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About Spine Surgery and Non-Surgical Spine Pain Management

Spine Surgery and Non-Surgical Spine Pain ManagementThe spine is made of 33 individual bones and ligaments, and muscles connect the bones to keep them aligned and together. As one of the most important parts of your body, without a spine you could not keep yourself upright to stand. The spine is the main structure and support system and protects your spinal cord, which connects your body to the brain, allowing movement of your arms and legs. It is important to have a healthy spine to live an active and pain free life.

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Our Orthopedic Spine Surgeons

Meet our industry leading Orthopedic Spine Surgeons.

Todd M. Raabe, M.D. Todd M. Raabe, M.D. specializes in adult and pediatric spinal surgery. Board Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Michael E. Russell, II M.D.russell-sm specializes in all types of spine surgery. Board Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Michael T. Merrick, M.D.Michael T. Merrick, M.D. specializes in spine surgery. Board Eligible, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Our Non-Surgical Pain Management Team

Meet our industry leading Non-Surgical Pain Management Team.

Spinal Stenosis

Patients with symptoms of pain in legs, inability to walk distances, inability to stand erect or progressive weakness in the legs may be suffering from spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis most commonly occurs as a result of degenerative changes in the spine. As a result of bone spurs, the area available for the spinal nerves to the lower extremities is decreased. This causes ischemic changes in those nerves when a person is in the upright or walking position.

Although spinal stenosis may occur as early as 40 years old it has increasing incidence with age and is most common in the elderly population.

Decompression of the spinal canal via spine surgery has very good results, alleviating the pain in up to 90% of the patients and usually greatly improving the patients walking ability and lifestyle.

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