions between your vertebrae. Each disc attaches to the vertebra above and below it. This provides the proper spacing for pairs of nerve roots to exit the spine from between each joint.
A bulging disc happens when the disc itself extends outside the space between the vertebrae. This usually happens to the tough outer layer of cartilage. A herniated disc is different in that it is actually the result of a crack in the tough outer layer. Herniated discs are also known as ruptured or slipped discs. While bulging discs are more common, herniated discs are more likely to cause greater pain.
Often an MRI can detect a herniated or bulged disc, and helsp our experts at Montvale Health & Wellness determine the best course to remedy your pain.
Degenerative disc disease
Degenerative disc disease is not really a disease, but actually part of the process of our spine aging as we age. Some of the causes of the pain associated with degenerative disc disease include losing fluid in the discs and/or very small tears or cracks in the tough outer layer, similar to a herniated disc. The loss of fluid causes the vertebrae to rub together and makes the spine less flexible, as these discs act as shock absorbers for your vertebrae (the bones that compose your spine).
Individuals affected by degenerative disc disease can feel pain in their neck or lumbar area (lower back). Imaging tests, such as X-rays, help our experts at Montvale Health & Wellness determine the cause of the degeneration and proceed with a customized plan to help you on your way to a healthier life.
Scoliosis is a condition that results in abnormal curvature of the spine. The spine could display a ‘C’ shape or an ‘S’-like shape causing discomfort and pain, typically in the lumbar area (lower back). Scoliosis affects 5 to 7 million people in the United States. More than a half a million visits are made to doctors’ offices each year for evaluation and treatment of scoliosis.
Although scoliosis can begin at any age, it most often develops in adolescents between the ages of 10 and 15. Since scoliosis can be inherited, a trained professional should definitely evaluate children whose parents or siblings are affected.
At Montvale Health & Wellness’ Spine Care Center of Excellence we begin with a thorough evaluation of your history and a physical examination. If we do find curvature signifying scoliosis, we will then continue with a more in-depth evaluation that might include a search for birth defects, trauma, and other factors that could be a the root of your scoliosis with the use of x-rays or other imaging examinations.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis largely affecting older adults as a result of “wear and tear” on joints. Typically affecting joints in your hands, neck, lower back, knees and hips, osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage protecting the ends of your bones begins to deteriorate. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease and worsens over time, progressing quickly if untreated. Eventually if the cartilage completely wears down, you’re left with bone rubbing on bone.
In a worst-case scenario, our experts at Montvale Health & Wellness may determine that a full joint replacement may be required. It is important to visit us if you suspect you may have osteoarthritis.
During your physical exam, our physicians will take a close look at the affected joint/s for signs of osteoarthritis. To get a better look, we may use imagining tests such as X-rays and/or MRIs, as well as potentially some lab work such as blood tests to rule out rheumatoid arthritis.
Spinal stenosis results from the narrowing of spaces in the spine causing pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots that travel through the spine. Spinal stenosis typically happens in the neck and lumbar (lower back); however, about 75% of cases are in the lower back. Pressure on the lower part of the spinal cord or on nerve roots branching out from that area may cause pain or numbness in the legs. Pressure on the upper part of the spinal cord, that is, the neck area, may produce similar symptoms in the shoulders or even the legs. Spinal stenosis is most common in men and women over 50 years of age.
Spondylolisthesis occurs when a vertebra (the bones that compose the spine) slips out of its normal position and onto the vertebra below. Often patients suffer from lower back pain, muscle tightness particularly in the hamstrings, stiffness, the feeling of tenderness around the slipped disc and weakness in the legs.
At Montvale Health & Wellness, we offer a variety of treatments for spondylolisthesis, following an evaluation using a variety of state-of-the-art techniques. We want to make sure we pursue the course most appropriate to meet your needs and help you heal.
Spondylosis refers to general deterioration in the spine including bone spurs or degenerative discs, often caused by osteoarthritis. The most common types are lumbar and cervical spondylosis.
At Montvale Health & Wellness, we use an X-ray to determine whether you have spondylosis and its cause. Often, patients who show spondylosis on X-ray may not experience any symptoms so it is important that we detect the deterioration before it worsens. The pain associated with spondylosis is due to compression of nerves from bone spurs or disc degeneration.
Pain caused by a pinched or compressed sciatica nerve can be rather distracting, stemming from your lower back and often radiating down your leg or up further on your back. Typically, sciatica can affect those in their 40’s and 50’s, and can often affect pregnant women as their pregnancy progresses and the baby gets heavier. The pain can be exacerbated by long periods of sitting or standing.
At Montvale Health & Wellness, our team of a experts evaluate each patient and the cause of the sciatica pain to determine the appropriate course, whether chiropractic, other non-surgical procedures or surgical options.