Your spine is made of 25 joints connecting 33 vertebrae, which are divided into 5 segments spanning from the base of your skull to the hips and pelvis. From top to bottom, these segments are referred to as the cervical spine (upper back), thoracic spine (mid-back), lumbar (low back), tailbone (coccyx), and sacrum (just below the tailbone). In between each vertebrae is a disc made of cartilage, and a network of muscles and ligaments surround the spine.
Because the spinal structure is so intricate, treating back and neck pain is complex and elusive. The path to treatment can be long and frustrating as various specialists are consulted and different opinions are gathered. The Spine Center at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute brings together many talents on a medical team to find effective solutions for patients in a timely fashion.
The Tucson Orthopaedic Spine Center includes fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeons, non-surgical specialists in preventive/occupational medicine, and physiatrists in physical medicine and rehabilitation. With state-of-the-art diagnostics and a range of experience in one location, our spinal care team can confidently diagnose and decide how to approach each individual's condition.
Common Conditions and Treatments for the Spine
Many types of spinal pain can be treated non-surgically by a physiatrist. Medication, spinal injections, physical therapy, and nutrition are important elements in spinal care. If spine surgery is recommended, our patients know they are in excellent hands.
The Spine Center provides services at all three Tucson Orthopaedic locations – East, Northwest, and Oro Valley, Arizona. To schedule an appointment, please call the location you would like to visit or use our online appointment request form.