Many things cause shoulder pain, from acute injuries to overuse and age-related deterioration. Shoulder disorders Dr. Weinstein sees most often include:
Knee pain can be caused by trauma, overuse, or disease. Conditions that Dr. Weinstein often treats include:
Neck pain could be due to an injury or damage from overuse. Long-term problems with the discs, nerves, and bones (cervical vertebrae) at the top of your spine also cause neck pain. Common neck conditions include:
Back pain is generally caused by damage to your spine’s muscles, ligaments, or discs. Lifting heavy objects or twisting awkwardly can stretch these tissues, and they may develop small tears. Chronic (long-term) conditions that cause back pain include:
Orthopedics is the medical specialty concerned with your musculoskeletal system. Specialists in orthopedics like Dr. Weinstein diagnose and treat injuries and disorders of the:
Your spinal discs are shock-absorbent, circular pads of tissue that fit between your spine’s vertebrae (bones). They protect and stabilize your spine. Discs have a fibrous outer layer and a soft, jelly-like core called the central pulp. When the central pulp starts to push outward, it causes a bulge. If the outer layer tears, the pulp can herniate, pushing through or leaking into your spinal canal.
What is minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS)? Dr. Weinstein makes one or more small cuts to access your spine when performing MISS. Through these incisions, he makes repairs to reduce or relieve back and neck pain. Traditional spine surgery requires large incisions that cut into your muscles. Extensive tissue damage can cause considerable pain after surgery. It also takes you longer to recover.
Why might I need spine surgery? You might need spine surgery if you have a back or neck condition that can’t heal properly on its own. Or surgery might be something to consider if your long-term spine pain isn’t improving with nonsurgical treatments. Back and neck pain cause suffering to millions of people in the United States each year. Some live with it for decades, missing out on many aspects of a happy, rewarding life because of their pain.