Spine (neck and back)

Spine (neck and back)


We place a lot of demands on our backs and often take their combination of strength, structure, and flexibility for granted — until something goes wrong. Four out of five adults will experience significant back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is one of the most common reasons people seek medical care or miss work.

Common back problems

  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Fractures
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Muscle spasms
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Pain
  • Sprained muscles
  • Ruptured/herniated disc
  • Sprained ligaments
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash

Why choose CMO for your back problem?

Understanding the cause of your back problem is key to proper treatment, which takes a specialist with a great deal of experience. We have spine specialists — in fact, we have an entire spine center on-site, Maine Spinecare.

Fortunately, for the vast majority of people, symptoms subside naturally within a few weeks without the need for surgery. On the other hand, finding and relieving the cause of back pain can also be a difficult and frustrating problem for patients and doctors and may need to be assessed and treated by a specialist. Some people will need surgery.

Maine Spinecare — conveniently located at Central Maine Orthopaedics — takes a multidisciplinary team approach to back and neck problems to emphasize nonsurgical treatment options before exploring spine surgery. This new spine center of excellence is geared to provide the most advanced spine care to those in Central Maine. The spine center combines the expertise of a fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon, Dr. Michael F. Regan, along with nonsurgical spine specialist, Dr. Matthew M. McLaughlin, spine-trained physical therapists, X-ray, MRI, an injection suite and an ambulatory surgery center — all under one roof for the convenience of the back pain sufferer.

Pain intervention and management

There are many reasons for pain — and just as many ways to relieve it. Central Maine Orthopaedics is pleased to have, Dr. Matthew McLaughlin, who specializes in interventional procedures for the treatment of pain disorders.

These treatments include epidural steroid injections, selective nerve root blocks, facet joint injections, discography, intradiscal electrothermal annuloplasty (IDEA), radio-frequency denervation (neurolysis), percutaneous vertebroplasty for the treatment of painful compression fractures, and spinal cord stimulator implantation for chronic back and leg pain.

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