Living with back and neck pain can make every day a struggle.
The Grand Strand Spine & Neuro Center can help.
Back and neck pain are two major health problems of the modern era. The Grand Strand Spine & Neuro Center brings together a multidisciplinary team to provide specialized care for patients suffering from those conditions.
Our approach includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, nurses, radiologists, physician assistants, rehabilitation specialists and medical support personnel using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, including an on-site MRI, to make an accurate diagnosis and create a treatment plan that meets each patient's individual needs.
Our goal is to help patients achieve and maintain their highest level of mobility. At the Spine & Neuro Center, we use traditional surgeries such as fusion, when needed, and offer the latest treatments including minimally invasive procedures, artificial disc replacement and pain management. A wide range of spine care options are available for our patients.
First, we work with each patient to discover how the pain affects everyday activities. Then we develop a treatment plan that will best help our patients. Sometimes patients may need to be seen by a specialist in rehabilitation, physical therapy, pain management or neurosurgery. Our center treats many conditions including:
- Back and Neck Pain: This is typically the result of a muscle strain or a soft tissue injury. While painful, it is not normally an indication of a serious medical condition. If pain persists longer than 72 hours, it could indicate a more significant problem and a physician should be consulted.
- Low Back Pain: Low back pain is common among adults, but if it is persistent or stopping you from normal activity, a physician should be consulted. Low back pain is the number two reason people visit their doctor, second only to cold and flu.
- Chronic Neck Pain: Repeated and chronic neck pain can result in degeneration of the cervical spine. Pain may range from mild to severe, but if it persists for six months or longer, consult a physician.
- Degenerative Disc Disease: The discs between the vertebra are shock absorbers, protecting the spine and keeping it flexible. The wear and tear on those discs is known as degenerative disc disease. The discs in the spine are made up of a great deal of water, which gives the discs that spongy quality to absorb shock. If the disc is degenerated, it is not as resilient. The tissue that holds the disc material in place may tear, which can lead to further damage.
- Scoliosis: Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine, resulting in a C or S shape rather than a straight line.
- Spinal Stenosis: Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal cord resulting in painful compression and pinching of the nerves. Some people are born with narrow spinal canals. Other causes include age, arthritis, spinal tumors, trauma or a previous surgery.
- Ruptured Disc: This occurs when a small portion of the nucleus pushes out into the spinal canal. This can irritate a nerve and result in pain, numbness or weakness in your back, as well as your leg or arm. Pain can range from mild to severe. Consult a physician for a plan of care.
- Bulging Disc: A bulging disc is a condition related to the spine, usually the lumbar or lower back, which occurs when a disc bulges through a crevice in the spine. Discs are the soft, gelatinous material that cushions the vertebrae of the spine. A bulging disc occurs when the disc shifts out of its normal area and most often occurs simply as a result of age.
- Spine Tumor: A spine tumor is a cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign) growth that develops within or near your spinal cord or within the bones of your spine.
To diagnose problems of the spine, the Spine & Neuro Center is equipped with imaging resources including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Additional studies such as electromyogram (EMG), which studies the functioning of nerves and looks for damage, and evoked potential studies, which analyze the pathway between the brain and the arms and legs, can be performed.
Grand Strand Medical Center has the only neurosurgery program in Horry and Georgetown counties.
Patients who suffer from spinal disease should be aware of important warning signs. They include:
- Chronic neck or back pain
- Constant shooting pains along neck or back
- Numbness or tingling in the legs
- Pain radiating along arms or legs
- Heavy feeling in the legs
- Difficulty walking longer distances
- Deterioration in fine motor skills (such as handwriting or buttoning a shirt)
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call (843) 449-2336 today to schedule a consultation with one of our neurosurgeons.
Our neurosurgeons at Grand Strand Medical Center specialize in treating patients with minimally invasive procedures.
Benefits of minimally invasive procedures include:
- Less trauma to the patient's body
- Smaller incisions
- Less scarring
- Greater accuracy
- Less post-operative pain
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery
Our neurosurgeons are board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.