Fractures and Dislocations

FRACTURES AND DISLOCATIONS

Fractures and dislocations of the cervical spine demand early and accurate diagnosis so that treatment can quickly be introduced in order to produce a painless, stable neck and prevent pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves. When the neck is injured in very violent accidents, the bones in the neck can be broken or pulled forcefully out of normal alignment. Fractures and dislocations of the cervical spine are very serious injuries because there is the potential for damage to the spinal cord if the patient is not taken care of very carefully.

NON-SURGICAL CONSERVATIVE TREATMENTS

BACK AND NECK BRACES

If you are diagnosed with a spinal disorder, deformity, or potential problem that can by helped through the use of external structural support, your physician may recommend the use of a back or neck brace. Braces offer a safe, non-invasive way to prevent future problems or to help you heal from a current condition.

BODY BRACES

Anterior Cervical Orthosis (ACO) body braces, Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis (TLSO) body braces, Lumbosacral Orthosis, Lumbar Corset, and Back Brace (LSO) options from Center for Spine Care.

MEDICATIONS

Medications may be prescribed for pain, inflammation and muscular discomfort related to neck or back problems.  The following information is general by design and is for educational purposes only. It is important to be evaluated and diagnosed by a health care provider before starting or stopping any medications.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Hot packs, cold packs, ultrasound, iontophoresis, electrical stimulation, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation), IF (Interferential Current).

CSC OFFERS MODERN APPROACH TO CERVICAL FUSIONS FOR NECK PAIN RELIEF

CSC uses a variety of innovative technologies to perform modern cervical spine fusions.

Fusion is the bonding together of bones, usually with the aid of bone graft or a biological substance. A fusion stops motion between 2 vertebrae and provides long-term stabilization. It is very similar to natural fracture healing.

In a cervical fusion, adjacent vertebral bodies, facets, and/or the lamina may be fused together.

If the fusion is done from behind (posterior), the surgeon typically will lay strips of bone graft from one lamina, or lateral (side) mass to the lamina, or lateral mass below. Usually, bone graft will fuse across these structures over time and stabilize the two vertebrae. The surgeon may use a similar technique to fuse the facet joints together, too.

Anterior cervical fusion is an operation performed on the upper spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots, or on the spinal cord. The term is derived from the words anterior (front), cervical (neck), and fusion (joining the vertebrae with a bone graft).

Learn more about the operation, why it is done, and what happens afterwards.

CERVICAL SPINE (NECK)

cervicalThe cervical spine is made up of the first seven vertebrae in the spine. It starts just below the skull and ends just above the thoracic spine. The cervical spine has a lordotic curve, a backward “C”-shape-just like the lumbar spine. The cervical spine is much more mobile than both of the other spinal regions. Think about all the directions and angles you can turn your neck.

Unlike the rest of the spine, there are special openings in each vertebra in the cervical spine for arteries (blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart). The arteries that run through these openings bring blood to the brain.

Two vertebrae in the cervical spine, the atlas and the axis, differ from the other vertebrae because they are designed specifically for rotation. These two vertebrae are the reason your neck can move in so many directions.

The atlas is the first cervical vertebra-the one that sits between the skull and the rest of the spine. The atlas does not have a vertebral body, but it does have a thick forward (anterior) arch and a thin back (posterior) arch with two prominent sideways masses.

The atlas sits on top of the second cervical vertebra, the axis. The axis has a bony knob called the odontoid process, which sticks up through the hole in the atlas. Special ligaments between the atlas and the axis allow for a great deal of rotation. It is this special arrangement that allows the head to turn from side to side as far as it can.

The cervical spine is very flexible, but it is also very much at risk for injury from strong, sudden movements, such as whiplash-type injuries. This high risk of harm is due to the limited muscle support that exists in the cervical area, and the fact that this part of the spine has to support the weight of the head-an average of 15 pounds. This is a lot of weight for a small, thin set of bones and soft tissues to bear. Sudden, strong head movements can cause damage.


John Peloza, M.D., a pioneer in the development of true minimally-invasive spine treatments, founded the Center for Spine Care in 1996. An experienced industry leader, Dr. Peloza offers customized treatment plans to address a patient’s unique and specific source of back or neck pain, from conservative treatments to minimally invasive. If you have neck or back pain, call us at (877) 475-2240, or email us to see if our treatment options are right for you.

Stem Cell
Therapy

Center for Spine Care offers stem cell therapy as a conservative treatment to promote natural healing for back or neck pain. Utilizing mesenchymal stem cells, this new method is used to treat patients with neck and back pain caused from degenerative disc disease.