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

The spine is a complicated and intricate web of joints, discs, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. While any type of musculoskeletal problem can be painful, spine issues are particularly debilitating and can seriously affect a patient's quality of life. Spine issues can occur in any region of the spinal column, whether in the cervical (neck) spine, the thoracic (mid) spine, or lumbar (lower) spine. When a patient experiences spine pain, it is often because of an alignment issue related to the spinal vertebrae, such as when a nerve becomes compressed or a disc slips out of position. Car accidents are a common cause of serious spine injuries with sharp and severe pain. Spine pain also develops over a period time due to overuse or misuse of the spine or a degenerative condition, like osteoporosis. Spine doctors have deep understanding and knowledge of the workings and vulnerabilities of the spine and can provide diagnoses and treatment options, resulting in reduced or eliminated pain.

When It's Time to Visit a Spine Doctor

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

  • Back spasms 
  • Difficulty moving the legs or arms
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain that radiates into the shoulders and arms
  • Pain when bending or twisting the torso
  • Pins and needles sensation
  • Searing pain that radiates down into the buttocks and legs
  • Sharp pain after lifting a heavy object
  • Tightness
  • Weakness or clumsiness when trying to move the arms or hands

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

  • Arthritis
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated or slipped discs
  • Kyphosis
  • Muscle strains
  • Myelopathy
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord disease 
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Whiplash

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

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)
  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)
  • 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
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)

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

We also offer our walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat spine 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 spine, back, and neck pain.

At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, our fellowship-trained spine surgeons, Anton A. Thompkins, M.D., and Nick Nenadovich, M.D., are skilled in treating a variety of spine injuries and conditions. Our spine 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 spine pain, our spine surgeons work with patients to develop individualized treatment plans. 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.