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Conditions of the Spine

Your back pain, stiff shoulder, weak leg or numb foot may arise from a spine or spinal cord condition. The experts of the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute at Abington Health are spine specialists, highly trained in diagnosing your spine problem and providing the newest and best treatment for you.

Using the latest medical knowledge, minimally invasive procedures and innovative, advanced technology, our physicians can help you find relief from the pain and debilitating stiffness of spine conditions.

Spine Conditions

Spinal problems may begin in the cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back) or lumbar (lower back) areas of the spine and its vertebrae (bones), in the spinal cord, or related nerves and muscles.

Among the spine and spinal cord disorders we treat:

  • Arthritis
  • Compression fracture
  • Herniated or slipped disc
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumor
  • Spondylolisthesis

Spine Emergency Care

We provide in-depth emergency treatment for spine conditions resulting from accidents or trauma, such as bone fractures, back and neck injuries, and spinal cord damage.

Abington Health’s regional trauma center—the only one in Montgomery County—sees more than 100,000 emergency patients yearly at Abington Memorial Hospital. Our orthopedists, trauma specialist (traumatologist) and surgeons work with trauma physicians for comprehensive treatment. Specialty follow-up includes general surgery, sports medicine, rehabilitation and more.

Risk Factors for Spine Conditions

Physical, medical and lifestyle factors contribute to spine and back problems. You may be able to lower some risks by changing your work habits, reducing weight or increasing activity. Talk with your physician about your risks and what prevention or therapy methods might help.

Some risk factors for spine problems:

  • Overweight
  • Poor posture
  • Improper lifting techniques
  • Job or activity that requires repetitive motion, standing still or physical strain
  • Sedentary (sitting) job – at a computer for hours, driving
  • Sedentary lifestyle – little or no exercise, long stretches watching TV or playing video games
  • Getting older
  • Smoking
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Congenital (from birth) conditions
  • Benign or malignant tumors of spinal cord

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Help After Years of Chronic Pain

“I feel great and my range of motion is unbelievable,” says Maria Cain, whose neck and arm pain from a herniated disc ended after a spine procedure.

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The experts at Abington Health’s Orthopaedic & Spine Institute use the newest technology in two outstanding and supportive locations—Abington Memorial Hospital and Lansdale Hospital.