Towson Orthopaedic Associates are leaders in the care and treatment of disorders of the spine and neck. Our patient-centered philosophy emphasizes your comfort, safety, and outcome by utilizing a comprehensive array of the most advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques available. In addition to our state-of-the-art technology and methods, our extensively trained and board-certified orthopaedic surgeons, physician’s assistants, certified nurse practitioners and nurses are dedicated to providing you with exceptional care and compassion from start to finish. Each year we treat over 10,000 patients with spinal conditions, and few practices have the experience, training, and recognition as our medical team. We understand that spinal disorders can make both routine and recreational activities uncomfortable or impossible. As a result, we are committed to providing the safest, most effective modalities to help optimize your health, mobility, and well-being.
For more information about our individualized treatment plans and services for spinal disorders, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons, please contact us today.
What to Expect
When you arrive for your initial consultation, we will take every opportunity to provide you with the information and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your care. Our practice philosophy employs a minimally invasive approach, advancing to more aggressive methods as necessitated by your condition. We advise surgery only as a last resort, and our orthopaedic specialists are extensively trained in the leading minimally invasive techniques to help you recover as fast and as fully as possible. If you are suffering from one of the following spinal disorders or another not listed, we may be able to help:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs and radiculopathy/myelopathy
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Spinal stenosis
- Adult and pediatric scoliosis
- Spinal tumors
- Muscle tears
- Spinal infections
The following content provides a brief overview of some of the spinal and neck conditions we can treat. For more information about our services or to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopaedic surgeons, please contact our office today.
Between each vertebra of the spine is a small, spongy disc that enhances your flexibility and serves as a shock absorber to impacts of all kinds. When one of these discs is damaged, whether due to injury, wear and tear, or degenerative disease, the disc can bulge or break open. If the disc or the gel-like tissue within the disc presses on the nerves of the spinal cord, you may feel pain and numbness running down your leg, as well as a feeling of weakness, which is called sciatica. If you’re experiencing back pain and believe you may have a slipped, bulging, or herniated disc, we can customize a treatment plan that can address your needs and help you return to normal activity.
Spinal stenosis occurs when tissue or bone begins to grow in the openings of the spinal bones, causing the spinal canal to narrow. This can happen as a result of the natural aging process, arthritis, or when a disc bulges and pushes backward into the spinal canal, pressing onto the nerves of the spinal cord. The most common symptoms include back pain, numbness, and/or weakness, typically in the legs, feet, and buttocks. Your level of discomfort may fluctuate, and in severe cases could cause loss of bladder control. Our experienced orthopaedic surgeons can offer individualized treatment plans that utilize a combination of methods to help optimize your recovery, reduce pain, and improve your quality of life.
The result of one vertebra sliding forward over the vertebra below, spondylolisthesis may at first cause no noticeable symptoms. However, over time the misaligned bones may pinch or compress the nerves of the spinal cord, causing back pain, numbness, and weakness in one or both legs as well as the buttocks. In most instances, spondylolisthesis occurs as a result of an injury, deformity, or damage as a result of infection or arthritis. Overuse can also cause stress fractures that may lead to this condition. Both children (particularly those in sports) and adults can develop spondylolisthesis, and our skilled orthopaedic surgeons will provide customized treatment options that are tailored to suit your unique anatomic needs and lifestyle.
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