Living with back and neck pain can make every day a struggle. The Orange Park Medical Center team can help

Back and neck pain are two major health problems of the modern era. Orange Park Medical Center brings together a multidisciplinary team to provide specialized care for patients suffering from those conditions.

Our approach to care entails neurosurgeons, neurologists, nurses, radiologists, physician assistants, rehabilitation specialists and medical support personnel using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, including an on-site MRI, to make an accurate diagnosis and create a treatment plan that meets each patient's individual needs.

Our goal is to help patients achieve and maintain their highest level of mobility. At Orange Park Medical Center, we use traditional surgeries (such as fusion) when needed while also offering the latest treatments, including minimally invasive procedures, artificial disc replacement and pain management. A wide range of spine care options are available for our patients.

Treatment

First, we work with each patient to discover how the pain affects everyday activities. Then we develop a treatment plan that will best help our patients. Sometimes patients may need to be seen by a specialist in rehabilitation, physical therapy, pain management or neurosurgery. Our hospital treats many conditions including:

  • Back and Neck Pain: This is typically the result of a muscle strain or a soft tissue injury. While painful, it is not normally an indication of a serious medical condition. If pain persists longer than 72 hours, it could indicate a more significant problem and a physician should be consulted.
  • Bulging Disc: A bulging disc is a condition related to the spine, usually the lumbar or lower back, which occurs when a disc bulges through a crevice in the spine. Discs are the soft, gelatinous material that cushions the vertebrae of the spine. A bulging disc occurs when the disc shifts out of its normal area and most often occurs simply as a result of age.
  • Chronic Neck Pain: Repeated and chronic neck pain can result in degeneration of the cervical spine. Pain may range from mild to severe, but if it persists for six months or longer, consult a physician.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease: The discs between the vertebra are shock absorbers, protecting the spine and keeping it flexible. The wear and tear on those discs is known as degenerative disc disease. The discs in the spine are made up of a great deal of water, which gives the discs that spongy quality to absorb shock. If the disc is degenerated, it is not as resilient. The tissue that holds the disc material in place may tear, which can lead to further damage.
  • Geniculate Neuralgia: A rare condition that is caused by a small nerve being compressed by a blood vessel. This nerve normally provides sensation to the ear canal and ear drum, but when it functions abnormally it can cause sudden severe sharp, deep ear pain. Geniculate Neuralgia must be differentiated from other causes of deep ear pain such as that caused by post herpetic and bacterial infections.
  • Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia: A severe, sharp, jabbing pain in the posterior tongue, ear, and tonsils, lasting a few seconds to a few minutes. This pain is generally brought on by swallowing liquids (especially cold liquid) or solids and is felt to be due to compression of Glossopharyngeal and Vagus Nerves as they exit the brainstem by arteries and/or veins.
  • Hemifacial Spasm: A condition in which an eye, face and/or the neck suddenly twitch uncontrollably causing the eye to close tightly and the corner of the mouth and neck to rise up due to muscle contraction that can last several seconds. While the syndrome is not painful it can be extremely debilitating and over time can lead to a weakened face and a facial droop.
  • Low Back Pain: Low back pain is common among adults, but if it is persistent or stopping you from normal activity, a physician should be consulted. Low back pain is the number two reason people visit their doctor, second only to cold and flu.
  • Occipital Neuralgia: This syndrome leads to severe shooting pain on one side of the back of the head. While it can occur spontaneously, it may also result from trauma to the back of the head or neck.
  • Ruptured Disc: This occurs when a small portion of the nucleus pushes out into the spinal canal. This can irritate a nerve and result in pain, numbness or weakness in your back, as well as your leg or arm. Pain can range from mild to severe. Consult a physician for a plan of care.
  • Scoliosis: Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine, resulting in a C or S shape rather than a straight line.
  • Spinal Stenosis: Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal cord resulting in painful compression and pinching of the nerves. Some people are born with narrow spinal canals. Other causes include age, arthritis, spinal tumors, trauma or a previous surgery.
  • Spine Tumor: A spine tumor is a cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign) growth that develops within or near your spinal cord or within the bones of your spine.
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia: A chronic pain condition that arises from the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from the face, ear canal, dural covering of the brain, blood vessels of the brain, and cornea to your brain. When patients suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of the face such as a cool breeze, chewing food, air conditioning, brushing of teeth, light touch, etc. may cause sudden excruciating, electrical shock like pain on one side of the face. Pain may also arise suddenly without warning or provocation.

Diagnostics

To diagnose problems of the spine, Orange Park Medical Center is equipped with imaging resources, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Our neurosurgeons at Orange Park Medical Center specialize in treating patients with minimally invasive surgical procedures. Benefits of minimally invasive procedures include:

  • Less trauma to the patient's body
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less scarring
  • Greater accuracy
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery

Our neurosurgeons are board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.