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Expert assessment and treatment for spinal concerns
It is an incredibly complex structure and provides a variety of functions. If there is a problem anywhere in the spine, it can have a significant, sometimes life-changing effect on your physical health, mobility and quality of life.
Common symptoms of a spinal problem include:
If you have any concerns about your spine, it is sensible to see an expert for assessment and advice at the earliest opportunity. The Consultant Spinal Surgeons at The Park in Nottingham provide leading, advanced care for a wide variety of spinal conditions and would be delighted to help you access the help you need as soon as possible.
While it may sometimes be easy to ignore mild symptoms, when they are more severe you may find yourself extremely limited in how well you can move and function.
For any spinal problem, an accurate diagnosis is crucial to be able to determine the right treatment for you.
Very often, it will be found that the cause of your symptoms is nothing serious and should resolve itself naturally with rest and time. Other times, it may be found that medical intervention will be needed to treat the problem.
If you are struggling with your symptoms and would appreciate expert help quickly, why not book an appointment with one of our experienced spinals surgeons? You may be referred to us by your GP, physiotherapist or private medical insurance company. You can also self-refer, giving you the freedom to take control of your own healthcare needs.
A discectomy is normally carried out when a slipped vertebral disc is compressing a nerve, and involves removing a small portion of the disc. This is done under general anaesthetic with open surgery. While it is a reliable form of surgery, you may need up to 6 weeks off work to recover.
Alternatively, a slipped disc can be treated with a percutaneous discectomy. Carried out under sedation as a day case, a large needle is inserted into the disc under X-ray guidance surgery and a laser used to vaporise the affected area.
A vertebral laminectomy / spinal decompression may be advised if your spinal canal has narrowed (this is known as lumbar spinal stenosis). This operation involves removing bone and ligament in order to open up the canal once more.
Vertebroplasty involves injecting a special cement into a fractured vertebra. This is often used to treat pain caused by osteoporotic fractures in the spine.
Spinal Fusion may be advised if you have severe back pain that has not been managed with other measures. Carried out under general anaesthetic, titanium screws are placed into the vertebrae and fixed together with rods and bone grafts around the joints of the spine. These fuse together over time. Many people feel the benefits of this surgery within a few weeks, although it will take 6 – 12 months to fully fuse the bones together.
If a serious pathology is found, such as a tumour or infection, you will be immediately placed on a treatment pathway for that condition.
The spinal surgeons at The Park Hospital will ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment for your specific needs.
They will carry out a physical examination, assessing the health of your spine and looking for any signs of nerve problems.
Nearly everyone we see for a spinal complaint will be referred for an MRI scan and this can be arranged for you on-site. These scans are excellent at showing the soft tissues and can help to highlight issues like inflammation, disc bulges and vertebral problems.
Some conditions may benefit from other investigations like ultrasound or CT, and these are also easily arranged on-site.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your consultant will discuss treatment options with you so that you can make an informed choice about treatment.
It may be that the most appropriate treatment for you will be an injection of a steroid and local anaesthetic, either directly into the source of the pain or around the nerve root (the point the nerve leaves the spinal cord). Depending on the location of the injection, your consultant may be able to administer it during your consultation. Where X-ray guidance is needed, it will be arranged for you at the earliest possible date.
For peace of mind and expert care for your spinal concerns, please contact us to book an appointment now. We look forward to welcoming you to The Park Hospital and helping you to access the support you need without delay.