Spinal Injury Treatment
Non-Surgical Spinal Injury Treatment Can Help You Enjoy Your Life Again
When you experience a spinal injury, the pain can make it hard to get through the day, no matter how minor the damage may seem. However, a severe spinal injury isn’t always apparent at first. And if left untreated, that injury can lead to far more serious complications, including numbness or paralysis.
So, if your spinal pain hasn’t improved, or if that pain radiates out to your extremities or around your chest area, then it’s essential to see a professional and get an accurate diagnosis.
At Brain & Spine Pain Orlando, we are experts in diagnosing and treating spinal injuries. To that end, we are committed to getting to the root cause of your spinal pain and directly targeting that pain with advanced non-surgical, minimally invasive therapies.
Come in and see us if you have a physical impairment or disability affecting the spine, spinal cord, nerves, bones, ligaments, muscles, or tendons. We want to get you back to living life to its fullest as soon as possible!
Common Causes of Spinal Injuries
Injuries to the spine can be traumatic (fractures, dislocations, gunshot wounds) or nontraumatic (arthritis, cancer, inflammation). But whether traumatic or nontraumatic, a spinal injury can affect the nerves passing through the injured area and can impair part of or all the muscles and nerves below the site of the damage.
Following are some of the most common causes of spinal injuries:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Acts of violence
- Sports and recreation injuries
- Diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, and others
We provide comprehensive diagnostic tests to determine what may be causing your spinal pain and also to rule out an undetected spinal disc injury. These tests will help us determine the precise treatment plan to relieve your pain and improve your symptoms.
This is the first test we will perform to get a complete picture of your spine and search for what may be causing your pain. Through x-rays, we can see a spinal misalignment, fracture, infection, tumor, arthritis, or other muscle, bone, or disc problems.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
We also perform an MRI as needed, which uses radio waves, magnetic fields, and a computer to get a three-dimensional picture of your spinal cord and surrounding tissues. This test can detect fractures, infections, tumors, swelling, issues between discs, and much more.
Once we complete the testing, we can accurately diagnose and treat your spinal injury.
Non-Surgical Treatment for Spinal Injuries
Your tailored plan may include one or more of the following minimally invasive treatments.
Each one is designed to bring relief without needing orthopedic spine surgery.
Epidural Steroid Injection:
This injection helps to relieve pain from sciatica, pinched nerves, and other lower back and neck pain. The goal is to reduce inflammation in and around the nerve roots, which controls pain and improves mobility and function in the lower back and legs.
Facet Joint Block Injection:
These are small joints that connect the vertebrae in the spine, provide stability and control, and allow for motion so that you can bend and twist. The facet joint block is an injection that targets these joints and helps to relieve the pain and inflammation.
Facet Joint Radiofrequency Ablation uses a radiofrequency to precisely target and heat the exact facet joint causing pain. The heat generated by radio waves prevents the pain-transmitting nerve from sending signals to the brain. This can help relieve neck, mid-back, and lower back pain without using steroids.
Sacroiliac Joint Injection:
The sacroiliac joints lie next to the spine and connect the sacrum to the pelvic bone. This injection can relieve pain in the lower back and buttocks by injecting cortisone and anesthetic directly into the joint. This can be effective in reducing pain caused by injury, inflammation, arthritis, and pelvic trauma.
Highly Effective Nerve Block:
This injection places anesthetic or anti-inflammatory medication around a nerve to reduce the intensity and frequency of pain signals sent to the brain. This takes only a few minutes and can provide relief.
Supplements & Medications:
There are a host of supplements that can help to address inflammation and reduce pain. And where needed appropriate medications of varying strengths can be prescribed to help reduce severe pain and inflammation.
A vital part of your treatment for spinal injury, physical therapy will be tailored to your precise condition and help you improve the function and mobility of your spine and extremities. Rehabilitation after a spinal cord injury can be frustrating and may take a long time, depending on the severity of the injury. Our highly trained and experienced team will help you with a tailored program to reduce pain and prevent further injury. Learn more about our physical therapy treatments here.
In his current role, he is the Founder and Medical Director of the Brain, Spine, and Pain Institute of Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida, and the Brain Treatment Center of Orlando.
Dr. Mbeo is a member of :
- The American Academy of Neurology (AAN),
- Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM),
- Neurocritical Care Society (NCS), and
- Clinical Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Society (CTMSS).
He has published several articles in national and international publications.
Founder and Medical Director
Gilbert Mbeo, MD is a triple board-certified physician who specializes in Neurology, NeuroIntensive Care, and Interventional Pain Management, with over 13 years of experience providing evidence-based, high-quality care to patients with acute neurological needs including acute stroke, neuromuscular respiratory failure, status epilepticus, and brain and spinal cord trauma.
Dr. Mbeo is a Neurointensivist, meaning that not only does he have an in-depth understanding of neurology and neurological conditions, but his expertise is in the care of critically ill neurologic patients with acute brain, spine, and neuromuscular disorders. This specialty is also referred to as neurologic intensive care, critical care neurology, and neurocritical care.
As a Neurointensivist, Dr. Mbeo saw firsthand the life-changing consequences of brain injuries such as head trauma, strokes, and other brain injuries. He was troubled by the fact that, even though with modern medicine we are getting better at saving lives, many patients with brain injury were left with severe disabilities.
His vision was to establish a state-of-the-art facility where cutting-edge interventions would be used to enhance neurological recovery in patients and this is exactly why he founded the Brain, Spine, Pain Institute of Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida.
After learning about the brain healing effects of neuromodulation Dr. Mbeo established the Brain Treatment Center Orlando as an additional treatment department in his clinic in order to use interventions like cognitive rehabilitation, Magnetic Resonance Therapy (MeRT), and transcranial magnetic stimulation as non-invasive treatment options for an array of neurological conditions.
You Can Live a Full Life After a Spinal Injury. Contact Us to Find Out More.
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