Spinal Trauma Diagnosis and Treatment

December 08, 2017

Spinal trauma can impair movement, cause chronic pain, and impact your quality of life. Seeking out a spine specialist for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment can return you to the life you want to live and make all the difference in the world. Whether your spinal trauma is caused by an injury, accident at work or a chronic condition, you can get support to get moving again.


Accurate diagnosis of your medical concern is the first step to treating your trauma. Diagnosis should be completed by trained spinal specialists using the tools of the trade. The devices involved in the diagnosis of spinal trauma can include the following:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI
  • X-Ray
  • Computer Tomography Scan or CT Scan
  • Electromyography

Once accurately diagnosed, your spine specialist can create an individualized treatment plan for your needs. These may include surgical or non-surgical approaches to your care. Treatment will vary depending on your specific needs.

Non-Surgical Treatment

  • Pain Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Exercise Programs
  • Wearing Braces

Surgical Treatment

These medical interventions will have different goals and approaches depending on the type of injury. It may involve traction for several months, repairing different areas of the spine, addressing fractures, bone grafting or fusion. Surgery is only recommended when absolutely necessary and your treatment provider will likely provide you with many different options prior to that step. Regardless of the type of spinal trauma you may have endured, you can heal and return to your past functioning. It takes an accurate diagnosis, effective treatment interventions and seeing a spine specialist to make these changes. Request an appointment today.

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