Spine Problems Overview
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Pain is the principal reason we visit the doctor. Pain is our natural, biological alarm, which warns us that something is wrong and often is a signal to stop before permanent damage occurs.
According to U.S. News & World Report, 34 million Americans suffer from chronic pain which eventually takes its toll on quality of life, personal income, and productivity. Americans spend more than $40 billion for relief from body aches. Of those with arthritis, one out of three has to limit daily activities.
When you consider that in the United States one of every four sick days taken—50 million work days total—is because of pain, it becomes clear that it is a significant problem.
An aspect of pain that is troubling to doctors, is that it is subjective. People are surprised to learn that there is no diagnostic test that will confirm the presence of pain or measure its severity. With all of medicine’s advances, we still are left to measure pain based on a person’s subjective perception of it. Doctors, for example, use pain scales that ask a patient how bad their pain is on a one to ten scale, with ten being excruciating.
Over the past 20 years, the spine physicians at Ann Arbor Spine Care have been one of the top-rated spine centers in Michigan. The spine physicians specialize in low back pain and neck pain treating patients from across Michigan, including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Gaylord, Petoskey and the Upper Peninsula. The spine surgeons have also received patients from Toledo, Ohio and Northern Indiana. Those with back pain or neck pain often struggle to find a back doctor or spine center that can provide a second opinion for spine surgery and offer nonsurgical treatment for back pain, neck pain, scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and pain symptoms related to a herniated disc. Ann Arbor Spine Care represents a multi-disciplinary spine team of fellowship-trained spine surgeons collaborating with affiliated physical medicine & rehabilitation physicians and spine therapists all on one Ann Arbor medical campus. The regional spine center provides spinal injections, minimally invasive spine surgery, artificial disc replacement surgery and other advances in spine care.
HOME REMEDY BOOK
Our educational Internet site is an online encyclopedia on spine care. Patients visiting our spine center in Ann Arbor receive a free 36-page Home Remedy Book that has symptom charts and customized stretches that relieve pain.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Ann Arbor Spine Care surgeons use state of the art minimally invasive techniques and instrumentation to help patients recover in a shorter period of time and allow for a quicker return home.LEARN MORE