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Neck and lower back pain are common occurrences in the general population. It is estimated that approximately 80% of the population will experience pain in the lower back and/or neck at some time in their life. Fortunately, most cases can be resolved without surgical treatment. Our specialists are dedicated to understanding the most advanced treatment methods for particular problems associated with the spine, neck, and back. When it comes to the treatment of spine disorders, Hinsdale Orthopaedics offers a comprehensive approach to spine assessment and treatment for our patients.

Our team of physicians is comprised of board certified, fellowship trained orthopaedic spinal surgeons focused exclusively on spine surgery and specializing in innovative surgical and nonsurgical interventions. Nationally and internationally respected authors and researchers in their field, the surgeons and practitioners at Hinsdale Orthopaedics serve as a referral center for some of the most complex cases of the human spine.

  • Anatomy
  • Conditions
  • Procedures

Cervical Spine Anatomy

The cervical spine is highly mobile compared to the thoracic or lumbar spine. In contrast to other parts of the spine, the cervical spine has transverse foramina in each vertebra through which the vertebral arteries supply blood to the brain.

Thoracic Spine Anatomy

Thoracic Spine Anatomy

The thoracic spine is the central part of the spine, also called the dorsal spine, which runs from the base of the neck to the bottom of your rib cage. The thoracic spine provides the flexibility that holds the body upright and protects the organs of the chest.

Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc

Disc herniation is a condition where the central nucleus pushes through the outer edge of the disk, causing a bulge that compresses the spinal nerves.

Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is often a common symptom of many disease conditions and the back pain may range from simple or dull pain to sudden and sharp pain.

Sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica is a painful condition caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can be acute (short term), lasting for a few weeks or chronic (long term), persisting for more than 3 months.

Scoliosis

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition characterized by the abnormal curvature of the spine that causes a deviation to one side. It causes a physical deformity, making the spine look like the letter “C” or “S” instead of the letter “I”.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition caused by the vertebral column constricting and exerting pressure on the spinal cord or neural foramen (a bony tunnel through which a nerve exits the spinal cord).

Spinal Tumors

Spinal Tumors

A spine tumor is the abnormal growth of uncontrolled tissues or cells in and around the spinal cord. Tumors can either be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign). Tumors that begin in the spine are called primary spinal tumors.

Spondylosis

Spondylosis

Spondylosis is a condition where the bones that make up the spine (vertebrae) degenerate. Typically this degeneration forms bony projections (bone spurs) and reduces the height of the spongy discs between the vertebrae.

Whiplash

Whiplash

Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck, usually caused by a sudden forceful jerk commonly occurring because of an automobile accident, sports injuries or an accidental fall.

Vertebral Compression Fracture

Vertebral Compression Fracture

Back pain is an indication of stress fractures known as vertebral compression fractures. Vertebral compression fractures occur when the normal vertebral body of the spine is squeezed or compressed.

Spine Bone Spurs

Spine Bone Spurs

Spine bone spurs, also called osteophytes, are bony projections that develop in the spine’s facet joints where cartilage has worn out oralong the vertebral body’s endplates edges. It can grow at any level of the spinal column such as the low and mid back and in the neck.

Artificial Lumbar Disc Replacement

Artificial Lumbar Disc Replacement

Lumbar artificial disc replacement is a surgical method of replacing the diseased or damaged inter-vertebral disc of the spinal column with an artificial disc to restore motion to the spine.

Herniated Disc Surgery (Disk Decompression)

Herniated Disc Surgery (Disk Decompression)

Acute or chronic injury can cause a spinal disk to herniate or rupture. The damaged disk may compress against the spinal cord or the nerves that branch out through the vertebral bones, leading to pain, loss of sensation and/or motor function in the part of the body supplied by the nerve.

Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty

Balloon kyphoplasty is a spine surgery that relieves back pain caused by a vertebral compression fracture. The aim of balloon kyphoplasty is to relieve pain, stabilize the fracture and restore the vertebral body height.

Lumbar Laminectomy

Lumbar Laminectomy

Lumbar laminectomy, also known as decompression laminectomy, is a spinal surgery performed to relieve excess pressure on the spinal nerve(s) in the lumbar (lower back) region.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is the latest technology available to perform spinal surgeries through small, less than one-inch-long incisions.

Spinal Stenosis Surgery (Spinal Decompression)

Spinal Stenosis Surgery (Spinal Decompression)

Spinal decompression is a treatment to relieve pressure on one or many “pinched nerves” in the spinal column. It can be achieved either surgically or by non-surgical methods.

Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure performed to reduce or eliminate pain caused by a vertebral compression fracture.