Spine Animations

Spine Animations

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Poor posture can damage the spine and its associated muscles and ligaments. A hunched stance places abnormal stress on muscles and ligaments, causes backache and fatigue, and can even cause the spine to become fixed in an abnormal position.

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Before Back Surgery

physical therapyAt the Southeastern Spine Institute, surgery is the last option, only considered when all other treatments have failed to relieve your pain or solve your problem. In fact, fewer than 10 percent of our patients undergo a surgical procedure. Our conservative approach serves you well.

A Conservative Approach

Southeastern Spine has in-house Pain Management and Physical Therapy departments on its campus in Mt. Pleasant, SC, to offer alternatives to surgery. In addition, our spine physicians follow a multidisciplinary approach when it comes to back care. Our specialists consult with each other to deliver a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan specialized for your condition. A correct diagnosis is the first step toward effective treatment.

Over the years, our experience has shown that a conservative approach to relieving your back, arm, leg and neck pain can get you back to your normal life again. As a result, our spinal physicians have developed a wide range of non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures to ease your pain.

SC Non-Surgery Options

The non-surgical spinal procedures offered by the Southeastern Spine Institute include:

  • Caudal Steroid Injection delivers a steroid medication and a local anesthetic directly into your lower back to relieve radiating leg pain.
  • Celiac Plexus Block can help diagnose and treat the pain associated with abdominal cancer or pancreatitis.
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection treats neck, shoulder and arm pain emanating from swollen nerves in your neck.
  • Discography helps your spine physician determine the cause of lower back pain. The injection is often followed by a CT scan.
  • Facet Joint Injections deliver medication and anesthetic directly to your spine to ease your pain, similar to the Caudal Steroid Injection.
  • Fascia Iliaca Block blocks nerves in your hip from carrying pain signals to your brain. Although not for everyone, it is effective and safe.
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection can treat pain in your lower back and legs from conditions such as sciatica.
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block treats the pain carried by your sympathetic nerves, the nerves on either side of your spine.
  • Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection delivers anti-inflammatory and local anesthetic directly to your spine to reduce swollen nerves.
  • Medial Branch Block stops the pain from either of the medial branch nerves of your spine’s facet joints by interrupting the pain signals.
  • Occipital Nerve Injections delivers medication into the back of your neck to ease neck pain and headaches.
  • Racz Caudal Neurolysis involves an injection of medication into the base of your spine to stop lower back and radiating leg pain.
  • Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection puts anesthetic and steroid medication right where your sacrum and pelvic bone come together to relieve lower body pain.
  • Selective Nerve Root Blocks deliver a local anesthetic and steroid medication where nerves exit your spinal column to ease pain at its source.
  • Stellate Ganglion Block stops pain from sympathetic nerves in your neck from reaching your brain. It also reduces swelling.
  • Trigeminal Nerve Block reduces or even eliminates debilitating facial pain from an irritated or damaged trigeminal nerve.
  • Trigger Point Injections can treat the pain from uncontrollable muscle spasms by delivering anesthetic and cortisone into the muscle.