Neck and Back Doctors
Fractures in the neck and back are treated very seriously. A fracture in the spine can lead to paralysis or death. For this reason, these injuries typically warrant an emergency response. Most initial treatment measures do not call for surgery. Rest, pain medication, and braces and/or casts usually round out the treatment for these injuries. Other injuries that can occur in the neck and back include neck sprains and herniated disks. A herniated disk is when the disk “slips” or “ruptures”, meaning that the soft nucleus of the disk begins pushing against the outer ring. Between 60%-80% of people will experience lower back pain in their lives, and most of these individuals experience this pain because of a herniated disk. Although this can be very painful, most people feel better after a few weeks’ rest and don’t require surgery.