Comprehensive Care for Your Back & Neck
WHY CHOOSE THE ORTHOSOUTH SPINE CENTER?
The OrthoSouth Spine Center is the largest multi-disciplinary team of spine specialists in the Mid-South region. Comprised of medical professionals with a wide range of qualifications to help diagnose, treat, support, and rehabilitate your back or neck condition, the Spine Center is your premier team for comprehensive, personalized spine care. From sore back to slipped disks to spine fractures, and everywhere in between, we aim to be your partner in recovery.
MEET YOUR BACK & NECK TEAM
Non-Operative Spine Specialists and Physiatrists
Our non-operative spine specialists are qualified to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions that cause back and neck pain.
Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants
Our Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants work closely with physicians to provide excellent patient care across our clinics.
Available at the Crosstown Clinic in Midtown Memphis, our chiropractor works together with medical staff in an interdisciplinary setting to manage patients’ painful conditions.
Dr. Jennifer James offers the evidence-based Cox® Technic system of non-surgical chiropractic protocols for the relief of spine pain due to disc herniation, stenosis and related conditions causing neck, upper back, shoulder, arm, low back and leg pain. The Cox® Technic flexion-distraction protocols have been scrutinized in federally funded research projects. Flexion-distraction biomechanical effects have been documented – drop in intradiscal pressures, increase in spinal canal area and discal height – and clinical outcomes have been published – superior in pain relief for radiculopathy, better for relief of chronic low back pain, and more effective in reducing the need for healthcare visits for spinal pain in the year after treatment.
Other Services and Providers
Common Back & Neck Issues
One of the more common sources of back and/or neck pain is a herniated disk. This condition, also known as “slipped” or “ruptured” disk, often occurs in the lower back, and can additionally affect the disks in the neck.
The most common symptom of a herniated disk is sciatica—a sharp, often shooting pain that extends from the buttocks down the back of one leg. Other symptoms include:
- Back pain (this general symptom is usually not enough on its own to diagnose disk herniation)
- Weakness in the leg and/or foot
- Tingling (a “pins-and-needles” sensation) or numbness in the leg and/or foot
- Loss of bladder or bowel control (This is rare and may indicate a more serious problem called cauda equina syndrome. This condition is caused by the spinal nerve roots being compressed. It requires immediate medical attention.)
As with pain in the lower back, neck pain is also common. When pressure is placed on a nerve in the neck, it causes pain in the muscles between your neck and shoulder (trapezius muscles). The pain may shoot down the arm. Other symptoms include:
- Weakness in one arm
- Tingling (a “pins-and-needles” sensation) or numbness in one arm
- Burning pain in the shoulders, neck, or arm
Your doctor will ask about your medical history and conduct a physical examination.
To help confirm a diagnosis of herniated disk, your doctor may recommend a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
Most patients will benefit from nonsurgical treatment, including:
- Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers
- Muscle relaxers, analgesics, and anti-inflammatory medications
- Cold compresses or ice applied several times a day for no more than 20 minutes at a time
- Gentle heat applications (after any spasms settle)
Your doctor may refer you you to physical therapy to learn exercises that can help strengthen your core muscles. For the neck, exercises or traction may also be helpful. To help avoid future episodes of pain, it is essential to learn how to properly stand, sit, and lift, which a physical therapist can assist with.
If more conservative measures fail, epidural injections of a cortisone-like drug may lessen nerve irritation and allow more effective participation in physical therapy.
It’s rare that a disk herniation requires surgery. Spine surgery is typically recommended only after a period of nonsurgical treatment has not relieved painful symptoms.
- Lumbar microdiskectomy. The most common procedure for a herniated disk in the lower back, microdiskectomy involves removing the herniated part of the disk and any fragments that are putting pressure on the spinal nerve.
- Cervical diskectomy and fusion. Cervical diskectomy is a procedure for the herniated disk in the neck. To relieve pressure, the entire herniated disk is removed. Bone is placed in the disk space and a metal plate may be used to help support the spine.