When Anna Halliburton’s MRI showed two herniated discs, she was hoping to avoid surgery. The spine team at Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic was hoping the same thing, so they started with conservative treatment – physical therapy and steroid injections.
“I didn’t get much relief, and after a year, the pain was bad enough that I decided I couldn’t wait any longer,” Halliburton said.
A new MRI showed two more damaged discs, so she scheduled the operation as soon as possible.
“It was a pretty amazing experience,” Halliburton said. “The moment I woke up, I immediately knew my hip and leg pain were gone.”
The goal of KOC’s spine team is minimum intervention that leads to maximum results. Every physician and nurse practitioner is specially trained to diagnose and treat each patient’s individual needs – from conservative therapy to surgical intervention.
Most of us will be plagued with neck or back pain at some point in our lives, either from injury or daily wear and tear. The good news is that a majority of these cases don’t require surgery.
Dr. Mike Craig and Dr. Bruce Fry focus on spine rehabilitation without surgery for adults of all ages. They specialize in degenerative arthritis, herniated discs, nerve disorders, and spinal stenosis. Treatment often includes therapy or injections, as well as minimally invasive laser and ultrasound-guided procedures.
When a problem can’t be corrected with conservative treatment, surgery may be necessary. Spine surgeons Dr. Paul Johnson, Dr. Luke Madigan and Dr. Kimbro Maguire are experts in all types of neck and back surgery including spinal decompression, fusion, discectomy, and fracture repair.
For those fearing a hospital stay, many neck and back procedures can now be done on an outpatient basis, often at KOC’s own convenient and hassle-free surgery center in West Knoxville. Those patients are up and walking the same day, and sleeping in their own beds that night.
The spine specialists at KOC work together to provide world-class treatment options right here in East Tennessee. And because most insurance companies don’t require a primary care referral, patients are usually free to choose their own orthopaedic provider.
After a few months and a gradual increase in activity, Anna Halliburton is back to doing what she loves. “I still have limitations, but I’m no longer in pain,” she said. “I can cook, work in the yard, and enjoy my life again.”