Dr. Clayton Alexander is an orthopedic surgeon, focusing on upper extremity areas including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. He has specialized Fellowship training in advanced hand surgeries.
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Cervical Disc Injury
Lumbar Disc Injuries and Treatment
The expert spine specialists at The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy in Baltimore provide some treatment options for complex and common spine disorders, including disc herniation and degenerative disc disease.
(Disc herniation - also spelled - disk herniation. For the purposes of this website Mercy Medical Center will use the spelling disc.)
Disc herniation, also known as disk herniation or disc rupture, usually is a result of disc degeneration. It occurs when the central disc (annulus) tears allowing some of the central disc material to squeeze through the tear into the spinal canal. Disc herniation most commonly happens:
Sometimes a disc herniation, or rupture, can occur without any symptoms. Other times, disc herniation can cause pain in the low back or base of the neck. Common symptoms of a disc herniation include:
Disc herniation can be diagnosed with a physical exam. Sometimes an X-ray, CT scan or MRI may be taken to see which nerves may be affected or if the condition is more than a herniated disc.
Most patients with a herniated disc require only anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxation medications combined with a cervical collar for neck disc ruptures and restricted activity for lumbar disc ruptures. When pain is intolerable or does not steadily decline over the first few weeks, more potent anti-inflammatory medications or injections may be needed.
Surgery is needed only when:
Surgery to remove the herniated disc fragment and relieve pressure against a nerve has a very high rate of success. Our spine surgeons at The Maryland Spine Center use the smallest incision possible to completely remove the disc fragment. Most patients are able to go home the same day as surgery.
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The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, features some of the best spine experts of the Mid-Atlantic region dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of complex spine disorders, including scoliosis, osteoarthritis, stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis. Our doctors at The Maryland Spine Center work with each patient to determine the most effective and minimally invasive treatments available while offering an atmosphere of care and support. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery.
The Maryland Spine Center is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
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Dr. Charles Edwards II, Medical Director of The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy, treats scoliosis, osteoarthritis, spinal deformity and complex degenerative spine conditions in Baltimore.
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