Back pain or spine injuries can be a result of aging or an injury. Both the lower spine, known as the lumbar spine, and the thoracic spine, in the upper part of the back, can be affected by degenerative conditions.  It is important that individuals with pain radiating into the leg or those experiencing numbness in an extremity see a doctor right away. A healthy weight and regular exercise, as you age, are helpful in keeping the spine healthy and pain free.

Common conditions that cause back pain may Include:

  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • Facet Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Disk Herniation
  • Osteoporosis-related Fractures
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis

Spine Specialists

Bradley Heiges MD Optim Orthopedics

Bradley A. Heiges, MD

Thomas Lawhorn MD Optim Orthopedic

Thomas W. Lawhorne, III, MD

John McCormick MD Optim Orthopedics

John McCormick, II, MD

Thomas Niemeier MD Optim Orthopedics

Thomas E. Niemeier, MD

Kevin Stevenson MD Optim Neurosurgery

Kevin L. Stevenson, MD

Raymond F Topp MD Southern Orthopaedics

Raymond F. Topp, MD, FAAOS

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