Complex spinal disorders are conditions that change the spine’s structure and stability. They affect the bones (vertebrae), and spongy discs between the vertebrae, joints, and soft tissues. They can involve the lumbar (low back), thoracic (upper back), and cervical (neck) spine.
Complex spinal disorders cause pain and can affect how you walk, your balance and coordination, breathing, bowel and bladder control, and sexual function. Complex spinal disorders are caused by:
- Infections: in the spine or fluid surrounding the spinal cord
- Fractures: vertebrae compression fractures or joint dislocation
- Tumors: cancerous or non-cancerous
- Herniated disc: discs between the vertebrae rupture, protrude, or bulge out
- Degenerative disc disease: discs between the vertebrae break down due to aging, stress, or normal “wear and tear”
- Spondylosis: cartilage in the joints and vertebrae wear out abnormally
- Spondylolisthesis: a vertebra slips or slides over another
- Curvature deformities: kyphosis, lordosis, and scoliosis
- Spinal stenosis: spinal canal narrows around the spinal cord
- Having multiple spine conditions
Why Choose UHealth?
Internationally-recognized Spine Institute in South Florida. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is part of the renowned Spine Institute where research breakthroughs in complex spinal disorders bring you the most advanced care possible.
Multispecialty care with teams built around your condition. Our rehabilitation team works closely with orthopedic specialists and surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and others to customize your treatment plan. You get a faster diagnosis and better care when we’re all working together for you.
Leading-edge, non-surgical and minimally invasive therapies for pain. You have access to the latest approaches to managing pain, including neurostimulation and selective nerve block epidural and other targeted spinal injections — in a variety inpatient (hospital stay) and outpatient (clinic) rehabilitation locations close to home.