As the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained back doctors at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to diagnose and treat back conditions and injuries.

The back is an intricate structure that can be strained by heavy work and taxed even more with sports and leisure activities. Back pain is fairly common among people of all ages, ranging from a person who picked up a heavy item too quickly and strained a muscle to a person with shooting pains in their lower back and legs from a pinched nerve. Many back problems can resolve on their own and respond well to physical therapy, bracing, or pain management. Sometimes, however, back pain is ongoing and the damage will not correct without surgery. If this is the case, the pain and condition or injury can continue to worsen unless that patient gets proper medical treatment. With a deep understanding of back issues, experienced back doctors know how to identify the causes of back pain and can offer solutions ranging from medications and exercises to therapies and state-of-the-art surgical procedures.

When It's Time to Visit a Back Doctor

Expressing whatever symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor can help them to provide you with the best back, neck, and spine care. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact a back doctor near you:

  • Back pain that's worse when standing or walking
  • Lower back pain that also affects the buttocks and thighs
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms and legs
  • Pain that travels from the back down into the legs and feet
  • Pain that travels from the neck down into the arms and hands
  • Sharp back pain after lifting a heavy item

These symptoms could be an indication that you have a more serious medical injury or condition, such as:

  • Bone spurs
  • Chronic back pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Muscle strains
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Slipped or herniated discs
  • Spinal cord disease 
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal stenosis

Many back problems can be treated with nonsurgical treatment methods. However, there are some cases where surgery is the best option for providing patients full relief and restoring normal function. If back surgery is deemed necessary, our surgeons have performed hundreds of complex back, neck, and spine surgeries and returned patients to their lives, functioning at their highest capacity. Our spine surgeons specialize in a variety of minimally invasive spinal procedures, including:

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)
  • Artificial disc replacement surgery of the cervical spine
  • Cervical corpectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lumbar decompression and fusion
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Pars fracture repair surgery
  • Sacroiliac joint fusion

Our doctors understand that pain in your back, neck, and spine can make daily activities difficult. To schedule a consultation with one of our back specialists, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.

We also offer our walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat back injuries that require immediate attention. Available at our Portage location, our urgent care is open Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., with no appointment needed.

Keeping You in Motion at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute 

The most important decision you will make regarding your care is finding an experienced doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your back, neck, and spine pain.

At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, our fellowship-trained and board-certified spine surgeons, Anton A. Thompkins, M.D., and Nick Nenadovich, M.D., are skilled in treating a variety of back, neck, and spine injuries and conditions. Our back doctors place a high value on excellent patient care and only use the most innovative treatment techniques and state-of-the-art spinal procedures. Understanding the challenges that come with living with back pain, our spine surgeons work with patients to develop an individualized treatment plan. Our surgeons also work in conjunction with our therapy team to reach each patient's personal goals in recovery. 

To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced spine surgeons, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.