If you would seek health, look first to the spine. – Socrates

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Spine Health

Everything you do, including work, play, and cherished time with the people you love, is supported by your spine. A strong, flexible spine moves with you during daily activities and helps you keep up with the people and events that are most important to you.

The spine, which extends from the base of the head near the spinal cord (clivus) to the coccyx (tailbone), is made up of bones, muscles, tendons, nerves, and other components. The cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, sacral spine, and tailbone are the vertebrae (back bones) of the spine. A disc separates every vertebra from the next. The spinal cord is encased in and secured by the vertebrae. The spinal cord is made up of segments, each of which has two spinal nerves that communicate with the rest of the body.

Your spine can be stabilized by having a strong core, which can maintain your lower back healthy. It may become challenging to twist, stretch, lift, or bend as you become older or suffer an injury to the muscles and ligaments that surround your spine.

Our Spine Health Department

The top neurosurgeons, orthopedic physicians, spinal surgeons, physiotherapists, anesthesiologists, pain physicians, and other professionals provide various modalities of treatments for spinal issues at the Medcare Spine Department. For all musculoskeletal system and spine-related problems, you receive complete therapeutic, medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care at Medcare’s hospitals in Dubai and Sharjah.

When to Consult with a Spine Surgeon

Spine surgery is normally only pursued after numerous other non-surgical options have been exhausted and when pain or mobility have a major influence on a patient's day-to-day life. But it doesn't mean you have to put off seeing a spine surgeon until you believe you have no other choices.

Our team of spine surgeons in Dubai and Sharjah focuses on the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of neck and spine diseases, including but not restricted to surgery. Their knowledge includes conservative non-surgical spine care techniques, like physical therapy, interventional spine care, and injections.

Specialized Services Offered by Our Spine Health Department

For adults and children with spinal diseases affecting the discs, ligaments, vertebral column, and spinal cord, our top-notch doctors here offer specialized care.

For the treatment of spinal issues, such as neck or back discomfort, and other spinal abnormalities, we look at a number of non-surgical treatments. These include bracing, pain management clinics, medicine, injection treatment, and physical therapy.

If surgery is the best course of action for you, our spinal surgeons are qualified to carry out a range of spine operations. Depending on the situation, we can offer everything from minor to significant and sophisticated spinal surgeries. For the safety and effectiveness of such surgeries, we also have the most up-to-date tools, including intraoperative image guiding with digital imaging and intraoperative neuro-monitoring to monitor the spinal cord and nerves during the operation. As well as state of the art spinal navigation technology.

Our Spine Surgeons in Dubai and Sharjah

At Medcare’s hospitals in Dubai and Sharjah, our spine specialists, who have received international recognition in the fields of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and medical spine, provide patients the most cutting-edge, inventive, and efficient medical and surgical therapies for back and neck issues.

Procedures and Treatments under Spine Health Care

To locate the pain's origin and detect any obvious structural anomalies that might be squeezing a nerve or causing instability, a spine surgeon and their team will employ a physical examination, different imaging, and other diagnostic tools. Typical ailments that could lead to a recommendation for surgery include:

  • Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal column narrows, placing pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
  • Involving the Discs, which serve as cushions between the spine's bones and can develop as a result of degeneration, herniation, or rupture.
  • Fractures can range from minor osteoporosis-related micro-fractures to more serious fractures that frequently result from stress, such a vehicle collision.
  • When a bone or bones move forward onto the bone beneath them, it is called a spondylolisthesis.

Nonetheless, occasionally there is no obvious anatomical issue. Since there isn't a noticeable issue that could be helped by surgical correction in these cases, an orthopedic spine surgeon will typically advise against surgery. Of course, there are always exceptions, which is just one of the many reasons it's crucial to consult an orthopedic spine surgeon with a broad range of skills.

The most comprehensive spine surgeons take into account the entire patient and prioritize offering non-surgical alternatives before making a surgical recommendation. A thorough assessment will help determine the best course of action for you.

Non-operative options include:

  • Modifications to activity levels that include rest, massages, and stretches at regular intervals
  • Treatments with heat and ice, aspirin or NSAIDS, steroid injections, Radiofrequency Ablation or both, can lessen the inflammation that is causing the discomfort.
  • Physical therapy can relieve back strain by assisting your body's structural support system.

Additionally, there are minimally invasive surgical techniques to think about. Backbone surgeries that address herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, spinal infections, abnormalities, or instability are frequently the subject of minimally invasive procedures.

Due to these techniques' smaller incisions, their lesser influence on surrounding muscles and soft tissue generally results in less pain and a speedier post-surgery recovery.

Among the least invasive procedures are:

  • Spinal fusion involves joining fractured vertebrae to form one stable bone.
  • Lumbar decompression involves removing pieces of bone or a herniated disk to ease pressure on spinal nerves.
  • Discectomy requires removing a disk from the neck or back.
  • Laminectomy requires the removal of a vertebra's posterior portion to make room for the spinal nerve.

Why Choose Spine Health Care at Medcare?

At Medcare’s hospitals in Dubai and Sharjah, our spine surgeons provide our patients with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their spine health and confidently navigate their own treatment journeys through patient education, research, and advocacy. Patients, in our opinion, deserve real answers, real remedies, and true hope. The top spine surgeons in the country, who are all regarded as experts in their fields, have come together to form an excellent Spine Health Department at Medcare Dubai and Sharjah.

 

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Dr. Gopalakrishnan C V is a Consultant & Head in the Department of Neurosurgery & Spine Surgery practising at both the Medcare Orthopedic & Spine Hospital, Al Safa & the Medcare Women & Children Hospital in Dubai. After completion of his MBBS degree, Dr. Gopalakrishnan pursued his M.S (general surgery), both from Medical College Hospital, Trivandrum.

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