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Neck, Back & Spine
Physicians

Fellowship Trained

G. Clay Baynham, M.D.
Fellowship Trained: Adult and Pediatric Spine Surgery, Reconstructive Spine Surgery

Interests: Spine Surgery

Treating

Melisa Estes, M.D.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Interventional Pain Management

Interests: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Interventional Pain Medicine, Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Gait Impairment, Non Operative Orthopaedics, Headaches

Kenneth Gerszberg, M.D.
Fellowship Trained: Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle

Interests: General Orthopaedics, Arthroscopy, Fracture Management, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, Trauma-Related Injuries, Total Ankle Replacement, Foot & Ankle Surgery

John Hinson, M.D.
Fellowship Trained: Shoulder & Elbow Surgery

Interests: Arthroscopy, Fracture Management, General Orthopaedics, Shoulder Surgery, Total Shoulder Replacement, Total Elbow Replacement

James Kerpsack, M.D.
Fellowship Trained: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Interests: Pediatric Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Fracture Management, General Orthopaedics, Hand Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, Trauma-Related Injuries

Fernando Mora, M.D.
Fellowship Trained: Interventional Pain Medicine

Interests: Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine, Pain Management, Spine Fractures

Scott Norris, D.O.
Fellowship Trained: Sports Medicine

Interests: Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, General Orthopaedics, Total Hip Replacement, Total Knee Replacement, Fracture Management, Shoulder Surgery, Trauma-Related Injuries

Andrew Seltzer, D.O.
Fellowship Trained: Hand/Wrist/Upper Extremity Surgery

Interests: Arthroscopy, Fracture Management, General Orthopaedics, Hand/Wrist Surgery, Total Knee Replacement, Total Wrist Joint Replacement, Total Finger Joint Replacement

Gary Wexler, M.D.
Fellowship Trained: Sports Medicine

Interests: Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy

Conditions

Compression Fractures of the Spine

This is a collapse of vertebral bone. It can affect one or more vertebrae. Compression fractures typically develop in your mid or lower back. This can change the shape of your spine.

Degenerative Disc Disease

This condition is a weakening of one or more vertebral discs, which normally act as a cushion between the vertebrae. This condition can develop as a natural part of the aging process, but it may also result from injury to the back.

Facet Joint Syndrome

This condition is a deterioration of the facet joints, which help stabilize the spine and limit excessive motion. The facet joints are lined with cartilage and are surrounded by a lubricating capsule that enables the vertebrae to bend and twist.

Herniated Disc (Cervical)

This condition is a rupture of one of the vertebral discs in your neck. A herniated disc can allow disc material to press harmfully against the spinal nerves.

Herniated Discs

A herniated disc is a common injury that can affect any part of the spine. A herniated disc can cause severe pain and other problems in the arms or legs.

Kyphosis

This condition is a deformity of the spine. With it, your vertebrae change from a cylindrical shape to a wedge shape. Your spine may begin to curve forward. Eventually, this gives your upper back a rounded appearance.

Living With Chronic Pain

If you have pain that lasts for more than six months, you have "chronic" pain. It's different from the temporary pain you feel when you hurt yourself. With chronic pain, you may not know why you are hurting. Your pain may affect your whole body and your mind, causing problems that ripple through every part of your life. But there is hope. Here are some tips to help you manage chronic pain.

Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)

This condition is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the lumbar spine. Because these nerves travel to the hips, buttocks, legs and feet, an injury in the lumbar spine can cause symptoms in these areas. Sciatica may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues of the lumbar spinal column.

Managing Low Back Pain

Low back pain can cause problems that ripple through every part of your life. You don't do a lot of the things you enjoy because it just hurts too much. But there is hope. Here are some tips to help you manage your pain.

Osteoarthritis of the Spine

If you have back or neck pain that doesn't go away, you may have osteoarthritis of the spine. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. For many of us, it develops slowly as we age. And it can keep you from being as active as you like.

Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Your sacroiliac joints (we call them the "SI" joints) are the places where your hips meet your spine. These joints don't have a lot of flexibility, but they do move slightly as you move your body. And if SI joints become damaged or diseased, it can be painful.

Scoliosis

This condition is an abnormal curvature of the spine. It most often develops in early childhood, just before a child reaches puberty.

Spinal Stenosis

The spinal column contains open spaces that create passageways for the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of (or an intrusion into) these openings. This can cause a compression of the nerves. Spinal stenosis most commonly affects the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine.

Spinal Stenosis (Cervical)

This problem affects the spinal nerves in your neck. It's a narrowing of the spinal canal. That's the space your spinal nerves travel through. In a healthy spine, the spinal canal protects these nerves. It keeps them free from injury. But with spinal stenosis, the spinal canal is too narrow, and your nerves get compressed.

Spinal Stenosis (Thoracic)

This condition affects the thoracic spine between the neck and the lower back. It is a narrowing of the spinal canal that results from degeneration of bones in the spine, disc herniation, or thickening of the tissues that surround the spinal cord.

Spondylolisthesis

This condition occurs when a lumbar vertebra slips out of place. It slides forward, distorting the shape of your spine. This may compress the nerves in the spinal canal. The nerves that exit the foramen (open spaces on the sides of your vertebrae) may also be compressed. These compressed nerves can cause pain and other problems.

Spondylosis

This condition is a degeneration of the spine that can affect the spine at any level, resulting in pain and discomfort that can grow worse over time.

Where Lower Back Pain Begins

Lower back pain is a common problem that severely impacts the quality of your life. It can limit your ability to be active. It can cause you to miss work. Many different causes may lead to pain in your lower back.

Where Neck Pain Begins

Neck pain is a common problem that severely impacts the quality of your life. It can limit your ability to be active. It can cause you to miss work. Many different causes may lead to pain in your neck.

Whiplash

This is a common neck injury. It happens when your neck jerks back and forth quickly and violently. Your spine bends past its normal range of motion. This can injure the vertebrae of your cervical spine. It can damage the supporting ligaments and muscles in your neck.

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