Back and Neck Center
At Orthopaedic Specialists’ Back and Neck Center, we understand that back and neck injuries, can cause major change in a patient’s life. Using physical therapy and medications, Dr. Dolphin is able to treat many back and neck problems conservatively. We believe strongly in the body’s ability to heal itself. This thought process branches from Dr. Michael Dolphin’s training as an osteopathic physician, which leads to our emphasis on exercise, nutrition and strengthening as the first step in treating lower back and neck symptoms. If these non-surgical methods prove ineffective, Dr. Dolphin is able to treat many back and neck symptoms with minimally invasive surgical options, many of which are able to be performed on an outpatient basis.
If you have any questions about our treatment options, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with our spine specialist, please contact our practice today.
Common Conditions of the Lower Back and Neck
One of the most common health complaints in the United States is low back and neck pain. It is estimated that approximately 80% of the population will experience some sort of back or neck pain in their life, which in many cases, means an interruption of daily activities and living. Back and neck pain can be a symptom of many different causes, some acute and some chronic. Descriptions of some of the most common conditions of the back and neck that Dr. Dolphin regularly diagnoses and treats are listed below.
Lee – Extreme Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Our Spine Team
Dr. Michael Dolphin
Our fellowship-trained back and neck surgeon, Dr. Michael Dolphin, utilizes his specialized training to bring minimally invasive surgical options and top notch spine care to patients of southeast Iowa. Dr. Dolphin oversees the treatment of spinal disorders, with an emphasis on degenerative conditions, As the only spine surgeon in the Quad Cities offering outpatient back and neck surgery, Dr. Dolphin utilizes minimally invasive surgical procedures to reduce overall recovery time and scarring, allowing you to get back to your everyday routine as quickly as possible.
Working cohesively with our physical therapy department, Dr. Dolphin has developed a core strength exercise program for patients to continue their therapy while at home. Orthopaedic Specialist’s physical therapists are highly trained and experienced and work hand in hand with our surgeons to ensure the most appropriate and effective rehabilitation for patients. Therapy can improve many back and neck symptoms with exercise and stretching programs custom-tailored to your specific needs and injury. Physical therapy can be vital after surgical procedures, as well, to ensure the best possible results and continued improvement of your condition.
For more information about your back and neck treatment options, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Dolphin today by calling (563) 344-9292.