The spine is the central support structure of the body. It is comprised of nerves, vertebrae, flexible tendons, muscles, and the spinal cord, which feeds communication from the brain to the rest of the body. Each part of the spine works together to keep us upright and moving. When the spine ages, it can create painful symptoms throughout the body and can make everyday motions difficult. A team of physicians specializing in the care of the spine can help relieve your pain.
TPMG’s Spine Care Team works closely to deliver the most comprehensive plan of care to patients. They are a multidisciplinary group of physicians and health care providers specializing in the care and treatment of conditions of the musculoskeletal system.
Highly trained in the treatment of the spine and surrounding musculoskeletal structures, the TPMG Spine Care Team is skilled in treating various conditions and injuries that affect this area of the body. These specialists provide treatment for conditions such as general back pain, neck pain, arm and leg pain/numbness, flat back syndrome, myelopathy, adult and pediatric spinal deformity, spinal stenosis, thoracic/lumbar spondylolisthesis, spinal tumors, and metastatic tumors.
Due to the complexity of the spine and surrounding musculoskeletal structures, when patients first seek treatment for their back or neck condition, the spine specialists may initially begin with non-operative treatment. Non-operative treatment may include in-office injections, non-narcotic medication, bracing, physical therapy, chiropractic care, dry needling, and acupuncture.
With surgery being the last option for a patient’s treatment plan, both spine specialists and spine surgeons, as well as their colleagues, are dedicated to helping patients find the best course of treatment through open communication and personalized care. In the event surgery is the appropriate next step, some surgical techniques include open and minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, decompression, spinal fusion, and 360 spine surgery. Following surgery, TPMG’s Spine Care Team is devoted to reducing surgical pain and improving recovery time.
Orthopedic spine surgeons are highly skilled in the treatment of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. To become board certified in orthopedic surgery, these physicians must complete extensive training and examinations from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. With additional specialized training in the spine, orthopedic surgeons have special insight into the nervous and musculoskeletal portion of the spine, creating a very high success rate when surgery is needed.
The TPMG Orthopedics division offers treatment of the spine at office locations in Newport News and Williamsburg. The physicians who practice in the Orthopedics division have received extensive training in General Orthopedics, Hand Surgery, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Surgical and Non-Surgical Spine Care, and Sports Medicine.