Back and Spine Conditions

Our surgeons are certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. They have achieved an extraordinary level of knowledge and skill in neurosurgery and passed rigorous examinations proving their competence in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders or injuries to the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves (such as nerves in the hands or feet). They are also clinical faculty members in the department of surgery at Michigan State University. Lansing Neurosurgery is a general neurosurgery practice treating patients from newborn to elderly with all varieties of brain and spinal disorders, from major trauma and disease to persistent pain. This means you can be sure your care and the care of your loved ones is in the very best hands.

Navigate between Brain and Vascular Disorders and Spine disorders by clicking on the tabs. Select the name of the disorder to learn more information such as causes, symptoms and treatments.
 

Spine Disorders 

Our physicians have many years of service to the mid-Michigan community and experience in treating all kinds of patients, young and old, from those needing the most common or routine procedures, to complex spinal reconstruction and sophisticated spinal instrumentation. We use the latest surgical techniques, including minimally-invasive spine surgery and microsurgery to treat patients with a wide range of spinal disorders including:
 
Arteriovenous Malformations: Defects of the circulatory system that are generally believed to arise during the embryonic or fetal development or soon after birth.
 
Back Pain: Pain in the upper or lower back can have a range of causes, from muscle overexertion to more serious disorders.
 
Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine: The neck (cervical spine), mid-back (thoracic spine) and low back (lumbar spine) can be affected by a range of disorders and diseases, with many treatment options for each.
 
Compression Fractures: When the bone tissue of the vertebral body collapses.
 
Degenerative Spinal Disorders: A combination of problems in the spine that involve a loss of normal structure and function. These disorders can be associated with damage to the disc caused by the normal effects of aging, but may have a variety of other causes as well.
 
Disc Herniation: Activity, aging, or a mechanical problem in the spine causing one of the disks to rupture. 

Myelomeningocele Repair: Myelomeningocele is a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. The condition is a type of spina bifida.
 
Neck Pain: A symptom of a variety of disorders or diseases of any structure of the neck.
 
Spinal Infections: Spinal infections have many causes, including those resulting from a disease and those that affect the spine primarily. 
 
Spinal Instability: Lumbar instability occurs when the joints and discs of the spine do not function well together under normal movement conditions, resulting in pain.
 
Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the canal that houses the spinal cord and nerve roots.
 
Spine Trauma: Damage to the spinal cord resulting in loss of movement or sensation. The American Spinal Injury Association classifies spinal trauma into five types.
 
Spinal Tumors: Tumors of the spine, particularly those that have not spread from elsewhere in the body, are rare.

 

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