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The spine surgeons and physicians at OrthoCarolina have experience treating a wide variety of spinal problems in the cervical, lumbar and thoracic areas, including adolescent and adult scoliosis, disc problems including microdiscectomy, back pain, arthritis of the spine, spinal stenosis, spinal tumors, spinal fractures, and other spinal deformities.

Physicians collaborate as a team to provide a spectrum of cutting-edge interventions—ranging from physical medicine and rehabilitation to complex, minimally invasive spine surgery—with a compassionate approach that emphasizes partnering with and advocating for each patient.

At OrthoCarolina, we make it our goal to only hire the best spine physicians to care for our patients. In addition to regularly seeing patients, our current physicians are actively involved in research, including the development of spinal implants and bone substitutes, and they are instrumental in teaching these latest techniques to other physicians.

    Ice vs. Heat: What Should I Use, When?

    Inflammation and pain is the body’s natural reaction to an injury. To ease that pain and help the body heal faster, is it better to use ice or heat?

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    Exploring the Body from the Inside Out: Spine

    In the spine edition of our Orthopedic Anatomy Series: Exploring Your Body from the Inside Out, we look at the causes and treatments of back pain and common spine ailments.

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    10 Ways to have a healthy back | OrthoCarolina

    Does your job or day-to-day activities leave you with neck or back pain? 30-50 percent of the general and work population report back pain annually, meaning it’s one of the most common musculoskeletal problems. 

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    Back on Your Feet: Sciatic Pain Relief

    The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body, so it’s not surprising that when it flares up, it feels intense.

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    Safe Exercises to Combat Low-Back & Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

    Routine exercise may help prepare muscles for childbirth and prevent or lessen back and pelvic pain commonly experienced during pregnancy.

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    Orthopedic Anatomy Event Series

    Discussing orthopedic injuries and topics that affect you most. Watch our live stream on Facebook & YouTube (@orthocarolina).

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    The Five Stretches You Need for Your Sore Neck and Shoulders

    Finding yourself grabbing your neck and shoulders after a long day at work? Try these physical therapist-approved stretches.

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    What is degenerative disc disease?

    Many people begin to develop this disease in their 20s, but it doesn’t come into play until combined with pain from another ailment.

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    Your Top Questions about Fluoroscopically-Guided Injections, Answered

    Fluoroscopically-guided steroid injections can be an extremely effective method of treating back pain or joint pain without surgery. Here are some of your most pressing questions about these injections, answered.

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    Epidural Steroid Injections: Everything You Need to Know

    Dr. Ciaccia of OrthoCarolina Gastonia performs an epidural steroid injection and explains how it works.

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    Rock Musicians Bring New Awareness to Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Imagine Dragon’s Dan Reynolds and Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars have given a face to this form of arthritis that most often affects the spine.

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    Back Pain? 7 Stretches You Can Do From Your Desk Chair

    Lower back pain is a common ailment. Try these physical therapist-recommended stretches right at your desk chair to help.

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    4 Types of Back Pain You Should Never, Ever Ignore

    Back pain typically isn’t something to stress about ― but there are a few specific circumstances in which you might want to, well, watch your back. 

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    Is my neck pain a pinched nerve?

    Conservative treatments often work well for a pinched nerve, which can include neck and arm pain, numbness and tingling.

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    Fast, Efficient Back Pain Treatment: Triaging Spine Care

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    The next 5 years: Where Dr. Todd Chapman sees the biggest challenges & opportunities for spine surgeons just starting out

    Todd Chapman, MD, of Charlotte, N.C.-based OrthoCarolina Spine Center, discusses the philosophies and technologies that will shape his practice for many years to come.

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    How do I treat back pain before seeing a doctor?

    Ready to try a few steps at home to relieve your back pain? Here are three steps to take before you give your physician a call.

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    I have back pain – should I go to urgent care?

    Some symptoms and situations indicate your back pain should be addressed immediately.

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    What is SI Joint Syndrome? 8 Things a Spine Specialist Says You Should Know

    Sacroiliac joint syndrome, or SI joint syndrome, is a frequent culprit of low back pain, and may also create pain in the buttock region, groin and lower extremities.

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    What is scoliosis?

    Wondering what exactly is scoliosis? Dr. Todd Chapman of OrthoCarolina's Spine Center helps us define scoliosis and learn more about its prevalence and treatments.

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    Standing desks have become the latest trend, but should I really be standing all day at work?

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    NASCAR's Aric Almirola: Injury Felt Like Twisting Knife In Back

    Aric Almirola knew immediately following his horrendous crash at Kansas Speedway that he had a spinal injury, but the NASCAR driver said Friday he didn’t realize the severity of his broken back until he talked with doctors and learned he would be sidelined for eight to twelve weeks.

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    Dr. Todd Chapman discussing his practice

    Dr. Todd Chapman discussing his practice

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    Stretches and Positions to Help Decrease Your Low Back Pain Before You See Your Medical Doctor or Physical Therapist

    Back pain has been a hot topic in recent years and will affect many people at some point in their lives. These positions may help decrease your symptoms to a manageable level to assist with you getting back to the activities you love.

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    Caring for the Caretaker

    Liberia is one of the five poorest nations on the planet. Years of civil wars there have left life difficult for many of its citizens, many of whom lost family members and still live in poverty. Several years ago, one of its most beloved Christian ministry leaders Oretha Joe began dealing with an increasing pain in her back that made even standing difficult.

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