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The spine consists of five sections—the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, and coccyx—and is a highly complex and critical component of the body. It not only protects the spinal cord, nerve roots, and many internal organs, but it also provides structural support and enables the body to bend and twist. However, because of the spine's ability to provide both support and mobility, it is more susceptible to injuries.

Many people, if not most, will experience neck or back pain at some point in their life. Because the spine plays such an important role, this pain can severely impact a person's life and keep them from enjoying the activities they love.

Spine surgeons and medical doctors specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation and spine care offer many medical treatment options that can provide patients with relief from their neck or back pain.

While surgery is a safe and effective treatment for many injuries and conditions of the spine, such as fractures and spinal cord injuries, it is not the only treatment that can be offered. In fact, not all spine injuries and conditions require surgery. Oftentimes, patients experiencing a spinal problem can find pain relief through conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, injections, anti-inflammatory medication, rehabilitation, and muscle relaxants.

Do You Need Nonsurgical Spine Care?

If you are suffering from one of the following injuries or conditions, you may benefit from seeking treatment from a physiatrist specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation and spine care:

  • Back pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Compressed or irritated nerves
  • Disc herniation
  • Muscle sprain
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

To determine which nonsurgical treatment option is right for you and your spine injury or condition, our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists will perform a thorough exam. They may also perform additional tests, such as X-rays, nerve conduction studies, and electrodiagnostic testing. Once they diagnose the cause of your neck or back pain, our physiatrists will create a personalized care plan that meets your individual needs and goals.

To request a consultation with one of our doctors specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation and spine care, please request an appointment online or call (810) 985-4900.

Why Choose Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron’s Spine Center?

Matthew J. Sciotti, M.D. is board-certified and specialty-trained physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor who has dedicated his medical practices to the specialized fields of spine care and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Our physiatrists are also members of the most experienced spine team in the region and have undergone extensive training to offer the specialized spinal care you need to get back to a life renewed.

Dedicated to offering the latest evidence-based and most advanced treatments, our doctors are highly skilled at providing nonsurgical treatments for the spine, including:

  • Botox injections
  • Cancer pain management
  • Epidural injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Peripheral nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency lesioning
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Spinal medial branch blocks
  • Sympathetic blocks
  • Transforaminal epidural steroid injections

If nonsurgical treatment options fail to provide relief for your injury or condition and surgery is recommended, our physiatrists will refer you to our spine surgeon to discuss your options. Our surgeon is a recognized expert who is highly skilled in performing surgery for the spine, including minimally invasive surgery.

To consult with one of our physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, please request an appointment online or call (810) 985-4900.