Spinal Unit

With your well being as our goal, we aim to provide you with the best possible patient care whilst making yours as pleasant and comfortable an experience as possible.

Ask for an appointment with our Spinal specialist.

Your visit within our spinal unit will include a consultation wherein a history of your symptoms will be taken and a neurological examination will be performed. If you  have already undergone diagnostic tests, such as x-rays or MRIs, please bring them with you for your visit. The specialist might order fruther tests done to confirm a diagnosis. Once your diagnosis is determined, treatment options are drawn up which will ultimately be developed into a treatment plan that suits your particular medical requirements. We encourage you to participate fully in your treatment and therefore invite you to ask all the questions you have on your mind that will clarify any blurred impressions you might have.

It is very important that your treating specialist is aware of the symptoms you are experienceing (where the pain is located, whether you are experiencing weakness or numbness, and the like) and what limitations these symptoms are placing on your everyday activities. Think carefully about these and even write the information down to make sure that all symptoms are explained to the treating specialist.

As a patient we encourage you to understand the risks and benefits associated with each treatment option proposed. If you eventually choose to undergo surgery, your physical condition and your mental attitude will determine your body’s ability to heal. Thus, you must approach your surgery with confidence, a positive mental attitude and a thorough understanding of the anticipated outcome. You should have realistic goals — and be willing to work steadily to achieve them.

Symptoms

Back Pain, neck pain and other symptoms caused by a spinal condition are a common problem for many adults. The different parts of the spine are normally well balanced and able to handle the movements, stresses, and strains of the body gracefully. However, when parts of the neck or back are injured or start to wear out, they can be a significant source of pain and discomfort.

When describing symptoms to your doctor use adjectives like dull, aching, hot, or throbbing and make sure to include the duration of these symptoms.

Below are some common symptoms:

Back pain

Neck Pain

Arm Pain

Leg Pain

If the following symptoms occur, contact a doctor:

  • Pain is worse when you cough or sneeze
  • Pain or numbness travels down one or both legs
  • Pain awakens you from sleep
  • You are finding it difficult to pass urine or have a bowel movement
  • Pain is accompanied by loss of control of urination or bowel movements

These important symptoms could signal nerve damage or other serious medical problems. There are many other conditions that could be causing these problems, but an early and accurate diagnosis is vital for successful treatment.