Approx. 80 percent of Americans will experience an episode of back pain that is lifestyle-altering at some point in their lives. At Washington Health System, we specialize in the care of spinal disorders and the prevention and relief of back pain.
The Washington Health System’s team of physicians and surgeons provide comprehensive surgical treatment of spinal diseases and injuries. Our physicians and surgeons are experienced in all spinal disorders, including tumors, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, vascular malformations and arthritis of the spine. State-of-the-art treatment is provided by our coordinated team of neurosurgeons, consulting medical specialists, therapists, nurses, and support staff. Our goal is to improve each patient’s quality of life with the most advanced, and least invasive, treatment available. Some of the clinical services provided include the treatment of:
- cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disc disease
- adult compression fractures
- cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis
- scoliosis and spinal deformity
- arthritic conditions of the spine
- cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacement
Back pain can be caused by certain diseases and traumatic injury but research has shown that the most common causes of injury or back pain are: incorrect bending or lifting techniques over a prolonged period of time, or poor physical condition, poor posture, and improper body mechanics.
Many patients will become symptom-free in four to six weeks without requiring surgery. Surgery is only considered when the problems do not resolve with a non-surgical approach, and are limiting the patient’s ability to move. With urgent spinal problems, those that are causing or may cause loss of neurological function—immediate surgery may be necessary.