The spine is made up of 33 bones and an intricate web of nerves and other tissues that extend from the skull down to the pelvis—and because of this, there are many places where problems can occur. Spine pain often arises when something is misaligned in the spinal joints, discs, muscles, or nerves. For example, a nerve could become “pinched” when a disc “slips;” or your bones could degenerate due to osteoporosis, and you no longer have a cartilage cushion to prevent a painful “bone-on-bone” sensation from occurring. Spine pain can also occur if you fall and are injured, are in a car accident, or experience a muscle strain or sprain. Twisting your spine suddenly and unnaturally can also bring about spine pain. An experienced spine doctor can help diagnose your pain and offer helpful treatments, such as spine surgery.
When to Visit a Spine Doctor Near You
You should contact a spine doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty moving the arms or legs
- Lower back pain
- Muscle spasms in the back
- Pain in the buttocks
- Pain when you twist your torso
- Pain in the upper or middle back
- Tingling, numbness, or weakness in legs
If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you should make an appointment to see a spine doctor for a diagnosis. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our spine surgeons and physicians offer treatments for spine problems that range from nonsurgical procedures to minimally invasive surgery.
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries our spine specialists can diagnose and treat include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Disc herniations or “slipped” discs
- Fractured vertebrae
- Lumbar conditions
- Sciatica pain
- Spinal cord injuries
- Spinal deformities
- Spinal disorders
- Spinal stenosis
If your spine condition or injury is too painful and needs to be treated promptly, visit our walk-in Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic for acute injuries every day of the week, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Why choose the Spine Center at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates?
Choosing the right doctor is important, and there are many different factors you should consider, including their level of professional training and expertise.
At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our back, neck, and spine doctors and surgeons have had additional training in a specific area of the body or medical specialty. This additional training is referred to as fellowship training. Following their medical residencies, our providers have undergone fellowship training focusing their education specifically on the advanced knowledge and skills needed to treat specific areas of the body or injuries and conditions relating to a specific medical specialty, such as the spine specialty. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, you are in excellent hands because our spine doctors are fellowship-trained and have the advanced knowledge and skills to treat your injury or condition individually to meet your needs. With this advanced training, Dr. Zachary Abbott, Dr. Clyde T. Carpenter, Dr. Dominic Femiano, Dr. Ryan J. Halpin, Dr. Tracy Hamblin, Dr. Andrew Manista, Dr. Douglas W. Taylor, and Dr. Yoshihiro Yamamoto have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your spine injury or condition individually to your needs.
To consult with our Olympia Orthopaedic Associates specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (360) 709-6230. At our Spine Center, we offer consultations with a spine doctor Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the conditions we treat through our patient education resources or our Online Guide to Sports Medicine that references specific topics relating to nutrition and fitness for athletes of all ages including high school, collegian, weekend warrior, and professional athlete.
Spine Wellness Tips
Staying active, being proactive, and building healthy habits are key to preventing, reducing, or avoiding future pain. Here are some techniques you can use to help protect your spine:
- Do an “Audit” of the Habits That Affect Your Spine: Often your unconscious habits cause more stress on your spine instead of helping to support good health. Just being aware of how you maintain your posture and how you use your back throughout the day, then making needed adjustments, can go a long way towards helping maintain a healthy spine.
- Wear High-Heel Shoes: If you’re thinking about spine health, it might seem strange to think about your shoes. However, wearing high heels throws your entire spine out of alignment and can cause temporary pain as well as on-going issues.
- Never Lift Heavy Objects: Like the choice not to wear high-heel shoes, the decision whether or not to lift a heavy item is always up to you (although it may be challenging if you are required to do so as part of your work). Avoid lifting heavy items whenever possible, or talk to your employer about being reassigned to tasks that do not require you to lift heavy objects.